"Pillbox Tales" as written by Robert James Smith, Laurence Andrew Tolhurst and Michael Stephen Dempsey....
Electric line, racing time Fire down the wall Spinning around, the killing ground It makes you look so small Henna years, the stinging tears Flesh on the railway track The screaming queen on the TV screen Is never coming back Suffer no more Step inside and listen Listen to my pillbox tales Your special days, your winning ways You're living out the past You're lying lies and tying ties And running much too fast But you feel so sick If you run too quick and wishing every day Wishing you were all along Wishing you were years away Suffer no more Step inside and listen Listen to my pillbox tales Listen to my Listen to my pillbox tales Electric line, racing time Fire down the wall Spinning around, this killing ground It makes you look so small The henna years, the stinging tears Flesh on the railway track Jamming queen on the TV screen Is never coming back Suffer no more Step inside and listen Listen to my pillbox tales Step inside and listen to my Step inside and listen to my Step inside and listen to my pillbox tales


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"Pillbox Tales" as written by Robert James Smith, Laurence Andrew Tolhurst, Michael Stephen Dempsey

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    General CommentI think it's about post traumatic stress disorder. A soldier returns from a conflict and is screwed up, running from his problems, running so quick to take his mind off what he's seen. The last lines suggest he should join a support group.
    I agree with fleaaaaa that this song could have been done better. The cover by ThouShaltNot has a much darker sound which is more fitting for a song like this.
    LabRat1980on July 31, 2008   Link
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    General Commentbefore the cure were the cure they were easy cure and were sort of a punk band, robs voice hadnt broke, they were cheesey, and the producation was awful, they sound absolutely hilarious, like rob has sucked in a helium balloon - adam
    fleaaaaaaon June 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentA pillbox is a type of long-term fortification, like a bunker of sorts.
    The Maginot Line in France, taken by the Germans twice, had plenty of them. It saw a lot of use over the years.

    So what I imagine while i listen to the ThouShaltNot cover, is a worn out soldier (doesn't matter what side) taking sheter in a pillbox during shelling, and the ghost of someone from a previous war talking to him, saying that the world as we know it might well be over, but he'll be safe here for now, long as he is willing to lend an ear "and listen to my pillbox tales".

    "The screaming queen
    On the TV screen
    Is never coming back" this bit makes me think that it's set during a major conflict yet to come, as the television phenomenon hadn't really kicked yet off during the last two world wars.
    GrindTheRuston November 19, 2009   Link

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