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Styx – Mr. Roboto lyrics
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This song was written as part of the 1983 Styx Rock Opera-esque album, Kilroy was Here. The rock opera, which Styx turned into a short film as part of their Kilroy was Here 1983 tour, was based around the premise of censorship. The plot was that the Majority for the Musical Morality (Mmm), led by Dr. Righteous (played by jy), outlawed Rock and Roll on the premise it lead children to become s** fiends and drug addicts. Robert Kilroy (played by Dennis Deyoung) was a rock and roller who was imprisoned for performing rock. Kilroy escapes from the prison by hiding inside the shell of a Roboto, supposedly Robot servants that keep society running. These Robotos are actually brainwashed prisoners and ex-rock and rollers, and Kilroy is affected deeply when he assumes the roll of Roboto to escape. I suggest borrowing Caught In The Act - Styx Live 1983 from Netflix and watching it all. It's a great concert, and Styx is so great to see on stage!
1984 was near the beginning of the technology revolution, and ibm had just introduced it's first portable pc. Robots were replacing people on assembly lines and science fiction movies like "The Terminator" ruled the big screen. I think this song reflects the anxiety and in some cases, fear, that many people felt about the unknown frontier that technology was presenting to their ordinary lives. Of course, I was partying my a* off in 1984 and don't remember too much.
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UnregisteredMay 31, 2015 at 3:40 am
When I heard this song for the first time I thought that it was about a man who had invented a robot. The robot was actually his brother trapped in the suit. He had just managed to escape but was only able to tell one person that he was not the robotic spectacle he seemed. That he was actually killroy and was trying to get out of the suit. He did manage to make his escape from the suit and after the song went to confront his brother. How ever I have since learned that this is the wrong interpretation I still think it's valid. The actual, official meaning is that he was escaping from prison and the Mr Robotos were the e-guards of it. He dismantled one and escaped pretending to be it. I still like my interpretation better.
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UnregisteredMay 9, 2012 at 6:11 pm
Ther is a certain duality in the layered meanings of mr. Roboto which appeals to both the uneducated simple pop-culture masses and those seeking deeper meanings. Kilroy represents the struggle between our secret "id" selves and our superegos. We are only as free as our conscience and guilt allow us to be and in accordance to what price we are willing to pay down towards that frreedom is the very struggle iconicised in kilroy/mr. Roboto. Behold, it is never done, always the struggle remains over self, freedom, and control.
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UnregisteredJun 6, 2012 at 8:00 am
Its a man that's escaped from a prison in japan for being a individual, helping those in the uk fight the war while living under an alias, roboto means labor worker which is what he did in prison. The people thank him in his native tongue which is why it is impossible to translate, its slang. He is disguised in a metal mask, and they ask to know who he really is and he says, I am kilroy. Which was what his real name was in japan. If you look in history at the migration of the name maldren, it started in 1940 in london the same time kilroy was present. He was the maldren man, that name never left london, although it did appear several miles west. Hope I was helpful. -roy stanley.
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