Big Grey Hospital

I want a brother and I want my dog and I want to look at the ocean blue
I want a lover and I want a god and I want to feel some emotion with you

On the outside looking in at the Big Grey Hospital
An old man fingers through the paper
Nobody understands his maker
Along the polished corridor
They led you straight into seclusion
They said this boy’s in need of treatment
Could be a paranoid delusion

And you can visit when you want to
When the staff say it’s convenient
The doctor says the illness
Is none specific but they’re looking hard for it

And on the inside looking out from the big grey hospital
Watching the nurses as they float
From ward to ward in their white coats
In the summer of 83
Me and my really crazy family
Changing a baby in the day room
Glued to the TV every afternoon

And you can visit when you want to
Any time that it’s convenient
Thanks for the history and the insight
Pretty soon we’ll get the drugs right

You see the shape of this cold fist
In the frozen early morning air
Held it up against the sky
Lets walk and talk and laugh and cry

Back in the quiet side of town
We recognize that boys brigade band sound
Could have been a drummer of a comic
What is and what is not ironic

And you can visit if you want to
There is a WRVS shop
Down the corridor by D block
Just ask somebody if you get lost

Sat all alone in a side room
It’s no good staring into space
And for all tomorrows birthdays
The ward sister says no change

Suppose you make a rug or tray
Those OT helpers all sugar and spice
Hand rolling cigarettes to save
Of cause the benefits have been delayed

You go to therapy at nine
Back to the ward for mealtimes
Some of the patients go berserk
Soon they get treated by a nurse

Time out is quiet and its safe
You get wrapped up unconscious finally you wake
And in the dormitory alone
You hear the ringing of the office telephone

And you can visit when you want to
Anytime just call beforehand
The injection is two weekly
Those tranquillizers make you sleepy
They make you sick they make you creepy…

I want a brother and I want my dog and I want to look at the ocean blue
I want a lover and I want a god and I want to feel some emotion with you

On the inside looking out
On the outside looking in
At the loony’s in the bin
Its not me or you its him
In the Big Grey Hospital



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