"Saviour Machine" as written by and David Bowie....
President Joe once had a dream
The world held his hand, gave their pledge
So he told them his scheme for a savior machine

They called it the Prayer, its answer was law
Its logic stopped war, gave them food
How they adored till it cried in its boredom

Please don't believe in me, please disagree with me
Life is too easy, a plague seems quite feasible now
Or maybe a war, or I may kill you all

Don't let me stay, don't let me stay
My logic says burn so send me away
Your minds are too green, I despise all I've seen
You can't stake your lives on a savior machine

I need you flying, and I'll show that dying
Is living beyond reason, sacred dimension of time
I perceive every sign, I can steal every mind

Don't let me stay, don't let me stay
My logic says burn so send me away
Your minds are too green, I despise all I've seen
You can't stake your lives on a savior machine


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"Saviour Machine" as written by David Bowie

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    General CommentOnly two comments? Disappointing, this song's so good. It's very sci-fi, could almost be the plot of an Asimov story or something. I always thought it was a somewhat cautionary tale about becoming too dependent on technology - this awesome computer that solved all the world's problems and was totally trustworthy actually went insane through boredom and started (at least) threatening to kill the people. Not so nice! (I guess it was UNDER PRESSURE). Moral: such powerful technology, computers smarter than humans, is not such a great idea.;)
    sparklybowieon April 17, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI interpret it as a queer paradox of sort. If you invent a universal problem-solving machine, then the biggest problem in the world will be peoples' reliances on it. So what can the machine do to solve the problem, but rebel?
    Tubbaon April 12, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThe machine was right, in a way: what's a world where people don't have to deal with their own problems? A world of children, that's what, which is bad. So it addresses that by becoming an enemy for the people to face.
    Ana Byrdon July 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI would have personally interpreted the Saviour Machine to be a metaphor for a legalistic system in general, but I'm clearly in the minority.
    Isenon March 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionI completely agree with the concepts other people have put forward.
    I think one of the most terrifying things about 'the machine' is that it felt pain and anguish in the knowledge that it would have to kill. The saviour machine has been made so human it is imperfect, just as the humans who built it are. A secondary message to this could be that perfection is unachievable for imperfect beings such as ourselves.
    HPBon January 21, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI don't agree with the ideas that this song is about the future, it's about the past. I think this song is about Josef Stalin's (president Joe) brand of communism (saviour machine). Stalin was seen as the saviour of the Soviet Union when he took power. His controlling ideas took away individuality (creating boredom) and made him insane resulting in him killing many many people in his delusion of being God (Saviour). His ego pleads for death as he recognises his own madness and blood lust.
    bowiefreakon May 11, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationI feel like it;s about a political leader everyone puts their faith into to be saved from war, starvation, etc. He makes all these promises and the people believe in him. But the power/promises to uphold gets to his head and he cracks
    vanessa108on February 01, 2016   Link
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    My InterpretationI feel like it;s about a political leader everyone puts their faith into to be saved from war, starvation, etc. He makes all these promises and the people believe in him. But the power/promises to uphold gets to his head and he cracks
    vanessa108on February 01, 2016   Link
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    General CommentBowie is warning us of where he is going. "please don't believe in me" "please disagree with me" David Jones was a failure. David Bowie was being formed. A sad self-recognition.
    HalloweenJack7on October 21, 2016   Link
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    My InterpretationI think that the song
    Soviet_Steelon April 10, 2017   Link

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