And m.e. I eat dust
We're all so run down
I'd call it my death
But I'll only fade away
And I hate to fade alone
Now there's only m.e.

We were so sure
We were so wrong
But there's no one left to see
And there's no one left to die
There's only m.e.

Why shoud I care
Why should I try
Oh no, oh no
I turned off the pain
Like I turned off you all
Now there's only m.e.

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M.E. Lyrics as written by Gary Anthony James Webb

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  • +3
    Song MeaningThe song is about an artificial intelligence that killed every single sentient living thing on the planet. It succeeded, and now it has nothing to do. It is lonely.
    parkerdannielon February 02, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentM.E. is about the last machine on earth. All human life has been destroyed, the planet has been completely desolated (nuclear war?) and the machines power source is dying.
    MrLongroveon March 12, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthah! 'hot and cold' is my personal favorite basement jaxx jam, but anyway this gary numan song is great. as the first post stated it is about the last machine on earth. the creepiness of the synths in this song exemplify the strange isolation of technology. sweet. don't tase me bro.
    pixelsinsoundon September 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentJust incase people don't know, a certain Basement Jaxx sampled the hell out of this for their best song "Where's Your Head At?". And which is the best bit? The M.E. bassline, cause it's wicked!
    xdvron December 07, 2005   Link
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    Song FactAnother song ‘M. E.’, which stood for Mechanical Engineering, its model type, was about the thoughts of the last machine left alive. Long after the world was dead and humans were a thing of the past, this machine still lingered. For hundreds of years it waited, unable to die, utterly alone, but fully aware. Numan, Gary. (R)evolution: The Autobiography (p. 68). Little, Brown Book Group. Kindle Edition.
    soullessbunnyon November 11, 2021   Link
  • -1
    General CommentIt also could be read as a suicidal song:

    Why should I care
    Why should I try
    Oh no, oh no
    I turned off the pain
    Like I turned off you all
    Bajinganlangiton March 30, 2016   Link
  • -2
    General Commentxdvr. Bingo Bango is Basement Jaxx's best song, not "where's your head at?" Songs pretty cool.
    D4MVPon March 10, 2006   Link
  • -2
    General Commentbasement jaxx? I'll pretend I know who they are. I thought this was just another isolation-type song. Maybe some guy pushed everyone away to protect himself [kill them?] and make things better for him, and he's left with just himself. "no one left to die" "I turned off you all" "I turned off the pain" He realized that it isn't as satisfying as he thought, you need other people, then there's no reason for you. I guess he could be a machine. That would fit. great song.
    DJgifon June 19, 2009   Link
  • -2
    My InterpretationDJgif was spot on, here is my breakdown of the song:

    And m.e. I eat dust.......... meaning i never win (the girl)
    We're all so run down........ not attractive
    I'd call it my death......... suicidal thoughts
    But I'll only fade away...... being alone from birth to death
    And I hate to fade alone..... not wanting to be alone
    Now there's only m.e......... self explanatory

    We were so sure.................... we thought the relationship would work
    We were so wrong................... but it didn't work
    But there's no one left to see..... no one by your side
    And there's no one left to die..... thinking about topping yourself
    There's only m.e...................

    Why should I care
    Why should I try
    Oh no, oh no
    I turned off the pain
    Like I turned off you all
    Now there's only m.e.

    the last group is about shutting of your emotions to protect yourself to avoid the pain that will inevitably come from looking for love.
    NRGmanon June 05, 2011   Link

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