"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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