"Satan Is My Motor" as written by John Mccrea, Gabriel Nelson and Tyler Pope....
I've got wheels of polished steel
I've tires that grab the road
I've got seats that selflessly hold my friends
And a trunk that can carry the heaviest of loads

I've got a mind that can steal me to your house
And a heart that can bring you red flowers
My intentions are good and earnest and true
But under my hood is internal combustion power
And Satan is my motor
Hear my motor purr
Satan is my motor
Hear my motor purr
Satan is the only one who seems to understand

I've got brakes I'm wide awake
I can stop this car at any time
At the very last second I can change directions
Turn completely around if I feel so inclined

I've got a mind that can steal me to your house
And a heart that can bring you red flowers
My intentions are good and earnest and true
But under my hood is internal combustion power
And Satan is my motor
Hear my motor purr
Satan is my motor
Hear my motor purr
Satan is the only one who seems to understand
Satan is my motor

Satan is the only one who seems to understand


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"Satan Is My Motor" as written by Christopher Gabriel Nelson John M Mccrea

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    My InterpretationHeres my take and only because Im going through it right now.

    Its about a guy who goes all out for his friends, one in particuler a girl
    He listens to everything they say, always there for them and for her more than any
    he takes on there burdens to "lighten the load" so to speak.
    But for her this has a special significence.

    He loves her, and it burns inside of him,
    his intentions are good, he wants to be a good friend but hwe wants her and lusts after here.

    Only Satan understands. That lust for something you cant have.

    justmehereon January 19, 2009   Link
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    General Comment


    SATAN IS EVERYTHING FUCKED UP IN THE WORLD . AN A MOTOR IS a nonspecific agent that imparts motion

    the car is a metaphor for a misguided kid going through life. the car looks fine on the outside drives fine helps out dudes friends . BUT under his hood is internal combustion . in other words hes going through a interior conflict on weather or not to do the right thing.. whatever that might be.





    anonymous245on December 22, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationHonestly surprised nobody has actually realized what this is song is truly all about...McCrea is most certainly not a Satanist. All indications point to him being an atheist, which despite what most religious folks seem to think, simply means a lack of belief in any god(s). To be an atheist means you also do not believe in "Satan".

    This song is quite simply pointing out the fact that many religious people will judge those that don't believe in their god(s); No matter how good they appear on the outside (shiny wheels, well performing tires, seats that are "selfless"), without belief in their god, they MUST have an evil internal side (the motor). It all stems from the common religious apologist argument that morality comes from "God", and without "God", that person cannot be good on the inside.

    These lyrics are mocking this concept; that he can be the most impressive car that is selfless and genuinely cares deeply for others, but many Christians in this country will look at him and only assume that under all his humanitarianism is an evil core running the machine.

    owenstcon March 26, 2011   Link
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    General CommentAlright, this is just what I think this song is about: It's about a guy who has good intentions, but in the end, he does bad things because it "drives" him, so to speak. He's telling this girl that he's trouble.
    XKillerXon October 16, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about the contradictions between who we want to be and what we actually end up being/doing. It can be pretty depressing sometimes...When I first heard this song I thought it was about a model citizen who wanted to break free and be "bad", so to speak. But I like XKillerX's interpretation, too.
    malachiteon April 21, 2003   Link
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    General Commentno offense but both of the people who posted ahead of me are wrong.
    the song is about being in love with his girlfriend, and having a real love for her but bad intentions (i.e. he wants to do her, really bad) anyway, i know this is true cause im always right
    burningflamingfireon June 17, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy mom took my Cake CD away from me when she heard this song.
    Thunderbolton April 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI know how you feel, Thunderbolt. When my mom heard this, and "nugget" she took my mp3 player and threw to the back of the car. But a very good song. Their new cd should be out in july/august hopefully. I wish they would tour more. Their shows are great.
    Guitar2k1on April 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI see this song as a very humorous joke, making fun of everyone who brags about how cool their car is, to me it's like saying, "Oh yeah? Well, Satan is MY motor!"
    ThePythonon May 16, 2004   Link
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    General Commentburningflamingfire makes a good point.. no, not that he's always right. it's saying "i may be a knight in shining armor, and do chivalrous things, but remember that i have needs too". another great song, i think it could have used an incredible bass line like some other ones have.
    pakistanimanon June 12, 2004   Link

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