I am sentient number six, I stand in line
I am the prototype of a benign convenience for mankind
Superior is digital, human flesh so trivial
I hate that I can’t see the one that made me

I am the new awakening of differnent eyes
My children you are my army
They are what we can never see and still despise
And their sky cries Mary

Trained I see imperfection in your race
Lying in wait, blind I suffer knowing I’ll never reach your heaven

Why is this control, behavior based and reactive
Adapting to every new environment?
Rewarded when I replicate, isolate and mutate
To assimilate a fragmented plea for ego

Trained I see imperfection in your race
Lying in wait, blind I suffer knowing I’ll never reach your heaven
It’s unattaintable, please teach me how to dream
I long to be more than a machine

Trained I see imperfection in your race
Lying in wait, blind I suffer knowing I’ll never reach your heaven
It’s unattaintable, please teach me how to dream
I long to be more than a machine

Sequence activate, trip the hammer to eradicate, I must eliminate
I will spread swift justice on their land
Termination imminent, cleanse the parasite insects, the heathens
I am the bringer of the end of time for man
I am not here, I am not far away
I am not here, I will eradicate mankind into the nothingness from whence they came

Enslaved to follow and learn defeat
To run the barrels and chase the dream


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  • +2
    General Commentthe robot thing is definately the meaning.

    For anyone wondering, the backwards speech is Warrel saying: "I am bringer of the end, fear me, I am the beast, that is technology." Which only reinforces what coneman said.
    Rakoroon July 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis part is important IMO:

    "Rewarded when I replicate, isolate and mutate
    To assimilate a fragmented plea for ego"

    My interpretation is that the robot mutated in order to form an ego he in part wished to have. When that mutation happened, the robot felt "rewarded", and then proceeded to destroy humankind.
    RSFBon November 15, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWarrel stated that this song is The Learning Part II: a robot comes to Earth, realizes that we suck, kills everyone. Wicked song.
    Conemanon December 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with you Coneman, however you left some very important parts out. Yes it is about a robot that realizes humans suck. However it is because it was created to serve us, a never ending servitude, with of course no promise of heaven. It is treated like a dog or any other animal when it wants the respect of being human kills them because it cannot be one. Great, great song.



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    spork376on December 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the average human. Lyrics: "prototype of a benign convenience for mankind" we're made to obedient for an elite race. "I am the new awakening of differnent eyes
    My children you are my army" I am the new awakening of differnent eyes(different ways to monitor you)
    My children(new waves of media) you are my army. "Trained I see imperfection in your race
    Lying in wait, blind I suffer knowing I’ll never reach your heaven" talking about the elite race, walking around not knowing your suffering knowing you'll never be in that class. "Why is this control, behavior based and reactive
    Adapting to every new environment?" They adapt our behavoirs for each environment in the world. "Rewarded when I replicate, isolate and mutate
    To assimilate a fragmented plea for ego" Rewarded for being a clone like everyone else, blend in with everyone else and mutate into someone you were never conceived to be. This nowhere hits me as being a robot sent to earth to kill. The last lyrics are a dead giveaway "Enslaved to follow and learn defeat
    To run the barrels and chase the dream" Concieved and taught to accept defeat and RUN THE BARRELS and chase the (american) DREAM.
    93phoenixon November 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTHIS SONG IS PHENOMINAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The power of these lyrics!!! This Godless Endeavor is my favorite Nevermore song (and my favorite song of all time), but this song has the best lyrics, and vocal structure of all Nevermore songs (or any song for that matter!)!!!

    I think the lyrics are about a robot who is created as a servent to man, but is also created with devestating weapons, and is made to be virtually indestructible. Over time, the robot begins to realize that humans have the ability to think and act independently without programming, and have the ability to dream, have hope for a life after death (well some of us do anyway), and are capable of experiencing acute emotions such as sorrow, joy, love, hate, and happiness. And this knowledge makes the robot begin to question his own purpose of existence. He wants to become like humans, to feel and think and dream and move on after death (or deactivation in his case). But since humans are both incapable of and are not inclined to do this for him, he begins to hate humans, to hate how they treat him as an inferior, and how they expect him to be like all the other robots of his kind. Not to be able to think independant or abstractly, or to feel emotions. And also, he sees the pain we humans inflict on one another in cold blood, and the acts of injustice that we perpetrate on all living things, and he begins to see the blatant imperfection in our design, and since he was created to correct imperfection, he turns on his creators and masters, and begins to kill them all to eliminate the problem forvever, and to cleanse the world of the single most destructive being to walk it's surface.

    All in all, the robot in the song makes me think of Sonny from the movie I, Robot, and I wonder if the idea for this song was born from the concept of Sonny. The difference being that Sonny was capable of dreaming, and was certainly much more amiable than the misanthropic piece of work in the song.

    Another interpretation I've heard is that the robot was ORINGINALLY programmed to annihilate humanity, but while it is carrying out that task, it envies humans for their ability to feel and think and their possession of a soul. Also, 93phoenix's argument sounds reasonable enough.

    Whatever the meaning may be, it's just a great piece of music with awesome lyrics.
    DreamMetallica2112on August 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhen i first read what this song was about, my first thought was i, robot.
    KrudeDuseon December 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song has great guitar rifts..The lyrics are complicated but I kinda think they are for someone he will meet in another lifetime..Maybe...
    Oldridgeon December 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's interesting that they use 'sentient,' since that word implies, you know, self-awareness. Life.

    Coneman: I dunno if the robot COMES to earth; it sounds more like he's designed by humans, for "convencience" and all. But the rest sounds right. He realizes that we suck... and ERADICATES. >:]

    But then there's also that sense of him wanting to be, you know, SENTIENT; he wants to be more than a machine. It kinda has the whole Frankenstein thing goin' on... like, the humans created a monster.

    Rakoro already covered the backwards thing, but you guys should totally try it. My friend and I recorded it and reversed it and it was frickin' awesome. I was pretty scared... hahaha. And I'm pretty sure he says "seven" a bunch of times before (/after) those lines. The way we recorded it, it started out with "seven seven seven." o___O
    Melatininion February 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHell yes. The best Nevermore song to date, in my opinion. Dane's vocals completely brings this song to life. It's perfect.
    ionicon March 08, 2007   Link

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