"replicas" as written by and Gary Anthony James Webb....
It was hard to avoid
I suppose it was the shame
But they didn't even try
You see we'd never met
And they didn't have names
There was nothing I could do

So I turned on the crowd
And I screamed 'you and you'
'It could have been you'
And they seemed to think
That I looked that way
Or maybe I was wrong

So I said
Do you know Mr. wall
And they looked the other way
And then they smiled at me

But the police came
And I said it was me
And I just walked away

Lyrics submitted by xl5ron

"Replicas" as written by Gary Anthony James Webb

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    General Commentgreat song ! i love his new version of this classic. it's more industrial sound like nine inch nails sound.
    xl5ronon June 04, 2004   Link
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    General CommentDeadsy covered this song.
    samwaltonon September 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNo comments on the meaning? I think there is a story to replicas but I don't know it. I assume "they didn't have names" would imply that they are clones/robots, essentially replicas. He tries to talk to them, maybe he was desperate.. thinking /maybe/ they'd have something, but they didn't even try. He cries to people in the crowd but they don't know who he's referring to because they're all the same.. I'm trying to figure out the police line, not sure.. It's not completely out there, any ideas?
    DJgifon July 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI tend to think the line "It was hard to avoid/I suppose it was the shame" means he got picked out of a group of people for having human emotions (see "Only a Downstat") such as shame. The next few lines seem to serve to explain why he was singled out ("We'd never met and they didn't have names, there was nothing I could do.")

    Protagonist then starts turning on a crowd of onlookers, who are presumably used to the sight of people being taken away like this (coming from a little background on Numan's supposed story that lead to this album), so he starts freaking on them, letting them know it could have been anyone being taken.

    Those last couple lines.. I'm not sure on them. The way Numan says "so I said..." just doesn't sit right with me, especially because from there the reaction seems to be that he got off scot-free. I believe this may be a case of unreliable protagonist--it would also explain why it cuts off so abruptly mid-story.
    nostopthaton November 21, 2011   Link
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    General CommentWell, I think Replicas is simply frustration at the robots he can't reason with.

    "The police came"
    "I said it was me
    And I just walked away"

    He knows it's no use trying to make the clones understand he's a individual without them antagonizing him. But then, he walks away, knowing that nothing comes through to them.

    That's just my opinion.
    TheBigSkyon February 25, 2012   Link
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    General CommentMr. Wall is running for President of USA right now.
    robertretro86on August 21, 2016   Link

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