"Flesh Mechanic" as written by and Molko/olsdal/schultzberg....
He tries to embrace her
She wants him to race her
He needs a laser
To get it through her skull

(Means and lies and hatreds)?
Tears that fall in sequence
Cold caress
Conversation growing dull

Says he's a poet
Loudly protoazoan
And he kisses ass for free
I took a vow of silence
When he tries to talk to me
I just turn on the tv

He tries to impress her
Mentally undress her
It takes more to possess her
But in his pocket lies a hole

He's got a thousand talents
Charisma by the bagful
Aristocratic parents
A rebel with a heart of gold

Says he's a poet
This time he's gonna blow it
'Cause he's dancing with his ego
I took a vow of silence

When he reads his words to me
I swallow words like a

He's strutting with your flesh mechanic
Gets him in a panic
He's wasting time
'Cause everybody is a star
In his eyes

Careful not to give your favours
To your lonesome fucked-up neighbours
I had one who sent me her heart
In a tupperware container

All the movies in my head
They flicker with my bleeding heart
A careless slipping of the tongue
On just another private part

Blatant search for
Stoned affection
Fights the lust that
Breeds infection

Meet me at the
Don't forget your
Fuel injection

He's strutting with your flesh mechanic
Gets him in a panic
He's wasting time
'Cause everybody is a star
In his eyes

You think this love is bona fide
You're being taken for a ride
Wrap your lip around your head
And slowly blow yourself away

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    General CommentI'm probably the only one who sees it like this but after listening to this song so many times and thinking what it could mean, all things considered, I think the song is about shallowness, cosmetic surgery, being morally depraved, empty people and possibly drugs.
    LysonPon May 11, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis is my fave Placebo song, the way brian speaks out the lyrics and i like these lines "I swallow words like a placebo" and "I had one who sent me her heart in a Tupperware container" I found an intrepetation on the lyrics at a placebo forum ; Taking into account that it may be written from several points of view, I get the impression that this is about a failing relationship. It seems the boy in it is trying his best to please the girl, but the girl is not interested, and has become bored. "Tries to embrace her, she wants him to race her" suggests that the boy is trying to be loving towards the girl, but she wants something more from the relationship, and is not satisfied. "Conversation growing dull" also shows that the relationship is becoming 'tired' and boring.

    The "I took a vow of silence" parts seem to be from the girl's perspective, as she is saying that when the boy tries to open up his heart to her, she just gets gets bored and is not interested and 'turns on the tv'. I think the "Says he's a poet, this time he's gonna blow it, 'cause he's dancing with his ego" part may be the girl saying that when the boy tries to show his affection (ie. through poetry) he is not doing it for her, he is only trying to boost his own ego, and that if he carries on like this he will lose her.

    The "You think this love is bona fide you're being taken for a ride" bit is the 'narrator' talking to the boy, telling him that he's putting his heart on the line but the girl is really abusing him. So the moral of the story may be to not be so vulnerable and not to wear your heart on your sleeve, as it may get broken.

    glittershiton May 28, 2002   Link
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    General Commentagree with most of that
    strwberryf1dson June 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove the way he sings the word "placebo" in this
    scenefronteron March 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commentagree 2 what scenefronter said....ahhhhhhhh....
    nancy_boyoon January 31, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti love the bit where he says 'Placebo'

    is this song only available on the Flesh Mechanics rarities collection?
    zodinon April 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis sounds like Sonic Youth's stuff.
    Liektotallyon May 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI get the feeling the choruses starting with "Says he's a poet" is from the girls point off view (if the song is about a failing realtionship that is) and everything else (or, most of it) is about how he tries to please her?

    that's how I interpret it...
    Vildaon May 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI llooove this song! I think it may literally be about a man trying to be a poet. And the part about the tupperware container sounds like his poem. The girlfriend is losing interest, and shes cynical. She's sick of wasting her time with someone who is wasting their time trying to be a poet.
    Mrs.Molkoon July 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI always thought this was about a three way relationship, kind of like the one between Max, Sally and Brian in 'Cabaret'
    Prisoner.I.Wason August 16, 2006   Link

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