I Am Your Fate

This poem is about factory work.
 
I’m not man or machine
I’m just something in between
–Robert John “Mutt” Lange, from the song “Lovin’ Every Minute of It”

You’re the man upstairs doing fine
While I’m stuck here on this assembly line
I’m not man or machine
I’m just something in between

I clock in, I clock out
I’ll be back tomorrow there’s no doubt
I’m not man or machine
I’m just something in between

I left the country for this city
So now I’m writing this lonesome ditty
I’m not man or machine
I’m just something in between

I haven’t seen my family in years
And when I think of them it just brings me tears
I’m not man or machine
I’m just something in between

I might not reach twenty years
Before my strength just disappears
I’m not man or machine
I’m just something in between

Every day I assemble wares
For some unknown millionaires
I’m not man or machine
I’m just something in between

But I have not given up all hope
I have a dream that lets me cope
I’m not man or machine
I’m just something in between

Though I’ve become like the machines that I make
Things will change, make no mistake
I’m not man or machine
I’m just something in between

When I die and they throw me out
On my body new life will sprout
I’m not man or machine
I’m just something in between

And though I am not physically free
I can still dream things that you cannot see
I’m not man or machine
I’m just something in between

I see that though you’re free to move around
You’re not really free because to money you’re bound
I’m not man or machine
I’m just something in between

I see that the roots of your proud tree
Are people in factories just like me
I’m not man or machine
I’m just something in between

And when your factories begin to rust
All of your power will turn to dust
I’m not man or machine
I’m just something in between

Although you look on me with scorn
It is from my strength that your power is born
I’m not man or machine
I’m just something in between

And when I die you might realize too late
That I am your brother and I am your fate