Fruit Machine
The Ting Tings Lyrics


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You keep playing me like a fruit machine
Puttin' in change systematically
Winning streak that you had over me
It's turned into your broken tragedy

Turn your pockets out onto the street
Now you see you've spent it all on me!
You see my true colors out of sync
Now your skin is a pair of sympathies

You've hit the bottom one hundred times before
Now feel the fever as I leave you wanting more
You thought you could turn and walk away
Taking chances that weren't yours to take

Well I don't think so my foolish boy
Watch the next one taking all the joy
Hold me, nudge me, spinning me around
Where's the money?
Can't hear the clinking round.

Ka-ching, Ka-ching
Ka-ching, Ka-ching
Ka-ching, Ka-ching
Ka-ching, Ka-ching

You keep playing me like a fruit machine
Overstretch your generosity
For our band, it's leading you astray
The little we had
You've thrown it all away!

Go! Go! Go! (Yeah you're on a role)
Go! Go! Go! (Yeah you're on a low)
Go! Go! Go!

You find it hard to stop it yeah
You're running like a steam train
Oh I like the way that you do that
Where's the money?
Can't hear the clinking round.

Ka-ching, Ka-ching
Ka-ching, Ka-ching

Go!

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Ker-ching, Ker-ching, oh!
Ker-ching, Ker-ching
Ker-ching, Ker-ching

Oh, you find it hard to stop it yeah
You're running like a steam train

Ker-ching, Ker-ching
Ker-ching, Ker-ching





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Overall Meaning

The Ting Tings' song "Fruit Machine" is a pop-rock track that lyrically explores the theme of controlling behavior in relationships. The metaphor of a fruit machine is used to represent the singer's partner's attempts to control and manipulate them by consistently putting in "change systematically" and winning. At first, the singer goes along with it and falls for their partner's winning streak, but eventually, it leads to a "broken tragedy." The partner exceeds their boundaries, spends all their money on the singer, and becomes "out of sync" with their true colors, resulting in their skin becoming a "pair of sympathies."


The chorus of the song contains the repeated spoken phrase "Ka-ching, Ka-ching," which represents the sound of a fruit machine which hints at the singer's partner's addiction to control and manipulation. In the second verse, the singer stands up to their partner, telling them that they "find it hard to stop" and are "running like a steam train." Despite the partner's addiction to control, the singer warns them that they are leading themselves astray by throwing away everything they have.


Overall, "Fruit Machine" portrays a toxic relationship in which one partner becomes addicted to control and manipulation, ultimately leading to their downfall.


Line by Line Meaning

You keep playing me like a fruit machine
You keep manipulating me like a gambling machine


Puttin' in change systematically
You keep investing in me, in a regular and methodical way


Winning streak that you had over me
You used to dominate this relationship by winning every time


It's turned into your broken tragedy
But now, things have changed and it's become a source of your own pain


Turn your pockets out onto the street
Empty your pockets and show everyone that you've wasted your money on me


Now you see you've spent it all on me!
Realize that you've exhausted your resources on me


You see my true colors out of sync
You've discovered my true nature and it doesn't match your expectations


Now your skin is a pair of sympathies
You feel exposed and vulnerable because of me


You've hit the bottom one hundred times before
You've been in this situation many times previously


Now feel the fever as I leave you wanting more
But despite that, you're still anxious and craving my attention


You thought you could turn and walk away
You believed you could leave this behind easily


Taking chances that weren't yours to take
But you took a risk that wasn't really yours to make


Well I don't think so my foolish boy
I don't agree with your actions, my naive partner


Watch the next one taking all the joy
Be aware of the next person who will bring me happiness


Hold me, nudge me, spinning me around
Touch me, push me, rotate me


Where's the money?
Asking where the money has gone


Can't hear the clinking round.
Not hearing the sound of coins that should be there


Ka-ching, Ka-ching
The sound of money being won or spent


You keep playing me like a fruit machine
You keep manipulating me like a gambling machine


Overstretch your generosity
You are giving more than you can afford


For our band, it's leading you astray
Your generosity towards our band is causing you to lose your way


The little we had
The small resources we had


You've thrown it all away!
You've wasted it all


Go! Go! Go! (Yeah you're on a role)
Go ahead and continue, you're on a winning streak


Go! Go! Go! (Yeah you're on a low)
Go ahead and keep going, even though you're doing badly


You find it hard to stop it yeah
You have difficulty stopping the cycle of gambling and losing


You're running like a steam train
You're going full speed ahead, like a steam train


Oh I like the way that you do that
I enjoy the way you keep playing this game


Where's the money?
Asking where the money has gone


Can't hear the clinking round.
Not hearing the sound of coins that should be there


Ka-ching, Ka-ching
The sound of money being won or spent


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You keep manipulating me like a gambling machine


Ker-ching, Ker-ching, oh!
Another sound of money being won or spent


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You keep manipulating me like a gambling machine




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: KATIE WHITE, JULES DE MARTINO

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Comments from YouTube:

@ByeMeinHerr

This song is just as good today as it was when y’all first recorded it, in the best possible way. I hope y’all know that.

@thepistolprincess

Love this song. This one, Keep Your Head, That's Not My Name & Shut Up And Let Me Go are the best songs from this album imo❤💛

@ezuwua

This song keeps me going, I love the ring tings sm

@FreyTheAnimal

My fave ❤️

@snorlaxgender

This album came out right before I entered high school and had no idea what a fruit machine was, but I've had this song playing in my head since 2009

@swindonlad87

Only 19k views. Shame. I thought they was pretty decent and catchy back in the day. How times have changed with all the new shiiiiit

@pana8124

It’s cool!大好き!!❤️❤️

@fernandocarpi1143

Que sonido mas genial 😍😍
That sound more great!! 😍😍

@sistokes4220

Such a tune.... Ching Ching...

@9897683983

luv it

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