A reviewer for Stereo Review considered (it) likely be the first "one-man show" rock album "that really succeeds"
I see why my, engineer came today
Remove my screws, taken my heart away
Why don't you touch me, press me,
please, Miss Clarke
I fail to solve problems efficiently
Surely I know, you won't dismantle me
Now press my switch, I'll play for you
Please, Miss Clarke
Can't she hear me, how can I ever say
Please explain why, they programmed me this way
I love you dearly, read me, please, Miss Clarke
Systems failing, signal to you again (sung more slowly)
I can't seem to function my inner brain
Screwdrivers so sharp, now I'm scared, Miss Clarke
Miss Clarke, Miss Clarke, don't take my heart awaaaayyyyy... (played back at lower and lower speed à la Kubrick)
I think that there are several artistic references to the iconic scene in Kubrick's 2001 A Space Odyssey where the HAL9001 computer is being shut down, saying "I can feel it, Dave" and then begins to sing Daisy Bell.
- 2001: A Space Odyssey's use of the song "Daisy Bell" (Bicycle Built for Two); life imitates art or vice-versa?
But the difference between that and
Screwdrivers so sharp, now I'm scared
is that this is a new song, sung from the point of view of the computer being shut down, where it explains how this feels in the song's lyrics.
note: A warning for sentimental folks like me, the song is sad.
Question: Is "Miss Clarke and the Computer" (1973) the first published song written from an intelligent machine's point of view?