"Wind-up Toy" as written by and Jack/pepe Ponti....
Voices come from down the hall
In my room all painted white
I have my bat and rubber ball
I like to sleep with them at night

But now I'm all smiles
The good little shots must be winning
Yes, they crank my dial
My motor is stalled but my wheels are still spinning

Daddy won't discuss me
What a state I must be
Mommy couldn't stand living with a wind-up toy

All my friends live on the floor
Tiny legs and tiny eyes
They're free to crawl under the door
And, and someday soon so will I

But now I'm all smiles
These good little shots must be working
I'm so happy now
Look, my fingers don't shake and my head isn't jerking

Daddy won't discuss me
What a pain I must be
Mommy couldn't stand having such a wound-up boy

Doctors want to check me
Poke me and dissect me
What do they expect?
Feelings from a wound-up toy?
I don't think so
I'm just a wound-up toy
I'm just a wind-up toy

I'm lost in a nightmare
Shiny white halls
Drawing rats on the wall
Solitary confinement
Chained in a cell
Got my own private Hell

Preacher crucifies me
Warden wants to fry me
I was never young
Never just a little boy

Daddy won't discuss me
What a pain I must be
Mama couldn't stand having such a wound-up boy
I'm just a wind-up toy
I'm a wind-up toy
I'm just a wind-up toy
I'm just a wind-up toy


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    General Commenthow can no one comment on this? SHAMEFULL!

    also on the steven theme

    a backing fading voice of a little boy in the song

    listen to "i was never young, never just a little boy"

    and then at the very end on the album you hear the "mum" [whos actually his wife {check out - song steven}] shout his name
    unidanslesangon September 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite Alice Cooper songs. It's pretty self explanatory, the "Steven" character is now living in a mental institution.
    Jeffy5on April 10, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIn the chronological order of the Steven story arc, I would place this JUST after the end of Along Came a Spider. He has been caught and is an institution now. I will work on more timeline later.
    4444444444on July 27, 2013   Link
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    General CommentSteven's rejection by his parents (the chorus) - reinforced by the other figures of authority (doctor, preacher, warden) - has shaped his negative self-image.
    offhandon January 03, 2014   Link
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    MemoryMy speakers are a bit iffy, and sometimes the one dedicated to treble tones dies out. What's freaky though, is that in all the times I've heard the song, I've heard the little boy, but this one time, I heard Alice without. I twiddled the speakers, and lo and behold, a child appears. My speakers have schizophrenia, clearly.
    But in all seriousness, I love it when you can easily separate two voices when they're of such tonal difference. Adds a really element.
    yaniv10000on February 05, 2015   Link

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