"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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    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
  • +2
    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
  • +2
    General CommentIt's very obvious to me now that the "Scouting For Boys" line is a direct reference to the scout handbook of the same title.

    "You've been in the pipeline, filling in time,
    provided with toys and 'Scouting for Boys'."

    I believe the first line is indeed a reference to the labor force putting in what seems to be endless hours of work because that is what society deems is "the norm". I think this carries over for the other line as well, citing the book "Scouting for Boys" which represents what society deems as prized virtues that we try to bestow upon all children. For example in Part IV and V of the book it emphasizes chivalry, heroism and sacrifice. The societal machine tells us what to aspire to, who our heroes are.

    RumsyTVon February 16, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWill admit I didn't read through 6 pages of comments.. but the line "Provided with toys and 'Scouting for Boys'." means what?

    I'm probably way off basis, but is it military related?

    -Provided with toys(guns)
    -scouting for boys(recruiting or draft??)

    ..and all that ties into the machine controlling your life and all that good stuff

    Makes sense to me haha. but if anyone else would care to confirm or enlighten me?
    bimic92on December 13, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is kinda creepy in that this could actually happen. What if one day machines told us exactly what to do and watched our every move. That's pretty creepy. I think we're pretty close to that right now.
    thatsreallymessedupon March 10, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYour right on man!! They are probably watching us right now. But i believe it is about how currupt everything is, and that as soon as we are born, we become part of this "machine" and just like the song says, they tell us what to dream, and they tell us they know where we have been. And i believe very strongly, that the only people that understand what is truley going on, are people that have lost their minds. It seems to me that they know something we dont, and the "machine" shut them down.

    anyone else have any ideas??
    Cory_420on April 25, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's talking about the musical machine and how basically the record companies control their musicians.
    Snocore04on April 26, 2002   Link
  • +1
    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
  • +1
    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
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    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

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