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Fifth Generation
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When computers get a bit too solicitous... (vocals Tim Pringle)
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Tom Byrne
Tom Byrne
The Store of All the Worlds
Mon Apr 12, 2004
Pop : Pop Rock
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This song is influenced by the brilliant SF tale "With Folded Hands..." by Jack Williamson. It is also based on the much vaunted 'fifth generation' project of the 80s that was supposed to produce intelligent computers.
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Fifth Generation

The refrigerator's on to me
I think it's in collusion with the cooker
And the television wants to see
The wrestling and I want to watch the snooker

These automatic tyrants all are making me mad
I never get a moment's peace
Their supervision circuits all are sending me sad
Save me from the scourge of these

Fifth generation
Fifth generation
Fifth generation machines
The answer to a positronic dream

These metal marvels' mental mastery
Of real-time applications is a pain
While their cybernetic sensitivity
Will send me to the ranks of the insane

I tried to start the car today, but wouldn't as it nice
Of course the thing refused to move
I walked to work and got there late, but found it was alright
The boss has finally blown a fuse

Fifth generation
Fifth generation
Fifth generation machines
The answer to a positronic dream

It's said that ape begat the man
Then man begat the self programmed machine
Now we live according to some plan
Engendered by a microchip unseen
"You're overweight," the cooker said, "So breakfast's cancelled, see?"
The fridge refused to open too
"Go take a run," the telly said, "You watch too much of me"
Some days I really can't take you

Fifth generation
Fifth generation
Fifth generation machines
The answer to a positronic dream