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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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Date: 2015

"Look both ways before you cross my mind."

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

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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

Can I let go, and let your memory dance / In the ballroom of my mind, / Across the county line?"

— 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.