Mean Machine [Single]

by The Saturn III

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"Mean Machine" was originally written and performed by The Last Poets in 1971 for their album "This Is Madness" as a spoken word piece with minimal percussive instrumentation. Featuring lyrical imagery such as "robot men" and "factories of insanity", it was a ferocious indictment against a society which at one time would have sounded like science fiction. But these dystopian themes are not unexplored amid The Saturn III's space-age doom, and it was with that in mind that the trio embarked on a sort of thought experiment to transform those acerbic words into a groovy, albeit dark tune for an even more advanced epoch.

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released September 11, 2015

Lyrics Written by Alafia Pudim (The Last Poets)
Adapted and Arranged by "The Saturn III"

Music Written and Performed by "The Saturn III"
Produced and Engineered by Danny ● Duoshade

Distributed by DeaFM Record Co.
© & ℗ 2015, Property of their respective owners. All Rights Reserved.

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Psychedelic Subterranean Extra-Terrestrial Rock 'n' Roll;
Fuzz for the Final Frontier.

"Though sound is scarce in outer space, celestial bodies aspire to shake."
~ 'Lift-Off!',
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Track Name: Mean Machine
Driving me nuts, bolts, and screws…
I’ve got the blues from paying dues for programmed news.
Of honey coated lies, you can’t believe your eyes…
Weavin’ magic with the latest gadget.

Down to your brain, blowing your mind and stealing your time…
Smooth and slick with the latest trick to get rich quick…
From nonsense at your vital expense as your mind digs the scene…
From the Mean Machine.

Designed to drive a man insane, loudspeakers blast inside your head…
Saying what somebody else has said.
For you to do exactly what they want you to…
Hear them sayin’ “No. Go. Fast. Slow.”

Getting you high off the latest lie…
Hear ‘em telling you when, where, how and why…
As your mind digs the scene…
From the Mean Machine.

Death dealing devices sold at high prices…
Designed with you in mind to buy…
Killin’ you slow, so you won’t even know…
That you were paying a Machine to die.

Transplants embedded to revive the living dead…
Replacing intuition with fiction instead…
While newspapers and radios and TV screens…
Spread deceit across the seven seas.

Meanwhile, robot men with computers for brains…
Pilot space ships, cars, trains and aeroplanes…
As they calculate precisely how to blow your mind…
Moving so much faster than your sense of time.

An equation’s been computerized…
For an invasion stretching world wide.
They say that they’ve arrived in the name of peace and goodwill…
And now, they’ve set you up for the kill!

Behind the scenes, schemes propel the Mean Machine…
Toward conquest and annihilation…
From the farthest depths of the universe…
To the smallest among our earthly nations.

Radar, Sonar, Laser beams!
Jets, Tanks, Submarines!
Megatons, H-Bombs, Napalm, Gas!
All these things will kill you fast...

... And when it comes time for the end...
Some will dance in a hypnotic trance as if they have no fear...
But these will be signs of the changing times
That the end is drawing near.