"Pinball Machine" as written by and Paul Anthony Noonan Dominic Michael Phillips....
Tear that trickles from your eye to your ear
Like a pinball machine
Arm that melts over me
Like Salvador's dream
Light that spits across the ceiling
'Cos someone burst the stitches on the curtain of night

Maybe it's all about sowing my seed
But subject to conditions and not while you bleed

I follow you at a distance
Bounced through others eyes
Like a pinball machine
Dressed as Mr. Walker
But in disguise
I could have been a contender
But instead I'm content with
The gin and tonic dressing gown I lament
One night only
The great and the glory
Let's see if it sticks

You still love me
I believe
If push came you'd shove me
I believe you share my bed
You share the blame
I believe
In pinball machines



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    General Commenti think this song is about getting someone pregnant....he does love this girl but they made a mistake and now hes dwelling in the conequences
    maverick46on February 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think so, too.

    "Maybe it's all about sowing my seed
    But subject to conditions and not while you bleed"

    "One night only"

    "I believe you share my bed
    You share the blame"

    These lines reinforce the idea of unexpected pregnancy.
    Comparing a girl crying to a pinball machine... That's a genuinely ingenious idea. Just as in these other lines:

    "I follow you at a distance
    Bounced through others eyes
    Like a pinball machine"

    The complications that the event has brought them, most likely family issues and the personal burden a child would represent to them. This scene works either literally or simply metaphorically: he nervously glances at her, aware of all the stares ricocheting from one to the other. He probably thinks everyone sees him as the sole catalyzer of the incident, engulfed in discomfort and paranoia.

    It's a beautiful, creative way of describing such a common situation. Great, great song.
    I'm particularly curious about what the Salvador's dream could mean... And who Mr. Walker is.
    drmnon September 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think its just about a problem in a relationship and that the references to pregnancy are coincidental for example when he says "Maybe its all about sowing my seed" he's saying "Is that all there is to a relationship?" Also I think when he say "Like Salvador's dream that its a reference to the surrealist Salvador Dali because dreams tend to be messed up
    igotfootroton June 26, 2011   Link

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