"In Repair" as written by and Michael Maida....
Well it's good to know that you'll be okay
I've been waiting for this and I'll be there
To sit while you pray no one's blaming me I'm
Not supposed to wait when they open up your heart

I have been good I understood and
Like a machine they'll fix you from
The start I'm in repair the life that
We share I know that I'll be lost
But we are always in repair

And it's good to know that you'll drive away
From this car crash nightmare and
I'll be there to help you again there's
No danger we're just killing time
Again until they order up new parts


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"In Repair" as written by Michael Maida

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    General CommentDef one of my fav OLP songs. I dont think anything they've made since this has struck as hard...
    I am also quite surprised at the lack of comments.
    you guys all seem to have some pretty good theories about this song...I never really analyzed it closely until now, but it always seemed to be a pretty sad song to me.
    This might seem a bit like reaching but I kinda think it could be about someone whos body is being replaced with mechanical parts and 'enhanced' and the song is basically the bodys message to its owner

    Well it's good to know that you'll be okay
    -the body is happy that its owner will continue to live
    I've been waiting for this
    And I'll be there to sit while you pray
    -all the body does while someone is praying is sit there...the mind is doing the praying...also it kinda says that all our bodies can do is go along with what we tell them
    No one's blaming me
    -nobody can blame their body for whatever damage it receives from following the minds orders
    I'm not supposed to wait
    When they open up your heart

    The life that we share
    -the body and mind share the same life
    I know that I'll be lost but we're always in repair
    -eventually, the body will be totally gone, replaced by machine parts, but it accepts this

    And it's good to know that you'll drive away
    From this car crash nightmare
    And I'll be there to help you again
    -whatever accidents and hurts befall the person, the body knows they will prevail because of the 'enhancements' and it will continue to help the person, cuz like I said, thats all it can do...everyones body has basically the same mission: to serve and protect the precious brain

    Take this time to figure it out,
    know the wire, the fuse, the things that you doubt.
    The wheels, the air, the metal, the mouth,
    its something...something...SOMETHING..
    -even though it has no choice but to become obselete and replaced, the body is trying to offer somewhat of a warning...that there's something fundamentaly wrong with this person becoming this machine-like being...the person has some doubts in the back of his/her mind, and the body is making a last ditch effort to save their humanity.
    I think the 'lock the door' part plays into this warning. the body is advising the mind to 'lock the door' on thoughts of more enhancements and to put a stop to the downward spiral.

    anyway, yeah, thats pretty much my theory...
    and that mumbling part towards the end...I've always been curious to know what the man (robot?) is saying. all I can make out is:

    just...a little lower

    right at the beginning...the rest is too garbled to make sense of...
    anybody out there know?
    deadeyeduckon September 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think I read somewhere that Raine said it was about people treating each other like machines, and the inhumanity of it...?
    But then about the ordering up new parts thing, that links into a discussion where they were saying with operations and things, where the dividing line is between human and machine? The continuum from hip repacement surgery, to when you start fiddling with the brain, brain enhancements, and then if you gradually replace or improve every part of the body, until little to nothing is left of the original, and where's the dividing line between human and machine then...
    wonderfulfutureon January 26, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti feel its about how in the modern world it doesnt matter how bad you fuck up anymore. theres always gonna be someone or some thing that can put it all back together for you. the lyrics talk about your physical well being and docotrs and stuff like that but its about everything in life. Anything can be fixed these days and it may not be a good thing because whats the point of living if theres no consequences
    42OLPeaceon April 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhen he says 'Like a machine il fix you from the start, im in repair life that we share'

    Here 'life that we share' could mean the true self we all have when we remove all our emotions, thoughts, feelings. The life that we share is the true self we all share and have in common. When he says il fix you from the start, this is sort of like fixing the person beneathe all the destructive thoughts and feelings, to get to the real source of the problem. Going beyond locking the door.

    Know the wires, the fuse, the things that you doubt. Things that you doubt are thoughts, feelings, emotions that confuse you and need to constantly be replaced by "new parts".

    Sort of like humans with ego and our concept how we see ourselves, are just parts like on a machine. When we remove these parts we are lost and need new ones. I think its kind of a song about a destructive cycle hoping for a way out.
    russki1on September 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe whole song is a metaphor for humans being like machines that can be repaired. The whole album "spiritual machines" deals with a lot of human VS. machine themes. The video for this song is pretty incredible too if you get a chance to check it out.
    egoat711on December 11, 2001   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRead the book "The Age of Spiritual Machines" by Ray Kurzweil. That's what this whole album is conceptualized around. It's a good read anyway...
    petey3ebon April 26, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAre you sure that is what the spoken part is? It sounds completely different to me. Are there two versions of it?
    RemyKilledElvison June 05, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI thought the spoken part was...

    Take this time to figure it out, know the wire, the fuse, the things that you doubt. The wheels, the air, the metal, the mouth, its something...something...SOMETHING...
    Diliferon April 28, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, thats better
    hobarton June 13, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnyone heard the live version? Shit. It's amazing
    OLPfanboy69on October 07, 2004   Link

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