"Future Proof" as written by Robert Del Naja, Neil Davidge and Grantley Marshall....
Borderline case
Reinforced glass
Earn some friends
Passport photos and a life so bad

Empty pocket and they think it's all
They think it's all
It's all ripped up on a smaller list?
You choose to woke up

Chemical's itching
Is it Grave?
Truly so

Separate the lead gun
Up we ghost, up we ghost
I love the way you print
Borrowed clothes

I could be numb
I could be numb
Passin' through

Borderline case
Future proof
Breathin' air
Breathin' air
Breathin' air

Lyrics submitted by merchantpierce

"Future Proof" as written by Grantley Evan Marshall Grantley Marshall

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    My InterpretationI want to offer an interpretation that differs completely from any other possibilitys mentioned here. Anything follows representing my opinion, didnt trying to match your personal construct of "reality".

    This Song is about a disease, namely borderline, which is one of more possible deseases caused by traumatized childhood. neurologically there isnt any reasonable difference to posttraumatic stress disorder. borderliners have difficulties to process emotional stress along with other symptoms which are to subjective for me to describe in english.

    Borderline case
    reinforced glass
    absent friends
    passport photos an elastic past
    Empty pocket..

    This may be an analogy to crossing borders while travelling and how it feels to arrive somewhere with empty pockets and absent friends. A borderliners feeling is always beeing on a border, lost, beeing the only one in his world. If we're lonely and things feeling bad, what we are used to, even our best, absent firends faces looks so fucking ugly..
    The past of all of us is elastic. None of us enjoys a linear life. We're always teared apart, we always forcing cuts and we are cut (literally, only very few of us are cutting themselves to get wounded)
    We are arrived so lonely in a world that strange, with empty pockets, what means we didnt got the set of tools sane people repair their traumas with. To be born means to be traumatized to us.
    The very base feeling of a borderliner is hardly better to described than this words do!

    They think it is all...

    meant the metaphor before. They think we just got some problems.

    They think it's soul

    They think we are just beeing as we are, because its our personality. Well, we didn't, this grabs deeper..

    It's all wrapped up on a swollen lip

    standard borderline case. What causes us to wandering the borders is secretly hidden behind our lips, swollen by the traumatizers violent fear of beeing identified. If our trauma came in the late state of sane thinking, lets say when we were 3 or 4 years, the traumatizer may have the need to construct strategies preventing leak of what he really is about.

    He draws the warm pipe


    Chemicals captured in winter's grip
    Turn us on
    Seperate the leper
    Hungry ghosts
    Hungry ghosts
    Another imprint
    In borrowed clothes

    Most of us has tried to numb the pain with chemicals. All od us knows what depression is. Anyone in upper northerns hemisphere knows winters grip. Hungry ghosts are with us, all the time, reminds to try to fill the hole.. But if we do, we'll soon be feeling like an imprint in borrowed clothes :(

    We can be numb
    We can be numb
    Passing through

    Yes, we can.

    "Blow! blow! blow! blow!"


    Borderline case
    Future proof

    look the words before. Real thin air is all we've got to breathe.

    Any thoughts welcome!
    swim123on October 07, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentall i have to say is wow, the lyrics are very multifaceted describing the future, the technoesque sound reinforces it, that and it's in a smirnoff comercial
    rogue_hawkon May 16, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyeah. everyone is pretty spot on in my opinion. fairly literal, as poett illustrates. not much else to say about the lyrics.

    my favorite part of this song however, is the guitars. i know, i know, but i'm a sucker for a good guitar sound. it's like 2:30 - 3:35, and yeah you have to turn it up - like you don't have it way up already...

    probably my favorite track off of the album even though i love everything on this album..
    Wimmachineon August 05, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe song seems to be mostly about drugs. "He draws the warm pipe" and "Blow blow blow blow" seem to be about either crack or meth.
    I'm not sure if there's a connection, but "Hungry Ghosts" is an important Chinese festival near Halloween where paper effogies of money, cars, houses, etc. are burned so that the ancestral spirits will have these items to make their after-lives more comfortable. Hindus have a similar festival at about the same time.
    bocmaximaon May 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDrugs are futureproof. mankind has been using substances to alter they mind scince the dawn of civilization, and we will only continue to create strong more powerful drugs that only kill us faster.Hence, drugs are futureproof.

    ("Reinforced glass
    Absent friends
    Passport photos ") sounds like he is being detained somewhere for drugs.
    FreeDemonon August 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentPerhaps institutions?
    Namely mental ones?
    Borderline cases- A patient who is one the line of sanity? Whose actions would push the limits of whatever is socially acceptable.
    Reenforced glass - easy one
    agent_hunton November 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIn some passages it sounds like it´s about people who do drugs in order to prevent from having feelings of anxiety, fear, pain, sickness, sexual impotency and, what somehow sticks a little more in my head by listening to the song, aging.

    Just impressions...
    albotrindadeon January 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFirst verse is about being at a border checkpoint. passport photos, reinforced glass, etc.
    'Elastic past, empty pockets' = somebody with a flexible history i.e. fake passports, no luggage, etc.

    Then we get the reference to drugs.

    Then what I interpret as police checking for drugs. Maybe not so clear-cut here, but I read it as:
    "seperate the leper" = seperate the drug trafficker from the rest of the passengers
    "hungry ghosts" = police searching hungrily for a drug bust? maybe?
    "another imprint, in borrowed clothes" = borrowed clothes definitely evinces the whole falsified past thing mentioned before, presumably this would be the one with drugs. imprint = drugs, or concealed drugs?

    then more drug references.
    energyandwaveson January 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentBorderline case can be a bit metaphoric. It could be about crossing moral borders. For me it's a description of a technocratic, dehumanized institution or society, which is crossing a border of human dignity armed with scientific authority nobody can defy.
    ScannerDarklyon May 27, 2010   Link
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    Song Meaningmost of you got it right,some are dead off...

    the song is about a drug addict yes, and drugs... and most of the lyrics are literal...

    'Borderline case' = a person on the edge, someone with problems shut out from the rest of their world, with no one to turn to and no where to go, a person on the borderline of life.........

    'reinforced glass' = crack pipes are reinforced so they can be smoked out of.... look it up, this lyric is to the point......

    'absent friends' = another literal lyric, can be taken in many directions, but mainly again this person has no people in their life........

    'Passport photos, An elastic past, empty pockets' = this person has nothing to their name but their ID, no money, no anything;

    'They think it is all... They think it's soul' = they=the addict, regard the drugs as what they actually feel, what they think the drugs make them feel, like they have a soul, like its everything they feel........

    'All wrapped up on a swollen lip, He draws the warm pipe' = very literal here, all wrapped up on a swollen lip, the pipe is in 'his' mouth being smoked....

    .....the rest later.... if i get any responses from this...... if not, the truth is too hard to bare, cause you just cant see....

    poetton May 31, 2010   Link

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