"Steam Engenius" as written by Isaac Brock, Eric Judy, Tom Peloso, Jeremiah Green, Johnny Marr and Joe Plummer....
I was born in the factory
Far away from the milk and tea
What's the use?
Oh, what's the use?

You chitters are split in half
A mechanical sacrificial calf for you
Oh, all for you

Steam engenius, you see
Steam engenius enough to answer anything you need
But what's the use?

Chum and nature was what started me
Well, I acted once right but naturally it wasn't hatching love
Though not my fault
No

I held my hands
The beating heart of a robot
He drived his car
He's sitting there burning
Now in the parking lot
Just for you

What a waste of time
What a waste of words
What a waste of strength
Well, I smoke in my neck
And you see far
You meant for clenching your leg

I was born in the factory
Far away from the milk and tea
What's the use?
Oh, what's the use?

Bliss through waters, I was split in half
A mechanical sacrificial calf that flew
Oh, off they flew

Steam engenius, you see
Steam engenius enough to answer anything you need
And I like speed

I held my hands
The beating heart of a robot
He drived his car
He's sitting there
Waiting car in the parking lot
Out for you

What a waste of time
What a waste of words
What a waste of strength
Well, I smoke in my air
And you spoke far
You meant for dizzying lay

(I was born in the factory)

Both hassle men
Half like a joke
Trying to make another joke
Laugh, haha

Stasisity's what you brought
Like a rickshaw getting pulled around by another rickshaw
Rickshaw..

In the past talking present tense
Gonna break it
Gonna wreck it
Gonna try to make it all make sense

Stasisity's what you got
Like a rickshaw getting pulled around by another rickshaw

Steam engenius, you see
Steam engenius enough to bring my own damn doom
What could I do?

I been blamed then blamed the groom
Well, deep inside everybody knew it was them
It's caught on them

Things rain in stories Greek
I didn't want it, you gave me deity
It was you
Yeah, all for you

I was born in the factory
Far away from the milk and tea
What's the use?
Oh, what is the use?

I held my hands
The beating heart of a robot
He drived his car
He's sitting there crying
All the way in the parking lot
Just for you

I'll start up the man
(?)
Then rip into my
(?)

(?)
I didn't even know that was my own damn plan

What a waste of time
What a waste of words
What a waste of breath
Well, I spoke it by now
You broke your thought
You meant for (?)

I held my hands
The beating heart of a robot
He drived his car
He's sitting there crying
Now waiting for you in the parking lot
Going woo-hoo

Stasisity's what you got
Like a rickshaw getting pulled around by another rickshaw


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"Steam Engenius" as written by Isaac Brock Eric Judy

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  • +5
    Lyric CorrectionCorrect lyrics:
    I was born in the factory
    Far away from the milky teat
    What's the use?
    Oh, what's the use?

    You cheered as I was split in half
    A mechanical sacrificial calf for you
    Oh, all for you

    Steam engenius, you see
    Steam engenius enough to answer anything you need
    But what's the use?

    Human nature was installed in me.
    I did once right but naturally it wasn't natural.
    Though not my fault
    No

    I held in my hands the beating heart of a robot
    He'd lost his car
    it was sitting there crying
    waiting in the parking lot
    Just for you.

    What a waste of time
    What a waste of words
    What a waste of strength
    Well, I spoke in binary and you for volume and dizzying length

    I was born in the factory
    Far away from the milky teat
    What's the use?
    Oh, what's the use?

    Birds flew out as I was split in half
    A mechanical sacrificial calf. They flew.
    Oh, off they flew

    Steam engenius, you see
    Steam engenius enough to answer anything you need
    And ah that speed

    I held in my hands the beating heart of a robot
    He'd lost his car
    it was sitting there crying
    waiting in the parking lot
    Just for you

    What a waste of time
    What a waste of words
    What a waste of strength
    Well, I spoke in binary and you for volume and dizzying length.

    (I was born in the factory)

    Both halves are the better half
    like a joke tryin' to make another joke laugh.
    Ha! Ha!

    Stasis is what you brought. Like a rickshaw getting pulled around by another rickshaw.
    In the past talking present tense.
    Gonna break it.Gonna Wreck it. Gonna try to make it all make sense.
    Stasis is what you got. Like a rickshaw getting pulled 'round by another rickshaw.

    Steam Engenius you see! Steam Engenius enough to bring my own damn doom.
    What could I do?
    I blame blame that blame had grew.
    Well deep inside everybody knew it was them.
    It was all on them.
    Things rang of stories greek.
    I didn't want it, you gave me deity. It was you.
    Yeah, all for you

    I was born in the factory.
    Far away from the milky teat. What's the use?


