How did they teach you to be just a happy puppet dancing on a string?
How did you learn everything that comes along with slavish funnery?
Tell me something, if the world is so insane,
is it making you sane again to let another man tug at the thread that pulls up your nodding head?

How did they teach you to be just a happy puppet dancing on a string?
How do you manage to live inside this tiny stage you can't leave?
Tell me something, if the world is so insane,
is it making you sane again to let another man tug at the thread that pulls up your nodding head?

A dullard strung on the wire.
When the master's gone you hang there with your eyes and your limbs so lifeless.

How did they teach you to be just a happy puppet dancing on a string?
How do you manage to speak, your mouth a frozen grin?

A dullard strung on the wire.
When the master's gone you hang there with your eyes and your limbs so lifeless.

Tell me something, if the world is so insane,
is it making you sane again to let another man tug at the thread that pulls up your empty wooden head?

Your hollow head, your marble eyes, your wooden hands and your metal jaw pins
all wait in limbo for the man who knows how to move you this way.


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    General CommentThis is about someone who is so dumb and devoid of thought, he lets others determine his life and actions, and does so willingly. The observer is wondering, "how did you allow yourself to be so brainwashed that you can't function without the direction of others...?"
    jlbrpton June 08, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI don't thonk it's about a nman, I thinkk it's abourt a woman who keeps getting hersekf into manipulative relationships. She allpws man after man to xontrol her life as if she has no mind of her own. She's been this way so long she can't think for herself anymore.
    bloodybitchon July 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's about someone who is brainwashed by what others tell him/her... A tool, essentially. I think in this case, the media/government (considering it was written during the Reagan era).
    edge of the worldon August 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYes, the song is saying "Don't be a tool". Great song from a great band. For some strange reason I think NIN should cover this song.
    Reynard Muldrakeon December 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis reminds me of the Beatles, "While My Guitar Gentely Weeps"
    I don't know how
    someone controlled you
    They bought and sold you...
    DevastatorJr.on October 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about everyone in the world, and how they just obey, obey, obey away.
    epiwooshon November 28, 2013   Link

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