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Date: 1979

"There's a party in my mind...And it never stops / There's a party up there all the time."

— Byrne, David (b. 1952) and Jerry Harrison (b. 1949) [Talking Heads]

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Date: 1991

"Zulu Nation, brothers that's creation; / Minds get flooded, ejaculation -- / Right on the two inch tape."

— Tribe Called Quest

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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

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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: 2003

"So next time you see the homey and his rims spin / Just know my mind is working just like them / (rims, that is)"

— Carter, Shawn Corey (b. 1969) [Jay-Z]

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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: 2007

"Got a cricket for a conscience, always looks the other way."

— Oberst, Conor Mullen (b. 1980)

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Date: 2007

"A cocaine soul starts seeming like an empty cabaret."

— Oberst, Conor Mullen (b. 1980)

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Date: May 20, 2008

"So when you call I'm pressin' seven / Don't wanna hear your messages messages / I'm tryna erase you from my mind."

— McCartney, Jesse (b. 1987); Ezekiel Lewis, Balewa Muhammad, Candice Nelson, Brian Kennedy, Sean Smith

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Date: 2012

"Been trying hard not to get into trouble, but I -- / I've got a war in my mind"

— Lana Del Rey [Elizabeth Woolridge Grant] (b. June 21, 1985)

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