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I did my best to notice, when the call came down the line
Up to the platform of surrender, I was brought but I was kind
And sometimes I get nervous when I see an open door
Close your eyes, clear your heart... cut the cord

Are we human, or are we denser
My sign is vital, my hands are cold
And I'm on my knees looking for the answer
Are we human, or are we denser

Pay my respects to grace and virtue, send my condolences to good
Give my regards to soul and romance, they always did the best they could
And so long to devotion you taught me everything I know
Wave good bye, wish me well, you gotta let me go

Are we human, or are we denser
My sign is vital, my hands are cold
And I'm on my knees looking for the answer
Are we human, or are we denser

Will your system be alright?
When you dream of home tonight
There is no message we're receiving
Let me know, is your heart still beating?

Are we human, or are we denser
My sign is vital, my hands are cold
And I'm on my knees looking for the answer...
You've gotta let me know

Are we human, or are we denser
My sign is vital my hands are cold
And I'm on my knees looking for the answer
Are we human... or are we denser

Are we human, or are we dancer
Are we human, or are we dancer

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  • U
    UnregisteredMar 26, 2012 at 9:41 pm
    I love this song and am intrigued by the many interpretations of the lyrics. I haven't decided on their meaning but am puzzled by my reaction to the song because it brings me to tears every time i hear it. I think it aptly captures the wonder of realizing you have the incredible gift of being alive and so, what does being alive mean? We all get to ponder this amazing mystery...
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    gravicMar 12, 2009 at 2:56 pm
    Being a bit of a ludite this song hadn't even made into onto my radar, but now it's cropping up all over the place and i was intrigued to know more. I first heard it on Saturday evening at a friends fortieth B'Day celebration, and thought it was an old track from his collection, obviously a popular choice scos it had everyone up dancing and joining in. then his wife tld me that he had done a sermon on it, (he's an Anglican Minister. I obviously wasn't at the original, but I did get the very potted version. Are we human or are we dancers? (That was how I heard it and didn't find out about the big grammar debate until later, so don't know what mate heard either). To my mate this means do we continue exercising our free will and thus be Human, or do we accept the Holy Spirit into our lives and become dancers or as my lent study notes said just last night, 'Jesus Christ invites everyone to join the dance, whatever our successes or failures might be.' (think of the song 'Dance, then wherever you may be, I am the Lord of the dance said He.) And as if that wasn't 'godincidence' enough, Radio 1 was still playing when I came in from work as I hadn't turned over from when my husband was listening this morning, and what should be playing. And so I came and Goggled, saw all the huge debates about the lyrics and here I am now!

    I don't think there is a right or wrong answer, the lyrics speak to you based upon your personal experince and where you are at right now, but for me it has become something very special and profound.
  • U
    UnregisteredFeb 27, 2014 at 7:42 am
    This is a song about capital punishment. He is on death row, and awaiting the call. When it came down the line, he did his best to notice it. He went gallantly, to the platform of surrender, he didn't fight, he was kind. Although he wanted to escape, he didn't, but he admitted when he saw the open door, he got nervous. Close your eyes, clear your heart, I am gone, cut the cord and let me go.
    Second verse is Grace and virtue never did him any good. He had always been a misfit. Give his condolences to good. Many always tiried to help him but it's good bye to soul and romance, those emotions never did him any good, nor did those who tried. He/she was born different and nothing for him worked. Now the chorus. Are we human or are we dancer. Are we going to tolerate capital punishment for those who are innocent, or are we going to cave in to social pressure and all be dancers in unison with the popular thought, or are we going to protest the killing of people whether guilty or innocent. He is a victim, he tried but the system failed him. That, to me, is what this great song is about, and how it's sung. Capital punishment. A man on death row hearing the call, reviewing his own life that is ending soon. Saying good bye to all, and telling them what to do for it's over. All the good in his life, failed him and he is going out without a fight. But will society step up and stop the state from killing people, or will they all continue to dance together in unison? Great song. Wish there was more.
  • U
    UnregisteredJul 22, 2012 at 10:27 pm
    Don't forget the joy of dancing, light on your feet, light in your body, light in your mind - while weighted down by the burdens of human life. Are we human, or are we dancer? We can be both.
  • Lpluv
    LpluvApr 13, 2009 at 8:27 am
    Ummm it's actully called just 'human' not 'are we human' gosh get it right who did that is obvioulsy an amercian who does not like the killers cuz a true killers fan [like me] would do it right thefirst time gosh ppl!! [plus great song anyway but his voice don't sound right]

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