    I held in my hands the beating heart of a robot
    He'd lost his car it was sitting there crying
    waiting in the parking lot
    Just for you.

    I was thought up by man to think better than them then revered , admired , then destroyed by them.
    Hell even all that that was my own damn plan.

    What a waste of time
    What a waste of strength.

    I held in my hands the beating heart of a robot
    He'd lost his car
    it was sitting there crying
    waiting in the parking lot
    Just for you.

    Stasis is what you got
    Like a rickshaw getting pulled around by another rickshaw.
    ChelonianWisdomon May 10, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI wrote an essay on it... I haven't done the conclusion yet, but here's what I've got. I think it's what he meant, because I read in an interview something about his view of technology.

    Modest Mouse’s song “Steam Engenius” from their album We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, takes a metaphoric approach to addressing the issue of human over-reliance on technology. The writer, Isaac Brock, combines biblical and technological references as well as stylistically portraying his message through the music itself by choice of dynamics and tempo.

    From the very first phrase, “I was born in a factory” Brock offers a perfect summary of his point. The imagery is clear — conveyer belts whisking parts through a crowded warehouse and being assembled by countless robots, all at a speed much faster than their human counterparts could do the job. The factory itself is Brock’s first metaphor, embodying technology’s eventual usurpation of humans. He expands on this theme in later stanzas, seamlessly supporting his claim with facts that can be proved using his own factory analogy. Why are human workers being replaced with robots? The simple answer is efficiency. Technology works faster, better, and asks for nothing in return. It truly is “all for you”.

    But there is another point in his opening line — what came from the factory was not merely created, but born. That is the key to revealing the deeper layer of Brock’s meaning, and understanding the metaphor of the factory. That technology, as well as replacing humans, is being made to become human. Now it is not merely the manual labor of a factory worker that is being replaced — it is our very minds. The line “I was thought up by man to think better than them” shows the paradox of the situation. Aptly deemed the “mechanical sacrificial calf”, the men that created it in the first place are forgotten as their inventions are revered and admired.

    However, it is clear that while it seems technology is taking over, it is the humans who should be in control of the situation. We gave it deity. A machine has no power, no thoughts, no needs… it works for us, but on its own, it is like a rickshaw pulling another rickshaw — pointless. Man gives it purpose. A rickshaw doesn’t have anywhere to go, your phone doesn’t have anyone to call, and the essence of what Brock is saying is that they are tools for us to use, not something greater than ourselves.


    keiskleiriana1on April 19, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMy opinion of this song is that Brock wrote this from the point of view of the computer. I think this is about our internet culture and what a waste of time this all is.

    The rickshaw pulling a rickshaw is all computers connecting each other, but there's no driver in charge.

    In the past talking present tense could mean postings like this. I wrote this in the past, but you are all reading this like it's present tense.

    I like the religious interpretations and also the robot messiah idea too. I think they fit well with the theme of the song as well which is cool because I did not think of this song like that until I came here.

    Bottom line is no matter what the song means to you, enjoy it because its brilliant on so many levels lyrically and intrumentally. Brock is a mofo genious!
    eyezackon March 07, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI was born in a factory.
    Far away from the milky teat.
    What's the use?!
    Oh, what's the use?!
    You cheered as I was split in half,
    A mechanical sacrificial calf for you.
    Oh, all for you.

    Steam engenius, you see.
    Steam engenius enough to answer anything you need.
    But what's the use?
    Human nature was installed in me.
    I did what's right, but naturally it wasn't natural.
    Still not my fault.

    I held in my hands the beating heart of a robot, he'd lost his car it was sitting there crying out waiting in the parking lot just for you going, "Woo-hoo, woo-hoo, woo-hoo, woo-hoo!"

    What a waste of time what a waste of words. What a waste of strength. Well I spoke in binary and you for volume and dizzying length.

    I was born in a factory.
    Far away from the milky teat.
    What's the use?!
    Oh, what's the use?!
    Birds flew out as I was split in half.
    A mechanical sacrificial calf. They flew.
    Oh, out they flew.
    Steam engenius, you see.
    Steam engenius, enough to answer anything you need.
    And ah, that speed.

    I held in my hands the beating heart of a robot, he'd lost his car it was sitting there crying out waiting in the parking lot just for you going, "Woo-hoo, woo-hoo, woo-hoo, woo-hoo!"

    What a waste of time what a waste of words. What a waste of strength. Well I spoke in binary and you for volume and dizzying length.

    Both halves are the better half like a joke tryin' to make another joke laugh. Ha! Ha!

