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"Metal" is a song by Gary Numan from his 1979 album The Pleasure Principle. Lyrically the song is science fiction, inspired by the works of Philip K. Dick and William S. Burroughs, and is about an android who wishes to be human, but never can be. The song was the B-side of "Cars" in the USA. A music video was also made for the song. The song has been a regular feature at Numan's live shows since his first tour in 1979, and appears on the majority of his live albums. In 1981 Numan wrote new lyrics to the tune of "Metal" for his album Dance, and renamed the song "Moral". Numan often performs this version. The song was reworked into his aggressive new style in 1998, and this version is still being performed today. "Metal" has been covered by many artists, including Nine Inch Nails on their Things Falling Apart album (2000), Thought Industry on Recruited to Do Good Deeds for the Devil (1998), Afrika Bambaataa (with Numan himself) on Dark Matter Moving at the Speed of Light (2004), and Poppy as a standalone single (2018). 


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We're in the building
Where they make us grow
And I'm frightened by
The liquid engineers
Like you. 

My Mallory heart
Is sure to fail
I could crawl around the floor
Just like I'm real
Like you. 

The sound of metal
I want to be
I could learn to be a man
Like you. 

Plug me in
And turn me on
Oh everything is moving. 

I need my treatment
It's tomorrow they send me
Singing 'I am an American'.
Do you? 

Picture this
If I could make the change
I'd love to pull the wires from the wall
Did you? 

And who are you
And how can I try
Here inside I like metal
Aren't you 

All I know
Is no-one dies
I'm still confusing love with need.

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Gary Numan

Gary Numan (born Gary Anthony James Webb on 8 March 1958) is an English singer, composer, and musician, most widely known for his chart-topping 1979 hits "Are 'Friends' Electric?" (as Tubeway Army) and "Cars". His signature sound consists of heavy synthesiser hooks fed through guitar effects pedals. more »

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