They tried the handcuffs but they won't lock
Electrical courses but they won't shock
You pulled the fire alarm
You tried punching a cop
You're just too tired to stop
You old pine box

You old pine box
With your head full of rocks
Sharp like a cracked flowerpot
You old paper hat
On your skull full of bats
There's no percentage in that

They called relations but they declined
They called the fanclub but they resigned
Left your car in a field
And some questions behind
Your mom thinks you're out of your mind

(Over the falls and into the drink
The barrel breaks
And we slowly sink)


They tried the handcuffs but they won't lock
Electrical courses but they won't shock
You pulled the fire alarm
You tried punching a cop
You're just too tired to stop
You old pine box


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    General CommentI think this song is about someone who is drinking and/or drugging, and they refuse to get help and seek treatment. As a result this person is losing his sanity, and losing his family and friends.

    "Old Pine Box" is usually equated with a cheap coffin, but in this song it is used to tell the listener that he is a shell of his former self. The substance abuse and crazy thinking has left him like an empty box, and not long until he ends up dead, inside a pine box.

    This song reminds me of a former friend who quit his $90K/year job, took early retirement, now he just smokes pot in his fully paid off house, thinking that the world is working against him, that Bush did 9/11, and that girls don't like him because he's not rich. The ugly truth is that his constant drinking and pot smoking have left his brain screwed up, obviously nuts, he was better off than most people but he is too comfortable in his thinking that it's society's fault that his life is a mess.

    Breaking down the lyrics:
    They tried the handcuffs but they won't lock (was arrested, but thinks the laws are unjust)
    Electrical courses but they won't shock (now archaic electroshock therapy, or forced AA meetings)
    You pulled the fire alarm (some crazy ass behavior/incident)
    You tried punching a cop (self explanatory)
    You're just too tired to stop (comfortable with his level of drinking, quitting is too much work)
    You old pine box.

    You old pine box
    With your head full of rocks (stupid thoughts, etc)
    Sharp like a cracked flowerpot (kind of smart, but now just a crazy drug addled loon)
    Your old paper hat
    On your skull full of bats
    There's no percentage in bats

    They called relations but they declined (family has given up on him)
    They called the fanclub but they resigned (old friends have given up on him)
    Left your car in a field (drunk driving, went off the road, walked home)
    And some questions behind
    Your mom thinks you're out of your mind (self explanatory)
    hottoddyon August 26, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIt might be about a washed up musician or star of some sort. Past their prime, they no longer have the talent they used to have, and now are acting out in anger/frustration.
    HowardTCoon August 01, 2011   Link

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