Welcome to the Machine is a song Pink Floyd about ideology, and an indoctrination “pipeline” that leads directly towards placement, like a Cog, into your place in The System (i.e., The Machine). It’s a disturbing song that points to the colonization of thought, the capture of our imagination, and, ulimately, a profound diminishment and disconnection.

Welcome to the Machine

Welcome, my son, welcome to the machine
Where have you been? It’s alright, we know where you’ve been
You’ve been in the pipeline, filling in time
Provided with toys and ‘Scouting for Boys’
You bought a guitar to punish your ma
And you didn’t like school and you know you’re nobody’s fool
So welcome to the machine


Welcome, my son, welcome to the machine
What did you dream? It’s alright, we told you what to dream
You dreamed of a big star
He played a mean guitar
He always ate in the Steak Bar
He loved to drive in his Jaguar
So welcome to the machine

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