I take a steam train to work
Just like the one my father took
And I pass over the walls
I see the people as I look

I see there's the block
For folks with purple skin
There's the block for folks who have no chin
There's the block for me & all my kin
And over there's the change cage where we throw the rebels in

I work the change cage
Here on our side of the wall
And I will hold the key until the day they say the cage will fall

I work the change cage
Here on our side of the wall
And I will hold the key until the day they say the cage will fall

Walls of iron bolted with steel
Two miles high that should hide how we feel
And in the city we've walled off each block
This should work to segregate any racial melting pot

Long ago we learned of the trouble
When a man steps out of his life's plastic bubble
So we walled off the city, caged thoughts that were free
And now our lives are safe from any change that
Could have come between you & me

I work the change cage
Here on our side of the wall
And I will hold the key until the day they say the cage will fall

I work the change cage
Here on our side of the wall
And I will hold the key until the day they say the cage will fall

They say an artist from block 616
Revived some old art just for his own kicks
They say his pictures were lude
They say his women were nude
So we throw them inside

Well now that artist can run, he can hide
But sooner or later we'll throw him inside
I don't think the people should see
Well that's not art to me
So we'll throw them inside

I work the change cage
Here on our side of the wall
And I will hold the key until the day they say the cage will fall

And I will hold the key??


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    General Commentoh My Dear God ...how come nobody had commented this wonderfull lyrics ...abney park are a band with great conception and truly unique vison of art ...this song is full of metaphores of today's society ...the idea of this change cage "where we throw the rebels in" -the eternal artist's drama,cause the the artist is always a rebel .it's a picture of our crappy world full of "walls" between the different kinds of people ,and of course only a few can see trough them and really see the people .... the change cage is one of those lovely steampunk metaphores ... big rusty metal steam machine which changes the different ones and makes them same ... "and I will hold the key until the day they say the cage will fall " ... it means until the day when you all realize that we are all the same actually and we don't need blocks and walls... peace & love :D
    cherry cobbon April 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSteampunk before they were steampunk. :)
    smithingtonon November 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentNot for nothin' but the title of this song is "The Change Cage", it's even in the lyrics...

    ...and I think he's content to live in a world free from walls and he's not going to make the first step to live differently, as referenced in "And I will hold the key until the day they say the cage will fall"; once "they" say the cage is done with then he'll let out all who were locked up for being different. I'm guessing he's a bit of a small-cog in the big-machine type.
    traumahoundon May 24, 2009   Link

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