"Black Tin Box" as written by Christian Karlsson, Pontus Johan Winnberg and Andrew Wyatt Blakemore....
I bought you a black tin box,
Something to put your jewelry in.
But it struck me as the property of the childless.
It was cold out and warm in.

The edges were sharp.
The edges were sharp.
Take me down the hillside.
Show me where they used to play.
Take me down the hillside.
Show me where they used to play.

Black sheep, black sheep, in the aftershocks
Thought he could survive in the black tin box.
Black sheep, black sheep, in the aftershocks
Thought you could survive in the black tin box.

I mailed you a Dutch postcard
Where I tried to be comforting.
There were kids, my neighbors, on the sidewalk
Playing superman.

But the edges were sharp.
The edges were sharp.
Take me down the hillside.
Show me where they used to play.
Take me down the hillside.
Show me where they used to play.

Your sisters and you,
Running through the orange light of the after-day.

Black sheep, black sheep, in the aftershocks
Thought he could survive in the black tin box.
Black sheep, black sheep, in the aftershocks
Thought you could survive in the black tin box.


Lyrics submitted by ewagner20

"Black Tin Box" as written by Christian Karlsson Andrew Wyatt

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Downtown Music Publishing

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    My OpinionThis song captures the feeling of emptiness beautifully. Not necessarily empty thoughts, but false intentions— Things you do for someone without really wanting to. Deep shit.
    juandreschacinon March 20, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationThe two characters in this, a man and a girl, are both singing to a woman, or a parent. That parent seems to have somehow lost her child in a way that she may have been guilty of, so it's not too easy for people to comfort her. She may have lost custody of them in some way. There's also the possibility that the person they are talking about couldn't have kids.

    As you can see, the black tin box makes the male speaker uncomfortable because only people who don't have children have them. Same goes for the woman who notices the youth playing outside while she is writing the postcard.
    Effortson April 26, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI find this to be a beautiful sad song, one of my fav electronic pieces. I still dont know if my interpretation is even close, but I think the writer was not a popular kid, and wanted to be friends with a certain girl. He tried, but was treated cold, (with sharp edges). He heard or saw her and her sisters play, and wanted to be part of the fun. Appears years later he tried to write her, and to no avail. I think the black tin box is a metaphor for the house he was confined to, inside looking out, wanting to play with the kids (especially one girl). But something kept him inside his black tin box, not sure if it was shyness, parents, etc.
    surferjoe77on August 09, 2015   Link

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