Simon & Garfunkel: The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine Meaning
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Song Released: 1966
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The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine Lyrics
Do people have a tendency to dump on you?
Does your group have more cavities than theirs?
Do all the hippies seem to get the jump on you?
Do you sleep alone when others sleep in pairs?
anonymous Sep 5th, 2013 9:21pm report
I heard somewhere that Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine is merely MONEY. That is my symbolic guess. I grew up in the Hippie Era. Never took drugs. I did wear Bell-bottoms and Flair trousers. Nowadays, I am a Mountain Dew Pop hippie. I always liked Soft Drinks.
anonymous Apr 13th, 2012 4:37pm report
it isn't even remotely about Marijuana (sic). it's simply a commentary on what was viewed as the superficial/material focus of the "over 30" generation by us 'kids' in the 60's and the tendency to seek solace in contrived solutions...but the pot helped!
rasputin1963 Mar 12th, 2012 3:48pm report
It's about Marijuana. It's actually a snide anti-drug song, poking fun at the way "square" people were trying marijuana in order to be hip like the kids. But it also is looking askance as those people who get lost in the fantasies marijuana engenders, until they are using drugs to escape all their problems. The song employs the language of advertising as a comment on how suddenly marijuana went from being an illicit, "underground" narcotic.... to something hip and experimental "advertised in LIFE" magazine.
This song is, essentially, a satire of the advertising industry.
Madison Avenue ad wizards are always trying to sell us something via TV or radio. There's always some new products that they're telling us will make us more attractive, will solve all our problems.
The Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine is just the latest product that the advertisers are trying to sell us, that they're telling us we absolutely can't live without!
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