Graverobber:
Industrialization has crippled the globe

Loudpseaker:
Enjoy GeneCo's day and nighttime formulas of Zydrate

Graverobber:
Nature failed as technology spread

Loudpseaker:
Ask a Gentern if Zydrate is right for you

Graverobber:
And in it's wake, a market erected

Loudspeaker:
Buying Zydrate from an unliscenced source is illegal

Graverobber:
An entire city built on top of the dead!
And you can finance your bones and your kidneys
For every market a submarket grows
But best you be punctual with making your payments
Lest it be you on the concrete below

It's quick, it's clean, and it's pure
It could change your life, rest assured
It's the 21st century cure!
And it's my job, to steal and rob . . .
Graves!

So why care for these petty obsessions?
Your designer heart still beats with common blood
And what if you could have genetic perfection
Would you change who you are, if you could?
Because it's quick, it's clean, and it's pure!
(All you really need is)
It could change your life, rest assured
(All you got to have is)
It's the 21st century cure!
(All you need is surgery!)
And it's my job, to steal and rob . . .
Graves!
Graves!


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    General CommentIn the last section, the third line from the top, it should be
    "And what if you could have genetic perfection"

    This song gives a general description of the growth and rise to power of GeneCo. It also touches on Zydrate and Graverobber's job to harvest it from the dead.
    briannasarousrexon July 09, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song describes the Graverobber's job to harvest zydrate from the dead; it also gives a different outlook on society. Take for instance the Graverobber's perspective: He only deals with those who have died, so to him our simple-minded attempts at "perfection" are pitiful. If we take the lyrics to this song out of the context of the film then this song is an in-depth evaluation of society's climb and inevitable fall. It also poses questions about the strength of a person’s morale when it asks “Would you change who you are if you could?” While he sings the loudspeaker blares a sort of ironic argument with him as he seems to question the need to change while the loudspeaker claims that it is all “you will ever need”.
    If the song is put back into context of the movie then it seems to simply be an introduction of the Graverobber as well as the sort of world that is present. It also shows a sort of remorse from his actions, that he must “steal and rob” from the dead simply to survive in his present world. As a character the Graverobber must strive in the underbelly of this society in order for him to observe it as perfectly as he does.
    ukusasweon February 16, 2010   Link

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