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Song Released: 2000

Generator Lyrics

Lately I'm getting better

Wish I could stay sick with you

But there's too many egos left to bruise

Call it sin, you can call it whatever

Eating deep inside of you

Well if it were me, it's all I'd ever do

Steal me now and...

  1. anonymous
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    Oct 16th 2010 report

    If I'm not mistaken, this song is clearly about love. No, not intercourse. Love. There is a huge difference. Of course, any idiot can just take lyrics from any song at all and make it sound like intercourse, but then again that's just their dirty mind doing the talking. The subject matter is dancing on the fine line between love and just complete obsession.

    Lines that stick out to me include "Lately I'm getting better / Wish I could stay sick with you / But there's too many egos left to bruise," (aka: these lines use sarcastic metaphorical play; it sounds like they're talking about a sickness or disease of some sort, and in a way they are. This refers to actions, behaviors, etc. That make a person seem like they have a "big ego," so to speak. These lines connect with one person changing, or in the process of reforming to a better person or re-becoming the good person they once were, while the person they like/love still remains the same ego-ballistic human. Bruising egos, I believe, has to do with calling someone out on the way they act.) "I'm the Generator / Firing whenever you quit / Yeah, whatever it is," (aka: the guy will just about anything for the girl, ANYTHING. This is where it makes me wonder if this song is a secret rock-turned-pop tune, because, like most pop songs that have tarnished our current pithole generation of music, although this song is definitely NOT current, songs like this always talk about the person being loved in terms of "how beautiful they are," "I'd do anything for him/her," and then probably something having to do with eyes or whatever. "Generator" refers to looking after the person they love, taking that person under their wing, supporting them, always being there for them, doing anything for them. But that could very well be on the borderline or even on the topic of obsession, and it could be a pretty stupid obsession. For all we know, this person that they will "do anything for" might not even know that they exist. The singer here could very well be committing to a person they barely know! And believe me, I've been there, done that, in the process of it. I know about moving too fast when I see/hear it. I mean, I've always loved this song and it's always been my favorite Foo Fighters song, but come one! Let's show some semblance that the subject of the song is not going to turn it into a rock n roll Justin Beiber fest! No wonder it's a neglected song, although it doesn't deserve to be. I, for one, although I think this song needs some serious clarification on love priorities, think this song is GREAT.) "Can't you hear my motored heart / You're the one that started it," (aka: my heart beats faster because of you, you made me believe in love, love at first sight, etc. etc. etc. Basically this line of the song is a much cooler summary of the three minute pop "music" disasters.)

    In conclusion, the song in general is a very amazing, very catchy, rock tune about someone falling head over heels for someone else. I do believe that like most songs, there's no clarification as to why this person they're falling for makes them believe in love, why this person would do ANYTHING for the person they're falling so hard for, etc. There has to be some more implication or reason as to why exactly they're in love. Or is this just some guy falling head over heels for a girl because of beauty? Probably, but then again I didn't write the song. I'm just a sarcastic, music-loving, grouchy, song-analyzer.

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