All simple monkeys with alien babies
Amphetamines for boys, crucifixes for ladies
Sampled and soulless, worldwide and real webbed
You sell all the living for more safer dead

Anything to belong (x2)

CHORUS
Rock is deader than dead
Shock is all in your head
Your sex and your dope is all that we're fed
So fuck all your protests and put them to bed

God is in the TV

Rock la la la la la la la la
Rock la la la la la la la la la (x2)

1,000 mothers are praying for it
We're so full of hope and so full of shit
Build a new god to medicate and to ape
Sell us ersatz dressed up and real fake

Anything to belong (x2)

CHORUS

God is in the TV

Rock la la la la la la la
Rock la la la la la la la la (x2)

La la la la la la la
La la la la la la la la (x2)

CHORUS (x2)


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  • +5
    General CommentThis song is a big "fuck you" to Billy Corgan who said that Rock is Dead. As much as I love MM, I kinda in a twited way, agree with Billy. That everyone is listening to the Britney Spears' and N'Syncs' of the world, and that is what killed rock. I personally liked the 90s, which was a Rock golden age. Also, MM takes a Nietzschian standpoint in the message in this song saying that we are doing what everyone else is doing, listening to what the sheep is listening to, that we are no longer individuals, but a herd following a shepard, a false god if you will.
    the Edgeon June 18, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentAnd now for something completely different....

    I see this song as a statement on how synthetic and controlled life has become, and that we no longer take actual risks or feel actual love anymore.

    Just my thoughts, though.
    OmegaCMon December 08, 2001   Link
  • +2
    General CommentBo dosent give a shit but agrees his fucking great
    Boon April 18, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhy is it that half you assholes fall for flamebait so easily? I mean one asshole says something, then he says he was kidding, and then you assholes still try to make a point by saying "Nuh-uh, ur ghey lolololo". Damn. Manson is smart as hell, yet some of you assholes.... Why do you bother existing?

    Yeah, the Brave New World comparison works pretty well. I havent read 1984 yet. Amphetamines for boys part... Although I guess since the 90's was such better time, they didn't have ritalin back then, and ADHD wasnt fabricated yet... Anyway, ritalin is basically speed. A lot of people with ADD or ADHD I known tended to be creative individuals, yet they were fed this shit, and then they were just kinda die in a way, if you get it.... Brainwashed and stupid future CEO of Assholes Inc., you know? Meh...
    FuckUserNameson February 16, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree to the this-song-kicks-Corgan-in-the-balls premise, and Reznors Manson-bashing Starfuckers works too. Ironically enough, this was like the second-most mainstream song of MA. I think its kinda funny that although Starfuckers was meant to be a slap in Manson's face, Manson is actually in the video for it
    supermegasteveon August 28, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHas anyone here ever compared Marylin Manson's songs to books like 1984, or Farenheit 451? The reason people find it so offensive is b/c it's so fucking true. It's what's going on in the world today...
    freefallenangel420on June 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOnly joking, his quality
    Boon January 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is a big "fuck you" to Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins. Marilyn Manson was irked when billy corgan declared that rock is dead. Same also goes for Nine Inch Nails' Starfuckers, Inc. It's about Billy Corgan. It's about fame getting in your head
    momoypogion February 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think I'm completely right on this one, but it could be partly about how people listen to music for the wrong reasons. They all like to listen to what's popular because they think it's cool, which just about killed the whole music generation.
    King Nothingon May 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with King Nothing. In addition, the religion theme of amphetamines and religion being compared in the first verse shows how Manson feels religion is used in our society.

    The "1000 mother's are praying for it" line fits Nothing's analysis, in that, well, mothers do tend to prefer their children listening to soulless music. It makes them easier to control.
    Akashaon May 12, 2002   Link

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