I've got a war inside my head
It's got to set itself free
I've got a wheel inside my head
A wheel of understanding

I'm loading, loading, my war machine
I'm contributing to the system
The breakdown scheme
I'm a shutting down, I’m shutting down, your greed for green
I am here to gun it down, gun it down

I see pretty flowers at my feet
Cool breeze, clean air, hospitality
Pretty please, pretty please, pretty please
Get the hell away from me


I'm loading, loading, my war machine
I'm contributing to the system
The breakdown scheme
I'm a shutting down, I’m shutting down, your greed for green
I am here to gun it down, gun it down

I've got a war inside my head
It's got to set itself free
I've got a wheel inside my head
A wheel of understanding


I'm loading, loading, my war machine
I'm contributing to the system
The breakdown scheme
I'm a shutting down, I’m shutting down, your greed for green baby
I am here to gun it down, gun it down


Lyrics submitted by Tredmond

Green Machine song meanings
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  • +4
    General Commentits about the hulk
    canuck969on June 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou pretty much got it right there, Infinity Surreal. Basically about a conflict in your mind, whether to be greedy (hence the name, "Green Machine", which I think derives from the slang "greens" which means money) or to do good things, and be happy.

    This line shows his conflict the most;
    "I see pretty flowers at my feet
    Cool breeze, clean air, hospitality
    Pretty please, pretty please, pretty please
    Get the hell away from me"

    He's sort of embracing the beauty of flowers, when the greedy part of him takes over and tells the good side of him to basically fuck off.

    There's my two cents....
    Tredmondon June 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is a case of simple hostility and confliction within one's own mind and soul. it's about the anger and indignance one has towards self; due to an irreconcilable relationship that one has with one's true self and the bitterness that is birthed by one's striving to be one thing (true, open, honest, and forthright) and the corrupted nature of one when acted upon by society over periods of time, one battles in constant war within their own consciousness in perpetuity. at the song's core and its apex, it's all about frustration with the human condition. but i digress... it simply steamrolls. it's beauty in sonic spacetime.
    Infinitly Surrealon May 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwho cares what it mean B4TRS is one on the best ALBUMS (that means every trackis good) i've ever heard. absolutely excellent album
    mike_81on August 31, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits sounds like a mind war. but then shuttin down your greed for green sounds like a fight against money.
    insane metal fanon February 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmaybe he wanna talk about conflict between marijuana(or drugs in general) and normal life...
    if you put all lyrics together
    thumb, green machine, 50 million year trip, freedom run...
    Brenosantoson January 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's a dirty rock song...heavy and yet accessible. These guys rock for metalheads.

    Great song.
    OpinionHeadon June 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfrom what i hear kyuss was a really non-commercial band, even tho they were approached by major labels and MTV (who wanted to film their generator bashes) they always turned it down in favour of doing their own thing for fun not profit.

    I think this song is about that, a green machine is a money-making enterprise, like they could have turned their band into. and even tho he fights his own greed (the war in his head) he has a "wheel of understanding" of the bigger picture to avoid selling out, which kyuss truly managed to do.

    the second verse is "hi-fidelity" (ie music) not "hospitality". he's saying he has all he wants, nature, clean air, and his music, he doesn't need the money they're offering him. Kyuss really enjoyed being kyuss, playing their songs. He's doing his bit to break down the green machine, by not giving in to the truckloads of money they were being offered to turn it into a job.
    SFy65B2G5rKbzps5acdHwQe6on July 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsorry i take it back, im pretty sad to say so but it does sound more like hospitality, not hi-fidelity. i still prefer my meaning though... at least its backed up with lyrics and not just inane rambling
    SFy65B2G5rKbzps5acdHwQe6on July 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs it really "the breakdown scheme"? It always sounded like "up and down stream" to me. I don't know what either means. I really don't get internal conflict from this song. The emotion projected is more like confidence, almost to a point of megalomania. I agree with Ductape that it has something to do with a philosophy of nature and rock and roll and probably drugs, as a means of personal liberation.
    schniderdeeon July 09, 2014   Link

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