"My Dying Machine" as written by and Gary Anthony James Webb....
Why give orders?
Why give speeches?

No more questions
No more answers
All that's left is the fear

I can feel they're here
I can feel the cold
I can't fight for long
This machine runs down

If I had a picture
I could say it's all for you.

Why give orders?
And why make speeches?
Give me a reason to stay

This dying machine
I can hear me scream
I've nowhere to run
I've nowhere to hide

I can only wonder
I can only wonder why

Why give orders?
And why make speeches?
Give me a reason to die

This shape comes apart
Everything breaks down
And me, I'm trapped inside
And here inside it ends.

There's nothing I can do
There's nothing I can do now
If I had a picture
I could say it's all for you
I can only wonder
I can only wonder why


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"My Dying Machine" as written by Gary Anthony James Webb Gary Anthony Webb

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    General CommentThis song is fan-FREAKIN'-tastic.
    The sense of the utter futility in life is so pervasive in this song. You can see the change in Numans' approach from his earlier works in which technology seemed the dominate force in his alienation and more towards human emotion, and eventually his abandonment of religion.

    I love his use of images (film, pictures, etc) throughout his songs., and how he makes constant referrence to them breaking down, or fading.
    Major Valoron October 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it refers to having a plan or an idea how to protect yourself and keep everything in order, and losing that. Like a machine breaking down.. and it feels really confused.
    DJgifon July 24, 2009   Link

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