"Unretrofied" as written by and Benjamin Allen Weinman....
Is the can half diseased
Or is the disease half canned
And is the man half machine
Or is the machine half man

I'm unretrofied
For you I'll just fake it
In the end just save it
For a new song and leave dead

In the end time is wasted
In the end wood paneled wagon
Carpool dragons
Killing me again

Now they're looting our holes
Until there is nothing left
Calloused intentions it seems,
Coward's invention at best

I'm unretrofied
For you Jesus can't play the music
Caused he's nailed to the cross
And over gnawed off feet I find

That I can't walk
I can't even walk
We're all dead


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"Unretrofied" as written by Benjamin Allen Weinman

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    General CommentDillinger's allowed to make up words
    magnifikoon December 03, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWell, retro does mean that something is old-fashioned so I'm guessing 'unretrofied' could mean being the opposite of that. Just a guess mind.
    Achmodeon April 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commentdillinger factoid: this song, phone home and a couple of other songs were actually going to be released under another band name because they sounded un-dillinger. but then greg ben and chris said fuck that we are dillinger and this is what we do...
    markofcainon January 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI am pretty sure it is about conformity and is a very sarcastic song. This explains why this song sounds much more mainstream since the lyrics have to deal with conformity.

    -and is the man half machine or is the machine half man -
    I think the machine part has more to do with us doing what we are told without question instead of being apathetic towards everything. Major record comanies basically tell their clients how to make songs and what they should sound like and this is just a sarcastic statement as if they were one of those bands.

    I don't think it has anything to do with them going mainstream or a personal event, just that they are mocking bands that do chose to live their lives as slaves (machines) to record companies.



    I also see this as a shot towards our society. As previously mentioned before, most people are slaves to fads and cliques (even the "rebels" are still conforming to their supposed non-conformity style) and as a result we act like machines since we can't think for ourselves. We are being told what is "cool" by men we don't see for their profit (calloused intentions it seems, coward's invention at best), and we are unable to think for ourselves (I can't walk).

    I didn't hit every line but I think this pretty much summed up the song. I just got done ranting about how much American education produces slaves so that might have influenced my thinkiing but eh.
    piercehawkeye258on May 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWow, just dloaded this song. I never really expected something like this from Dillinger, it's great...but I'm clueless on what unretrofied even means. =\

    *Goes out to buy Miss Machine*
    Dr_Colossuson December 07, 2004   Link
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    General Commentehh...wtf? is this because they try to be more public or advance as musicians? somone please answer! great song by the way . (though its not ordinary dillinger)
    lamaon April 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think its some nod to the modern situation of people liking retro things, as a fad. stores like urban outfitters can charge 70$ for pants that come pre-ripped, hes "unretrofied" as taking a stand to not be "modernized" to follow the trend of retro.

    the can half diseased/disease half canned could be about TV, a can, with the disease, or fads, being spread by the media
    and the man half machine/machine half man could be about technology and how were trained to want that stuff.

    the chorus sums everything up, people faking trends ands interests, time wasted repeating trends

    or maybe im just looking too far into this
    fxcknelsonon May 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think its some nod to the modern situation of people liking retro things, as a fad. stores like urban outfitters can charge 70$ for pants that come pre-ripped, hes "unretrofied" as taking a stand to not be "modernized" to follow the trend of retro.

    the can half diseased/disease half canned could be about TV, a can, with the disease, or fads, being spread by the media
    and the man half machine/machine half man could be about technology and how were trained to want that stuff.

    the chorus sums everything up, people faking trends ands interests, time wasted repeating trends

    or maybe im just looking too far into this
    fxcknelsonon May 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is strictly my opinion, but to me, this song seems to be an anti-war song. I could almost imagine that it's written from the perspective of an Iraqi, for example, "I'll just fake it...and leave dead in the end" -- pretending to be happy that their country was invaded and destroyed "for their own sakes," and then "time wasted...wood paneled wagon carpool dragons killing me again" That seems to obviously point to our SUV driving, gaz guzzling culture that is the reason Iraqis are being killed. Then of course, "now they're looting our holes..." Finding Sadam in the hole, and "calloused intentions, cowards invention" I believe that points directly to the atomic bomb, those Weapons of Mass Destruction that were never found but that we raided and "looted holes" for. About the word "Unretrofied," well, if you break it down it means, Not Retro or Not Old. So, it's sad that war has not become old yet. War is "Unretrofied." I know that was probably all far-fetched, but that's just the interpretation that drew me to the song.
    musicmaniac32on August 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOh and I think the line "is the can half diseased....half canned" is about small pox as a biological weapon. Does it exists as a weapon or has it been eradicated? "Is the man half machine...half man?" Will men act as men or will they destroy their own kind with heartless (machine like) actions? Ok, that's all I wanted to say.
    musicmaniac32on August 09, 2005   Link

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