"Welcome to the Machine" as written by and Roger Waters....
Welcome my son, welcome to the machine
Where have you been?
It's alright we know where you've been
You've been in the pipeline, filling in time
Provided with toys and 'scouting for boys'
You brought a guitar to punish your ma
And you didn't like school, and you
Know you're nobody's fool
So welcome to the machine

Welcome my son, welcome to the machine
What did you dream?
It's alright we told you what to dream
You dreamed of a big star
He played a mean guitar
He always ate in the Steak Bar
He loved to drive in his Jaguar
So welcome to the machine


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"Welcome to the Machine" as written by Roger Waters

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  • +13
    General CommentIn your youth you tried real hard to rebel against the establishment and your parents...
    You didn't even realize that this was exactly what was expected from you.
    In reality you didnt "rebel" but did exactly what was expected.
    Now you have built your believe system, and it contains exactly what was fed to you without you even realizing it.
    Now you're integrated into the machine and dont even know it.
    Everything you believe you came up with yourself was really programmed into you by your TV, brainwashed friends, madison avenue, school, university, and so on.
    You dont even know that you're a slave.

    that's what this song tells you, and you dont even understand it.

    listen to the best talk radio show at : Infowars.com
    might help you to break out of the matrix, but don't get shocked, you may at first not like what you see... Nobody likes to hear that everything he thought was true was in fact a lie.
    bloodomenon May 09, 2009   Link
  • +7
    General CommentI think everyone has said some really good stuff about this song. I definitely think it has to do with the music industry and there control over the musicians but i also think it is talking about the world as a whole. People are controlled by the way society wants them to act. The song is saying "we know where youve been" and "we know what you've dreamed" because thats where they told them to go and thats what they told them to dream. Its a great song with alot of meaning to it. People should take this song to heart and realize that we need to not let our lives be ruined. Be yourself. And i really dont think this song is about machines in reality, that was all a metaphor.
    dmbgirlon March 20, 2003   Link
  • +4
    General CommentIt's talking about the musical machine and how basically the record companies control their musicians.
    Snocore04on April 26, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think the machine is a metaphor to the music business Roger Waters had to endure. at the end of the song the elevator goes up and the you hear all the people talking, drinking etc. Then it goes into have a cigar which is obviously about the record label owner telling "Pink" (haha, which ones Pink?) that he (ahem) really loves the band and that they're making a lot of money...
    Streamer6639on July 29, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSNOCORE YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. It talks about how the business takes in ones dreams and then just makes them seem almost like a nightmare and its almost as if Pink Floyd was saying, "Sorry for giving you such dreams, because its not all fun like we make it seem".
    BuLlEtZoFtHeWicKeDon May 19, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt is so scary that one day machines could be watching us and tell us what to do. Not just robots but the government. Probably talking about the gov't.
    the Edgeon June 10, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMy view of the song is a little different from most of these. To me it seems like its just talking about how when you're a young, you think you have everything figured out and you want to grow up to be rich and famout. "you bought a guitar to punish your ma...you didnt like school, and you know youre nobody's fool". And in the end you have no choice because it is not up to you whether someone picks you to be a big rich and famous rockstar and you must grow up and do exactly what you thought would never have to. "Welcome to the machine" is basically saying, "youre not a kid anymore, welcome to the real world you can either get a job you hate or be poor and homeless and not be able to do anything you want...your choice"
    HOFspeedwolfon June 20, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song, as Waters said, is about the record industry, just like "Freak on a Leash" or a number of other songs. I believe it can have multiple meanings too, much like the government, (espiecally in post-Patriot Act America). We're not far from "1984" or the Soviet Union, or even Nazi Germany, the song is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
    Dsalmiitetnon May 09, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is one big metaphor for life. The lyrics suggest that life is a machine. We're told what to do and what to like and dislike, and even what to dream. We’re told that the things we should desire most in life are money, wealth, and power. Welcome to the machine warns us about all the hardships we will encounter during life. This song is rather depressing because it takes the beauty out of life itself. Welcome to the machine suggests life is full of repetition and breakdowns. Life, like machines, don't run as smoothly as they could. Parts wear down and sometimes break. Ultimately, machines are destroyed because they are just too old and worn out. This is just what I think. I know that the whole album is about Syd and the music industry, but that’s the great thing about Pink Floyd. Their songs can be applied to anything. Definitely the greatest band ever.
    Xanthic_xon March 21, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentVery Interesting thoughts on this song.

    However, I feel that I know the meaning of this song and no one has really hit on it.

    The meaning of this song is.... are you ready?...

    Death.

    It is soo obvious, because they are talking about the persons life in the past tense, as if it is over, "You always ate in the steak bar", "loved to ride in your jaguar", almost like a eulogy, but there is a twist.

    It starts out describing the persons (the charactor of the songs) life from how they were little and what their personality was, by buying a guitar to punish his ma.

    The machine is where he ends up to his surprise after his death, and the machine is the origin of life and where you return after you are dead (in the song). So, naturally the machine knows everything he did, thought, loved and dreamed while he was alive because it was the creator of him.

    The theme is sort of an alien version of the origin of life, that aliens, created his life and he is "welcomed" back to the machine at the end of his life. This should be painfully obvious by the sounds of the record, trying to emulate the noises of an alien spacecraft. The elevator at the end is the charactor of the song being transported from the welcoming area of the machine to the bigger area where all of the other people who have died are located, hence the noise of many people, of a crowd.

    Have a cigar is about the music business. Welcome to the machine is about the charactor of the song finding himself dead and being welcomed back to the alien machine, and the aliens that were the creators of his life. I'm not saying I believe this version of creation, but it is very obvious that this is what this song is about.

    What do you think the robot hands on the album represent,... They represent robots, aliens, the future.

    Pink floyd was always know for making music that was way out there. In Dark side of the moon they covered themes of life: Money, home, time, etc.

    Welcome to the machine is Pink Floyd's version of a science fiction song, about alien's being the creators, of life and the charactor dies and is welcomed back to the machine from whence he came, and to prove it the alens, or the machine recount his entire life for him.
    a13510on April 04, 2005   Link

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