(Burrrrp) Oh, yeah, oh, you son of a bitches
(It gets so fuckin' crabby in this booth, man)
(It's like 90 degrees in here)
(Smells like cigarettes in a toilet)

I'm gonna build a Stepfather Factory
(The latest in technology)
Stepfather Factory
(Jobs for the community)
A Stepfather Factory
(The age of familial industry)
A Stepfather Factory
(Building tomorrow's fathers today)
A Stepfather Factory
(The latest in technology)
Stepfather Factory
(Jobs for the community)
A Stepfather Factory
(The age of familial industry)
Building tomorrow's fathers today

Spilling the leftovers of creational clique
We grew with the concept now we're ready to go public
Today's a big day for the company
A big step for the little-steppers who slept for years uncomfortably
Little man, little lady, cute little baby
Reach your hand out to the future of automated robotics
On display here for the first time in under a year here
At the World's Fair - but is it really?
Ladies and Gentlemen, I propose that the market
Is sinking under the weight of useless contraptions
Added to the shopping carts of all hard-working families
Electric doodads and wizard hats exist to keep the munchkins entertained
But get replaced by newer versions such as breakdown systematically
Mothers - how many times have you debated sub-euthanasia tablets for breakfast snacks
When restlessness attacks seemingly at random?
With an emptiness inside that's hard to identify, maybe
Pursuing obvious like pill-popping [the cossanova edict]
Chances are you've been abandoned
Well I'm no scientist, that's not what I went to school for
And I'm not a doctor, so I don't know much about medicine
But I'm willing to bet that you, yes you little
what's your name sweetheart? (Dada) Yeah, whatever
Get a funny feeling in your tummy when your mommy cries
Something between woozy and confusion
And you spend your thoughts on how the sadnessin your mommy
can be rooted out, burned, scorched, turned out, forgotten
Different concepts than the candy and little baby dolls or
Whatever it is that normal kids get to think about
Well I can honestly say that this invention is,
Let me start by saying we've grafted only the finest stuff
Inserted the most high tech, state of the art, with brain charted for authentic
Truly human emotion and trained to be domestic
Made from the most easily available materials and, uh, loosely inspected
Guaranteed to revolutionize
Perfectly realistic and even somewhat institutionally respected
Robotic relative

(That's why I'm gonna build) a Stepfather Factory
The latest in technology
A Stepfather Factory
Jobs for the community
A Stepfather Factory
The age of familial industry
A Stepfather Factory
Building tomorrow's fathers today
A Stepfather Factory
The latest in technology
A Stepfather Factory
Jobs for the community
Stepfather Factory
The age of familial industry
I'm not only the president, I'm a client

So you purchased a paternal unit, class A type 1
A new addition to your living room space, watch it go
Have your warranty for at least 90 days, so have fun
If in that time frame there's a problem, please let us know
Before you start there's a few details that you must learn
Technical specs about your unit to make things run smooth
In an effort to find an energy source our company's learned
The cheapest way to keep his battery running is with booze
Plug it in, give it a name, man of the house, help sustain
Wear the pants, you can relax, [water the pad], nucular fam [ordered a nucleus]
Brings us to the safety chapter
Section 87 in your handbook subsection 16 entitled
Troubleshooting
Fuel sources are at a slight risk of mixing
With the crispy plutonium center
Of your automated new spouse and then driven
Possibly leading to the unpredicted stimulation of its artificial emotion circuits
And in a few unsubstantiated clinical trials this condition
has led to simulated feelings of resentment and worthlessness
Manifested in the highly unlikely but still possible act
of physical aggression towards you and your loved ones fleshy surfaces

Remember, no cash returns
Only credits towards future purchases

"Why are you making me hurt you?
I love you."

"Why are you making me hurt you?
I love you."

"Why are you making me hurt you?
I love you."


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    My InterpretationThe preceding comments all pretty much sum up what this song is about - it's an indictment of the false promises and twisted lies used by corporations, in order to market their latest gimmick or service.

    However, the way I see it, this song is also a bit more profound and philisophical. It tackles the "human condition", and implicitly expresses the view that there is no cure for the failings we, as human beings, exhibit.

    When we are young, we are open-minded, and willing to believe that there is a solution for every problem. We don't understand why adults act the way they do, and become frustrated when we are unable to comfort and attend to our elders - we thrive for some magical means to cure their sadness and afflictions.

    The stepfather corporation plays on this naive assumption, marketing a means via which the "sadness in your mommy can be rooted out, burned, scorched, turned out, forgotten", thus demonstrating the manner in which advertising prays on our mental weakness and insecurity by offering us belief, in the form of a miracle cure for our problems.

    As the track progresses, the fallacious optimism of the corporation's promises is torn apart by an unbelievably apt exposition of the male psyche ("The cheapest way to keep his battery running is with booze. Plug it in, give it a name, man of the house, help sustain") and ("And in a few unsubstantiated clinical trials this condition has led to simulated feelings of resentment and worthlessness").

    The progression from sugar-coated promises and solutions, to brutal realism is, I feel, a direct reflection of the transition from child to adult. As we grow older, we come to realise that there is no magical solution to life's problems, just facts and hard lessons on which to base our actions. Whilst consumerism and material goods may "keep the munchkins entertained", the enjoyment/satisfaction gained from these "Electric doodads and wizard hats" will inevitably wear off, leaving us to grapple with the sense of futility and helplessness that comes from realising there is essentially no cure for life's problems.

    altruistic1antithesison May 26, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song is the shit, it sounds like the end of the world, musically speaking, and lyrically isn't exactly hopeful either. i like it, a lot.
    5isa4letterwordon June 24, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song is the shit, it sounds like the end of the world, musically speaking, and lyrically isn't exactly hopeful either. i like it, a lot.
    5isa4letterwordon June 24, 2003   Link
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    General Commentis it about how stepfather's suck?
    sean7711on July 04, 2003   Link
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    General Comment^ Yes and no. It does have an underlying theme of abusive stepfathers, but it's really about a company that mass produces and markets a product that is abusive and dangerous. See, the people are looking for the cheapest way to run it because it's an economy centered world, while the company knows that the fuel source presents a problem. Well, I can't really put it into words, but it's more anti-capitalist than anti-stepfather.
    tackledspoonon September 21, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthm, never mind, El-P himself says it is about abusive stepfathers.

    You can't deny that it's anti-capitalistic, though.
    tackledspoonon September 25, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis is what i get from it:
    there are so many single mothers out there who have no help at all from the children's father.
    this leads the mother's to become depressed.. and possibly lead to substance abuse.

    society tells us that every child needs to have a father-figure.. and so the mother's find someone to be the father figure in the family. family problems fixed right?

    well reality shows us that this isn't always the case.
    sometimes through the stress of life, or for whatever reason.. the fathers end up becoming alcoholics, and that leads to the abuse of the mother and child/children...

    the last part of the song is actually incorrect:
    it should say
    "why are you making me hurt you? i love you"

    which would be the step-father talking...

    if you watch the video, it's pretty much explained.
    - if you haven't seen the video i highly recommend watching it.. it makes the song even more amazing
    xheartbreakerxon January 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis is a great song - agree with tackledspoon's anti-capitilism interpretation - seems they've got a commercial answer to every problem nowadays, that's not how it should be. the style of the song, especially the last verse, reads just like some disclaimer on some shitty product ("the highly unlikely but still possible..." probably the best song on fantastic damage, i'd say, apart from T.O.J...
    giftedunlimitedon March 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAnti capitalism. That's what this one's about.
    Lateralus518on May 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is sick.
    Andrew Evenstaron December 01, 2008   Link

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