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Date: 1991

"You soar off to another world, deep in your mind, / But people seem to take that, as being unkind."

— Tribe Called Quest [Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi White]

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Date: 1997

"A heart that's full up like a landfill / A job that slowly kills you / Bruises that won't heal."

— Radiohead [Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Ed O'Brien, Colin Greenwood, and Phil Selway]

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Date: 1998

"But the static in your mind leaves you hollow and unkind / With a shock electric wave turns you on."

— Hansen, Beck [Beck] (b. July 8, 1970)

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Date: 2006

"You doused my soul with gasoline / You flicked a match into my brain."

— Sonic Youth [Kim A Gordon, Thurston Joseph Moore, Lee M Ranaldo, Steven Shelley]

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Date: 2007

"When panic grips your body and your heart is a hummingbird, / Raven thoughts blacken your mind until you're breathing in reverse, / All your friends and sedatives mean well, but make it worse, / Every reassurance just magnifies the doubt, / Better find yourself a place to level out."

— Oberst, Conor Mullen (b. 1980)

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Date: 2015 [debuted June 27, 2014, released as a single in February 19, 2015]

"And all those things I didn't say / Wrecking balls inside my brain."

— Platten, Rachel (b. 1981)

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Date: 2017

"And my heart is playing hide and seek / Wait and count to four."

— Lenker, Adrianne

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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.