"Machine Gun" as written by and Neil / Halstead....
See you walking and I know shes my friend, again
Just the weight of the water drags me down, again
Guess I'll think of the water its my friend, oh yea
It's just the way that the water makes me feel again

Son of Sheba I saw him drown
Son of yellow I saw him drown
It's all I need yeah

See you walking and I know shes my friend, again
Just the weight of the water drags me down, again
Guess I'll think of the water its my friend, oh yea
It's just the way that the water makes me feel again

Son of Sheba I saw him drown
Son of yellow I saw him drown
It's all I need yeah


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"Machine Gun" as written by Neil Halstead

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  • +6
    My InterpretationI'm pretty sure the lyric is "Son of Shiva" not "Son of Sheeba"--the "Son of Yellow" must refer to Sati, Shiva's wife in Hindu mythology, who has the nickname (Guari) translating to "turmeric hued" (yellow). Sati self-immolates and then is reincarnated as Parvati, who has the sons Ganesha and Murugan. The Ganesh Chaturthi festival involves the submersion of idolic representations of Ganesha in a body of water.
    161803on July 15, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthe most beautiful song ever
    cowboy danon December 02, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentsuicidal and lovely. drowning is such a pretty way of dying. even the word 'drown' has such a nice ring to it.

    with most of halstead's lyrics on souvlaki talking about the breakup of him and rachel goswell, this song could easily be about how he feels around her. around her, he's happy, but the fact that they can't be together anymore is like the weight of water that's dragging him down.
    proximaon March 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've literally got no idea what this song means, at all.

    But, damn.. it's too beautiful to really care about silly things such as meanings.
    Nimbus the Kittenon December 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell said Numbus the Kitten. I too have absolutely no idea what the hell this song means. Yet I've listened to it non stop, hundreds of times, and still can't get over how amazingly beautiful this song is. One of the prettiest tunes I've ever heard in my life, and at 22 and having listened to a shit ton of music, that says a lot.
    weezadamon June 03, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI always heard,
    "Guess I'll think of the water AS my friend, oh yea"

    Seems to make more sense to me, sort of a giving in.
    Yshfon July 08, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought the name of the song referred to the fact that when Neil sings "Son of Sheba" it sounds like "saw a machine gun". I can imagine that in early rehearsals that's what people said, and the name stuck. It's quite suitable and striking considering the suicidal theme of the song.
    ghostwheelon September 17, 2014   Link
  • -1
    General Commentpuff at a doob to this song.
    zodinon December 20, 2007   Link

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