"Prototype" as written by Adriel Alan Garcia, Elliott Marsh Sharp, Steve Miloszewski and John Leslie Whitney....
I made her from pieces of stars
The ones that fell when you shot through
A sky that burned not to return
No other element would do

Her soul was grown in the bathroom
Her heart is just a red balloon
I gave her lips from wild orchids
When she came out of the cocoon

Not the real thing
Not the real thing
Not the real thing

I can barely see the sun
Now it's blue
I can barely see the sun
Because she kisses like a prototype

I programmed her with eye color
Majestic emerald green
Uploaded with your attitude
She will do it like a machine

But no matter how hard I've tried
She never smiles unless she's high
And just like you
Won't ever stop crying

Not the real thing
Not the real thing
Not the real thing

I can barely see the sun
Now it's blue
I can barely see the sun
Because she kisses like a prototype
Kisses like a prototype of you

Please come back and rescue me from the machines
And I'll be wondering why you do it with somebody else
Please come back and rescue me
And I'll be wandering while you do it with somebody else

Not the real thing
Not the real thing
Not the real thing

I can barely see the sun
Now it's blue
I can barely see the sun
She's a prototype of you

I can barely see the sun
Now it's blue
I can barely see the sun
Because she kisses like a prototype
Kisses like a prototype



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"Prototype" as written by Elliott Marsh Sharp Adriel Alan Garcia

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    General Commentgod i love this song

    id say its about a guy who is trying to move on from a past love and seems to be attracted to a girl just because she reminds him of the past love

    the song talks about how she is maybe fabricated in his mind and that shes not "the real thing" and just he is making himself believe she is


    absolutely great
    mikereynolds4444on March 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is probably my second favorite of their songs. gotta love it.
    schlieveon April 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAfter you date somebody that you are really into, possibly love, you hold the following girls up to those standards, they have to have those "wild orchid lips"
    He "designed" (hand picked) this girl so that she was physically as close to perfect (his love) as he could get
    BUT

    Its not good enough, shes a stoner and depressed, passionless.

    He realizes that this girl is merely a prototype of his old girfriend, that he hasn't found better, he has gone back a step

    and wants to be with his former love, or girl who is on par or above her
    Saarateon December 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAmazing song.
    So after couples break up, people tend to date people who resemble their past partner if they're not over them
    well this guy obviously isn't over her
    emerald eyes, uploaded with your attitude.
    he refers to the new girl as a machine
    he found a girl that looks like his ex and is the same in a way
    but she won't do
    because she isn't the real thing
    and he wishes his ex will save him from the "machines"
    rather than be with who she is now
    so she's moved on, while he hasn't.
    Neskicks17on August 31, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI personally always just saw this song as a guy going after a girl her reminds him of an old girlfriend he loved - only thing is, it's just not her, hence the "not the real thing" and blah blah blah, something like that...
    :)
    BenefitOfTheDoubton August 05, 2009   Link
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    General Commentactually. this song was origonaly writen in pennsylvaina, where the singer and a friend joined together to create it. The friend created the lyrics which were about his recently ex girlfriend and how everywhere he went he would see people who looked like her, but weren't the "real thing"...

    Roxoon March 03, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song can be interpreted from a love perspective, but I believe the meaning is more than that. I think this has more to do with the Information Age and the loss of humanity when we get enthralled in the Information Age.

    The fact that the singer/author "made her from pieces of stars" and "he gave her lips from wild orchids when she came out of the cocoon" recognizes the creation of her through an unrealistic means, as if she was processed or generated, rather than born, similar to robots or computers being created by mankind. Hence she is the "prototype" or robot f this age, and this idea is further rendered from "I programmed her with eye color" and "she will do it like a machine." The fact that the singer tells this in the first person recognizes that he is indeed a human, yet he creates her aside from the way humans normally wouldn't.

    And then there's the idea of dystopia thinking. "A sky that burned not to return" and "I can barely see the sun, now it's blue" recognizes that the world isn't the same as it should be. Instead, it has been rendered and changed from the past, become this sort of future dystopian computer world where we create robots to have human thought.

    Essentially, the world is Earth, but no longer fruitful, so the author makes this "prototype" as a way to bring some sort of humanity into the world. The author/singer tries to program nature into this "prototype" with "majestic emerald green" and "her heart is a red balloon." Yet, all of this majestic emerald green and red balloons are just metaphors of the past, feel good images that are now only artificially rendered (they no longer exist in the new world, so the author/singer tries to bring them back so that the world is still Earth-like and not all robotic).

    Lastly, I interpret this song as if the author's immediate youth was lost. The author/singer seems to realize the world has changed in the past, and he's bringing back his lover into a world that has vastly changed through information and industry. It's not so much that he ost his love to another man or woman, it's the fact that the world has changed and taken away everything Earth-like, and this "protoype" he creates is his way of re-experiencing the past world in an artificial way. He wants to go back to the past world of "wild orchids" rather than be consumed by machines, so he makes the best of what he has, even if it's artificial.
    costumedancepartyon August 02, 2015   Link

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