In space the stars are no nearer
They just glitter like a morgue
And I dreamed I was a spaceman
Burned like a moth in a flame
And our world was so fucking gone

But I'm not attached to your world
Nothing heals and nothing grows

Because it's a great big white world and we are drained of our colors
We used to love ourselves, we used to love another
All my stiches itch
My prescription's low, I wish you were queen just for today
In a world so white what else could I say?

And hell was so cold
All the vases are so broken
And the roses tear our hands all open
Mother marry miscarry
And we pray just like insects
The world is so ugly now

Because it's a great big white world and we are drained of our colors
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    General CommentMissVladTepes17 and Trinixy, I love your interpretations.
    The song describes Manson as a spaceman, looking down on Earth, and seeing a revolting and depressing sight which is our destroyed world. Everyone is mechanical, self-destructive and hollow. And instead of doing something about it, they wait for God to do something about it. Instead of making the world a better place, they pray just like insects to God to make it better, and all the while the world is just dying. By saying 'I'm not attached to your world' Manson is also saying he feels alienated from everyone and everything aorund him, and that he doesn't want to take part in the murder of this planet any longer. Moving further along, by saying 'It's a great big white world, we are drained of our colors' he's calling the world fake, lifeless, ugly and empty. I like this song a lot, it's a song for everyone. If people could only try to understand it, they'd learn to start helping themselves before it's too late for all of existence.
    saron August 25, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWell, the album is divided into two "halves": Marilyn Manson and Omega and the Mechanical Animals. The Manson half, or as Wikipedia calls it, "Alpha", is about all the things wrong in the world from when he falls to earth to when the Omega character, or from the Triptych, Adam, becomes disassociative and like in Holy Wood, kills himself. Meanwhile, Omega's "half" shows the reason for things gone wrong: the celebrities and television.
    If you have seen the videos, excluding Rock Is Dead, it shows his crashing to Earth (Dope Show), along with the self-sufficiency of celebrities, it shows how obsessed everyone in this world is with television (Drugs), and Coma White shows not only a prequel to the subject matter of Holy Wood, but the crucifixion of Marilyn F. Kennedy. In this context, it is saying we all have someone who is so influential, they act as a "Messiah", in this case, Omega and his songs about consumption, drugs, and sex.
    ogdenJon April 28, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningOn mechanical animals, there are 7 songs that are about the personal side of Omega and 7 about the public side of Omega, which are just a satire on rock stars. The story is about a post-revolutionary world, where Omega led a revolution that would become sold out. And so he because a performing rock star.

    Great Big White World is one song from the personal side of Omega. The song itself is about Omega's understanding of the world around him, and he has been at the bottom and been to the top; and realises what a white world that had been drained of its colours its become.
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    "In space the stars are no nearer.
    They just glitter like a morgue.
    And I dreamed I was a spaceman, and burned like a moth in a flame.
    And our world was so fucking gone."

    Stars are the beautiful people. Space would be where they are, HOLY WOOD.
    Omega had gone straight to the top, and had experienced HOLY WOOD. And he realises that its not as glamourous as the TV says it is. In fact, he seems to be saying it is all dead there; everyone is dead and hollow inside. Like they have no soul.
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    "But I'm not attached to your world and nothing heals and nothing grows."

    Self explanitory
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    "Because it's a great big white world and we are drained of our colors.
    We used to love ourselves, we used to love another."

    When it comes to subtractive colours, the more you take out the more white it becomes. In these terms, white means blank, empty, dead, etc.
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    "All my stiches itch.
    My prescription's low.
    I wish you were queen just for today.
    In a world so white what else could I say?"

    He has stitches because he has scars from the past, he speaks of his prescription because now he has an addiction to drugs since drugs was all he knew from the beautiful people because they sell it.

    Now, here he appears to be speaking to Coma White. Figuratively speaking, Coma White represents perfection. And Omega's obsession with her represents his desire to be perfect.
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    "And hell was so cold.
    All the vases are so broken, and the roses tear our hands all open.
    Mother marry miscarry, and we pray just like insects.
    And the world is so ugly now."

    Before the revolution, he lived in the valley of death. He talks about how broken everyone there is. And their obsession with media and drugs has them praying "just like insects."
    TryingToBeHumanon April 13, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbout how shallow the world is. Love this song
    King Nothingon May 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe first verse seems like all the things he was yearning for in the beginning are not greater once he's close to them...being a spaceman now he burns up (out) and it wasn't as glittery as he thought stardom would be (or any place higher than the norm for the general public)

    and as unsatisfactory as the star studded life is, he doesn't miss the lacking world he left behind, where all there is is pain and digression.

    The corus... Everything is white...everything. so he's pointing out how monotonous people are, cities are all the same, everywhere is white (the default standard form). We don't know what love is anymore really, we hate ouselves trying to be better, we hate other people, not even giving them a chance...people don't even try to make new friends really anymore. He's in a state of discomfort and isn't being looked after by anyone. Wishing that this girl was queen... maybe she'll be able to fix everything wrong with this world... all he can do is wish and hope though...that's all he can say.

    Hell froze over...so something that wasn't supposed to happen happened, wether he wanted it to or not. Thr rose a simbol of love or friendish is hurting him, the thing that held those friends is broken and they're all falling away. and the rest is his usual jesus mary part, but what's interesting about it is he's saying it the way it didn't happen, saying taht even if jesus wasn't born people would still be praying... like first nature... like a praying mantis does automatically.

    and no matter which way you cut it, the world is ugly now, all the same, mindless, no evolution... ugly.

    Trinixyon July 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI really love this song. I think this song is about how terrible the world is."our world is so fucking gone" It really is one of my favorite manson songs...
    sUiCiDeiSpAiNLeSson August 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYou are all taking it really literally. This song, and most of the album if you think about it is about Conformity aswell as drugs.

    Because it's a great big white world and we are drained of our colors (All our individuality is taken away)

    We used to love ourselves, we used to love another (A reference to everyone being exactly the same)
    Cinnamon__Spideron April 16, 2003   Link
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    General Commentdamn good song just like all of mansons songs
    iloveashleystoneon April 22, 2003   Link
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    General Commentfirst time i heard this song i thought it was about drugs becasue i misheard they lyrics, this is what i thought i heard "how much did you take? my prescription is low, wish u were clean, just for one day, in a world thats so white what else can i say"
    this made perfect sense to me, wishing the person was clean an off of drugs, an a world thats so white, world thats full of coke
    but as i learned when i read the REAL lyrics this song has nothing to do with drugs
    littlepabloon June 07, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think the line "we used to love ourselves, we used to love one another" means that we used to accept and love everyone for who they were/are (love thy neighbor) and we used to appreciate our lives and didn't do self-destructive things.
    MechanicalAzozon September 25, 2004   Link

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