Satan Is My Motor
by Cake

Album: Prolonging The Magic (1998)
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Songfacts®:

  • This song is about impure motivations. You do all these good things and make yourself seem so attractive, but when you look under the hood, you're really just serving yourself. The lyrics are a confession of guilt. For most of the song the singer focuses on a sexually-motivated relationship, since it's so easy to relate to. >>
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    Eric - Champaign, IL

Comments: 3

  • J from Syracuse, NyThe song is about the human condition, using a car as a metaphor. We all have these nice shiny parts, we are caring, we aim to please, we act with the best intentions, we perform like a well oiled machine, we have feelings of love, we have all these good qualities, all these gret things that seem to be what makes up our being ... but underneath it all, what really powers us and our actions? We are driven by greed, lust, envy. We are a shiny new car, but "satan" is our motor. It is all the bad, dark stuff just below the surface that keeps us going. Hear my motor purr...
  • Andrew from Stl, MoAside from theflawedleadershipofsomeonewithtoomuchpower (for them to handle, in seeming ways)...this song makes me think of the 3rd rock from the sun, and its unique and diverse characteristics--and perhaps some age-old views (of aspects) of it versus newer views of it.
  • Raymond from Sydney , AustraliaThis song is about the evils of worshiping power -- which is symbolized as internal combustion power: the common motor. That is, the song is about the folly of worshiping power as opposed to worshiping precision -- our only other choice. Find me. I like 'going the distance' too.
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