Scratch the scandals in the twilight
Trying to shock but instead
Idle hands all orient to her
Pass a magic pillow under head
It's so much more attractive inside the moral kiosk
Inside, cold, dark, fire, twilight
Inside, cold, dark, fire, twilight

They scratch the scandals in the twilight
She was laughing like a Horae
Put that knee in dour landslide
Take this step to dash a roving eye
It's so much more attractive inside the moral kiosk
Inside, cold, dark, fire, twilight
Inside, cold, dark, fire, twilight

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"Moral Kiosk" as written by Peter Buck Bill Berry

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    General CommentThe band members were interviewed some time ago, and Michael directly admitted that the songs, lyrically speaking, on the first two albums, (I think he meant Chronic Town - EP, and Murmur), were complete nonsense. He was then asked directly, by the interviewer, you mean... there is no moral kiosk???, and Michael laughs and says, no, at least not that I know of...

    jpalbickeon November 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMaybe the moral kiosk Stipe is talking about is some girl's heart. Think about a heart in the sense that it decides morals and how one feels.
    velorutionon May 28, 2006   Link
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    General Comment'It's so much more attractive inside the moral kiosk' literally translates to 'It's easier to criticise something when you've never tried it'
    mopo976on September 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI always heard this as the teaching in Christianity that a woman is more desirable and attractive if she is a virgin (inside the moral kiosk). This inevitably leads to scandal and ostracism when a woman turns out not to be, hence "scratch the scandals in the twilight."

    Along the same lines, possibly about accusations of witchcraft w/ "magic pillow under head" (esp. since witches were considered to be the embodiment of promiscuity).
    dontkillwhiteyon May 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think its a jibe to Society because it's become so organized with drive throughs and accessibility of goods that people have to go to a Moral Kiosk to get their religion. They find this more comfortable and attractive because they can no longer think for themselves and establish their own beliefs.

    People would rather focus on scandals and cutting each other down rather then working on their own faith.

    Religion has been sold to the public like everything else as a commodity like food, drugs, music and the arts.
    REMFIELDon October 14, 2007   Link

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