"Placebo Effect" as written by and Steven Severin Susan Ballion....
You dip your hands into my flesh
And say you won't reveal a scar
I must have faith in this procedure
It's a miracle-It's a wonder

A thousand hidden needles
In a thousand covered nerves
Stick pins in my receptacles
Look to your Voodoo doll-your mojo

Staying alive at five
For you to cure my ailments
Another soul is saved
With your bogus medications

What colour shall we have today?
Depends on how you feel I say
Consult your research on the media
See blue will calm my hysteria

Staying alive at five
For you to cure my ailments
Another soul is saved
With your bogus medications
Staying alive at five
With your empty containers
Another corpse ornaments your waiting room
Will you ever regret-the placebo effect
Can you ever forget-the placebo effect






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"Placebo Effect" as written by Morris Mkcay

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    General Comment"Placebo Effect" came from hearing a programme on Capitol Radio, when one of the station's resident Kildares was discussing the kind and colour of medicaments that different nations most favour. Apparently the UK goes for pills while the French like suppositories and the Italians injections.
    didleyrooon January 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSIOUXSIE: "Placebo Effect" came from hearing a programme on Capitol Radio, when one of the station's resident Kildares was discussing the kind and colour of medicaments that different nations most favour. Apparently the UK goes for pills while the French like suppositories and the Italians injections. Source: Melody Maker 17/02/79.

    Typical of Catpitol Radio to be more concerned about the shallow aspects of medicine than it's actual medicinal worth. A good thing there are people like Siouxsie to write songs about their stupidity.
    JJKelsallon December 01, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI relate this song to a relationship...how cliche. It is mostly just the first two verses that make me feel this way though.

    "A thousand hidden needles
    In a thousand covered nerves
    Stick pins in my receptacles"

    Those are my favorite lines. It's like supressing emotional pain.
    *sigh* But it was all just a placebo effect. Sugar coated dreams, but it wasn't the real thing.

    In the last verse I get the sense that some ex boyfriend is off with some other shallow meaningless relationships. In other words, he's a player.
    CÆTon November 15, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI've read that Siouxsie somewhat distrusts members of the medical profession and that seems to be shown here. On a personal level though, I interpret this song as a criticism of how heavily medicated people are today, particularly those afflicted by mental illnesses.

    "Staying alive at five
    For you to cure my ailments
    Another soul is saved
    With your bogus medications"

    This reminds me of the way physicians tend to dole out prescriptions to depressed patients, for example, as though the medication was a magical potion that will make everything all better, despite the fact that so many antidepressants have horrible side-effects.
    katherowenon March 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it is about "alernative medicine" in particular.
    The first verse is about "psychic surgery" where phsycics claim to have fixed internal problems without even touching the patient.
    The second verse seems to be about acupuncture.
    The verse about colour is about new-age medicine - using colour to change mood, calm hysteria or anger etc.
    That's my take on it.
    saves_matts_dayon June 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlternative and mainsream both benefit from the placebo effect.
    xianificenton July 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAn innocuous or inert medication; given as a pacifier or to the control group in experiments on the efficacy of a drug ....so are we there yet, or we just don't want to wake up and smell the coffee????
    Surviving2007on August 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, if only because listening to it is almost like being in an entirely different state. It also kinda reflects the way I've felt after being on strong pain medications or other medications--which is why I now try to avoid them. You feel so surreal, but in a bad way. And the medications really can be worse than what they're supposed to cure, such as antidepressants (I personally got more depressed after those suckers).
    rhithedwarfon July 30, 2008   Link

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