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"Meat" is a song by Poppy from her second extended play "Choke". It is the fourth track on the EP.

Background

On June 27th, 2019, Poppy tweeted snippets of every song on "Choke" to promote the EP.

Theme

In an interview with Gigwise, Poppy explained that "Meat" is not about her own veganism; rather, it is "about the world's consumption and how dangerous the path the world as a whole is on, not respecting the earth and not asking enough questions". She later said: "I don't believe we're the only species here. I think there are higher powers and aliens and I do think they are walking among us."[1] The song exhibits thematic similarities with "Time Is Up" from "Am I A Girl?", as both songs describe a dystopian future caused by humans.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Parasitic intergalactic savages
Land here in 2033
Having destroyed three planets before
The star force came to feed
I saw my brother devoured
A river of blood when they tore off his head
But now they've organized a system for harvesting human flesh

[Chorus]
Plug me into the feeding machine
Ten in a pen pressed against me
Cut out my tongue so that I can't scream
There's meat, there's meat on me
Antibiotics keep me alive
Now that everyone I love has died
Hang me up and strip me clean
There's meat, there's meat on me

[Verse 2]
You've heard stories about the free ones
The few who escape the aliens' grip
Living underground in sewer cities
In the damp and dark they resist
But I don't know if I believe it
When they caught me, there weren't many left
And they force us to breed in here
I just hope they kill me quick

[Chorus]
Plug me into the feeding machine
Ten in a pen pressed against me
Cut out my tongue so that I can't scream
There's meat, there's meat on me
Antibiotics keep me alive
Now that everyone I love has died
Hang me up and strip me clean
There's meat, there's meat on me

[Verse 3]
They grind up the sick to maximize efficiency
And mulch them back into our feed for optimal delivery
I hear the slaughterhouse screams
Out on the killing floor
And I hope they taste my adrenaline
Soak up my pus-filled sores

[Chorus]
Plug me into the feeding machine
Ten in a pen pressed against me
Cut out my tongue so that I can't scream
There's meat, there's meat on me
Wrap me up in cellophane
Labeled "organic", label me "grade A"
My tendon is caught between your teeth
There's meat, there's meat on me

[Outro]
There's meat, there's meat on me
There's meat, there's meat on me
There's meat, there's meat on me
There's meat, there's meat on me

Audio

Poppy - Meat (Official Audio)

Poppy - Meat (Official Audio)

Trivia

  • The song's verses are spoken by Titanic Sinclair.
  • In an interview with Gigwise, Poppy revealed that the "Choke" EP was originally going to be named after this song. However, she later decided against it and chose to name it after the title track instead.

References

  1. https://www.gigwise.com/features/3326493/poppy-s-track-by-track-guide-to-new-ep-choke

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