We were neurophobic and perfect
the day we lost our souls.
Maybe we weren't so human, but
If we cry, we will rust.
And I was a hand grenade that
never stopped exploding.
You were automatic
and as hollow as the "o" in God.

I am never gonna be the one for you.
I am never gonna save the world from you.

They'll never be good to you
or bad to you.
They'll never be anything,
anything at all.

You were my mechanical bride,
phenobarbidoll.
A mannequeen of depression with
the face of a dead star.
And I was a hand grenade that
never stopped exploding.
You were automatic
and as hollow as the "o" in God.

I am never gonna be the one for you.
I am never gonna save the world from you.

They'll never be good to you
or bad to you.
They'll never be anything,
anything at all.
They'll never be good to you
or bad to you.
They'll never be anything,
anything at all.

I am never gonna be the one for you.
I am never gonna save the world from you.

This isn't me, I'm not mechanical.
I'm just a boy playing the suicide king.

Yeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaahhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!

...Playing the suicide king.

(I'm just a boy...)
...Playing the suicide king.


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Mechanical Animals song meanings
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    General CommentThere was one kid who shot himself in the head or stabbed himself (I forget exactly which one). After his dad found him he looked in his CD player and they're was Manson's AntiChrist Superstar CD in there. The dad was accusing Manson of leading people to commit suicide in his music. Like they were following him like "Mechanical Animals." Manson is just saying he's not Mechanical, I'm just a boy playing the suicide king. The suicide king is the king of hearts (I think) because that card looks like the sword is going through the head of the king. He's says he's playing the suicide king like he's playing the card and taking chances in his life, or maybe he's just suffering inside because of the pain he caused himself.
    King Nothingon April 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think I'm the only one that thinks about a relationship that fails in this song.
    Obviously I might be wrong but every song is open to personal interpretation I believe and it speaks to me the most when I think of it this way.

    It makes me think of someone I was once with and how he searched for the approval of those who all thought the same way, the "mechanical animals" if you will and slipped away from me. I knew they would never care for him in the way that I had. But he was too far gone and I had to accept that I was never going to be the one for him and he would not let me in nor let me be the one to save the world for him. Now I talk to him and he's just like the others.

    I don't know, that's how I see it anyway. Makes me think of that movie Brick.
    perfectXfiton April 19, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningThis is one of the 7 songs that are from Omega's personal side. Its about the world in which he lives, but its also about Coma White--or his desire to be perfect.
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    "We were neurophobic and perfect the day we lost our souls.
    Maybe we weren't so human, but if we cry, we will rust."

    Omega speaks about the stars, the beautiful (horrible) people which he's become a part of. They all become emotionless with the stride of fame.
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    "And I was a hand grenade that never stopped exploding.
    You were automatic and as hollow as the "o" in God."

    Omega speaks of his rise to fame, as he made big hits to get there. And now he speaks of Coma White, again; as he gets a glimpse of her (an ideal of perfection) and becomes enamored with her (the idea of perfection). But he feels like perfection itself is not real, fake, "hollow", just as god is.
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    "I am never going to be the one for you.
    I am never going to save the world from you."

    He doubts his abilities to be perfect, and doesn't want to hide that idea from the world.
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    "They'll never be good to you or bad to you.
    They'll never be anything, anything at all."

    Omega doesn't think anybody has the ability to be perfect.
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    "You were my mechanical bride, a phenobarbidoll, a mannequeen of depression with the face of a dead star."

    Omega sees perfection as impossible, fake, but a glorious idea nonetheless.
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    "This isn't me, I'm not mechanical.
    I'm just a boy playing the suicide king."

    He denies being so emotionless, so soulless, so white (drained of colour). And acknowledges he's nothing to everyone else but a rock star who acts for them, as famous as Jesus.
    TryingToBeHumanon April 13, 2012   Link
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    General CommentHmm...that's intriguing, though I'd always derived a portion of the meaning from the whole fake pop star irony glam rock (all of the previous), in that the pop cultule that he's found himself surrounded with is massively fake and distorts reality, as shown by the mannequinn imagery, etc.
    Akashaon May 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWell, I also think this song has many themes. There's some drug references too.
    King Nothingon May 05, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song shows that no one has to conform to bullshit in life that is fed to u by the media, ur parents etc.. and u dont have to follow what everybody else does. that guys dad who "instantly" blamed Marilyn for his son commiting suicide did what everyone else does. finds a scapegoat, and that had to be the gr8est artist on Earth. like they did the same thing with Ozzy Ozbourne when hiz "suicide solution" song came out. its all a loada crap and thats why Marilyn Manson sings about ti
    god_of_fcukon May 24, 2002   Link
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    General CommentAnother interesting fact about the kid who committed suicide and who had ACS in his CD player: His father went on a rally to de-rail Manson, so to speak and used to say "He is a hand grenade that goes off in teenagers head." Or something along those lines, which reflects in the song "And I was a hand grenade that
    never stopped exploding." As for the suicide king, in some card games the suicide kings is valued as the highest card, higher than any of the other 51 card, so maybe Manson is say he's just a boy, who holds all the power, playing the trump card.
    Pelvis Thruston June 02, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThere are many-a people on a constant itch to blame Marilyn Manson for stupid bullshit. But like he says himself, if anyone is STUPID enough to kill themselves over music, then that's one less idiot in the world.
    i_feel_sickon June 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentExcellent lyrics, especially the line 'This isn't me I'm not mechanical...' almost as if he's speaking for the kids who are accused of following Manson like sheep. For the record, I hate to say it but some Manson fans are dumb. But the intelligent ones more than make up for the idiots. This is a great song, the whole of Mechanical Animals is fantastic.

    'I am never gonna be the one for you.
    I am never gonna save the world from you.'

    He's saying that despite the number of people who worship him (ironic?), he's not going to save them. The world is their enemy, not him and he can't do anything to stop kids commiting suicide, regardless of what parents might think. people are too quick to place the blame on the nearest controversial person in the media, in this instance, Manson.
    kellioon July 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentMechanical Animals. Mechanical- they are like machines. Programmed. Brainwashed. Brainless. All the same. No individuality. No one thinks for themselves. They just do what the majority does.
    saron August 23, 2002   Link

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