Interpretations:I Left My Body

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Scientist experimenting with death[edit]

I currently think this is about a scientist experimenting with what is on the other side as such. The title of the song "I left my body" seems to indicate that the consciousness is leaving the body. The phrasing of it indicates that it was a decision made by the protagonist rather than a natural death. The first verse then indicates that the protagonist is no longer able to return to his body e.g. "I forgot where I left my body". This would mean that they are no longer able to return in a way that they had planned. The planning is indicated by the "I forgot" meaning that it was originally planned they would remember and so be able to return to the living. It is also indicated that it is planned from "I left a notebook" and "with the old landlady" hinting that they made preparations for this journey by preparing someone or something "landlady" to look after the body while they leave. I then believe the protagonist is encountering limbo with "Don't see anyone" and "waiting endlessly". I believe the protagonist to be a gentleman Victorian scientist as well from "landlady" and "waiting on a receptionist" however I don't strongly believe this to be true. The song then turns its focus to how the protagonist now regrets their decision and how their now empty body will be disposed of with "tungsten ring" and "plastic hip is going to be worth something". Possibly it was just a coma that they can't return from as that would explain how their body is still alive but empty of consciousness. Awesome song and obviously this is just an opinion but I hope I've raised an interesting point of view. Gush over. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Pivoit3 (talkcontribs) 14:00, October 23, 2017

The other half of "Lost My Mind"[edit]

I feel like this song is describing the same situation as Lost My Mind, but from the mind's point of view instead of the body's. Each part of the original person is worried about the other (what might be happening to the body, where the mind could be), but neither can find the other half (the mind is at least trying, the body claims it simply doesn't have time). The possible conflicts between what each song says is happening to the other part can be disregarded since neither half actually knows what's happening to the other. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.76.227.515:41, October 24, 2017 (talk)

Don't get too hung up on the word landlady[edit]

Just an observation: a lot of people on here don't recognize the word landlady and think it's literally a lady made of land or something. Landlord and landlady are gendered colloquialisms for the owner of a property (esp. a rental property) in a lot of english dialects. —Preceding unsigned comment added by WhatTheHeckLinnell (talkcontribs) 12:32, January 18, 2018‎

Sleeping?[edit]

Sleeping/dreaming seems like a cop out to me but it does fit a number of points in the song. Sorry for the long explanation.

I left my body And I went on a journey And I forgot where I left my body - You're not confined to your physical body while dreaming.

They're gonna tow you If they think you're abandoned You got to act like you're not abandoned - Tow and abandoned indicate a car. Maybe that you can't sleep so deeply you look like you're dead and need to be hauled to the grave.

I left a notebook with all of my good ideas Keywords encoded cryptographically - This is interesting because it's not the notebook that's encoded, it's just the keywords. This makes me think of how books are hard to read in a dream. Usually text will shift and change moment to moment.

I'm waiting endlessly on a receptionist At the desk I'm searching high and low But I don't see anyone Don't see anyone Don't see anyone there - A fevered frustrating dream where you're looking for something that never shows up.

I left my body With the old landlady But I don't know if she read the directions - Wife doesn't know how to wake him up? He's a very sound sleeper.

There must be something You can use on the carpet - Sleeping so soundly he didn't even get up to use the bathroom.

Someone might want that electric blanket - Maybe the electric blanket also got wet? A blanket indicates sleep.

Unfinished manuscript and a tungsten ring - These are the things left on the side of the bed as he sleeps.

My plastic hip is going to be worth something - It was hard to sleep before his hip replacement. It's worth something in that he can sleep soundly again.

I took the folding knife And the bat repellent soap - These are the things that he took with him in his dream. Bat repellant soap makes no sense and so fits well in a dream.

I left my body And right away I knew I made A mistake I left without my senses And I can't see anything Can't see anything - You can't see while sleeping.

I'm waiting endlessly on a receptionist At the desk I'm searching high and low But I don't see anyone Don't see anyone Don't see anyone there - A repeated fevered dream that he keeps having. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 67.247.217.130 (talk) 15:56, June 10, 2018

He's just depressed, body is a placeholder for the feeling in life[edit]

I left my body/ And I went on a journey/ And I forgot where I left my body

He lost his sense of life and can't get it back, as in, he's unable to find happiness. He has depression. My thoughts on the meaning can't be explained chronologically, but I can jump to the lyrics that I think bring meaning to the rest.

They're going to tow you/ If they think you're abandoned/ You got to act like you're not abandoned

This makes it clear that narrator can indeed control his body(he can pretend), thus hasn't literally left it. The first line highlights that he'd get towed in, not destroyed or buried like a dead man, but towed in. I believe this means he thinks that they would take him to a psych ward. The second line is what makes it obvious he's depressed. An abandoned building or car is simply empty. He's an empty person. Third line, he has to pretend as though he isn't empty, which means faking happiness and joy.

I'm waiting endlessly/ On the receptionist at the desk/ I'm searching high and low/ But I don't see anyone

The receptionist(google the definition) is a suicide hotline worker. My guess is that he's waiting for someone to reach out to him opposed to calling for help. He's waiting for the receptionist, but they take calls 24/7, so the wait could only be because he himself doesn't intend on calling. He wants the worker to call him, but sees that it isn't happening as no one is reaching out for him.

A thought I'm less certain of is the reasoning of why he's depressed, but here's my understanding anyhow:

I left my body/ With the old landlady/ But I don't know if she read the directions

Whatever caused his depression happened in his home, and his landlady is the only one who can end it. It soon becomes clear that the narrator isn't interested in her specifically, but that the landlady has reason to reach out a hand. I can't explain myself clearly, but the idea is that the landlady should have reason to suspect that the narrator is depressed, thus his depression began with some action at her property(the narrator's old home). Her being his "old" landlady means he was evicted or moved out since then.

There must be something/ you can use on the carpet

The conflict that triggered his depression involves stains on the carpet. I believe it is blood and the next few interpretations will back it.

Unfinished Manuscript and tungsten ring/ My plastic hip is going to be worth something

The ring hints that marriage is involved, and the manuscript feeds off that idea of marriage. I think the manuscript is divorce papers. The plastic hip bit isn't as easy, though I think the conflict resulted in him gaining some sort of fame for his plastic hip to have such worth. Ignoring that, the fact that he has a plastic hip suggests he was injured. It didn't have to necessarily happen in the conflict that made him depressed, but it's a possibility.

I took the folding knife and my bat repellent soap/ I left my body/ And right away I knew I'd made a mistake

Line one, the conflict involved him using a knife(remember the blood?) and his opponent using a bat, which probably broke his hip. My guess is he killed his wife in anger over the divorce papers. Line two and three serve to clarify that this is where he lost his senses.

I left a notebook with all of my good ideas/ Keywords encoded cryptographically

Obviously not literally encoded, but the point is that the narrator can't understand what he had wanted in those good ideas. He can no longer see the joy in those ideas. I think the rest isn't interesting enough to focus on.