Everything you do is planned out in advance
the stars push their dark wills down on you
and wolves all tear themselves apart better in packs
that's just a function we'll have to work on through
we are machines that eat and breathe and look really cool
you're reacting just the way I thought you would
but I've replaced my heart with metal parts
and I'm working just fine, but I can't get it to start
we are machines that breathe and weep and look really good trained to kill
send me back in time and I'll bring us back in line
just tell me who's mother I have to kill
I'm fine like I've always been, except I don't remember-when
my conscience didn't act up again
we're living on borrowed time
and it looks like they want it back


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    General CommentRaw and enlightening. The title will throw you off, no doubt about that, as will the line "just tell me who's mother I have to kill," but the song is a reflection of life. The "wolves" are humans, and though we sometimes we do not realize it, the actions, perception, and beliefs that we hold against other people and that are attributed by harsh opinion and brutal misconception, in the end, tear us apart morally. We plot against one another, sometimes in harmless gossip or in full-blown world wars, and this leads to self-destruction because as one goes down, we all go down. "We're living on borrowed time" is common sense: our lives are too short to begin with and to not utilize the time we have on Earth is a waste. "And it looks like they want it back" is a reference to death, when (depending on your beliefs) we die and "meet our maker".
    PaulKempon October 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentPeople reading into it too much. This song is about The Terminator.

    / / Everything you do is planned out in advance
    / / the stars push their dark wills down on you

    This is pretty obvious as the entire Terminator film is based on time travel and destiny.

    / / and wolves all tear themselves apart better in packs
    / / that's just a function we'll have to work on through

    A statement about war and humanity. How we built the machines to kill ourselves.

    / / we are machines that eat and breathe and look really cool
    / / you're reacting just the way I thought you would

    Arnold being really bad-ass with his sunglasses and shit. Knowing Sarah Connor and her behavior from information from the future and his being able to anticipate her actions.

    / / but I've replaced my heart with metal parts
    / / and I'm working just fine, but I can't get it to start

    Being mechanical, and while having the equivalent of a heart, lacking the emotions that are associated with having one.

    / / we are machines that breathe and weep and look really good trained to kill
    / / send me back in time and I'll bring us back in line
    / / just tell me who's mother I have to kill

    I don't think I need to explain these lines at all.

    / / I'm fine like I've always been, except I don't remember-when
    / / my conscience didn't act up again

    The Terminator obviously has never had a conscious, and never will know what it's like to have one. He's content with his mission.

    / / we're living on borrowed time
    / / and it looks like they want it back

    The machines want to terminate the humans and start a new era.

    The song obviously has some deeper meaning attached to it, but they're using terminator as a metaphor/the context for their ideas.
    janeaparis1on August 20, 2011   Link
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    General CommentMaybe one of the most meaningfully beautiful songs of 2008.
    Anilandon November 09, 2008   Link

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