They sent us into their machine
But that plane crashed into the sea
We float alone above the waves
Within a waterproof capsule

We never made it to Manchuria
Instead we fell into the sea
( No one can choose ... )
( No one can decide their fans or their families )

We float alone above the waves
Within a waterproof capsule
( We stand outside ourselves )
( Define ourselves. )
( By standing outside ourselves )

We never made it to Manchuria
Instead we fell into the sea
( No one can choose ... )
( No one can decide their fans or their families )

We'll stay up all night
And watch "The Land Without Bread."
We'll stay up all night
With "Manufacturing Consent"
We'll stay up all night
Watch "Juliet Of The Spirits"
We'll stay up, stay up, stay up, yeah,

And don't say that we're not like them either ( We fell into the sea )
Don't say that we're not like them either ( We fell into the sea )
Don't say that we're not like her either ( We fell into the sea )
Don't say that we're not like her either ( Up inside that tree )


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Manchuria song meanings
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    General CommentInteresting about the Doolittle raid. In the film Dark Star (where Pinback got their name), one of the other characters is named Doolittle.
    peaceoutsideon August 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPepople need to start writing good things about this song or god will be mad at you
    28064212on June 10, 2004   Link
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    General Commentgood things about this song
    bottekotton June 26, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwrite good things, yeah. what's "manufacturing consent"?
    distroon December 21, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song made me want to go out and harm a lot of the mindless sheep of society....ok, actually it just gave me further incentive to want to. sounds like a song about not conforming to me....
    psychoticloveron March 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMy first thought was that it had something to do with the Doolittle Raid: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…

    though as I read more about the specifics of the raid and read more into the specifics of the song (particularly the second half), I begin to doubt it. And anyway, if it was about the Doolittle Raid, that makes the song anti-World War II, which is a pretty bizarre and out-there position to take.

    I don't know about manufacturing consent, but I wonder if anyone has seen the other two, which are old movies, one by a famous surrealist director and the other I've never heard of.
    bugmenoton October 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commentummm I just have to say that this song kills! i love it! Probably my favorite pinback song.. that may be bc it was the first one I ever heard... but whatever! It's so chill... i makes me want to drift off into the ocean on an intertube.
    iamwhoon September 09, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwow I've never looked at these lyrics before. I just gained a whole new appreciation for this song.

    one thing: to me it sounds like "No one can decide, their friends or their families," rather than "fans or their families."
    Applecheekson October 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIf people are interested in the radio broadcast, which the quote in the beginning comes from, there's more to read here: jeff560.tripod.com/…

    It's a dramatization of H. G. Well's "War of the Worlds."
    Viellerukaon November 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI can't believe y'all don't know what "Manufacturing Consent" is. What about "Land Without Bread," or "Juliet of the Spirits?"

    "Manufacturing Consent" is a book (later explored in a movie) by Noam Chomsky. It explores the role the media plays (alongside the government) in creating meaning, specifically what is considered important, for the people.

    "Land Without Bread" is a short film by surrealist director Luis Bunuel exploring the Las Hurdes region as an ethnographer's personal journey.

    "Juliet of the Spirits" is a film directed by Fellini about a housewife who explores her subconscious during her mundane life, the desirous life of her neighbor, her two-timing husband, and ultimately begins to indulge herself in desire and demons. In doing so, she gains awareness and independence. Perhaps similar to other works like Chopin's novel "The Awakening" or Flaubert's "Madame Bovary."
    Riobardon April 21, 2009   Link

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