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Hüsker Dü - Data Control


from "Land Speed Record", 1981

Topics: military applications
Themes: dehumanization, privacy, utopia/dystopia
Motifs:


dehumanization - privacy
A nine digit number
For every living soul
That is all they talk about
At Data Control

They know everything about you
Keeping secrets is too hard
Your life is all recorded for you
In holes punched in computer cards
military applications
A defense system so supreme

Too technical to talk about
Too complex for layman's brains
It's enough to make you paranoid
Or drive you crazy losers sane

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