"Machines (Or 'Back to Humans')" as written by and Brian Harold/taylor May....
Machines

It's a machines world
Don't tell me I ain't got no soul
When the machines take over
It ain't no place for rock and roll

They tell me I don't care
But deep inside I'm just a man
They freeze me they burn me
They squeeze me they stress me
With smoke blackened pistons of steel they compress me
But no one but no one but no one can wrest me away
Back to humans

We have no disease no trouble of mind
No thank you or please no regard for the time
We never cry we never retreat
We have no conception of love or defeat

What's that machine noise?
It's bytes and megachips for tea
It's that machine boys
With random access memory
Never worry never mind
Not for money not for gold

It's software is hardware
It's heartbeat is time-share
It's midwife's a disc drive
It's sex life is quantised
It's self-perpetuating a parahumanoidarianised

Back to humans
Back to humans

Back to machines
Machines

Living in a new world
Thinking in the past
Living in a new world
How you gonna last?
Machine world

Back to humans

It's a machines world
Thinking in the past (back to humans)
Living in a new world
How you gonna last?
Machine world

It's a machine's world

Back to humans
Living in a new world
How you gonna last?
Machine world
It's a machine's world


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"Machines (Back to Humans)" as written by Roger Meddows Taylor Brian Harold May

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    General CommentI think it was about the age of technology, sort of like the comments that Vorticists and Dadaists were making in their art in the 1910s. Almost Radio GaGa-like in it's comment on music: "In the machine's world, it ain't no place for rack and roll". Its the premise around which the whole We Will Rock You musical was based. It's also about being forced to conform: "With smoke-blackened pistons of steel they compress me". I suppose you could also red brain-washing into it if you really wanted to. But there's definitely comment on technology and society and how we need to go "back to humans"
    Venus53on July 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPretty obvious really. It's about the future and worries about machines taking over.
    paulothemanioon April 21, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat, or worries about machines taking over music and baddening it, remember this is not long after they had first started dabbling with the dark art of synths, and there were a couple of songs on this album which were jus so horrible and pop and unqueen. And you know what, they were right, look at music now, yuk....
    boffy_bon June 18, 2003   Link
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    General CommentNow I think about it, this song is also possbily about embracing the new machine age, both in music and in life. I would go into more detail, but my sister is bothering me as she needs to use the fone line.
    boffy_bon July 02, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about the technolgical age home computers were just starting to appear they wanted to put microchips into anything they could but rarely succeded it is a worry of where it was going to end up with 1984 style computer big brother taking over everything. it is still a great song and the works is still one of my most favourite queen albums
    sanityassassinon April 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSome kind of Terminator scene.
    TheOlsnaon June 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdoes anyone know what a parahumanoidarianised is exactly.

    i get up to parahumanoid and then...
    sarahdinsmoreon April 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWondered a bit about parahumanoidarianised myself. As you say, the "parahumanoid" part is comprehensible, but after that it's rather odd. The only thing I can think is that it's meant to be "Aryanised," which refers to the process the Nazis used of culling Poles, Czechs, etc., who least conformed to the Aryan stereotype. More metaphorically, it's saying all the parahumanoids would be identical, matching with some conformist ideal.
    KoalaBro2on January 10, 2009   Link

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