"State Hospital" as written by and David William Lawrence Kennedy Andy Monaghan....
The half-backflip
Conception state hospital birth
The most threadbare, tall story the country has ever heard
Brought home to breath smoke in the arms of her mother
The blunt kitchen knife, who just lays in a submissive position
Beneath a national weight, and the slow arc of a fist

Her heart beats like a breezeblock, thrown down the stairs
Her blood is thicker than concrete, forced to be brave, she was
Born into a grave

And in the limp through years of bored schooling
She’s accustomed to hearing that she could never run far
A slipped disc in the spine of community
A bloody curse word in a pedestrian verse
Spirits in graveyards and fingers in car parks
She cries on the high street just to be heard.
A screaming anchor for nothing in particular
At the foot of the fuck of it
Dragging her heels in the dirt

Her heart beats like a breezeblock, thrown down the stairs
Her blood is thicker than concrete, forced to be brave, she was
Born into a grave

The cheek of youth flashed red and turned grey
Now she lies on the pavement she is helped to her feet
All thighs, hair and magpie handbags
Saturday’s uniform for the ‘fuck me’ parade
Brought home to keep warm in the arms of a plumber, ruddy and balding
Who just needs a spine to dig in to
A chest for the head and a hand for the holding

Her heart beats like a breezeblock, thrown down the stairs
Her blood is thicker than concrete, forced to be brave, she was
She was

Her heart beats like a breezeblock, thrown down the stairs
Her skin is thicker than concrete, forced to be brave, she was
She was

A broken elevator anthem, held between floors
But if blood is thicker than concrete, all is not lost.
All is not lost
All is not lost
All is not lost
All is not lost


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"State Hospital" as written by David William Lawrence Kennedy Andy Monaghan

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    Song MeaningThe song is about someone being born in a bad environment with people who don't deserve to be parents.

    The first verse sets the scene. The first line suggests a birth which was un intended and unwanted. The 'threadbare,tall story' is just a a worn down block of flats in a rough area.

    The imagery with the 'blunt kitchen knife' says to me the mother is already killing her child slowly with passive smoking and she it seems like she is a drug user and is she's away with it. The 'slow arc of a fist' could mean she could be abusing the child or could be to do with the drugs that she is not fully conscious.

    The chorus goes straight in to the child being older and being abused by her mother and the 'born into a grave' says she never had any hope with the environment she was brought up in.

    'She’s accustomed to hearing that she could never run far'

    Society including teachers have her believing that she won't make anything of herself that she won't get anywhere in life. She was born to fail.


    'Now she lies on the pavement, she is helped to her feet
    All thighs, hair and magpie handbags
    Saturday’s uniform for the 'fuck me' parade'

    She's older again and she is drunk and stumbling about. She is dressed up in indecent clothes which you would associate with a prostitute. This could mean she is a prostitute out selling herself in 'her uniform' and ready to work.

    'Her blood is thicker than concrete
    Forced to be brave, she was
    A broken elevator anthem held between floors

    The last verse says suggest there is still hope for her and she can get herself out of the world she's living in. The 'She was' is in a past tense saying she was stuck in the same horrible place and she has now escaped it.

    'But if blood is thicker than concrete, all is not lost
    All is not lost, all is not lost'

    Throughout the song the line 'her blood is thicker than concrete' and in the final verse it's saying that because of this she still has hope and 'all is not lost'.
    rossb93on May 10, 2013   Link
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    Lyric Correction"In the limp through years of bored schooling,
    She's accustomed to hearing
    That she can never run far
    A slipped disc in the spine of community
    A bloody curse word made pedestrian verse

    Spirits in graveyards and fingers in carparks
    She cries in the high street just to be heard
    iamjackslameusernameon September 01, 2012   Link
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    General CommentLyrics are now correct as seen in the CD Booklet
    rossb93on May 10, 2013   Link

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