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|Song by Marilyn Manson
|Portrait of an American Family
|July 12, 1994
|August–December 1993 at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida, Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles, California, The Village Recorder and Pig
|Alternative metal, Noise rock, avant-garde metal
|4:48 (13:10 full version)
|Gidget Gein, Daisy Berkowitz, Madonna Wayne Gacy
|Marilyn Manson, Trent Reznor
"Misery Machine" is the thirteenth and final track on the 1994 release Portrait of an American Family.
- "Misery Machine" — Appears on Live as Hell.
- "Misery Machine" — Appears on The Manson Family Album.
- "Misery Machine" — Appears on "Get Your Gunn" single.
- "Misery Machine" (with Epilogue) — Appears on Portrait of an American Family
Live As Hell version
The Manson Family Album version
man in the front got a sinister grin, careen down highway 666 we wanna go, crush the slow, as the pitchfork bends the needles grow my arms are wheels, my legs are wheels, my blood is pavement we're gonna ride to the abbey of thelema, to the abbey of thelema blood is pavement the grill in the front is my sinister grin, bugs in my teeth make me sick sick sick the objects may be larger than they appear in the mirror my arms are wheels, my legs are wheels, my blood is pavement we're gonna ride to the abbey of thelema, to the abbey of thelema blood is pavement "when you ride you're ridden, when you ride, you're ridden" i am fueled by filth and fury do what I will, I will hurry there, there my arms are wheels, my legs are wheels, my blood is pavement blood is pavement
- The title of the song is a reference to the Mystery Machine from the animated series Scooby-Doo. Imagery from the cartoon was prevalent in the early years of the band, having been used in various flyers among other similar cartoon characters.
- "We're gonna ride to the abbey of thelema" is a reference to Aleister Crowley's Abbey of Thelema, which was used as the headquarters from which the doctrines of Thelema would be spread throughout the world.
- The sample, "Go home to your mother! Doesn't she ever watch you!? Tell her this isn't some Communist day-care center! Tell your mother I hate her! Tell your mother I hate you!" is spoken by Mink Stole from the John Waters 1977 film Desperate Living. After this, a telephone can be heard ringing very quietly for several minutes, which is then followed an irate answering machine message, presumably from a parent of a Manson fan saying "I want my son off of your mailing list, I have already contacted the post office about your pornographic material that is being received in the mail, my next stop is my attorney. I do not want this number called anymore, and I do not want anything delivered to my address. If I receive anything else from this band, or this group, my next phone call will be my attorney, and you will be contacted. Thank you and good-bye!"