Welcome to the machine Lyrics - Pink Floyd
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Welcome my son, welcome to the machine.
Where have you been?
It's alright we know where you've been.
You've been in the pipeline, filling in time,
Provided with toys and 'Scouting for Boys'.
You bought a guitar to punish your ma,
And you didn't like school, and you
know you're nobody's fool,
So welcome to the machine.
Welcome my son, welcome to the machine.
What did you dream?
It's alright we told you what to dream.
You dreamed of a big star,
He played a mean guitar,
He always ate in the Steak Bar.
He loved to drive in his Jaguar.
So welcome to the Machine.
Writer: WATERS, ROGER
Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
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The machine aint so bad | Reviewer: Doubro | 11/21/13
The song was about the music industry, but could be applied to the general corporate structure. The fact that they could make music their way and not forced to be part of the system belies the sinister meaning of the song. A lot of rebellious art contradicts reality... whiney children complaining about perceived limits when they are responsible for their own choices and sometimes their choice is to work within the system if it is easier or beneficial to do so. The system being another organic construct. There is no machine, in truth just other humans telling people what to do. Outside of a govt controlling people with force and coercion, it's mostly social pressure and inertia promoting tacit agreement that determines the usual path for peoples lives. why beat your own path through the jungle if the road more traveled has been trampled for you? If you have pure vision and know it, it's easy to go off on your own, but most folks find society saves them from a more difficult struggle to rediscover and redefine everything that has been experienced before by our predecessors. Sure, the system can take you for a ride, or you can take it for one.
True Meaning has it wrong | Reviewer: James B | 7/25/13
Floyd consistently writes from a non-egoic humanist perspective. The song is simply about the fact that all of us are born into a world we didn't design or agree to be part of (The Machine)from the time we are born our progress of being assimilated is monitored we are given a number that will be tied to us, our health, our school grades, job placement and advancement in the professional world, or credit score and reliability to pay debt to the global banking cartels is monitored. We must keep an eye on our colleagues and neighbors. the better we scout the better the toys our heroes are chosen for us and and when we are young we rebel growing our hair, getting tattoo's, buying a guitar and ultimately we blame our parents the ones who brought us into the madness The Star, guitar, steak bar and Jaguar are metaphor or symbolic of wealth, success, power and achievement. Remember Syd Barrett who founded Pink Floyd was a catalyst for much of Waters writing I am sure this song is steeped in Syd big-time!
What it means | Reviewer: James Dean | 1/4/13
Look, this is a great song! Yes. People are boring who work 9-5 jobs, only I work 7-5 job! To play the guitar, drums, ANY musical instruments, it a gift! Pink Floyd rocks and is by far my favorite band in the entire world! They have such a great sound, I could not imagine life ir this world without music! Pink Floyd is what you make of it. I've had cd's for 10-15 years and haven't listened to them the way I do today! Mu uncle calls me out of the blue and explains about how he bought the Dark side of the moon and was so moved by it! He's in his 60's; I'm in my 30's!!! Not even using drugs, Pink Floyd is so soothing and relaxing! Enjoy it for what ever the song brings to YOU!
True Meaning | Reviewer: Floyd Nut | 11/9/12
This song is about the music industry (the machine), how they built up to & finally broke thru with DSOTM & now being pushed by "the machine".
Also there are direct fererences to each of the band members,
"You dreamed of a big star" - Roger
"He played a mean guitar" - David
"He always ate in the steak bar" - Rick
"He loved to drive in his jaguar" - Nick
In my opinion - BEST BAND OF ALL TIME !!!
welcome to the machine | Reviewer: Dragana | 9/29/12
dont get me wrong my english is not so good, but i think this song is about majority today welcome to the machine like welcome to the factory its about people who work boring jobs from 9 to 5 dumb people who are not willing to fight against sistem and governmant and who are not able tho think on their own create on their own and live on their own those people who have organized their lifes till the day they day i mean you are born in this world go to school find a job get married have kids grandchildren etc this behaviour is consider normal but is it? tell me what life is about? . Ignorance will kill the man, man will kill himself by his own mistakes. I think its about the time when you finish school and start working somewhere that thats the time you get in the mashine we are all like sardines in box we just do not realise that yet. artist and those who create and think outside the box like musicians and like nomads are those who really live but we who pay the bills and work with certian sistem we are trapped and stuck in miserable life tot we live god right? :) no! and we rise our kids new flesh for factories and our govermants. now tell me what you eat? is it organic? what you breath ? is it clean air ? what you drink is it clean water ? what do you do in your spere time ? sorry to say i am in the machine to and i do not call this life ... do you?
