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Exile
It takes your mind again
Exile
It takes your mind again
You've got suckers' luck
Have you given up?

Does it feel like a trial?
Does it trouble your mind the way you trouble mine?

Exile
It takes your mind again
Exile
It takes...

  1. anonymous
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    Nov 1st 2017 report

    This song may not be exactly about Portal as a whole, but it still does have to do with the game.

    Ever since I discovered it, I´ve always assumed that it was Ratman talking directly to Caroline, NOT GlaDOs. Like he´s taunting her, but at the same time telling her that its all her fault, and that in the end, he gave up. She won, and he knew it, so the song is him telling her this in a way. Its his sadness that she was able to succeed. And I like to think that at the end of the game, after Chell leaves, she hears the song, and thinks about Ratman. I dunno, thats been my thoughts all the way from the first time I found and listened to this song.

  2. anonymous
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    Dec 6th 2016 report

    This song has multiple meanings but one in particular is my preference:
    This song is Ratman talking not to GLaDOS, But he talks to the intelligence that inherits the robot.
    The lyrics tie it perfectly; 'You're thinking to fast like marbles on glass.', 'Have you given up?', 'You've got sucker's luck.'
    Etc.
    Exile Villify means; A rudely forced escape to the outside, Like how Ratman was forced to escape from GLaDOS after she releases the first dose of neurotoxins she released.
    Her fast way of thought, Troublesome behaviour was the source of the Exile Vilify song.

    There you go, the song's meaning and origin.

  3. anonymous
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    Dec 6th 2016 report

    This song has multiple meanings but one in particular is my preference:
    This song is Ratman talking not to GLaDOS, But he talks to the intelligence that inherits the robot.
    The lyrics tie it perfectly; 'You're thinking to fast like marbles on glass.', 'Have you given up?', 'You've got sucker's luck.'
    Etc.
    Exile Villify means; A rudely forced escape to the outside, Like how Ratman was forced to escape from GLaDOS after she releases the first dose of neurotoxins she released.
    Her fast way of thought, Troublesome behaviour was the source of the Exile Vilify song.

    There you go, the song's meaning and origin.

  4. anonymous
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    Sep 29th 2013 report

    I'm not sure if the lyrics were written specifically for Portal 2 although I know the song as a whole is. In the Rattmann Den where the song is played, he's scribbled down some of the lines from the song on the wall, among them "Exile" (possibly the fact that he has been forced to be on the run due to GLaDOS), "Don't Even Try" (Maybe him giving up; I doubt it, though, as another line asks the listener if he has given up, I'd rather go with him sending Chell to take out GLaDOS rather than him going in person), "Sucker's Luck" (Kinda depressing. Think it might be him thinking that he has been lucky to survive the whole scandal when so many others, maybe even better people than him, have not) and a comment not from the song's lyrics: "Too Many Variables". Too many variables? At first I thought he was criticizing the song's lyrics for being too vague, but I think the reason for the scribblings in this Den is that his schizophrenia interpreted the song as referring to him, which disheartened him in the middle of trying to come up with an escape plan - DanTheMan (YouTube)

  5. anonymous
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    Jun 29th 2011 report

    This is the perfect song to commit suicide to.


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