"Silicone on Sapphire" as written by Joe Strummer and Mick Jones....
Have you ever asked yourself
Who holds the key that winds up Big Ben?

Silicone on Sapphire
My prerogative is zero
When is your start
What is your data
I'm pushing your breakpoints
Anytime Mike
Know my subroutine
Motorola exorsizer
Modem connecting
In sync
Mnemonic code
I have your sentences right
Go ahead
Macro command
This is my micro instruction
Improper request
Output failed
Request debug
Improper request
Request debug
System debug freeze
Your memory is volatile
Log ? add this is my address bus
Log add
Rub out
You're on system interconnect
You are typing into my memory
Shift, shift, shift
That's better
Now my decoder
I request your zero variable storage
I am a Texas Instrument
Clear, overrun
My zero positive
Truth table
Give me your input
Vector interrupt
Erase function
Vector interrupt
Go to RAM, Go to RAM
Go yourself
Go to RAM
I take it back?
Your memory is volatile
Your inputs, are deprived
Save, save
Erase bridge?
Go to outputs
Large scale integration
No source statements
Give me, give me flowchart
All died on call? databus
Hardware, firmware
Inhibit, inhibit, overflow
Yes. Hardwired logic. Machine language
Connection deprived by request, request
Parallel operation
Give me push count stack
I must have your address first
Take your datalog recharge
Hello, hello
System debug freeze
Clear restore and exit
Exit all done

Lyrics submitted by aebassist, edited by Mellow_Harsher, tenango

"Silicone on Sapphire" as written by Mick Jones Joe Strummer

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    General Commentthis is another sandanista! throwaway. it's a sound effect covered instrumental of "washington bullets", also on sandanists!. the song consists of clash member's saying things, mostly involving technology of sorts. all in all it seems meaningless.
    sgt.peppperon December 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWell...they certainly express an impressive technological knowledge for 1982.
    GeneralAppoon April 12, 2009   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionAfter "Kill. Kill." comes "Init. Init."
    tenangoon September 12, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI wouldn't say this is meaningless or throwaway at all, it's not accessible though, nor is anyone likely to place it in their top 10 fave tunes.
    So, as far as it seems to me, this is a dialogue between two computers, trying to communicate (or whatever it is they do), and failing due to the usual sort of gibberish that comes up when your computer breaks down. Could be used as a metaphor for bureaucracy, similar to the 'Computer says no' brick wall mindset that you come up against fairly regularly in life, with no practical way of dealing with little problems, which then become insurmountable.
    Ezzunon May 06, 2019   Link

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