Target Audience (Narcissus Narcosis)
|"Target Audience (Narcissus Narcosis)"|
|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|
|Composer||Twiggy Ramirez, John 5|
|Producer||Marilyn Manson, Dave Sardy|
"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 utilized to mock the media's sole interest in ratings. Narcissus as Narcosis is the title of the chapter four of Understanding Media by Marshall McLuhan. The chapter opening paragraph reads:
|“||The Greek myth of Narcissus is directly concerned with a fact of human experience, as the word Narcissus indicates. It is from the Greek word narcosis, or numbness. The youth Narcissus mistook his own reflection in the water for another person. This extension of himself by mirror numbed his perceptions until he became the servomechanism of his own extended or repeated image. The nymph Echo tried to win his love with fragments of his own speech, but in vain. He was numb. He had adapted to his extension of himself and had become a closed system.||”|
- Target Audience (Narcissus Narcosis) — Appears on Holy Wood (In the Shadow of the Valley of Death).
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
- 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.