That's me collecting love songs
As I hear robots singing
Shouldn't we all, all

'Cause they never fail or fall
Out of lovin'
Shouldn't we all, all

'Cause it's a good year for the robots
It's a good year for the robots
It's a good year for the robots
It's a good year for the robots

Shouldn't we all, all

Destined to be in love
Then without love, heartaches
Shouldn't we all, all

'Cause many systems can run
Simultaneously and
Shouldn't we all, all

'Cause it's a good year for the robots
It's a good year for the robots
It's a good year for the robots
It's a good year for the robots

And do the androids dream of electric sheep?
Do the androids dream of electric sheep?
Do the androids dream of electric sheep?
Do the androids dream of electric sheep?

'Cause it's a good year for the robots
It's a good year for the robots
It's a good year for the robots
It's a good year for the robots

A good year for the robots
A good year for the robots
A good year for the robots
It's a good year for the robots


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    General CommentThe speaker states that robots "never fail or fall / out of lovin'" Then he goes on to suggest "shouldn't we all?" In other words, 'why don't we all just be robots since robots are taking over?'

    Logically, it follows, since robots prioritize success (opposite to failure) and keeping themselves grounded high (therefore not falling) they take no risks, such as entering relationships. If humans were more like robots, they too would be met with greater success and keep up with the machine age, which privileges calculative (not emotional) decision-making.

    And here we have the classic irony of android scifi, centered in the song -- while robots succeed materially they fail to transcend their material interactions. No heartache sure, but also no "lovin" or dreams. And in that way, being irrational humans serves us better than our mechanical counterparts.

    There is also a matter of the constant questioning of the song. ("Shouldn't we all" "Do the androids dream of electric sheep?"). You might read these questions as rhetorical, and perhaps they should be. I don't think the speaker would want us to be robots. But I think there's a hint of uncertainty in the speaker's voice. There are clear advantages to be unfeeling, and there is always the possibility that the androids "dream of electric sheep" (and therefore be made to attain the human experience).

    What cannot be overlooked is the repetition of the titular statement "It's a good year for robots." Corporations and governments need calculators, not feelers. Feelings are not economically viable for the continuation of our systems. We need machine-like people who can "run" "many systems," while not being clouded by the "heartache" of the daily human existence. How can love solve the complicated problems of our future?

    Unspoken by the song is the the evident truth, however, that love and other human feelings are what tie us to our race. And as the spinning wheel of technological development rolls us into the good years for robots ahead, we're going to have to reconcile what it means to be human, no matter how inefficient that process may be. Why else would we care to survive? Without what makes us human, we're better off dead--or even better yet, as androids.

    proofplzon December 06, 2009   Link

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