One More Robot

Wayne's Notes from the Album:

"Loosely based on the story of 'Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots' - the robot is engineered specifically to destroy its opponent in a gladiator style fight to the death. But, this robot's circuitry (3000-21 model unit) has the capacity to react to changes with synthetic emotions - and even though it's programmed to kill her - it falls in love with Yoshimi - and by the end of the song (the sad reprise) the robot has decided to hill himself rather than harm Yoshimi..."

Wayne has said that the idea for "One More Robot" came from a television documentary about the elderly keeping robotic dogs for company, as well as he and Michelle's own three dogs.

Wayne's quote from Staring At Sound:

"We have one dog that doesn't come in the house, and we came home around midnight on Christmas and the other two dogs had beaten that dog up. We took him to the vet and he almost died, and these things just crush you. Me and Michelle have always had this sort of philosophical argument about these animals and whether they love us, and I was the realistic guy: 'It's not love, we're just the people who feed them.' But when that happened, it occurred to me: 'What is love?' If you perceive that you're loved, you probably are. If you think your animals or a robot or God or whatever loves you, you're probably happier than people who don't have any love."

On the Yoshimi album, "One More Robot" is paired with the short instrumental "Sympathy 3000-21" on the same track, but live the "Sympathy 3000-21" coda was not always carried over.


Unit three thousand twenty one is warming
Makes a humming sound
When it's circuits duplicate emotions (emotions)
And a sense of coldness detaches
As it tries to comfort your sadness

One more robot learns to be
Something more than a machine
When it tries the way it does
Makes it seem like it can love

'Cause it's hard to say what's real
When you know the way you feel
Is it wrong to think it's love
When it tries the way it does

Feeling a synthetic kind of love
Dreaming a sympathetic wish
As the lights blink faster and brighter

One more robot learns to be
Something more than a machine
When it tries the way it does
Makes it seem like it can love

'Cause it's hard to say what's real
When you know the way you feel
Is it wrong to think it's love
When it tries the way it does

Live

"One More Robot" has been performed both in concert, with a full arrangement and a animated Yoshimi video and Wayne flashlight show, and in a stripped-down format at the Yoshimi release party and on radio shows.

 

Live Performances

05/10/2002 Louisville KY USA WFPK Studios
The Brain has documented 31 Performances
The Brain has documented 7 Live Downloads available
05/25/2013 Düdingen Switzerland Bad Bonn Bad Bonn Kilbi  
05/21/2013 London England Roundhouse  
05/16/2013 Montclair NJ USA Wellmont Theatre  
05/10/2013 Napa CA USA Napa Valley Expo Bottle Rock Festival  
05/05/2013 Memphis TN USA Tom Lee Park Beale Street Music Festival  
05/04/2013 Chattanooga TN USA Track 29  
05/03/2013 Nashville TN USA Bridgestone Arena  
05/02/2013 Atlanta GA USA Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood  
04/30/2013 Pittsburgh PA USA CONSOL Energy Center  
04/29/2013 Indianapolis IN USA Egyptian Room at Old National Centre  

 


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