"Factory" as written by and Benjamin Bridwell....
The elevator, in the hotel lobby has a lazy door
The man inside is going to a hotel room
He jumped out right after seeing just the very sight of me
Decided he better hike it to the second floor

Its temporary, this place I'm in
I permanently wont do this again
My belongings scattered across the hotel floor

Now then later, I was thinking it over by the snack machine
I thought about you and a candy bar
The now and laters, now that I've got, stuck between my teeth
I fell asleep to the greatest movie of the year

A man gets lonely, for heavens sake
He's wondering only what did you do today
The worlds spinning around into an old, sad song

Well it's coming down outside like Ive never even seen before
I fell into some kind of sorry state
But looking back now, I think it's time for me to laugh about it
And get my things together and find something to say

Well I feel awful, and I believe
That time gets wasted in this misery
And darling, I never wanna come back home


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"Factory" as written by Benjamin Bridwell

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    General CommentTaking part of what RamblinRoger said into perspective, I think maybe it could be about a man looking back on a past relationship that he still hasn't gotten over. And it's really changed him, physically and emotionally. Maybe they broke up because of his busy lifestyle touring. He's trying to convince himself that this is just temporary, what he's currently feeling, but then he's saying he never wants to go through it again. I think the line my belongings scattered all across the hotel floor can be taken metaphorically too, meaning he's all over the place and isn't doing well keeping himself together. I'm not really too sure why the snack machine bit is relevant, maybe it's just saying that he thinks about the person all the time. He should be deciding what type of candy bar he wants and intead he is just thinking about her. Later he eats the candy bar and even though he's watching the greatest movie of the year it isn't exciting him because he feels too depressed. Then he says it's normal to be lonely and all he wants to know is what she's doing. Then the world spin around me to an old sad song line I think means that he's just watching the world go by and to him everything seems sad because that's the way he's feeling, it seems like there is a sad song behind everything because he's only thinking about the bad stuff because he's so down and upset. The coming down outside part could be literal, meaning it's raining, or metaphorical meaning again he's thinking about the bad things going on in the world and say
    ing that everything is coming down, and this puts him into a sorry state and makes him sad. Looking back now I think it's finally time for me to laugh about it, I think that line means it's been so long since the relationship ended and he thinks he finally needs to get over it and put himself back together. Then the last verse, he feels awful. I think maybe he was the one who ended the relationship because it was so hard to have a relationship when he was so busy touring and going to so many places, so he regrets doing that and feels awful. He believes he is wasting his life being so miserable and the last line I think is the hardest to decipher, at least for me. Maybe it means if they stayed together he would never want to leave her and wouldn't be so successful? Not too sure on that. And obviously I could be wrong about my whole interperetation, I might be looking too far into it. But this is what I think it means, and I rather prefer having my own interperetation sometimes, that's what is so wonderful about lyrics, you can make them mean almost anything you want.

    ilovethekillers21on July 29, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionHi - you beat me to getting this one on! What a fantastic song, I saw this live having never heard the song and was blown away - Tyler's guitar work was really something! You got a couple of lines I didn't, nice one, I have a couple of suggestions though...

    Verse 2,

    Line 1 it's AN HOUR LATER rather than NOW OR LATER
    Line 3 I think is wrong but is a bit indecipherable! Does he mention some American brand of candy bar? Certainly the word MOUNTAIN is in there somewhere.

    The 2nd chorus is...

    A man gets lonely for heaven’s sake
    He’s wondering only what did you do today
    The world spin around me to an old sad song

    The 3rd verse starts IT'S COMING DOWN OUTSIDE... (ie raining)

    3rd chorus, 2nd line is THAT TIME GETS WASTED IN THIS MISERY

    Hope this helps. Still more than 3 weeks until I can get my hands on this CD!!

    Regards,
    Ian.
    iangurteenon April 25, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI just like that "I fell asleep to the greatest movie of the year" line, it simply justifies the whole song. I fell asleep during Lord of the Rings. And during the first Harry Potter too! And maybe even more. Didn't even bother go seeing Avatar.

    But really, this line just says a lot about the person and the state he's in, that's what great lines are about.
    hadaron January 04, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow, I fell asleep during Avatar 3D too!
    negatyveon April 25, 2010   Link
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    General Commenttheir new stuff is so good.
    hemersonon May 18, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIn what I picked up from this is that it's about a man who lived life tumultuously and by himself at that, a very self indulged man who at first in the first part of the song feels sorry for himself and won't respect himself to adhere to what he's even doing. This is written in 2nd person perspective as if the singer is going through it as well.

    And I think the title "Factory" is very literal and metaphorical at the same time, Factory meaning that this has happened before (Like a factory does". That's what I got from it
    Honeyedon May 31, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI thought this song was about some guy going into a hotel room with a hooker, and feeling guilty.
    vsxon July 16, 2010   Link
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    General CommentWoah...didn't realize that was that long.
    ilovethekillers21on July 29, 2010   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionThe last line is, "And darlin' I DON'T ever want to come back home"

    much more defined that way I think...The last line is what really stuck with me...
    silverosepetalson March 28, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI thought this song might be about a cross-dresser. He's living in a hotel room because his wife found his women's clothes and threw him out. The man in the elevator jumped out because he clocked him in as a man in a dress.

    Looking back now at the breakup, he laughs, because when his wife found his panties, she first accused him of cheating on her. Now he's in the hotel, taking his first steps out in public in dress (short trip to the snack machine). He realizes that even though he doesn't pass (see: elevator man), he's finally able to show himself in public, and he doesn't want to go home to where his wife doesn't accept him.
    Doowagaon May 15, 2011   Link

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