Sickly sweet, his poison seeks
For the young ones who don't understand
The danger in his hands
With a jaundiced wink see his cunning slink
Oh trust in me my pretty one
Come walk with me my helpless one

Syrup lies upon your tongue
Ge latine saliva spills
The flash of a guillotine a smile

Candyman - oh candyman
No pity for him, their misery screams
Unspeakable things

A cool missile, yes it's in his smile
With open arms to welcome you
Beware the masked pretender
He always lies, this candyman
Those lips conspire in treachery
To strike in cloak and dagger, see!

Candyman - oh candyman
And all the children, he warns ''don't tell,''
Those threats are sold
With their guilt and shame they think they're to blane
For candyman - oh candyman

Lyrics submitted by Kaitou, edited by insdiyenateist

Candyman Lyrics as written by Mark Williams Matthew David Clayden

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  • +1
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    More than just that. Siouxsie herself was molested at 13.
    Suzarellaon December 14, 2004   Link
  • +1
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    I agree...a song about a child molester. For years I figured something had happened to Siouxsie because of all those dark lyrics she wrote. It was confirmed a few years ago after reading an interview.
    MrLongroveon January 29, 2005   Link
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    She was molested by the man who owned the "sweet shop" in her part of the city. I can't even imagine such an experience.
    lokithecaton March 21, 2005   Link
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    SIOUXSIE: " 'Candyman’ was trying to put across the unspeakability of child abuse, and again, trying not to sensationalise it, just coming up with a very strong picture of a character that was sickly sweet and oozing repulsiveness. The amount of people who’ve been abused is incredible, and it’s only lately that the subject’s been brought out into the open. The whole thing’s such a power trip, and you realise the victims must have been so in fear of saying anything - cos they’ve been told by the perpetrator that they’ll go to hell or something. " Source: Melody Maker 17/10/92.
    JJKelsallon December 01, 2012   Link
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    About a child-molester.
    Chloe le Fayon July 09, 2002   Link
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    oh my god! how horrible, i always knew this song was about a child molester, but i never thought it happened to her, bastard.
    HappyGoon February 25, 2009   Link
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    I wasn't aware of any of the child molestation stuff. That sounds terrible. However, I've heard that the song was about Ronald Clark O'Bryan. He's the guy who poisoned his son with cyanide-laced Halloween candy to collect money from a life insurance policy in 1974. His actions are also a primary reason that parents are told to check Halloween candy for any signs of tampering after kids bring it home.
    chuckhineson October 03, 2011   Link
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    Dean Corll was born in 1939 into a contentious family; his parents divorced, remarried and divorced again while he was still a child. His mother remarried – to a new man, Jake West – when Dean was 16, and the whole family moved to Vidor, Texas, where Mrs. Corll and her second husband started “Pecan Prince,” a small candy company. [ . . .] With the help of Brooks, Dean Corll would lure young boys and men, mostly from the low-income neighborhood of Houston Heights, into his car with the promise of a party at his house. Once at Corll’s house, there was no escape. The young boys were supplied with drugs and alcohol, then strapped to a “torture board” that was two-and-a-half feet wide and eight-feet long. The victims were forced to endure unspeakable horrors, as Corll would rape, torture, and eventually murder the youngsters by strangulation or gunshot. Corll buried the many bodies in four separate locations. from:
    NomadMonadon October 30, 2020   Link

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