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Date: 2005

"Memories, like mohair sweaters, / Stretched and pilled faux distressed letters."

— Bird, Andrew (b. July 11, 1973)

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Date: 2006

"You wave your torch into my eyes / Flamethrower lover burning mind."

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

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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: 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: 2008

"Time rolls the back wheels of my mind / You helped me put the brakes on, 'cause you're kind."

— Flynn, Johnny (March 14, 1983)

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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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Date: 2015

"Look both ways before you cross my mind."

— Kendrick Lamar [Kendrick Lamar Duckworth] (b. 1987)

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