What have they done to you, men of the masses
creeping back and forth to work?
What have they done to you, the saviours of the people?
Oh what have they saved you from?
Alas, they have saved you from yourself,
from your own body, saved you from living your own life.
And given you this jig-jig-jig
tick-tick-ticking of machines,
this life which is no-man’s-life.
Oh a no-man’s-life in a no-man’s-land
this is what they’ve given you
in place of your own life.