Gorillaz: Feel Good Inc. Meaning
Song Released: 2002
Feel Good Inc. Lyrics
City's breaking down on a camel's back,
They just have to go 'cause they don't know wack,
So all you fill the streets it's appealing to see,
You wont get out the county, 'cos your bad and free
You've got a...
anonymous May 5th, 2007 5:29pm report
This song is about being trapped in a culture that emphasizes sex and personal pleasure, while ignoring the destruction that occurs on the outside. The destruction occurring on the outside symbolizes the immense cruelty and horror of the world. Feel Good Inc. represents Western culture, which is distracted from the cruelty and horror by frivolousness and selfish pleasures. 2D represents an activist trying to free himself from this jail of self pleasures while attempting to wake up others. The windmill island and Noodle represents freedom. 2D wants desperately wants to be on the island, to be free from Feel Good Inc. The rapper is Big Brother. He seems drugged at first, with lyrics like "Laughing gas" and "Lady ponies", which says that the powerful in western society are as delusional as someone on drugs. Laughing gas has another meaning; as laughing gas is used in medical situations to distract someone from intense pain, which represents propaganda being used to distract people from the cruelty and corruption of their government. He then tells 2D that his activism is futile(Can't fight with us) and actually threatens to kill him, like many dictators do to their political opponents (Gon' bite the dust.) He uses another typical act in politics, claiming that activism is dangerous and wrong in society and that it will destroy western civilization(with yo sound; you kill the Inc.) The rapper then continues to mock 2D, daring him to watch him as he rules(watch me as I navigate.) The lyrics "They've gotta go 'cause they don't know wack" is a call for overthrowing the oppressive regime.
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anonymous Mar 28th, 2007 3:26pm report
2D a.k.a the front singer, Murdoc a.k.a the bassist and Russel a.k.a the drummer are protestors. Feel Good Inc. Is the world. The crowd is the people who live in it. Now, when 2D sings the first verse it's about the corruption of they're world... The chorus is about being free, how everything could be. The windmill is a sign of mental freedom, it has nothing to do with drugs or any kind of animal farm. The rapper is in turn the one who "owns" the world, he speaks against 2D, mocking him. Tells him to step back into the darkness. 2D keeps repeating "feel good" to assure himself everythings alright.
anonymous Jan 17th, 2007 1:11pm report
Has anyone heard of a little book called "animal farm" by goerge orwell? well, in the book there are these animals on a farm who talk to each other and they feel oppressed by the owners of the farm,who happen to be human---so basically they hate all humans and turn against them for using them for their labor. also animals take over the farm and prove that they can do better without humans and find their own happiness-their first step at proving that is building a WINDMILL.
Seriously, they all get together and work really hard to build it-only to have it destroyed by the humans in the long run. So I think in the song when they say "windmill,windmill,for the land love for ever hand and hand....let's turn forever you and me...is everybody in?"----it's one big ANIMAL FARM reference. because the windmill represented what the the animals could achieve if they worked together.
KakashiCKY Jan 13th, 2007 1:02pm report
based on the music video
2-D is in a tower of Debauchery and everyone is laying on the flood dumbed down by the government and corporations, he rises out of his chair and starts to yell at them all only to be ignored. Then he looks out the window longing to be free from the prison called Feel Good Inc. where everyone thinks that is a great place to be. Then De la Soul starts singing and words like:
With yo sound, you in the blink, You're in the place, Going to bite the dust, Cant fight with us, With yo sound,You kill the INC
Basically meaning that you can't stop us so don't even try to rebel, just lay down and give up, which he does in the end of the video
anonymous Dec 21st, 2006 12:38am report
I think it's about Gangs and how there basically trapped by where they are because of their pride.
anonymous Dec 6th, 2006 12:40pm report
the "You won't get undercounted, 'cos damn ass free" part means that there is no reason to love, because you can buy sex and it "feels good" but is fake love, and that's what the world has come too. He was depressed as he looked at all the people and they have all given up or giving up on love(You're in the place, Going to bite the dust; A melancholy town where we never smile), and then the windmill comes, the windmill is a sign of hope, keep on going and don't give up (So don't stop, get it, get it), don't give up because you making the world "a gohst town" and doing that is destroying others
anonymous Nov 25th, 2006 11:47am report
the windmill is about freedom because in El Manyana the govenment destroys the windmill
anonymous Oct 26th, 2006 10:24pm report
I believe that the "windmill" is actually used to symbolize that everything must take it's turn. For instance... Society would not function if certain aspects were not there such as energy, gas, and water. All of these have been utilized and are now being used for personal gain (wealth), leaving be that the only thing left in life that is free is love. When they say "love forever love is free, lets turn forever you and me," I believe that they are saying that everyone should love someone no matter how hard life gets and that they should just let themselves be free and forget about the troubles. Or maybe I just think too deep.
