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Souvenirs sustain life
Souvenirs of flesh and bone
Waste them all for wealth and gain
When the time comes you'll know

Machinery dredge the sea,
All that's left is memory

All the time they lie to me, they suffocate
All the time they're suffering
When will it end?

It breaks my heart to watch
As we rip this world we have apart

Kill for pleasure
Seven wonders of our history
Endless pleasure
Satisfaction is reality
Careful pleasure
No protection of ancestry
Guilty pleasure

Machinery dredge the sea,
All that's left is memory

No, no, no
No...

Machinery bled the sea
You protect this misery
Sacrifice no sacrifice

Machinery dredge the sea,
All that's left is memory

All the time they lie to me they suffocate
All the time they're suffering
So when will it end?


Lyrics submitted by BornOfMaya, edited by Passenger146

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    General CommentThree times the charm.
    Okay, we got it. It's about the environment.
    Edboyon April 28, 2012   Link
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    General CommentIt's very obviously about how humans are destroying the planet with technology and warfare. Incredible song
    corerulezon October 03, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIt's very obviously about how humans are destroying the planet with technology and warfare. Incredible song
    corerulezon October 03, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIt's very obviously about how humans are destroying the planet with technology and warfare. Incredible song
    corerulezon October 03, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so beautiful. Honestly. But yes I agree it's about how our world is changing so rapidly that soon enough our past will be gone. Simply a memory.
    GREAT SONG.
    tripwire83on November 18, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI, unlike apparently every other listener, reject the idea that this song is about the environment, or a changing world. No, dear read, it is in fact about transhumanism. Confused yet? Good, now read on.

    "Souvenirs sustain life.
    Souvenirs of flesh and bone."

    This line is about the remnants of a human body, after it has undergone a cybernetic "enhancement", something that our current technological path is clearly leading to. They still 'sustain life' as the brain still sends signals for an artificial heart to beat, and a pair of iron lungs to breathe.

    "Waste them all for wealth and gain.
    When the time comes you'll know."

    This line is about shedding even those last remnants of humanity and embracing full roboticism. Perhaps someone is promised a great deal of money or power for being the first experiment, or an average fellow is promised to excel, something he has never done before. For whatever reason, all vestiges of humanism are forsaken in favour of technology.

    "Machinery dredge the sea,
    and all that's left is memory."

    No, they're not talking about literally dredging a sea. They're talking about dredging the 'sea' of humanity, removing everything that is human in us, so all that is left is memory of what it means to be human.

    "All the time they lie to me, they suffocate.
    All the time they're suffering.
    When will it end?"

    Pretty obvious. Corporations lying to the little guy and pulling him around by the nose. All he wants to do is have it end, which leads into the next verse.

    "It breaks my heart to watch,
    as we rip this world we have apart."

    Pretty much the only part in the song that could really be interpreted as "we're screwing our planet in the corn hole". But again, it's a metaphor. We're ripping our environment to shreds, yes, but look at all the violence in the world. Look at the wars, terrorism, all that. We're destroying our society and our very humanity as well.

    "Kill for pleasure.
    Seven wonders of our history.
    Endless pleasure.
    Careful pleasure.
    Guilty pleasure."

    (I cut out the needless repetition and corrected the lyrics to reflect the 2007 version)
    This one is fairly obvious in its meaning. 'Kill for pleasure': kill the human in us so that we can experience pleasure. The seven wonders alludes to what we managed to accomplish as "mere mortals". "Endless pleasure" is about the nigh immortality granted by stripping away the flesh and bone of the human to replace it with machinery. "Careful pleasure" a caution against replacing what we are to be "better" than we are. "Guilty pleasure" what little remains of the human being guilty of replacing so much of himself and knowing he can't go back.

    "Machinery bled the sea.
    You protect this misery.
    Sacrifice no sacrifice."

    Again, this refers to the sea of humanity and its replacement with technology. The protection of misery is about the apologists of machinery as a replacement for man. Sacrifice refers to the sacrifice of ones humanity, and physical limbs/organs/etc. to be replaced.

    "No!"

    Of course, the rejection of it all.

    ...Remember when music was about hip thrusting and blue suede shoes? That was such a simpler time. Maybe this is a consequence of the modern music scene growing up, as our rosy view of the world is stripped away and the bare, rotting core is exposed and we are forced to confront the reality of a cruel, unfeeling world.

    Or maybe I'm just reading too much into it, take from this what you will.
    Envyashon March 08, 2014   Link

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