My purpose catching bodies like safety nets at the circus

from Pharoahe Monch – Damage Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Continuing the midnight black humour of the last line, Monch could be making a satirical point here in comparing the consummate senselessness of war (and its value as entertainment in the eyes of a regular citizen) to that of a circus.

The use of the word “safety nets” creates an interesting juxtaposition; while safety nets are in fact intended to preserve life, the lyric twists it into an expression of one’s proficiency at murder.

This creates a deep metaphor. While the character in the song is murderous, Monch himself might be suggesting that this song, a candid glimpse into the horrors of war and extremism, is intended as being a safety net designed to stop listeners “falling” into the impression that war is righteous or even, as it were, “fun”.

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