Take a bow
Pack on powder
Wash em out with buzzing lights
Pay an au-
Dience to care
Impress me personality
Still intransfixed

The electric sheep are dreaming of your face
Enjoy you from
The chemical
Comfort of america
Come one come all
Into 1984
Ya 3 2 1
Lights! camera! transaction!

Quick your time
Is almost up
Make all forget that they're the moth
Edging in
Toward the flame burn into obscurity
Still intransfixed
The electric sheep are dreamin up your fate

We judge you fom
The card castle
Comfort of america
Come one come all
Into 1984
Ya 3 2 1
Lights! camera! yeah!

Come one come all
Into 1984
Ya 3 2 1
Lights! camera! transaction!
Lights! camera! transaction!
Oh

Come one come all
Into 1984
Ya 3 2 1
Lights! camera! transaction!
Ho

Your foundation
Is canyoning
Fault lines should be worn with pride
I hate to say it
Your so much more
Your so much more
Endearing with
The sound turned off



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"Talk Shows On Mute" as written by Brandon Charles/pasillas Boyd, Michael Aaron/kilmore Einziger

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  • +2
    General Comment:The part about dreaming of electric sheep i believe is a reference to Philip K Dick's brilliant sci-fi novel titled "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" The movie Blade Runner is an adaptation of the book. . .
    put briefly, the story is about a man who is a "blade runner" and is set out to destroy human clones known as "replicants. . .highly recommended
    Melangeon May 06, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:I belive Im on fire was shortest and to the point when he said i believe that this song is about being unoriginal and following into a media trap. Though there are more references within the song. From the obvious 1984 to the novel Do androids dream of electric sheep.
    I remember when this song came out and I am surprised some of my ideas have not been stated maybe they are a little much. I also must state that they are my ideas Im not one to say THIS IS WHAT THE SONG IS ABOUT! Because I didn’t write it. Here is goes almost line for line or stanza

    Take a bow ( it is as it says take a bow congragulate yourself)
    Pack on powder ( pack on powder is a reference to wearing makeup and not being yourself)
    Wash 'em out with buzzing lights (Wash ‘em out everyone who is not strong enough to withstand the scrutiny the light will shine on those left standing)
    Pay an audience to care ( Surprise I didn’t see this from anyone but I belive it is clearly a saying that You must “pay and audience 2 care” give them what they want in order for them to listen. Play what they want you to play conform sellout in order to get the attention. Such as a soul singer in a session band :D
    Impress me personality (How the biggest personalites not the realest are the most known and get the attention)

    Still and transfixed ( transfixed on the situation or world not seeing it for the unrealaity of it all)
    The electric sheep, (reference to a novel that makes the previous line more stronger. How the ideas of counting sheep are hard wired in our head and even to the extent that it is not really sheep it is is a electric nurons or whatever fireing over and over)
    Are dreaming of your face ( these same things are dreaming of faces be it a loved one or a famous person or even being famous)
    Enjoy you from the chemical ( enjoyment is an emotion that are caused by chemicals, we let emotions get the best of us)
    Comfort of America ( media and the irrelevant way of life is the comfort of America)

    Come one
    Come all
    Into 1984 (it is a mockery of the way we live and we invite it to continue and never question its validity of actually living)
    Yeah, three, two, one
    Lights, camera, transaction (after the lights come on there is a transaction the same idea of paying an audience to care we are sold what we want to hear or what we think we want to hear)

    Quick, your time is almost up ( this is talking to the media and those who aspire to be part of it including actors, stating that your 5 mins of fame is almost up and that we are realizing how wrong it is)
    Make all forget that they're the moth
    Edging in, towards the flame
    Burn into obscurity ( we all know that moths are attracted to light and flames are a natural light that would burn and killthem if they got too close. The flame is a the light of camras and the idea of being famous and then a forgotten no one, I belive he would rather us be known for something more than just a tv personality or whatnot)

    Still and transfixed
    the electric sheep (same as above just reinforced)
    are dreaming up your fate ( transixed on the unrealizim of the world we have built our own prisions and will sucomb to being another mindless member of the masses)
    We judge you from
    the card castle ( I am also supprised that no one took a card castle for an actual “card castle” something so big and amazing built up carefully but with the softest breeze or wrong touch can fall apart. We are judged by how much it takes to make us even though it takes so little to break us.
    comfort of America( this again the ideals are sadly the comfort of America)

    Come one
    Come all
    Into 1984
    Yeah, three, two, one
    Lights, camera... ( you know the deal)

    Come one
    Come all
    To 1984
    Yeah, three, two, one
    Lights, camera, transaction

    The foundation is canyoning ( foundation as in makeup is no longer holding up and the foundation of what we build ourselves on is no longer working either)
    Fault lines should be worn with pride (wrinkles (older and wiser) should not be covered up. Be happy for who you are and what you have learned. Lines of understading over the whole fake world should be worn with pride instead of thought of as a bad thing.)
    I hate to say it
    You're so much more
    You're so much more
    Endearing with the sound turned off.. (im too lazy but if you cant figure it out read a few prior posts.)
    I know I misspelled im too lazy to correct and yes I know there is such thing as autocorrect.
    These are my ideas and if you like them HOOAH if not, to each his own.
    whenyourmindsmadeup1983on August 21, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:this song is a mockery of bush and the u.s. gov't, comparing it to the totalitarian regime portrayed in george orwell's '1984'
    PiiMPDADiion April 19, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:No, I completely disagree. Megalomaniac is Brandon's only slap in the face to Bush on the entire album.
    This song is a metaphorical beatdown to society itself. A "commentary on society" is exactly what it is.

    There is no paranoia here, they aren't afraid of a president. Have you ever listened to "Just A Phase"? Boyd's COMFORT is temporaryism.

    Ignore that the line "The foundation is canyoning" sounds so apocalyptic and look at the rest of the song. Brandon is making fun of stereotypical American slobs. That's all there is to it.
    Watch the video.
    Outside Ironyon May 05, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:to justify the above, in some way.... it says.... 'we judge you from the card castles'
    lorna-timewastedon May 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I'm pretty sure as some poeple have pointed out earlier it's a song about sterotypical people/Americans. How people just watch TV not for information but like for entertainment. Like American Idol.
    I think the first verse is about how they business people lure your into watching their show and as people we are just the "electric sheep" watching them.
    htownwrestleron June 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:ummm... im not sure but i think this show is about america's obsession with talk shows ... and now even more so reality tv shows ... they're the comfort of america... yeah
    lyrical_butterflyon July 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:this song rocks!!!!
    i just dont get it.. something about electric sheep dreraming of your face? going back in time?
    Ph00kyon April 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:kick ass song and mr. Boyd over there just keeps that good sheiza comin. its a commentary on society and a damn good one. laterz
    shryan135on April 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:i agree.
    funshineon May 01, 2004   Link

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