Try and plant a tree
On top of a computer
That's not happening

What's really alive
And what has to be
Turned on (Turned on)
By somebody

The effort it
Takes to learn from
Rather lean on it and
Form a religion
Around it

Living things
Something you need
Might be something
I can't

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Second-Rate Machines song meanings
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    General CommentSecond-rate machines comes from the book Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut.

    The book is set in the future where we let machines decide everything.

    At least I'm just assuming that's where the term "second-rate machines" comes from.

    "The machines are to practically everybody what the white men were to the Indians. People are finding that, because of the way the machines are changing the world, more and more of their old values don't apply any more. People have no choice but to become second-rate machines themselves, or wards of the machines."
    mhmitszachon February 12, 2010   Link

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