Welcome to the Machine | Reviewer: jim | 11/18/11
I've been listening to the entire album at YouTube.com and am really glad to find it there. I'm 54 and grew up listening to this stuff. Now we can find it for free at a website on line. So if you really like this song, check out YouTube for "Wish You Were Here (Full Album)", type it in and enjoy!!!
Chrissi | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/19/11
We analysed this song today in music lesson.
And we guessed, that youtgh is the pipeline and todays society is the machine:
In the pipeline you can't break out.
And in the society you have to work and to be perfect...
WHO CARES? | Reviewer: Rachel | 8/17/11
WHO CARES? You guys are either seriously insecure or dense. Pink floyd, Led Zep, Jethro Tull they were all great. Do Make Say Think, Silver Mt. Zion, Clues and Radiohead, The XX, The Flaming Lips are awesome as well. Different people like different things, no big deal, chill out. I'm only 13 and I feel like I'm a lot more mature than all of you folks. Another thing, if you're gonna shoot your mouth off here you might as well do it with proper grammar. Thank you and god bless.
Freemason - Welcome To The Machine? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/15/11
What in the heck does Freemasonry have to do with Welcome To The Machine nor freedom? My suggestion, stop watching junk and become educated. Freemasonry has absolutely nothing to do with freedom! I just love it when uneducated people start pointing fingers at the Freemasons and do not have any clue on earth what in the heck they are talking about! Learn from more than just a couple idiots please!
Great song, great band, say no more!
you know | Reviewer: BE AWARE | 5/9/11
Sad but true, we're in a world system controlled by the illuminati and Freemasonry, have you ever hear about them or do you know Richard c .Hoagland or dark mission and do you ever see the arrival movie (NO)BECAUSE everybody thinks we're free, at least we can try to know our world and how it could be bad.We're not supposed to struggle ,someonels makes us so bad.
new music is alright | Reviewer: VALIS | 8/20/10
there's a lot of hate for new music, Floyd's awesome, I think I know that as much as anyone but there are bands still out there who are great, just don't get disheartened by whatever the radio is playing. Godspeed You Black Emporor, Sigur Ros, Do Make Say Think, Silver Mt. Zion, Clues, Mogwai are all making great music, for poppier and easier stuff you have Wolf Parade, Radiohead, The XX, The Flaming Lips, Sparklehorse, Menomena, Arcade Fire.
Floyd's floyd, Led Zep are Led Zep, they were around at a certain point and their sound is relevant to that, we can't bring it back and nor should we, it's happening right now in popular music with this '80's revival and it's terrible, but you gotta embrace the new music, find the comparisions and above everything else, enjoy it for what it is.
There are many more bands I didn't mention and could've and even more that I don't know, but right now I'm gonna carry on playing guitar and singing this awesome song, stop ruining these pages with your cliched old music is better arguments and live where you are now, not in the past.
Peace love and all that jazz
newer songs suck | Reviewer: jim golden | 1/15/10
when the people of the next century looked back at the music of the 80's and 70's they are going to say wow we missed out on a party.floyd ac/dc ozzy u2 and so many more they were the music of the ages and we went thru it and it was great.the music from middle 90's on have sucked so bad,thanks floyd ac/dc it was fun.
.. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/8/10
it doesnt matter where you are from. everyone has struggles. life can suck very badly. but it's up to YOU to make the most of it. its up to YOU to change how you live when you can, and up to YOU to change the world.
Anonymous | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/10/10
According to interviews with Roger Waters, "Welcome to the Machine" is referring to the music industry. The "Machine" is the industry telling the band what it wants and why they are there, in contrast to what they really want, and why they are really there. It epitomizes the fact that the music industry is controlled by greed and success rather than true music and its development, and thus not being the dream that Roger Waters had expected.
Fuck the system | Reviewer: Vendetta | 12/5/09
Hey people please stop fighting, the system exactly want us to do so. The point is that no where on the planet life is simple. I am born in Serbia, and I know what suffering is, but I don't blame anybody for that. The main thing that we all should notice is that we all are carbon based life, trapped here on the mother Earth, and we must learn to live together or we will be instinct . There is no other rules but one, THE NATURAL SELECTION. So if we don't find a way to coexist on this planet as one species than we are all f.cked.
I think that technology is the only way out of this mess, along with the science and the respect for each other. Power to the people and fuc.k states, politics, and economy!!!!
Long live mother Earth! PEACE!
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