anonymous Oct 17th, 2006 10:51am report
Why is it that as soon as you don't understand a song, you immeditely assume it's about drugs?
anonymous Sep 27th, 2006 9:57pm report
Ok. First off we think that it's about drugs.
Next we think it's about felling good"".
Can we go over some parts that we havn't discussed yet.
1. A melancholy town where we never smile. Im guessing that there talking about a town in the middle of the sky(hense the music video). Another lyrici is that they were lining them up like ass cracks ladies phonies at the track. Maybe the police in the town who are taking them into custody ling them up because they are weird. So because of this they go to feel good inc to get away from all of this havic that's going on in the city. Its in the windmeel because like someone else said above me windmeals represendted guilds in the midlle ages so maybee there starting there group or possy. I have no clue its what you think
anonymous Sep 20th, 2006 9:18pm report
I just wanted to thank all of you who have submitted interpretations of the song... You've helped me to find inspiration for choreographing a mixed hiphop/jazz/modern piece to the song. I just added one thing to the concept.
Not only do the windmills (and in the music video, the floating island in the sky that noodle is riding while playing her accoustic guitar) symbolize the more inherent joys of life, like love and self-generated happiness, they also represent transcendence above needing the hedonistic pleasures offered in the tower, feel good inc.
If you read the cartoon band members' backstories, you'll know that 2d is blind in both eyes. He knows the confines of the tower because he can feel them with his hands, and he knows that he isn't happy being trapped inside. What he can't see is that transcendence, happiness, even bliss are right on the other side of the window, within reach if he can just break out (it's really very tragic). Everyone else in the tower can presumably see, but they ignore the flying windmills because they don't want to get out.
The rap section is the voice of feel good inc. And its controllers, telling 2d and the others that yes, indeed, they want to be there; but in 2d's current mood, he's killing the groove, so why doesn't he lighten up and just enjoy himself? Russel's ghosts will gladly be his guides, his navigators, gravitating the people towards themselves.
The dance was a hit. Again, thank you all.
anonymous Aug 9th, 2006 8:10am report
Ok first off I got this from a very relible place and so far a couple have gotten close ok......
Now=drugs fun gigantic corporate giants controlling everything technologys advances are now based on pleasure no one wants to cure aids they want a better tv and a 400$ tiny mp3 player that can also show videos.....More movies and all that shit people do anything to have fun especially drugs and partys...The windmill means the simple ass old days were you don't have to whore for money to pay for a family but rather when a man could get a job and feed 4 to 12 children when things were simple and primitave you know windmills pumping the water in your sink not the new hydrion xx16 water circulation system....Thats about it think of the title feel good incorporated a company that pulls in enough money to buy a nuke by taking advantage of the fact that people will do anything just for fun...Those of you who disagree...Go ahead but don't post back cause I don't give a shit but you know comments would be kinda cool like ''ok that was pretty good ill admit but I still think it's about pot" rather than "wtf dumbass how can you honestly think that jesus crist you jackass" ok thank you for commenting this if you decide to
anonymous May 26th, 2006 5:21pm report
Feel Good Inc is a song about how materialistic human affection has become. These days, men want the robust women and "the common goal". This current notion is represented by the Feel Good Inc factory. None inside want love for affection, they merely want to "feel good".
2D thinks back to what love used to be and that is symbolized by the windmill: constant, in the open air, free of materialistism, and like someone said above, it represents individual thought. The FG tower is murky polluted, crowded and dark, never moving, always stagnate.
The Gorillaz are reminding us about the days where love was a big deal, but now it has become temporary excitement and lust. Everyone sings and raps about hate and having no emotional attachments, and it reflects on everyone, but these people eventually become lonely themselves, like 2D.
I suppose Noodle is on the Windmill due to her neutrality I suppose. Noodle wouldn't be caught dead in that tower. I suppose she represents a free, simplistic soul.
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