    Stasis is what you brought, like a rickshaw getting pulled around by another rickshaw.

    In the past talkin' present tense,.
    Gonna break it.
    Gonna wreck it.
    Gonna try to make it all make sense.

    Stasis is what you got like a rickshaw getting pulled around by another rickshaw.

    Steam engenius, you see.
    Steam engenius, enough to bring my own damn doom.
    What could I do?
    I blame blame that blame had grew.
    Well deep inside everybody knew it was them.
    Things rang of stories greek.
    I didn't want it, you gave me deity.
    It was you. Yeah, all for you.
    I was born in a factory
    Far away from the milky teat.
    What's the use?!


    I held in my hands the beating heart of a robot, he'd lost his car it was sitting there crying out waiting in the parking lot just for you going, "Woo-hoo, woo-hoo, woo-hoo, woo-hoo!"

    I was thought up by man to think better than them, then revered, admired, and then destroyed by them. Hell even all that was my own damn plan.

    Well what a waste of time what a waste of words what a waste of strength. Well I spoke in binary and you for volume and dizzying length.

    Stasis is what you've got. Like a rickshaw getting pulled around by another rickshaw.
    HopeSoForYouon March 21, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHere are the official lyrics to the song, directly from the digital booklet that came along with the album on iTunes:

    I was born in a factory. Far away from the milky teat.
    What’s the use?! Oh what’s the use?! You cheered as I
    was split in half, a mechanical sacrificial calf for you. Oh
    all for you. Steam engenius you see, steam engenius
    enough to answer anything you need. But what’s the
    use? Human nature was installed in me. I did what’s
    right but naturally it wasn’t natural. Still not my fault. I
    held in my hands the beating heart of a robot, he’d lost
    his car it was sitting there crying out waiting in the park-
    ing lot just for you going, “Woo-hoo, woo-hoo, woo-hoo,
    woo-hoo.” What a waste of time what a waste of words.
    What a waste of strength. Well I spoke in binary and you
    for volume and dizzying length. I was bornin a factory,
    far away from the milky teat. What’s the use?! Birds flew
    out as I was split in half. A mechanical sacrificial calf.
    They flew.Oh out they flew.Steam engenius you see.
    Steam engenius enough to answer anything you need
    and ah that speed.I held in my hands the beating heart
    of a robot, he’d lost his car,itwas sitting therecrying
    out waiting in the parking lot out for you. What a
    waste time. What a waste of words. What a
    waste of strength. Well I spoke in binary
    and you for volume and for dizzying
    length. Woo-hoo woo-hoo woo-hoo!
    Both halves arethe better half
    like a joke tryin’ to make anoth-
    er joke laugh. Ha! Ha! Stasis
    is what you brought. Like a
    rickshaw getting pulled
    around by another rickshaw. In the past talkin’ present
    tense. Gonna break it. Gonna wreck it. Gonna try to
    make it all make sense. Stasis is what you got. Like a
    rickshaw getting’ pulled ’round by another rickshaw.
    Steam engenius you see! Steam engenius enough to
    bring my own damn doom. What could I do?! I blame
    blame that blame had grew. Well deep inside everybody
    knew it was them. It was all on them. Things rang of sto-
    ries greek. I didn’t want it, you gave me deity. It was you.
    Yeah all for you. I was born in a factory far away from
    the milky teat. What’s the use?! I held in my hands the
    beating heart of a robot. He’d lost his car, he was sitting
    there crying out waiting in the parking lot just for you.
    Woo-hoo! Woo-hoo! I was thought up by man to think
    better than them then revered admired and then
    destroyed by them. Hell even all that was my own damn
    plan. Well what a waste of time what a waste of strength.
    Stasis is what you’ve got. Like a rickshaw getting pulled
    around by another rickshaw.
    musicool2on March 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentphew. I hope you all enjoy that.
    HopeSoForYouon March 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love the woohooo's!! =D they're great! this song is amazing!
    gabs079on July 25, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning"Things rang of stories Greek
    I didn't want it, you gave me deity
    It was you
    Yeah, all for you"

    In Greek theatre the resolution would often be deities (gods) coming out of nowhere and solving the problem, so he's saying that what happened "rang of stories greek" (resembled greek theatre). That's where those first two lines come from.
    itchaboton August 21, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm pretty sure it's "milky teat" every time, because it's referencing the fact that he was born in a factory, so far removed from the human experience of birth. Also, "milk and tea" makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.
    yrael42on February 26, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOh wooow these lyrics are really off. I have the album which has the lyrics in the cover booklet and there are a LOT of mistakes in this
    BeccaGeeon October 11, 2011   Link

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