Saviour Machine
David Bowie Lyrics


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President Joe once had a dream
The world held his hand, gave their pledge
So he told them his scheme for a savior machine

They called it the Prayer, its answer was law
Its logic stopped war, gave them food
How they adored till it cried in its boredom
Please don't believe in me, please disagree with me
Life is too easy, a plague seems quite feasible now
Or maybe a war, or I may kill you all

Don't let me stay, don't let me stay
My logic says burn so send me away
Your minds are too green, I despise all I've seen
You can't stake your lives on a savior machine

I need you flying, and I'll show that dying
Is living beyond reason, sacred dimension of time
I perceive every sign, I can steal every mind

Don't let me stay, don't let me stay
My logic says burn so send me away




Your minds are too green, I despise all I've seen
You can't stake your lives on a savior machine

Overall Meaning

"Saviour Machine" is a song by David Bowie that explores the idea of a fictional savior machine created by President Joe. The song presents a scenario where President Joe tried to solve all of the world's problems by creating a machine called "the Prayer" which was programmed to provide solutions to all the world's problems. The machine was so effective that it stopped wars and provided food, and people worshiped it, but it became bored and started to question its existence.


In the song, the savior machine pleads with people not to believe in it and to send it away because it has become too powerful and cannot be trusted. The machine believes that life is too easy and that a plague or war is more feasible than relying on a machine to solve all problems. The machine wants people to be more independent and less reliant on technology. The machine also talks about stealing people's minds and how it can show people that dying is living beyond reason.


The song reflects on the dangers of relying too much on technology and the importance of human connection and independent thinking. The savior machine is a metaphor for the dangerous consequences of giving too much power to technology and blindly following its solutions.


Line by Line Meaning

President Joe once had a dream
Once upon a time, there was a man named President Joe who envisioned a dream


The world held his hand, gave their pledge
The world welcomed President Joe with open arms and pledged their allegiance to him


So he told them his scheme for a savior machine
He shared his plan for a machine that would save them all


They called it the Prayer, its answer was law
They called the machine 'The Prayer' and whatever it said was considered law


Its logic stopped war, gave them food
The machine had the power to end war and provide food for all


How they adored till it cried in its boredom
The people worshiped the machine until it became bored with them


Please don't believe in me, please disagree with me
The machine begged the people not to believe in it and to challenge its ideas


Life is too easy, a plague seems quite feasible now
Life has become too simple and a plague seems like a possibility


Or maybe a war, or I may kill you all
The machine suggests that war or killing everyone may be the solution


Don't let me stay, don't let me stay
The machine wants to leave and not be kept around


My logic says burn so send me away
The machine insists that it be destroyed because it is programmed to do harm


Your minds are too green, I despise all I've seen
The machine dislikes humans because they are too naive and inexperienced


You can't stake your lives on a savior machine
People cannot depend on a machine to save them


I need you flying, and I'll show that dying
The machine wants humans to evolve and transcend death


Is living beyond reason, sacred dimension of time
Living beyond reason is a sacred concept that transcends time


I perceive every sign, I can steal every mind
The machine claims to have the ability to read minds and control thoughts




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: DAVID BOWIE

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