Lunchbox (song)

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This article is about the song
For the single see Lunchbox (single)
For the demo album see Lunchbox (demo)
"Lunchbox"
Lunchbox cover
Song by Marilyn Manson
Album Portrait of an American Family
Released July 19, 1994
Recorded August–December 1993 at Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida, Record Plant Studios in Los Angeles, California, The Village Recorder and Pig
Genre Hard rock
Length 4:32
Label Nothing, Interscope
Writer Marilyn Manson
Composer Daisy Berkowitz, Gidget Gein
Producer Marilyn Manson, Trent Reznor
Media

"Lunchbox" is the second single and the third track of the first album Portrait of an American Family. It was inspired by a piece of legislation dating back to 1972, which makes it illegal to have metal lunchboxes in schools. The song tells the story of a school age child who is bullied and uses his own lunchbox as a weapon in retaliation, waiting for the day he can "grow up to be a big rock & roll star" who is never intimidated by others. The earliest recording of this song dates back to the band's After School Special cassette tape, released in December 1991.

The album version of "Lunchbox" samples the Crazy World of Arthur Brown song "Fire".

Appearances[edit]

Cassettes[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]


Versions[edit]

Spooky Kids Version[edit]

After School Special
Live as Hell - Refrigerator version


The Manson Family Album Version[edit]

 


Music video[edit]

Manson face to face with the boy

The music video directed by Richard Kern on September 19, 1994,[1] features a boy being bullied by two older students. The boy goes home, fed up with the way he is treated, and shaves his head and prepares for any future retaliation against the bullies with his metal lunchbox. The boy later goes to the rollerskating rink where Marilyn Manson is performing. The boy gives Manson his lunchbox, which Manson lights on fire and parades around. The video ends with the boy staring into the burning lunchbox. It is one of the few music videos with Manson performing without wearing makeup.

Lyrics[edit]

   on we plow
   the big bully try to stick his finger in my chest
   try to tell me, tell me he's the best
   but I don't really give a good goddamn cause
   i got my lunchbox and I'm armed real well
   i got my lunchbox and I'm armed real well
   i got my lunchbox and I'm armed real well
   i wanna grow up
   i wanna be a big rock and roll star
   i wanna grow up
   i wanna be
   so no one fucks with me
   i got the pencils in my pocket, try to put me down
   wanna go out, gotta get out
   to the playground, gonna throw down at the playground
   i wanna go out
   next motherfucker gonna get my metal
   next motherfucker gonna get my metal
   next motherfucker gonna get my metal
   next motherfucker gonna get my metal
   pow pow pow, pow pow pow, pow pow pow, pow pow pow
   i wanna grow up
   i wanna be a big rock and roll star
   i wanna grow up
   i wanna be
   so no one fucks with me

Trivia[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Marilyn Manson interviewed by Sara Lee. " We just did a video for "Lunchbox" on Monday, and he's in it."
Marilyn Manson videography
Music videos Get Your GunnLunchboxDope HatSweet Dreams (Are Made of This)The Beautiful PeopleTourniquetMan That You FearCryptorchidLong Hard Road Out of HellApple of SodomThe Dope ShowI Don't Like the Drugs (But the Drugs Like Me)Rock Is DeadComa WhiteAstonishing Panorama of the EndtimesDisposable TeensThe Fight SongThe NobodiesTainted LovemOBSCENEThis Is the New ShitThrift(s)AINTPersonal JesusHeart-Shaped Glasses (When the Heart Guides the Hand)Putting Holes in HappinessArma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddonRunning to the Edge of the WorldNo Reflection
Home videos Dead to the WorldGod Is in the T.V. • "Autopsy" • Guns, God and Government World Tour (The Death Parade)The Mechanism of DesireDoppelherzLunch Boxes & Choklit Cows (Bonus DVD) • Lest We Forget – The Best Of (Bonus DVD) • (s)AINT Video (Uncut, Unrated, Banned by Label)Eat Me, Drink Me (Bonus DVD) • Guns, God, and Government – Live in L.A.Fifth video album