track 99 Lyrics - Marilyn Manson
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electronic voice: "go ahead and build a better a messiah, we can dig
Listen there is something that saved my name
if you arent hearing this there is nothing I can do
something was grown in my chest
and I've suffered andI've survived
its been dormant for many years
I'm only trying to save you
but I cannot come to save you
but this is what you deserve
this is what we deserve
this is something your Lord got upon the cross
we did not offend none who were not offended
you are not a victim
and you are not an offender
we all have cut off our names
but i know a flaw in my name
these are the dying years
these are the dying years
when you are suffering
know that I have betrayed you.
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To Nothing New | Reviewer: FatherCr0W | 6/15/10
It's metaphor. And in people misunderstanding, Manson proves his idea that people will believe any old shit if it's cooked up right.
Imagine that Manson, like Lennon, Like Joplin, and all the others who thought this, knows that as a species we are failing. We are still tribal, irrational, and living on this earth in a destructive way. thrashing about like an adolescent. It's time for humans to wake up and breath the real scent of life in this universe.
But i digress.
He merely porpoises to say, in the end when you are suffering and dying, know it is because of your blind indifference to life as opposed to believing in some sort of god or idol like the ancient people did. So in essence, your god, the anti-christ, all these idols have lied to you. Betrayed you.
So if we can't wake up, we deserve this fate don't you think? To kill ourselves, to starve ourselves, to suffer. Hell on earth so to speak...
Very Good | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/8/09
The meaning is very clear and unclear, I do not believe this is telling people to turn away from his music, rather that when you build up something like a god or person to such an extent that they are followed blindly by millions, when the end does come they will die thinking that idol would save them. And the last phrase sums it up perfectly the outcome of idolization, "When you are suffering, know that I have betrayed you."
Nothing New | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/25/09
Like pretty much every other song he writes, this is just another trying to tell the listener to get on with their life. Manson often stresses ideas of iconoclasm and desecration of icons in mainstream or religious culture, hence debauched choices of clothing in his concerts and videos, religious references, and his stage name, Marilyn Manson. As such, his lyrics can come across as harsh to anyone attached to any of the icons or ideas he criticizes in his music. In this position, the only thing that can "save" his name(his music's purpose) is for the listener to turn away from his music. This is why at the end he says, "when you are suffering, know that I have betrayed you", directly telling the listener that he has betrayed them by making them suffer, and should leave his music behind.
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