"Feed The Machine" as written by Jasen Rauch, Anthony Armstrong, Mark Holman, Rob Graves and Joe Rickard....
Lie!!!

Turn around, they might be watching
And you never disappoint them
Hide your innocence before they see right through
You mustn't disappoint them

You need the danger just to feel your heart beat
You need to die just to find your identity
You need a knife just to know that you can bleed
You need the pain now just to feel anything

We fall in line, we live the lie
(Give up give up and feed the machine)
It grows inside, nowhere to hide
(Give up give up and feed the machine
Give up give up and feed the machine)

They pull you faster the gate is calling
And you never fall behind
So choose a face you're only calling out
You mustn't fall behind

You need another death just to have a life to save
You need a master just so you can beg
You need a light just because you're so afraid
Now bow and learn to be a good slave

We fall in line, we live the lie
(Give up give up and feed the machine)
It grows inside, nowhere to hide
(Give up give up and feed the machine
Give up give up and feed the machine)

Sleep
Go back to sleep
Go back to sleep

Wake up!
Wake up!
Wake up!
Wake, up!!!

We fall in line, we live the lie
(Give up give up and feed the machine)
It grows inside, nowhere to hide
(Wake up wake up and kill the machine)

Wake up wake up and kill the machine
(Wake up wake up and kill the machine)


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"Feed the Machine" as written by Robert Graves Jasen Rauch

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    Song MeaningWell it's pretty obvious that this song is all about how everyone lives to please the world. That's would be the symbolic part of "feeding the machine." Everyone has let the world determine who they really are instead of finding out themselves. We are just giving in and doing what everyone else wants us to do and when we are on the brink of figuring it all out the world just wants us to fall back asleep and do what they tell us. This is when Red says to wake up and open your eyes. Realize that you don't have a personality, but the world owns who you are. So you need to "kill the machine" and throw everything away. Go against the world and find your own faces. Great song!
    kimpmyrideon October 23, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis was posted on facebook by the guitarist Randy after getting asked what this song means. The world is the machine. "The crap this world has to offer and the things the world tells us we need to be."
    clem8417on January 08, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI don't feel this son is talking about society at all. I think it's talking about depression. These are norms of society. "You need the danger just to feel your heart beat. You need to die just to find your identity. You need the knife just to know that you can bleed. You need the pain now just to feel anything."
    People look down on wrist cutters and that is what I believe this verse is saying. By feeling pain you are feeding the machine.

    "You need to another death just to have a life to save. You need a master just so you can beg.You need to light because your so afraid. Now bow down and learn to be a good slave." This is the fear within someone. What else can they do. They are scared. I do agree with what dsDrummer218 has to say about the two guys on the shoulder. One is telling the person to feed the machine and hurt themselves why the other is telling the person to kill the machine. This is just what I feel this song is saying.

    Notthesameon January 21, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationThis is a great political song. To me, it says we feed the machine (of propaganda) by falling in line and living the lies we're told - and never disappointing the status quo. Take this verse for example:
    "You need another death just to have a life to save
    You need a master just so you can beg
    You need a light just because your so afraid
    Now bow and learn to be a good slave"
    Think about the lies we're being told to justify foreign policy. The goal is to scare the crap out of people so they will blindly support the agendas of the power elite. All the while our kids are dying.
    We need to find our identity, lest we go back to sleep. So.......Wake up, wake up and kill the machine.
    This song needs to be played everywhere and often.
    QuestionEverythingon March 01, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningThis is a christian band, and from that standpoint, the meaning is fairly obvious.

    Turn around they might be watching
    And you never disappoint them
    Hide your innocence before they see right through
    You mustn't disappoint them

    This is pretty much about that we're afraid to stand out,to preach against the sin and immorality that modern culture celebrates (homosexuality, fornication, the like).

    It's really kind of disapointing, that in a culture that has an unhealthy obsession with rebellion, when Christans stand up, they're shoved back to the floor.

    And that we're actually starting to believe this stuff.This song continues like this until it tells us to wake up and realize what's actually going on, and to fight the evil that's overtaking the culture.
    ChristianGon April 17, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThe Matrix anyone? Seems to me to be just like the Matrix, which can also send the message that you can't just sleep like the machines (the world) wants you to. You must wake up and kill the evil you face.
    SamLoser2on June 09, 2011   Link
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    General CommentFor anyone who has read the book '1984'
    I think this song is about that same book.
    :)
    Koenlikesmusicon October 12, 2011   Link
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    General CommentRelating to the fact that this is a Christian band.
    I think this is about how the Christian society is seen or is expected to be seen as. Strict, religious-crazed, orderly: "They pull you faster the gate is calling/ and you'll never fall behind/ so choose a face you're only calling out/ you musn't fall behind"
    I agree on some of the angel/demon suggestions before. On one side of the song it says how "you need the danger" "need to die" "need the knife" "need the pain". It shows the...how to explain it...personal struggle. On the other hand it shows these lines: "You need another death just to have a life to save/ You need a master just so you can beg/ you need a light just because you're so afraid/ now bow and learn to be a good slave" CHRISTIANS, CORRECT ME IF I AM WRONG. I'm guessing it's suggesting towards a false prophet and how people follow? "Need another death just to have a life to save" hinting another Jesus? "Master just so you can beg" A godly figure? "Need a light just because you're so afraid" Some light, some significance towards something (one, being, etc.) to make you feel better? "Now bow and learn to be a good slave" Suggesting that the other godly figure is just a hoax just to trap you in more...pain?
    Or it could suggest back to the first lines I pointed out.
    Maybe all those physical needs are metaphorical? Meaning you need to..."see to believe"? Except in this case, feel to believe? Then finding some false belief in something that you think can save you and not God? All the same, claiming you believe in that God you reject? Keeping the formalities, the appearances, for the world? But instead wake up and find what is true? The machine, is it the world, society?
    My conclusions: The Machine is the everyday toil that tells us what is right and wrong. They say that God is the only right and you should behave in total respect to god. You reject God and follow this belief in pain (physical or metaphorical) yet keep a face for the machine. Sleep, says the "lies" and then Wake Up to the reality in which the song wants you to realize is that the machine is wrong, you don't have to be all bible banging, reserved turtleneck wearer [no diss to the turtleneck] who spends all day and all night in church to show your love for God, and that the belief in what you've been following (that's not God) is a part of the machine's lies (on account of the machine still being the world, part of the world shows you different, false gods), hence: wake up and kill the machine = realize and disregard world/society/etc.
    Again, this is from a perspective that includes the fact that this band is Christian.

    This song, to a personal level, has such a different meaning.
    I love this song.
    JaneAnabelleon November 08, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about an internal conflict

    Half of us tells us to "feed the machine." The machine is ourself. We need to function properly as members of this society...

    WRONG
    We have to "wake up, wake up and kill the machine."

    dsDrummer218on December 18, 2010   Link
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    General Commentalso, that bridge part where he sings "shhhh ... sleep"etc.

    I think that can be how one half of us is telling the other half to go back to sleep. Don't try to fight yourself.

    I guess the analogy of an angel on one shoulder and a demon on the other is an easier way to think of this. The devil tells the angel to go back to sleep so that he cannot influence the person the devil is influencing..

    i'm very bad with words, hope this all made sense!

    GREAT song btw, can't wait for the album
    dsDrummer218on December 18, 2010   Link

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