"Target Audience (Narcissus Narcosis)" as written by and Brian/white Warner....
Am I'm sorry your sky went black?
Put your knives in babies backs.
Am I sorry you killed the Kennedy's,
And Huxley too?

But I'm sorry Shakespeare was your scapegoat,
And your apple sticking into my throat.
Sorry your Sunday smiles are rusty nails,
And your crucifixion commercials failed.
But I'm just a pitiful; anonymous.

I see all the young believers;
Your target audience.
I see all the old deceivers,
And we all just sing their song.

Am I sorry to just be alive
Putting my face in the bee-hive?
Am I sorry for Booth and Oswald,
Pinks and cocaine too?

Sorry I never check
The bag in my head for a bomb,
And my halo was a needle hole.
Sorry I saw a priest being beaten,
And I made a wish.
But I'm just a pitiful; anonymous.

I see all the young believers;
Your target audience.
I see all the old deceivers,
And we all just sing their song.
I see all the young believers;
Your target audience.
I see all the old deceivers,
And we all just sing their song.
We all just sing their song.
We all just sing their song.

"Valley of death we are free;
Your father's your prison you see."
"Valley of death we are free;
Your father's your prison you see."

I see all the young believers;
Your target audience.
I see all the old deceivers;
We all just sing this song.

You're just a copy of an imitation.
You're just a copy of an imitation.

The president is dead; let us pray.


Lyrics submitted by Ice, edited by kit5810031

"Target Audience (Narcissus Narcosis)" as written by John Lowery Jeordie White

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    General CommentThe song confronts both mindless patriotism and, more directly, militant religious fundamentalists as they deliberately attack certain people, probably morally, and also latch onto the young members to society, all but forcing them to conform to their standard. It's a great song, one of my favourites.
    Akashaon May 04, 2002   Link
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    General Commentits about people blaming manson for the problems america has - he's telling the government that he can see their target audience, the mindless young adults who think the US government can do no wrong and blame manson for it.
    kellioon May 10, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is probably my favorite Manson track.
    I think Akasha is spot on with the meaning, it's about how america has a habit of cowering down to bible belt mentality.

    I also think it is Manson spitting venom back at the people who were pinning him as the reason society is turning to shit, he is basically saying that he is just commentating on what is happening, and that the fact that people are lifting their heads and opening their eyes, has more to do with people getting sick of being fed the bullshit American dream, than anything he is saying, and that if it wasn't him, someone else would have come along eventually to say the same thing, that basically, a society that is controlled by fear and lies will eventually turn on the people holding the leash.
    quiffpornon June 17, 2004   Link
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    General Comment...This is probably my favorite song of all time. Back when I could still liked Manson.

    I think this was Manson's way of attacking those who blame him for all the problems in the world. He states he's just "pitiful anonymous" who's merely standing on the outside, commenting on what he sees. It's not his fault people finally opened their eyes to the fallacies of their society: The youth, "the target audience," being told the "old deceiver's song," and the said audience being expected to conform to that belief.

    "You're just a copy of an imitation"...probably my favorite lyrical line in any Manson song.
    loverly23on February 21, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis is about marilyn being blamed for local violence........the reason:cuz he talks about things in music that adolscents take in a wrong direction----> VIOLENCE!and later pracise it in their lives!but the fact is the opposite.......he never wanted to kill people!
    undisturbedon May 31, 2002   Link
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    General Commentall i know is this song kicks ass
    KidneyTheifon July 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentManson is saying he is just a person " a pitiful anonymous" He is trying to say HEY! do i deal cocaine or am I the one killing people? "Am I sorry for Booth and Oswald, pinks and cocaine too?" This is about more than just the goverment, but I think the media in general targeting the teen audiance to sell products and more importantly...ideas and that most of the populatoin goes along with this "we all just sing their song". Manson is just trying to say we have problems they arent because of me by using a bit of sarcasim.
    Glorgeon September 03, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think its directed towards religion, maybe kind of pointing out the "get 'em while they're young" tactic that the religion uses and their minds are filled to the brim with things they were taught when they were young and they grow old with the same ideals until they eventually die, never opening their eyes to different individuals or new things.
    minus1on October 27, 2004   Link
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    General Commentdefinatly favorite manson track... i htink it even more appropriate in thsi the age of " W bush"... the people like him... the "old decivers" are doing a wonderful job at brain washing the "young belivers" I cry everytime I hear this song... I only wish more people could have their eyes opened by it... Another profound part is "the valley of death we are free
    your father's your prison you see" meaning that the ways of our fathers will forever trap us in a decaying world.. we need to break free in order to become better
    GroteskBurlesk96on January 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSpot on with the analysis guys.

    Echo's of Anne Bradstreets poems, 'pitiful anonymous' meaning that he isn't a threat and that maybe the US should look beyond the easy scapegoat. Shakepeare as a scapegoat could just be a reference to poets or artists ie. Manson and how they get blamed for societies ills when all they really do is point them out.

    Manson is one of the greatest songwriters since dylan, although his lyrics are more obscure and harder to interpret.

    'Booth and Oswald' two famous assasin's. Maybe an assasin is what society is crying out for, maybe though these assasins were part of the totalitarian government and its seizure of control from those who would present a threat. Whatever they are both key figures in US history and Manson, being the intelligent bloke he is, understands and can highlight this.

    Gotta love it, all his work is a challenge to white, christian, hypocritical, consumer based, decadent american society.

    Wonder how many times I spelt soceity wrong?

    Matt
    Nowheremanon February 26, 2005   Link

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