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‘My Reptilian Brain’

Since our last session, Dr. McGee,
I’ve been thinking a lot on what you said to me,
About my wild passions and urges and drives
And the root of my fears and my will to survive.
You said a trigger inside of my mind
Works like a reflex, leaves reason behind.
And these feelings erupting, I cannot contain,
Are a product of my reptilian brain.

I try to fight it, I try in vain.
Just can’t control my reptilian brain.
Can’t take the pressure, can’t take the blame,
Just can’t control my reptilian brain.

I’m thrilled to be back again, Dr. Suzanne,
‘Cause you understand me like no one else can.
My passion is stirring, here, opposite you.
Tell me, is it alright if I call you Sue?
You sit there mammalian with pen and A4,
But you have a reptile brain too, at your core.
The lizard in me craves the lizard in you
I’m sure you must be overpowered by it too.

You say I’m normal, I’m not insane.
Just can’t control my reptilian brain.
Can’t take the hunger, can’t take the pain.
Just can’t control my reptilian brain.

You’re my obsession. I can’t explain.
Just can’t control my reptilian brain.
Admit you want me. You feel the same.
You can’t resist your reptilian brain.

Picture us together, lying in the sun,
I will build for you our own solarium.
We’ll be hibernating when summer’s done,
Together sleeping in at ‘Chez Vivarium’…‘Chez Vivarium’

I can’t deny you. I can’t abstain.
Just can’t control my reptilian brain.
I try resistance. I feel it drain.
Just can’t control my reptilian brain.

Try to forget you. I try again.
Just can’t control my reptilian brain.
My life without you, can’t entertain.
Just can’t control my reptilian brain.

A storm of passion, a hurricane.
Just can’t control my reptilian brain.
The mortal anguish, the mental strain.
Just can’t control my reptilian brain.

My eyes undress you, I’ll say it plain.
Just can’t control my reptilian brain.
You tease and taunt me, you can’t complain.
Please don’t resist your reptilian brain.

Composer: Martin Day
Lyricist: Martin Day
© M Day 07 Nov 2023

Background

I once heard an interview where Paddy MacAloon (who I’ve long admired as a song writer) who said that he often thought of a title for a song first and then wrote a lyric around that. This is a rare example of me doing the same.

It just occurred to me how bizarre the idea of us having a reptilian brain was and how psychiatrist types just trot such bombshells like this out like it’s the most natural thinking in the world. It’s as simple as that really. The thought then morphed into a fictitious story of a patient becoming obsessed with his therapist, but being able to blame his thoughts and behaviour on this part of his brain that is out of reach and out of his control.

…It’s meant to be a comedy piece of sorts.

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Listen to the original rough demo for ‘My Reptilian Brain’ with vocal from Martin Day

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