"Meet Your Master" as written by and Trent Reznor....
Lay down imposition against a polished steel
This is something different
You like the way this feels
No time for asking questions
No time for wondering
We've had enough of you now
We've heard everything

We're goin' to play a new game
You put on this blindfold
You do what we tell you
You do as you're told
Used to be the leader, but
Now comes the time to serve
Maybe we'll show some mercy
Maybe you'll get what you deserve

Countdown to the end
Gonna make it go faster
Right around the bend
This is gonna be a disaster, disaster
Countdown to the end
And we're here to go faster
Come on down, my friend
It's time to meet your master

You've left quite a mess here
Under your stewardship
You thought you'd figured it out, but
You'll find your place in this
Nothing is so convincing
For you to see the truth
Give us so many things now
We've got in store for you

Countdown to the end
Gonna make it go faster
Right around the bend
This is gonna be a disaster, disaster
Countdown to the end
And we're here to go faster
Come on down, my friend
It's time to meet your master

Come on down, come on down, come on down
Come on down, come on down, come on down
Come on down, come on down, come on down
Come on down, come on down, come on down
Come on down, come on down, come on down
Come on down, come on down, come on down
Come on down, come on down, come on down


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"Meet Your Master" as written by Trent Reznor

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  • +2
    General CommentI am perfectly aware of the consept, and I see political views and messages shine through, but while listening all I can think of is Reznor and bondage. I'm not saying that he was asking for it... but he kind of was.

    That being said I can see how the bondage conection might have been put there on purpose as S&M has everything to do with degrading another person and making them "a lesser man". Again, I am not saying that I believe Trent wrote this about sadomasochism, but I think he chose to make it sound like he did.
    SpecialCon January 11, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI'm quite honestly surprised nobody here looked into the first part of the verse, specifically bowing down in position against the polished steel. If you read the first verse, as well the first 2 lines of the second verse (blindfolding) its all a description of a beheading. "Meet Your Master" is a line used to tell someone its time for you to die, go meet god. A beheading, historically speaking, was almost tradition in a revolution overthrowing what they thought a tyrannical rule. Though like many revolutions, the execution merely led to civil unrest and political struggle (the chorus eludes to this impending "disaster").
    ConLienharton September 03, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentP3NIX, you haven't read anything about the concept of this album, have you? To me, it sounds more like it's about The Presence (or more than one Presence), told from their perspective. They're pissed off at what we've done to the earth (see "The Warning"), and have come down to sort it all out. Hence the reference to "used to be the leader, now comes the time to serve" and "maybe you'll get what you deserve"; it's come to judge those responsible.
    thisismycatch22on April 06, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis could possibly be told from the view of the Angry Sniper.
    squareloveron April 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLie down in position*
    Against the polished steel*

    Don't know how big this feels - this part needs some help I don't know what he's saying but that is NOT it.

    We've heard everything*

    Another part that needs a lot of help:

    Count down to the end, gonna make it go faster*
    What a ----- this has become a real disaster*

    And another:
    --- so many --- ---- --- in store for you*
    Lodyon April 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNot so much as a meaning of the song but i get almost a picture like in the wall with the meat grinder and the single file line. Though instead its just a line up of all of misguided humanity set to be blindfolded and hung 1 by 1
    Touweon April 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think these are the right lyrics for the chorus:

    Count down to the end
    Gotta make it come faster
    Right around the bend
    Is a coming disaster
    Count down to the end
    And we're headed there faster
    Come on down my friend
    It's time to meet your master

    >_
    abhproon April 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentprobably not entierly right, but here are the lyrics, again. sorry maybe it was unnecessary?
    I kinda litteraly transcribed some parts ;)
    __

    Lie down, in position
    A-gainst the polished steel
    This is something different
    You'll like the way this feels
    No time for asking question
    No time for wondering
    We've had enough of you now
    We've heard everything

    We're gon-a play a new gay(m)
    You put on this blindfold
    You'll do what we tell you
    You'll do as you're told
    Used to be the leader, but-a
    Now come the time to serve
    Maybe we'll show some mercy
    Maybe you'll get what you deser|COUNT!
    down till the end
    Gonna make it come faster
    Right a-round the bend
    Is a comin' disaster (-saster)
    Count down till the end
    And we're headed there faster (faster)
    Come on down my friend
    It's time to \m/ MEET YOUR MASTER \m/

    You've left quite a mess here
    UN-der your stewardship
    You thought you'd figured it out, but
    You've earned your place in this
    Might take some convincing
    Want you to see the truth
    There are so many things, yeah
    we've got in store for you (whose got??)

    etc.
    __

    I couldn't have done this without abhpro :)

    anyway, I think the song is sung by someone, who like wants to torture someone for fucking up everything... like V wanted to give that Chancellor Adam Sutler guy what he deserved... I didn't really follow the ARG, so I dunno who that might be. maybe that angry sniper dude, like squarelover suggested?
    the_great_destroyeron April 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt could be interpreted as humanity being blind to the damage we are doing to earth. "No time for asking questions, No time for wondering"
    nathandublyaon April 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcould mean that we should just accept what is happening to our planet and not to question it. The old saying of "The blind leading the blind"
    nathandublyaon April 10, 2007   Link

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