Behold the Machine

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This song is not merely a cautionary tale about dependency on automation and the dark side of industry. It is a metaphor for the bureaucratic machines which have come to control our lives - machines created in the shadow of the law, corrupted by corporate greed, and left unchecked.


Welcome to the Machine!
Welcome, one and all
To the greatest show on Earth
Welcome to our fall!

A boilerplate for a coat of skin
On oil and steam it thrives
A heart of iron pumps the blood
To keep this monster alive
Of polished brass and steel contrived
Gears whir and metal churns
Eyes aglow from the fire inside
As the coal within it burns

Behold the Machine!
Tremble at its power!
A light upon the world
In our darkest hour!
What is its purpose?
What is its place?
To bring us a new age?
To destroy the human race?

Behold the Machine! x4

Its pistons push it toward its goals
Whatever they may be
Its gauges and its valves
Remain a mystery to me--
This great mechanical mass!
Its purpose still uncertain
But pay no heed
To those behind the curtain!

Behold the Machine!
Tremble at its power!
A blight upon the world--
This is our darkest hour!
What is its purpose?
To save, or to enslave?
Beware the Machines,
They may send us to our grave!

Beware the Machine! x4


from Behold the Machine, released October 1, 2010




Vernian Process San Francisco, California

Drawing inspirations from legendary authors such as H.G. Wells, H.P. Lovecraft, and Jules Verne, they weave the spirit of science fiction and fantasy effortlessly into their music. Progressive rock, neoclassical, post-punk, tribal styles, carnival tunes, and more collide with anachronistic results. Established in 2003, they are globally recognized as the pioneers of the steampunk music movement. ... more

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