"The Empty World" as written by and Robert James Smith....
Stiff as toys and tall as men, swaying like the wind-torn trees
She talked about the empty world, with eyes like poison birds
She talked about the armies, that marched inside her head
And how they made her dreams go bad, but oh how happy she was,
How proud she was to be fighting in the war
In the empty world

Stiff as toys and tall as men, swaying like the wind-torn trees
She talked about the empty world, with eyes like poison birds

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"The Empty World" as written by Robert James Smith

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    General Commenthow come no one has commented on this? interesting lyrics..could be taken many ways. needs some discussion!
    emilyc27on February 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm confused as to why only one person has commented on this song. I love it.
    ThisIsNotABruiseon September 25, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti love this song
    always had a hard time making out the real meaning of the lyris though, probably because the lyris are so short and it's hard seeing it taking a superior meaning beyond the literal
    Zaothon January 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commentit was the top album and RS was taking alot of drugs

    he probably doesn't even remember writing this (or recording it)

    it could be a nonsense or it could be something profound

    when I hear this song I think of the revolutionary war and how men were fighting for what at the time was an empty new world but thats cuz of the music and the military drums. The lyrics confuse me
    fuckoffanddieokon March 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics to this song are pretty confusing, and sure enough Robert Smith was permanently high on drugs at the time the album was recorded, so that may explain the seemed incoherence. But I do know that the inspiration comes in part from the book 'Charlotte Sometimes' which inspired the song of the same name. The line 'stiff as toys but tall as men' is taken from the book, and the title itself is also mentioned in the book at some point. And apparently it also has something to do with Simon Gallup (who had departed from the band at this time and had not yet resolved his dispute with Robert) and his pride at the time getting in the way of their friendship, or something like that.
    MaskOfSanityon April 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe song reminds me of some of the battle scenes from Michael Moorcock's "Elric" books. I'm not sure why.
    Radio Saturdayon August 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song, along with "Splintered In Her Head" & of course "Charlotte Sometimes" were all inspired by Penelope Farmer's book by the same name. Nerd that i am, i actually own a copy; you will actually find the famouse phrase "stiff as toys/ & tall as men" in the book.
    This song in particular is about a dream the protagonist, Charlotte Makepeace, has, in which she fights along with toy soldiers in a war that her caretaker's (Miss Chisel Brown) brother Arthur died in (probably WWI).
    I really recommend it- it's a neat story.
    charlieSometimeson October 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMany bits of this song stem from the 2nd book to Charlotte Sometimes, called, "Emma in Winter" by Penelope Farmer. It is a great little book if you can find it.
    JadeGoldon January 17, 2007   Link
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    General Commentfunny... this song makes sense to me. maybe it's the experimenting with acid and whatnot. it seems to be about a psychotic woman... "fighting in the war", fighting all the imaginary things psychotic people fight, apparitions, voices, people setting out to hurt her -- the empty world, because it's not real.

    i think you just have to feel your way around it. it's genius.
    feversomeon August 24, 2007   Link
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    General Commentemma in winter? is it the same story?
    Cure.on August 28, 2007   Link

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