"Welcome to the Machine"


ArtistPink Floyd

ComposerR. Waters


AlbumWish You Were Here

Buy fromiTunes

Featured inYHWH

"Welcome to the Machine", by Pink Floyd, is a song featured in the Person of Interest episode “YHWH”. It is played at the end of the episode when the crippled Machine sends Harold a message on a laptop, calling Harold "Father" and apologizing for failing him.

"Welcome to the Machine" appears on the seminal Pink Floyd album, "Wish You Were Here," which is widely considered among the greatest rock albums of all time. The song tells the story of an aspiring young musician, whose experiences serve as a metaphor for the band's growing disillusionment with the money-making aspects of the recording industry, which took priority over creativity and artistic expression.


Welcome my son, welcome to the machine
Where have you been? It's all right, we know where you've been
You've been in the pipeline, filling in time
Provided with toys and 'Scouting for Boys'
You bought a guitar to punish your ma
You didn't like school, and you know you're nobody's fool
So welcome to the machine

Welcome my son, welcome to the machine
What did you dream? It's all right, we told you what to dream
You dreamed of a big star
He played a mean guitar
He always ate in the steak bar
He loved to drive in his Jaguar
So welcome to the machine

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