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Neil Halstead – Oh Mighty Engine lyrics

Cindy writes a paragraph
Says time is passing
But the bubbles in her heart
Are everlasting

Yeah, she gave her life to art
And who could blame her
It’s pretty major, fraught with danger
And stuff like that

Oh, mighty engine of good intention
You’re purring softly beside me
Grinding gently inside me
Tapping totally madly for you
For you

Says the plot is getting strange
Taken all new meaning
And the hero’s run away
And no one stopped him
But she can’t control the page
It’s taken over

There’s people dying, colons crying
And full stops finding fault
Oh, what a dolt

Mighty engine of good intention
You’re purring softly beside me
Grinding gently inside me
Tapping totally madly for you
For you, for you, for you

Cindy writes of kerosene
And broken bottles
Says the troubles were apart
Of someone’s childhood

But she can’t get past the point
Where someone’s dying
It’s pretty minor, a pithy liner
Should sort it out
But he won’t die, he just mucks about
Oh, it’s so hard

Now we’ve broken out the gin
It helps her thinking
And given into sin
We’re breathing deeply
But some thing’s on her mind
A chapter stirring
Her mind is whirling

And off she trots
To tap her keys to the top
Oh, she’s off

Mighty engine of good intention
You’re purring softly beside me
Grinding gently inside me
Tapping totally madly for you
For you, for you, for you



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    So, I'm pretty sure this song is about a writer who has writer's block. The writer, Cindy, can't seem to find anything really suiting to continue the story with, so she begins writing strange, off-topic things to loosely tie together the story. Eventually, after a night of alcohol and presumably drugs, she realizes a few things that would make her story all the better, so she goes to write them down. The narrator is likely irrelevant to the story, but he might represent the "engine of creativity", since he says clearly "beside me" in the chorus twice.
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