"Headhunter" as written by Jason E. Furlow, Sebastian Laws and Scott Harding....
Today he has no means
He's alone and anonymous
But written in his cells
He's got the marks of a genius
I'm looking for this man
To sell him to other men
To sell him to other men
To make us rich and famous

One you lock the target,
Two you bait the line,
Three you slowly spread the net
And four you catch the man!

I'm looking for this man
To sell him to other men
To sell him to other men
At ten times his price at least
I'm looking for a man
Who knows the rules of the game
Who's able to forget them
To realize my aim

One you lock the target
Two you bait the line
Three you slowly spread the net
And four you catch the man

Lock the target, bait the line
Spread the net then catch the man

One you lock the target
(Lock the target, bait the line
Spread the net, then catch the man)
Two you bait the line
(Lock the target, bait the line
Spread the net, then catch the man)
Three you slowly spread the net
(Lock the target, bait the line
Spread the net, then catch the man)
And four you catch the man
(Lock the target, bait the line
Spread the net, then catch the man)


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"Headhunter" as written by Fernando Von Arb Chris Von Rohr

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  • +2
    General CommentUsed to dance to this song and I loved it. Then I heard it at a strip club...Now I really love it! :-)
    Peace
    Rogue1on July 06, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is a criticism of capitalism.
    Iberian85on June 02, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI can buy it as a criticism of capitalism, in that it is an indictment of corporate hiring practices.

    The synthesized digeridoo that makes up the bassline is one of my favorite instrument sounds ever.
    Black Dahliaon November 02, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think like a lot of great electro the precise meaning of the lyrics (beyond the broad theme of hunting someone) is left purposefully ambiguos, to add to the distance and cold atmosphere of the song
    devotion303on April 20, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's about businesses cherry picking who they wish to employ.

    Plus to me, this song doesn't sound dated at all.

    It kicks seven shades of shit out of modern day music IMHO !
    gothic_hobbiton May 14, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhat a great song! Reminds me of sitting at my computer in my old house, with the heater on, talking to the love of my life, and trying to come to terms with moving interstate.
    I used to play this song all the time last winter.
    Arianrhodon June 26, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit seems to me to be mroe about corporate slavery about how wage earners are nothing mroe then numbers to corporate buisnesses and that they arent afraid to cut buy and sell peoples lifes for the bottom line of a few extra cetns per share
    chaoticoneon April 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHuh. Maybe I'm too literal. I first heard this back in the 80s and was reading a lot of cyberpunk. I kind of always associated this era of industrial with it.

    Anyway, I translated it literally. It's a song about a bounty hunter hunting down some genius (maybe programmer or other information expert) who's wanted for some very urgent reason. But he plans to double cross the his employer and sell the man to the competition to make him rich and famous.

    But ultimately he'll kill the genius if either side crosses him. And he's explaining this to someone -probably to a contact who might know where he is.

    The whole piece is a vignette. A snapshot of time in this bounty hunter's life.

    Anyway, that's what I thought.
    Zastrozzion January 19, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningAnyone hear familiar with the phrase "corporate headhunter"?
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    The lyrics are simply a clever bait-and-switch, the title leading the average EBM listener to conjure up images of tribal brutalism and then offering up a song about a corporate recruiter who's no less brutal.
    Nice to see we got the inevitable sex-based interpretation though.
    Champinesson April 14, 2013   Link
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    General CommentRe: the question of whether the song has a sexual subtext, to me it does... like a lot of industrial music it's on some level about the seduction of violence. I know what the group says it's about, and that doesn't conflict with this interpretation. It's about the underlying aggression that can even be there in a corporate recruiting situation. And in concerts, the lead singer does a pelvic thrust and grabs his crotch forcefully on the words 'You catch the man" -- can't argue with the subtext of that.
    MikeRaymonon June 21, 2013   Link

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