Do people have a tendency to dump on you?
Does your group have more cavities than theirs?
Do all the hippies seem to get the jump on you?
Do you sleep alone when other sleep in pairs?
Well there's no need to complain,
We'll eliminate your pain.
We can neutralize your brain.
You'll feel just fine
Buy a big bright green pleasure machine!

Do figures of authority just shoot you down?
Is life within the business world a drag?
Did your boss just mention that you'd better shop around
To find yourself a more productive bag?
Are you worried and distressed?
Can't seem to get no rest?
Put our product to the test.
You'll feel just fine
Buy a big bright green pleasure machine!

You better hurry up and order one.
Our limited supply is very nearly gone.

Do you nervously await the blows of cruel fate?
Do your checks bounce higher than a rubber ball?
Are you worried 'cause your girlfriend's just a little late?
Are you looking for a way to chuck it all?
We can end your daily strife
At a reasonable price.
You've seen it advertised in Life.
You'll feel just fine
Buy a big bright green pleasure machine.

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The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine song meanings
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    My Interpretation

    It was actually in The Graduate, it's playing in the background as Ben and Elaine are getting food in his car.

    In my opinion, this song is playing on commercialism and advertising, like a parody of that one 'magic product' that will solve all your problems, and how 'you'd better hurry up and order one!' and all the techniques that are used in advertising.

    It could also reference drugs, being one of the things that could 'eliminate your pain'

    dxsloveon May 17, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    It's about money. well actually i dont know but im gonna say it like i know anyway. Its a good song, if it were about money it would fit the graduate...

    Mashlehon July 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    I think this song might be about marijuana. It's not big, nor really bright, but it definitely fits the bill of "green plasure machine."

    Nex3on April 10, 2005   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation

    I think the song is heavily talking about buying products, such as products show in Life magazine like the song says, or on TV. I interpret it being about money and also, drugs. The song was released 1966, already a year when drugs were becoming more and more common.

    sroelenson November 16, 2023   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I think it might be about television or tanks.

    castledayon March 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    The "machine" is a literal one, as in mode of transport. It's a hippie van. The lyrics translate to "run away from your troubles and sorrows by buying a green van and tooling aimlessly around in it.

    CuteSparkinaon September 18, 2006   Link
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    General Comment

    This song reminds me of the thought experiment of the "experience machine" put forward by Robert Nozick: he describes a hypothetical machine that can induce all kinds of pleasurable experiences for the rest of your life, and explains the reasons why people shouldn't (and most people wouldn't) want to live in that machine when given a choice.

    This can't have been the inspiration for the song, since it wasn't published until 1974, but the song may well be based on a similar thought. (Or maybe Nozick liked Simon & Garfunkel... ;-))

    orange04on January 25, 2013   Link

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