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Written by Kim Thayil
Inspiration: Greg Gilmore

I can’t live when it lives
It won’t live if I die
Machine has no heart to give
Heart it takes could be mine
Come on
Come down
Come out from where you hide
Follows me down the river
Shadows me through the sky
A sideways glance in the mirror
Stalemate machine in a tie
Come on
Come down
Come out from where you hide
Get up Get off
Get on with your life
Forever means all is not seen
Never means forever brings everything
I fashion will and desire
Always I and I survive
Mercurial mind the fire
Ferrivorous direction and drive
Come on
Come down
Come out from where you hide
Get up
Get off
Get on with your life
Presently, I see myself clearer
Why time I visualize
I spy device in the mirror
Checkmate watch machine die



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    diamondaveApr 7, 2009 at 9:42 pm
    i think the machine in this song is the universe, the natural world as opposed to the supernatural. i think he is saying that the universe is impersonal and leaves no room for the soul or the spirit, the true personal identity. the song is about the struggle in the mind of understanding how an impersonal universe can permit a personality to exist. either personality is a reality or the universe is all that exists, and personality is an illusion.

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