Hands of Production
The Book Of Knots Lyrics


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Today, twenty five thousand people are driving motor cars on the streets and highways of America.
To provide this transportation, over five million sixty thousand skilled workers are occupied.
The twenty five thosand drivers and their families, will depend on this workers for personal transportation, have little opportunity to see at work.
The skilled craftsman, with master hands, command the great machinary of production.




Overall Meaning

The Book Of Knots's song "Hands of Production" opens with a commentary on the modern era's dependence on automobiles, describing how 25,000 people drive cars in America, which requires over 5 million skilled workers to maintain and repair the vehicles. The song then reflects on how the families of the drivers rely on these workers for their personal transportation needs, yet how they often don't witness the skill and expertise these workers possess. The song speaks to the power dynamics at play in modern capitalism, where those with technical skills often hold a great deal of power over those dependent on them, yet are themselves often underpaid and undervalued in society. The song praises the "master hands" of the skilled craftsmen who work the machinery of production but highlights the inequality that exists between workers and those who benefit from their labor.


Overall, the lyrics of "Hands of Production" touch on themes of labor and industry, class disparities and inequality, and the dependence of modern society on complex systems of production and maintenance. The song's message is a call to recognize the contributions of skilled workers and to acknowledge the power dynamics at play in modern capitalism.


Line by Line Meaning

Today, twenty five thousand people are driving motor cars on the streets and highways of America.
At present, there are about twenty five thousand people who are operating motor cars on the roads and freeways of America.


To provide this transportation, over five million sixty thousand skilled workers are occupied.
In order to facilitate this means of transportation, more than five million and sixty thousand skilled laborers are involved in the process.


The twenty five thousand drivers and their families, will depend on this workers for personal transportation, have little opportunity to see at work.
The twenty five thousand drivers, along with their families, who rely on these workers for personal transportation, do not get to witness them at work very often.


The skilled craftsman, with master hands, command the great machinary of production.
The skilled workmen, possessing excellent craftsmanship, have complete control over the massive machinery used for production.




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@DiphtheriaBlues

Aw but the live version with Mike Patton is so good! Thanks for posting. I love this stuff.

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