Target Audience (Narcissus Narcosis)

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"Target Audience (Narcissus Narcosis)"
Target Audience (Narcissus Narcosis) cover
Song by Marilyn Manson
Album Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death)
Released November 13, 2000
Recorded 1999–2000 at the Mansion in Death Valley, California
Genre Alternative metal, industrial metal
Length 4:18
Label Nothing, Interscope
Writer Marilyn Manson
Composer Twiggy Ramirez, John 5
Producer Marilyn Manson, Dave Sardy
Media

"Target Audience (Narcissus Narcosis)" is the fifth track on the 2000 release Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death). The song is for the majority, a pun (Narcissus relating to narcissism, derived from the flower and greek mythology baring the same name whilst Narcosis relating to narcotics, loosely translated to "getting high on yourself" but may be in reference to the opium poppy ) utilized to mock the media's sole interest in ratings.

Appearances[edit]

Albums[edit]

Versions[edit]

  • Target Audience (Narcissus Narcosis) — Appears on Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death).

Lyrics[edit]

    Am I sorry your sky went black,
    put your knives in babies backs?
    Am I sorry you killed the Kennedy's, and Huxley too?
    
    But I'm sorry Shakespeare
    was your scapegoat
    and your apple's sticking into my throat
    Sorry your Sunday smiles are rusty nails
    and your crucifixion commercials failed
    but I'm just a pitiful anonymous
    
    And I see all the young believers
    Your target audience
    I see all the old deceivers
    and we all just sing their song
    
    Am I sorry just to be alive
    putting my face in the beehive?
    Am I sorry for Booth and Oswald, pinks and cocaine too?
    I'm sorry you never check
    the bag in my head for a bomb
    and my halo was a needle hole
    Sorry I saw a priest being beaten
    and I made a wish
    but I'm just a pitiful anonymous
    
    And I see all the young believers
    Your target audience
    I see all the old deceivers
    we all just sing their song
    we all just sing their song
    
    "the valley of death we are free
    your father's your prison you see"
    
    And I see all the young believers
    Your target audience
    I see all the old deceivers
    we all just sing their song
    
    you're just a copy of an imitation

Trivia[edit]

  • At MTV's Total Request Live, Marilyn Manson went on to say it was his favorite song off Holy Wood.
  • The band expressed great interest in performing this song during the Rape of the World Tour upon the return of Twiggy, however the song was not performed for unknown reasons.
  • The song ends with the famous snippet uttered by WABC Radio broadcaster Don Gardiner after the confirmation of President John F. Kennedy's expiration, "The President is dead. Let us pray". It would then lead to the next song "President Dead", itself taken from a newspaper headline announcing the president's passing.