"My Dying Machine" as written by and Gary Anthony James Webb....
No more questions
No more answers
All that's left isn't there

No more questions
No more answers
All that's left isn't there

I can feel them near
I can feel them near
I can't fight for long
This machine runs down

Why give orders?
Why give speeches?
Give me a reason to die

Why give orders?
Why give speeches?
Give me a reason to die

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

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

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

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

Why give orders?
Why make speeches?
Give me a reason to fight

Why give orders?
Why make speeches?
Give me a reason to fight

I've nowhere to run
I've nowhere to run

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

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

Everything breaks down
And me, I'm trapped inside
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

There's nothing I can do
There's nothing I can do now

(Why give orders?)
(Why make speeches?)


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"My Dying Machine [William Orbit Mix][*]" as written by Gary Anthony James Webb Gary Anthony Webb

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    My InterpretationMaybe this song is about the power that politicians have all over us and the conformism of citizens and the lack of necessity of speeches and orders that we all are going to follow.
    PeluCrespinson August 21, 2017   Link
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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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