"Radioactive Toy" as written by and Steven John Wilson....
Run through forests on a hot Summer day
Trying to break down walls of numbing pain

Give me the freedom to destroy
Give me radioactive toy

Taste the water from a stream of running death
Eat the apple and cough a dying breath

Feel the sun burning through your black skin
Pour me into a hole, inform my next of kin

Run through graveyards on a dusty Winter day
Spit the dirt out and try to say


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"Radioactive Toy" as written by Steven Wilson

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    My InterpretationI know that the song is about Atomic Bombs, but I am currently going through Radiotherapy for Skin Cancer and for me, the song has a totally different meaning. I listen to it on a daily basis, it really helps.
    RadioActiveBoion March 09, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe best early PT song.
    lacuna112on December 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentim surprised no one commented on this classic PT songs... my favorite from the earliest PT days.

    yea... obviously about atomic bombs.
    plexuson August 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, atomic bombs, for sure.
    It's probably so obvious that no one bothered commenting.
    Albert_fo_shizzleon October 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVery good song. I remember hearing it on radio 1 in about 1994, and for years I didnt know who it was by, but it always stuck in my mind.
    orangebeakeron January 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentif you want a good video that suits this song go to: youtube.com/… . this song is really awesome and illustrates in few but meaningful words the consequences of man using nuclear power without knowing his own limits
    ammoniacnh3on May 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDecent, I think he could have adapted the lyrics to vocals a little better, but still good. I like the falsetto background when he says "give me..." It reminds me of a band called TV On The Radio, which so far is pretty good.

    Shine On
    Unsoundon June 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIn the book for 'Tarquin's seaweed farm' steven wilson writes:
    "politics has always bored me. This piece could be about peace, love and harmony. Or it could be about nuclear genocide. You decide."
    Newfieon July 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionDat solo
    angelusredgroveon June 10, 2012   Link
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    General CommentHaving watched "Threads" recently (worth a watch if you're not from Sheffield) and being a huge fan of the "Fallout" series this evokes some powerful and desolate images of a world beyond the edge of decay.

    I love how certain lines start so positively e.g. "taste the water from a stream...", which immediately conjures images of crystal clear water over smooth pebbles halfway up a mountain; then "of running death". Thanks Steven. Trés cheerful. Cheerful no, poignant yes. I love it.
    PaulZeroon July 12, 2013   Link

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