Gotta stay awake, gotta try and shake off this creeping malaise
If I don't stand my own ground, how can I find my way out of this maze

from Pink Floyd – Dogs Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

We can almost see a man curled up in a corner of his bed, trying to psyche himself up to rid himself of his sad thoughts. The first parts of the song may be ok if he were running in a pack, but he feels that he is unique. He needs to break out of that world.

This is also the only verse in which the word “I” is used; elsewhere they use “you.”

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