"Slave Labor" as written by Burton C. Bell, Raymond Herrera and Christian Olde Wolbers....
My chains are paper thin, and they're welded with ink
Sealed inside a legal trap, so tight with a leak
A contract with the devil for a life of disdain
Seeping in the limelight at attention, slave!

I blame myself

God, help me pour this gas on me
I need to drown in flames to be free
Help me pour this gas on me
Help me pour this gas on me

God help me pour this gas on me [Repeat x4]

Chocking on the product for the mass to consume
The flocks of mindless sheep that have been corporately groomed
Ignorance through apathy like drones in the hive
A slave on the trail, a willing conformed disguise

I blame myself

God, help me pour this gas on me
I need to drown in flames to be free
Help me pour this gas on me
Help me pour this gas on me

[Repeat x11]
I sold my soul

God, help me pour this gas on me
I need to drown in flames to be free
Help me pour this gas on me
Help me pour, this gas on me

[Repeat x4]
God help me pour this gas on me


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"Slave Labor" as written by Christian Olde Wolbers Burton C. Bell

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    General CommentThis song is about Fear Factory stuck under contract with RoadRunner Records and how they signed a really bad contract (sold themselves)! A slave to the record company.

    "A contract with the devil for a life of distain"
    caireyon April 24, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthat sounds accurate. great song, FF are definately back with a vengeance.
    Disposition_987on April 24, 2004   Link
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    General CommentDamn right they are! This album almost compares to Demanufacture! (almost)
    Body Hammeron May 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIf i were an English teacher i'd say...good quoting cairey
    anyhoo this is a ripper of a song, who am i to judge what a song means?
    Insane JiMon November 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYou guys are probably right about the record label situation, but that line:

    "God help me pour this gas on me "

    definetly makes me think of that buhdist guy who set himself on fire in a human rights protest. There is a VERY powerful photo of him somewhere out there where he is kneeling on a mat, burning to death, and he looks completely calm and in control.
    DingleberryElectronon January 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMaybe he's reffering to the record labels as god with their 'all mighty power.' and helping pour the gas on him would be getting him ready for like a kind of death and then "i need to drown in flames to be free" would be drowning in ignorance maybe to be free. giving up and letting the record labels to deal with everything. Losing his independence. Or than again, it could be the completely opposite: When he's protesting against the record labels. I hope that made sense...
    MonkeysLikePeanutson January 05, 2005   Link
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    General Comment*free of his identidy/independece
    MonkeysLikePeanutson January 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThese lyrics are pretty wrong who ever submited them dosnt have the cd This are the correct lyrics

    MY CHAINS ARE PAPER THIN,AND THEIR WELDED W/ INK
    SEALED INSIDE A LETHAL TRAP SO TIGHT BLOOD DONT LEAK
    A CONTRACT WITH A DEVIL FOR A LIFE OF DISTAIN
    SE ME IN THE LIMELIGHT,AN INDNTURED SLAVE
    I BLAME MYSELF

    (CHORUS IS CORRECT)

    (LAST LINE CORRECTED)
    A SLAVE ON THE PRAYER WHEEL IN CONFORMED DISGUISE
    I BLAME MYSELF

    (IT WAS MOSTLY RIGHT JUST THE LITTLE MISTAKES GOT ON MY NERVES)
    rammstein4lyfon March 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti agree with the record label stuff. I dont know much about this bands past stuff because archetype is the only cd i have but i have to say this song is awesome. I love the guitar riff and the drums are really great in this song and in pretty much every other song on this cd.
    ZionsVillageIdioton July 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt contains references to the self-immolation of a person against the corporate world, e.g. Kathy Change. The Corporate world in this case could well be Roadrunner records.
    pirateballoonon October 05, 2006   Link

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