"Video Kid" as written by and Michael Rainbow....
Next phase, next craze, next nothing new.
Got the pretty boy beat him up black and blue.
Broke the sissy boy's teeny toy heart in two.
Turned him into a video kid like you.

I know we're just pretending.
There's no window for escape.
I know you see right through me.
There's no promise left to break.

Shot the pretty boy killed him on commodore.
Need a new game, need a new something more.
Got a new face got a new way to score.
Got a voice like something I've heard before.

The message misleading.
We're lying, we're cheating.
We're only repeating.
The motions preceding.


Lyrics submitted by ayeka_007

"Video Kid" as written by Michael Rainbow

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Video Kid song meanings
Add your thoughts

26 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +4
    General CommentThe song is about Windows Vista.
    No, really. I'll explain.

    #Next phase, next craze, next nothing new.
    #Got the pretty boy, beat him up black and blue
    #Broke the sissy boy's teeny toy heart in two
    #Turned him in to a video kid like you

    Windows Vista: "next nothing new". It's XP (the pretty boy, because XP was the first Windows with excessive eye candy) with the color scheme changed around (including lots of black and blue). The 16-bit support (the sissy boy, because of its lack of power) has been taken out of the 64-bit version. The task of having 16-bit applications run was turned in (i.e. handed over) to a "video kid" (a geek, or, if it's a pars pro toto, the geek community) who will probably make an emulator to keep the old DOS games going. (maybe the bleeping noises at the beginning of the song allude to them)

    #I know you're just pretending
    #There's no window for escape
    #I know you see right through me
    #There's no promise left to break

    Though Windows Vista has a new UI, with translucent ("see through") windows, if you look beneath the surface it becomes obvious that it's still Windows (it's pretending to be something new). In spite of the new UI, almost none of the features that were planned at the beginning actually made it in. ("There's no promise left to break.")

    #Shot the pretty boy, killed him on commodore
    #Need a new game, need a new something more

    Windows Vista no longer works on older hardware ("older" being five years back). There are also lots of compatibility problems with older software ("need a new game"). If it does run, it will be slow, and hardware upgrades a necessity ("need a new something more").

    #Got a new face, got a new way to score

    The new user interface

    #Got a voice like something I've heard before

    The Windows core is the same as it was.

    #The message misleading
    #We're lying, we're cheating
    #We're only repeating
    #The motions preceding

    Microsoft admits: Vista is nothing new.
    uoieaon December 08, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI believe that this song reffers to a woman who uses men as 'toys' and sees them as nothing more.

    Next phase, next craze, next nothing new.
    - She is used to doing this often,using bous and men as her personal private 'toys', and just tosses them away when she's bored of them.

    Got the pretty boy beat him up black and blue.
    Broke the sissy boy's teeny toy heart in two.
    - first line is metaphorical where as the second line she does say that she breaks the hearts of the men she 'plays' with.

    Turned him into a video kid like you.
    - Those men turn to themselves after suffering from the emotional pain she caused, Turning themselves to behave like Video game - obsessed children.

    I know you're just pretending.
    - Here she means that some of those men only pretend to love her, or thats what she thinks. ( Im guessing she acts like she does because someone 'broke' her like she breaks the hearts of men in revenge (?)

    There's no window for escape.
    I know you see right through me.
    There's no promise left to break.
    - In the end the men can see whats coming for them, but they choose to stick around hoping they are mistaken.

    Shot the pretty boy killed him on commodore.
    -She is done 'playing' around with this dude obviously (The shooting thing is clearly metaphorical)

    Need a new game, need a new something more.
    Got a new face got a new way to score.
    - She is searching for a new 'victim' to pass her time with. play with, and break his heart too.

    Got a voice like something I've heard before.
    - When she finds her new 'victim' what she says to him when breaking up with him, seems familliar to her, since she uses those words quite frequently

    The message misleading.
    - The game she plays with her 'victims'
    We're lying, we're cheating.
    -She is reffering to all the ruthless women out there that act like she does, just for personal pleasure.
    We're only repeating.
    - They never stop doing it.
    The motions preceding.
    - They find themselves caught up in the routine of 'leading' on and using men at toys.




    ~Cheers,
    MoonlightOrchid
    MoonlightOrchidon July 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song rules.
    neobomanon March 29, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentExcellent song, very catchy and by a really cool band who I am hopefully seeing in july!
    They're quite unique sounding and this is probably my favourite song.
    A.Mon April 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's a generalization about the vacuousness and disposability of pop culture.

    Exercising that kind of control, the song highlights firm grasp of power and conformity that media has on youth.

    The language and imagery used is very tongue in cheek.
    rabbithowlon July 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits about people that are ready to sell themselves to the media...
    "We're lying, we're cheating"
    people who would do everything for fame
    "Got a new face got a new way to score"
    forever_hauntedon May 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHmm..think maybe their possible talking about themselves?
    leaving new yorkon May 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think so.. but maybe by saying "we" they mean people in general. We don't even realize we're being fake. For us, it's normal. Maybe she says they are no different... and that eveyone is bound to fall into this trap sooner or later...
    forever_hauntedon May 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, I think it is more of two people more than media when I listen to it...
    I see it as this person is a very good actor or actress...and sucking in innocent people. They take away their innocence and that basically "kills" them. Maybe the person doing this thinks its a game because each one he converts is a conquest. Who this person is, I don't know, but some kind of figure robbing us of our innocence we possess when we see what the world is truly about.
    Cole_Rakuenon May 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI got to thinking about it, and I thought maybe this was about child abuse ( "beat him up black and blue" ), and further more, kiddie porn. It's more likely about the media and celebrities, but I like to think there's a more creative story being told than more of that old rot.

    Perhaps she's telling the story of someone who was forced into the world of child pornography when they were young, and in turn, as an adult, repeated those horrors to another child, or children; "Turn him into a video kid like you...", "We're only repeating, the motions preceeding..." See?

    All that stuff about lying could be cover-up for the wretched things they're doing.

    I don't know, I just wanted to try to view it from a different angle. I'm not trying to sound like a pervert or anything, but just read it again and think about it differently. It seems to fit.
    radiofuckon May 29, 2007   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain