"Metal" as written by and Gary Anthony James Webb....
We're in the building where they make us grow
And I'm frightened by the liquid engineers
Like you

My Mallory heart is sure to fail
I could crawl around the floor just like I'm real
Like you

The sound of metal I want to be you
I should learn to be a man
Like you

Plug me in and turn me on
Oh everything is moving

I need my treatment it's tomorrow they send me
Singing "I am an American"
Do you?

Picture this if I should make the change
I'd like to pull the wires from the wall
Did you?

And who are you and how can I try
Here inside I like the metal
Don't you?

All I know is no one dies
I'm still confusing love with need

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"Metal" as written by Gary Anthony James Webb

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    General CommentThe song gives me the vague impression that it's about a societal system that promotes nationalism and callousness.

    The society is represented by the factory or "Building where they make us grow", where the products of said society are convinced that the ideology that is being instilled in them is a positive thing, evidenced by the following stanzas.

    "The sound of metal I want to be you
    I should learn to be a man
    Like you"

    "I need my treatment it's tomorrow they send me
    Singing "I am an American"
    Do you?"

    I don't think that second one is meant to be a direct prod at America, but more of an example of national pride in general.

    To be honest, the songs underlying message is unusually vague. The rest of the lines fit, and work with my interpretation, but only in so far as they don't contradict it. Those are the only two stanzas that really reveal a meaning in my opinion. Any other ideas?

    I saw somebody (demeter) mention something about AI, which was a really interesting idea. That would make the song pretty conceptual, which isn't something outside of the pervue of Trents portfolio, but certainly isn't something he does often. Having said that, he didn't write the song, so anything goes, really.
    Kod1ak7on February 22, 2016   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love this song...its an awesome chill song for me. TRENT'S a GOD! <3
    eat shit its newon July 12, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah TeleKon. If you actually give a crap about your artists and BUY HIS CD's, you would know that this is NOT written by Trent. BUY CD'S!
    ubertalldudeon August 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song, of course, the real props go out to Gary Numan, but I think Trent captivates it wonderfully in this piece. The unreleased studio version is excellent too, albeit a bit harder. This is one of my favorite songs to listen to.
    supermegasteveon September 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou forgot 'I'm still confusing love with need' at the end of the song...
    Synthetic Humanon March 16, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYea this is a damn cool song, techo disco industrial, it's cool.
    Karlon June 15, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat is this song about, do you think?
    presidentandceoon June 20, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is an awesome chill song for me. Trent is a god.
    eat shit its newon July 12, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is an amazing song but I have no clue what it means....*shallow* any clues?
    demeteron February 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentokay wait wait, *flash of inspiration* kind of like a.i. maybe...he's really innocent 'all I know is no one dies'. He's maybe genetically engineered or a robot? 'I'm still confusing love with need' might be that whoever is growing or making him, he thinks he loves them but actually he just needs them because he has a childlike independency...and sometimes he just gets sick of it 'i'd love to pull the wires from the wall' but again, he needs them so he can't leave. He's afraid of them, he thinks he loves them, but he needs them.

    wow...I'm the first person in two years to comment...
    demeteron February 26, 2005   Link

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