Monitor outside
For the people inside
A prevention of crime
A passing of time

The come and they go
It's a passing of time
They come and they go
Whilst we sit in our homes

Sit back and enjoy
The real McCoy
Our new air of authority
Our sentinel of misery

His face was full of intent
And we shook excitement
Then the victim stared up
Looked strangely at the screen
As if her pain was our fault
But that's entertainment
What we crave for inside
No more second rate movies
From those people outside


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    My Interpretation

    Possibly about a snuff-film?

    As usual, excellent work from McGeoch. He could have been one of the greats had he laid off the sauce.

    Bulgaroktonoson August 01, 2009   Link
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    Song Meaning

    Inspired by the advent of Close Circuit TV and the idea of real violence as entertainment. A story was related to Siouxsie of how, when CCTV was installed in a tower block, in an attempt to curtail vandalism and crime, it instead resulted in the tenants deriving more pleasure from watching the ‘real life’ crime on CCTV, than watching fictionalised accounts on their own televisions.

    JJKelsallon December 01, 2012   Link
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    General Comment

    Agreed it's about people watching CCTV for entertainment - which with the subsequent rise of reality TV , surveillance culture , youtube etc and crazes such as "happy slapping" makes this probably the Banshees most prescient song.

    DwarfCowboy93on September 06, 2021   Link

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