"Auto Intoxication" as written by James Bradfield, Nicholas Jones and Sean Moore....
The more I want to be me, the less I know myself
The living left to die, while ghosts are brought to life

Welcome to these slave trades
Drained of delusion and buried in debt
How the hell do we find each other suffering auto intoxication

But disaster isn't coming, it's already arrived
I am so lucky, I think that I survived

I am what I am, my body belongs to me
My work will set me free and fulfill my dreams
A new economy embraces the ruins
It makes us strong and soothes our fears

Welcome to these slave trades
Drained of delusion and buried in debt
How the hell do we find each other suffering auto intoxication

But disaster isn't coming, it's already arrived
I am so lucky, I think that I survived


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"Auto Intoxication" as written by Nicholas Jones James Bradfield

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    General CommentI always thought it was "Welcome to the new slave trade." Like much of "Postcards...", this song is closely related to virtual world obsession. Auto-intoxication I think can be viewed as self-absorption as well in this song... The idea that in an online world people can labour under the illusion they are powerful and entirely self-reliant, yet in reality the 'intoxication' is merely ego-based, and therefore empty. The 'new slave trade' bit I think is mostly to do with how easily we surrender our liberties online with things like personal information swapping, the overall reliance on the internet in modern times and the totally false sense of being in control.
    lateleighon March 24, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about today's world. You sleep, you work, you eat and then you die without thinking and without protesting and live your life like a sheep of Panurge.
    regenbogenon April 11, 2011   Link
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    General Comment'I think Auto-Intoxication is the most... slanted track on the record. It's got John Cale on... y'know, I guess growing up he was the first person from Wales, really, who- like a hero to us who seemed like you could be in the coolest rock band of all time, and he's probably the one person I've met in my entire life that I can say is an utter musical genius. I actually wrote the lyrics for The Klaxons after doing a festival in Hungary and had a very drunken conversation about a book called The Coming Insurrection by The Invisible Committee, but nothing ever came of it. I think they could have done with it to be honest...'
    - Nicky Wire
    manic4manicson February 22, 2013   Link

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