"Helpless Automation" as written by and Gregory Ham....
I stay in my room,
All alone in the gloom,
What need I of light?
Machines they can see in the night,
And I feel no pain.
Metal heart and a metal brain,
But something is wrong,
'cause I still feel that signal coming in, so...

I stand at your door;
I guess I'll wait a moment more.
Your hall light comes on,
And now my turn to fire upon,
But I wheel away;
Defer my plight for another day,
To dream of your face,
But a video screen takes its place.

Hey, oh, it's true,
I'm a helpless automaton, make an ultimatum to you.
Hey, it's true,
Machinery in my pocket, I've even got a docket from you.

I went to the man, I told him a robot is what I am,
But he just smiled, said I was a fractious child;
"Distrusted not rusted," that's why I feel so disgusted,
But I know he's wrong, 'cause I haven't felt this way for very long.

Hey, it's true,
I'm a helpless automaton, make an ultimatum to you.
Hey, it's true,
Machinery in my pocket, I've even got a docket from you.
I'm a helpless automaton, make an ultimatum to you.
Hey, it's true,
Machinery in my pocket, I've even got a docket from you.
It's true,
I'm a helpless automaton, make an ultimatum to you.
Hey, it's true,
Machinery in my pocket, I've even got a docket from you.
From you.
From you.


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"Helpless Automation" as written by Gregory Ham

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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs that nobody's heard, and to be honest, the only Men At Work song (apart from Land Down Under) that I like.

    Personally, I feel that this song is more appropriate nowadays, especially with the internet and new technology.
    aetton August 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti agree with you aett, this is also one of the songs that i like that no one knows about... taking into account that Men At Work songs are rather more down to earth than the usual eighties imagery and metaphor kinda crap, i would say that its just a complaint about... i donno... some worker from some utility company whose job is just to make sure the company is not losing money and cutting people out of service... or something along the lines, i cant help it to see it that way... hehe, anyway this is one nice song, Men at Work were an intresting band... and that "distrusted not rusted" line, i love it!
    adonisiegfriedon August 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthere was an undeniable robot craze in the 80s in pop music and this song's good enough to stand with the best, like mr roboto and sigue sigue sputnick.
    newwavefan28on September 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSpamming the comments tonight but i think this song is about a guy whos in love and tries hard to block it out out, sowmwhat like a robot that cant / shouldn't feel emtions but no matter how hard he tries there still there... the verse

    "I went to the man, I told him a robot is what I am,
    But he just smiled, said I was a fractious child
    "Distrusted not Rusted" That's why I feel so disgusted
    But I know he's wrong, 'cause I haven't felt this way for very long"

    is more of a self reflection in the sense that the "man" could be himself trying to convince himself that he had no feelings but instead comes back with he reply "yes, you have but you've tried so hard to bury them that are new / alien to you and they may disgust you but thats the way it is."

    Either way i think its a song about someone trying to bury feelings of love and using the TV, computer or whatever else emotionless distraction is there to convince himself that he doesnt have feelings either but never quite succeeding
    Gluggyon October 23, 2010   Link

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