"Heavy Metal Machine" as written by and William Patrick Corgan....
If I were alive
If I were real
Would you survive?
What would you feel?

Heavy metal, heavy metal machine
Heavy metal, heavy metal machine
As sentimental as our broken dreams

Let me die for rock and roll
Let me die to save my soul
Let me die let me die rock and roll
Let the world forgive the past
Let all the girls kiss the boys at last
Let me go let me go rock and roll

Heavy metal, heavy metal machine
Heavy metal, a heavy metal machine
We're the metal in their metal machines
Heavy metal, heavy metal machine

If I were dead
Would my records sell?
Could you even tell?
Is it just as well?

Heavy metal, heavy metal machine
It's elemental to all the rust it brings
Heavy metal, heavy metal machine

Let me die for rock and roll
Let me die to save my soul
Let me die, let me die, rock and roll
Let the world forgive the past
Let all the girls kiss the boys at last
Let me go, let me go, rock and roll

Heavy metal, heavy metal machine
Heavy metal, a heavy metal machine
We're the metal in their droning schemes
Heavy metal, heavy metal machine

Will I survive?
Is it up to me?
Could you understand
That it's not yours to keep?

Heavy metal, heavy metal machine
Heavy metal, heavy metal machine
Heavy metal, heavy metal machine
Heavy metal, heavy metal machine


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"Heavy Metal Machine" as written by William Patrick Corgan

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    General Commenti remember that i don't know where i heard or read that billy said that the bit: "if i were dead would my records sell" was ironic...
    he didn't really mean it...
    i love this song...
    i don't know what that's exactly about...
    but i just love it...
    Nowhere_Girlon March 11, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIt seems to be about someone who is stuck in a situation he can't get out of. He's becoming something different because that's what everyone wants from him and his band. All the while, he is just becoming more and more disillusioned by it and has no more feeling for the music. He just wants to escape. "Let me die, rock and roll."
    Zerostaron April 15, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think he's trying to convey how he loves making music and he loves that people love his music, but he hates dumb groupies and posers who like his music simply for the sake of their mainstreamed-ness. Just a guess
    Vertigo22on June 03, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think he was just being totally ironic, 'cos he knew the charicatured persona people had of him, so he just wrote a song to fit that persona..?
    Amytheston June 18, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti think it's about fame and how you become sort of viewed as a machine (note the name Heavy Metal Machine). i think billy can describe it better than i can. you sort of stop being seen as a person

    if i were alive
    if i were real
    would you survive
    what would you feel

    and it's sort of about the isolation you get from being a star and how you stop being seen as a person, and maybe even how you become that heavy metal machine, like when you're onstage or something

    let me die for rock and roll
    let me die to save so soul
    let me die, let me die rock and roll

    well, it's a wonderful song. i think it should be a classic.
    Duielon November 14, 2004   Link
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    General Comment!Notice

    There seem to be errors in these lyrics that have been posted. ...Somewhat large errors that drastically change the meaning of this song.

    The following changes should be made:

    "when they're metal, in their metal machines"
    Should be
    "We're the metal, in their metal machines"

    "when they're metal, and they're trying an excuse"
    Should be
    "We're the metal
    In their droning schemes"

    "it's all our mental, to all the once stiff wings"
    Should be
    "It's elemental
    To all the rust it brings"

    This is what azlyrics.com listed the lyrics as, I'd say consult a booklet from Machina/the machines of God to get them 100% straight. I only have the LP version of Machina, so rather than havign the lyrics listed I have a bunch of pages with paintings on them, plus an excerpt from a song (Glass and the Ghost Children).

    I always thought the lyrics I posted just now were the right ones, if they aren't then I am sorry for wasting my life and your time, but if they are right they lead me to think that this song is about how everyone is just a pawn, a sheep in a much larger plot.
    du0on February 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGlass wants to die so that his (God's) message lives on
    NuRGon July 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWait so is Machine of God's an album with a story? that'd be pretty cool if true...anyhow. I love this song it sounds just so great and lives up to the title. His voice goes along so well with the music it's so kickass. I love it.
    cupid de lockeon July 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWell, duh. The album was based off of Billy's story, Glass and the Machines Of God. Don't you know? Billy wanted to make Machina a double album, but the Pumpkins' record company kind of sucked. So the Pumpkins had about twenty-five unreleased songs just floating around. Billy wanted to get those songs released before the Smashing Pumpkins broke up, but the record company said that it would be too close to Machina to release another album. So, Billy released the songs on the internet, as "Machina 2".
    Cam-winon February 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti love the machina Ii version so much better, its a beautiful mix of older pumpkins stuff and their newer electronica type stuff. i love it
    joeliphiouson November 05, 2006   Link

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