I can't turn you off
I just try and laugh you off
Tumbling you maybe are
But you sure ain't rock n roll

People standing in the rain
Just to see a dream of him
Supersonic, oh come back soon
'Cause all we got is a marquee moon

Billy singer don't waste my time
Just turn on to "What's my line"
Richard Lloyd you hear us knock
You sure have wrote "The Golden Shot"


Old Fred Smith works from a box
Oh what a haggard face
Hope he gets lots of shots
From his fender bass

Lyrics submitted by black_cow_of_death, edited by STUDLYCUDDLYBUDDY, junkman

Idiot Box Lyrics as written by Raymond Ian Burns Christopher John Millar

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    General CommentThis song is slagging off the group Television... Idiot Box is slang for a Television.... 'Tumbling you made me art' in the first verse is 'Tom Verlaine you maybe art'... 'Billy Singer' is 'Billy Ficca'... 'Old Friend Smith' is 'Old Fred Smith'... I dont know what Television did to annoy The Damned though.
    kanolezon February 02, 2009   Link
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    General Comment'Unlucky Moon' is 'A Marquee Moon'... Marquee Moon being Televisions first album
    kanolezon February 02, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"I dont know what Television did to annoy The Damned though"

    Television acted like twats. Read the book "Light At The End Of The Tunnel"
    TVeye77on April 18, 2012   Link
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    General CommentAlso the song is musically a pastiche of Television - the mostly-unsuitable production of this record actually suits this bit of mimicry very well.
    junkmanon December 02, 2018   Link

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