"Down In The Park" as written by and Gary Anthony James Webb....
Down in the park
Where the mach-men meet the machines
And play 'kill-by-numbers'
Down in the park with a friend called five
I was in a car crash
Or was it the war
But I've never been quite the same
Little white lies like I was there
Come to "Zom-Zom's", a place to eat
Like it was built in one day
You can watch the humans
Trying to run
Oh look there's a rape machine
I'd go outside if he'd look the other way
You wouldn't believe
The things they do
Down in the park
Where the chant is "death, death, death"
Until the sun cries morning
Down in the park with friends of mine
We are not lovers
We are not romantics
We are here to serve you
A different face but the words never change


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"Down in the Park" as written by Gary Anthony James Webb

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    General CommentIt's about the passivity of being in the park without doing anything with some friends, just combating boredom (a force which is metaphorally attacking them); in any case, we are just ordinary people spending a time in the park. Great futuristic, dense and original modern sound from 79'!!!
    PeluCrespinson July 06, 2017   Link
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    General CommentUgh, it makes me so mad everyone thinks that this is a Gary Numan song from when he became a solo artist. He was in a band called Tubeway Army when they made it. Its on a Tubeway Army album called Replicas. No disrespect to Gary, I mean I love him, but its just a thing that bugs me a lot.

    MrLongrove is right, this is based on an unfinished novel Gary wrote when he was younger, I believe the place was called Replicas and the machines were the government. The machmen were kinda like robots livng among humans. The 'friends' referred to in Are 'Friends' Electric and Me! I Disconnect From You were also kinda like robots, but they were rented (or something like that) by people and used to entertain. The Crazies were the few remaining humans left in Replicas, they lived underground.

    Thats all I can really remember without rereading the album sleeve....
    PtolemyKittyon March 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI actually have an old cassette copy of Tubeway Army's "Replicas" and yes! "Down in the Park" is the last song on side 1! :))
    pharmageekon May 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commenta great song from gary numan. this song is about the machine men (machmen), meet to hunt and kill humans in the park. while some get to watch from above at a place called zom zom's. it is a tragic look of how a human is raped, beatin down, or destroyed by the machmen. great song !!!
    xl5ronon May 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPart of Numan's sci-fi story. It's about a depraved futuristic society where humans being hunted raped and killed by machines for sport. This is Numan at his best...dark, gloomy and atmospheric. I've seen Numan live twice and this song is always a highlight for me.
    MrLongroveon March 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIn the album Resonator, Numan's newer version of Down in the Park has the last line as "A different RACE but the words never change". In the original he says "face".
    spenny69on June 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentReplicas was reissued back in the late 90s with a bunch of b-sides. The story behind the music is also included in the booklet. I sure with VH! would do a Behind The Music featuring Gary Numan.
    MrLongroveon August 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVH1 that is
    MrLongroveon August 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually YouTube is the place to go these days--you can even type in Tubeway Army using their search box and boom! Live versions of such classics like "Are 'Friends' Electric?" abound as videos of old BBC music shows. Somebody on the Frenz (Split Enz, Crowded House, Neil Finn, and all) message board put it the best way I've ever thought of this website: It's like crack cocaine. And I think she's right. One thing I'm searching for on YouTube right now are videos of old Doctor Who episodes, especially the Tom Baker years with his own Screaming Mimmies, Sarah Jane Smith & Leela, who's a shorter English version of Xena with less IQ points but wow! can she wield a knife! But getting back to this song's relation to Doctor Who, as I see it, those Machmen could easily become Cybermen--they pop up from time to time since they are robot-type metallic beings whose only driving desire is to rid the universe of anything remotely human. These Cybermen are creepy, cold little suckers, LOL! So I'll leave you to imagine Cybermen picking off people 'down in the park', but before I do, I do remember an episode where the Doctor and co. had to save an entire planet from slave labor and destruction due to some element on that planet that the Cybermen were"allergic" to since, by nature, the Cybermen were impervious to most anything. Yet get _gold dust_ in their inner workings and it's goners for these guys...how convenient! But a 'rape machine'? That's would've never flew through the BBC censors...LOL.
    pharmageekon September 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis reminds me of Battlestar Galactica. The Cylons have a model called "5" and rape machines (of sorts at the Farms) with machines who play kill by numbers (Centurions/Raiders).
    Skooma2112on August 02, 2008   Link

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