So what is the 5th dementia, anyway? Possibly, it was the dementia that led me to think I could play this correctly on overdubs without a click track...
Generally, the lyric is about taking myself down a peg while encouraging me to keep it together and not sweat the small stuff. In typical fashion I was both proud of and repulsed by the horrid "dimension" / "dementia" puns I kept putting out there, the conflictedness delaying the completion of the song for about 3 years. I would work on it for a few days, get stuck, and move on to more natural creations. But it would simply not leave me alone, so there you have it.
The music to the bridge (the part mostly in 7/8) and chorus was written in 2006. I tried several different sets of music for the verses, most even more oblique than the rest of the song. I'm pleased with the verses as they ended up, though -- straightforward enough to allow room for a bit of wiseacre smarm in the vocal.
The fade in and fade out are overdriven guitar run through my Ibanez delay/echo on infinite repeat. Oh, and spot the sounds of a bad cable shorting out between the chorus and 2nd verse!
I have an idea for re-recording this (yes, *with* click track) with less fuzzy guitars and more space in the mix. If I do that and get it right, it'll come out as a digital single or on an EP.