Mechanical Animals (song)
|Song by Marilyn Manson|
|Released||September 14, 1998|
|Recorded||1997–1998 at the White Room, Westlake Recording Studios in West Hollywood, California and Conway Studios|
|Composer||Twiggy Ramirez, Zim Zum|
|Producer||Michael Beinhorn, Marilyn Manson|
"Mechanical Animals" is the third track on the 1998 release Mechanical Animals. It was partially inspired by a North Dakota boy who killed himself. His father found him dead with Manson's Antichrist Superstar on repeat in his CD player. The father blamed Manson for his son's suicide and called Antichrist Superstar the "hand grenade" that led to the tragedy. The song is a concrete example of Manson's consistency with wordplay.
- "Mechanical Animals" — Appears on Mechanical Animals.
- "Mechanical Animals" (Live) — Appears on the various artists compilation Return of the Rock Vol. 2 and the Japanese import of Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death).
We were neurophobic And perfect The day that we lost our souls Maybe we weren't so human If we cry we will rust And I was a hand grenade That never stopped exploding You were automatic and As hollow as the 'o' in god I am never gonna be the one for you I am never gonna save the world from you But they'll never be good to you Or bad to you They'll never be anything Anything at all You were my mechanical bride You were phenobarbidoll A manniqueen of depression With the face of a dead star And I was a hand grenade That never stopped exploding You were automatic and As hollow as the 'o' in god I am never gonna be the one for you I am never gonna save the world from you But they'll never be good to you Or bad to you They'll never be anything Anything at all This isn't me I'm not mechanical I'm just a boy Playing the Suicide King
- Marilyn Manson – vocals
- Twiggy Ramirez – acoustic and rhythm guitars, bass
- Zim Zum – rhythm and lead guitar
- Madonna Wayne Gacy – piano and other keyboards
- Ginger Fish – drums
- The lyric "You were my mechanical bride" is a direct reference to Marshall McLuhan's critical study of popular culture The Mechanical Bride.
- The lyric "I'm just a boy playing the Suicide King" has often been misinterpreted as Manson advocating suicide. The lyric is actually colloquial slang (and used on the song as such) referring to playing card The King of Hearts, whose face always feature the King impaling his head with a sword. Such an action can be seen in a diagram underneath the Mechanical Animals lyrics in the album booklet.
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