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Date: 1972

"My brain hurt like a warehouse, it had no room to spare; / I had to cram so many things to store everything in there."

— Bowie, David [David Robert Jones] (1947-2016)

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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 [Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi White]

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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

"Please could you stop the noise / I'm trying to get some rest / From all the unborn chicken voices in my head."

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

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