Serenity is a problem
When you get this close to Heaven
But you really want to see
The wonders of the underworld
They caught Saint Peter's disease
As he rattled his keys

Serenity is a problem
Serenity is a problem
Such a paranoid inlay
Hand-painted, pain by numbers, just join the dots

Serenity is a problem
Serenity is a problem
Bloody British bulldozers
These vegetables are suicidal

It seems concussion suits you
It seems concussion suits you

Dear Diary, I must take risks
I must not be afraid of failure
What do I need to give up?
Crystalline ladders, shiny things, mirror-balls

On a clear day I can see forever
That the underworld is my oyster

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Paranoid Inlay song meanings
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    General CommentI was really hoping to find more here, but then again, this is Coil...what can we expect?

    No idea about St. Peter's disease. In regards to the keys, St. Peter is traditionally known as the keeper of the keys to heaven. Peter = Petra, that is, the "rock" upon which Christianity is built. One could make an argument that religion is the disease.

    Serenity is the problem. Hmm... well, Johnn Balance was well known as an alcoholic, and the so-called "recovering" alkies in AA put alot of faith in serenity. From my own experience, the AA brand of spirituality is very Christian-oriented and not compatible with genuine occult practices and philosophy (which is a big part of what Coil is all about.) So maybe there is another connection.

    shipovfoolson July 29, 2011   Link
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    General CommentSomeone help me out with this one. It's a great song, with an eerie synth line, but I really don't know what the lyrics are supposed to mean.

    I don't understand the allusions. St. Peter's disease? Not really up on my bible.

    Suicidal vegetables? Mirror balls? Crystalline ladders? Shiny things?
    RagnarRedbeardon January 17, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationCOIL are an experience. This song is a portal into the dark territories of the mind. Other than that I can't give any objective meaning but I am biased by perspective anyway. Live Three contains an expanded version of this song.
    filtinatoron June 17, 2016   Link

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