"Synthetica" as written by and James Shaw Emily Haines....
Some of us are wild ones, ever under wanted,
I believe

Lining up in the background,
Waiting for the crap shot to be seen

In the shadow of the big screen,
Everybody begs to be redeemed

Hey, I'm not Synthetica
I'll keep the life that I've got

We were never meant to crawl in for the bait,
We never will

I can think for myself,
I've got something no pill could ever kill

Hey, I'm not Synthetica, oh
I'll keep the life that I've got, oh
So hard, hard to resist Synthetica, oh
No drug is stronger than me, Synthetica

We're all the time confined to fit the mold
But I won't ever let them make a loser of my soul

Hey, I'm not Synthetica, oh
I'll keep the life that I've got, oh
I'll keep the life that I've got
I'll keep the life that I've got
I'll keep the life that I've got


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"Synthetica" as written by James Shaw Emily Haines

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    General CommentSeveral Metric songs are about attempting to assert personal identity in the face of corporatized culture.

    It's "waiting for the crowd shot to be seen," not "crap shot." The singer is an extra in a movie, waiting for the "crowd shot" so she can be seen.

    But even that is better than being "synthetica," a preprogrammed android, drugged on antidepressants ('something no pill could ever kill'), branded and trademarked. "Synthetica" sounds like a fake drug name, of course.

    She'll keep the life that she's got even if it sucks, even if she's "ever underwanted," because she "won't ever let them make a loser of my soul."

    Maybe life sucks but at least you're you and that counts for something. A lot actually.
    screaminglyon June 13, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI agree that this song is about breaking free of a corporate music culture and being individual and pure (not synthetic) I also think that this is about a issue that has haunted Emilies lyrics for the larger part of metric, drug addiction. I think she suffers from an addiction and she has to deal with the urge to relapse, I think she views both our medicated culture and corporate music culture are synonymous.
    feralONEon May 29, 2014   Link

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