Album: Portrait Of An American Family (1994)


  • This is about a young boy who is bullied at school and immerses himself in rock music to drown the pain. It is somewhat autobiographical. The album was exploring the fears of the average middle-class, Christian, conservative, white trash family, and one of them is that their child will become a "Punk Rocker."
  • The single was released on January 24, 1995 - the band's second single that year, the first being "Sweet Dreams." It featured the album version of the song, as well as four remixes - "Next Motherf***er," "Brown Bag," "Metal" and "Highschool Dropouts" - and a cover of Gary Numan's "Down in the Park." Most of the remixes just changed the intros or sound bytes, and "Highschool Dropouts" was simply the radio edit which muted out the obscenities.
  • Manson wrote about lunchboxes in this song because in Florida, where he was living at the time, the schools had banned metal lunchboxes because the children were hitting each other in the head with them. Manson used to have a metal KISS lunchbox which he used to defend himself at school. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Phil - Rockville, MD
  • The music video, which dramatized the song, featured the band singing near a roller rink. It was included on "Dead to the World".
  • There is a 1993 CD which features demos of the band performing this and several other songs while they were still called "The Spooky Kids." It is called "Demos In Lunchbox."

Comments: 8

  • Tim from IndianaI love this song!
  • Charles from Big Rock, TnI love this song. It speakes to me a lot. I think it's stupid to blame Manson's music for teen violence. If his music related to it at all the relation is the fact that it can be used as an easy scapegoat or a tool to chisel away at an angry kid's plans. But the intent to harm is already there long before they even hear of Mailyn manson. For example: I wanted to do a school shooting and kill myself in fith grade. y'know who my favorite singers were back then? THE MOTHERF**KING BACKSTREET BOYS!!! Mr. Manson is innocent!!!
  • Tyler from Buffalo, NyThis is a great song i used to(and still do)get bullied alot and thatshow i used to feel. my fav part is when he says "its gonna go down in the playground i wanna go home" then his other side says "this mother ******s gonna get my metal" This song is about mm standing up 4 himself
  • Will from The Port, Walesyea some people are right he used to have a steel lunchbox which he once knocked out a bully with. i think 'pencils in my pocket' also refers to his 'back up' weapon - stabbing with a pencil (i did this to my best friend when we were like 5 and he still has a grey mark almost 20 years later!) if that law exists in florida he probably started it! i heard he now has a collection of lunchboxes, but this may well be a losd of bollocks.....
  • Martin from Brisbane, Australiasucks to live in florida then, doesnt it. what can you do with a metal lunchbox that you cant do with a plastic one with a brick in it anyway...
  • Jake from Houston, TxHah, you know why it was in the roller rink? Cause when he was a kid, he dreamed of being a professional skater. Skater to Anti-Christ Superstar. Go figure, ha. Or I suppose Brian Warner dreamed of it... Heh.
  • Zack from Atlanta Georgia, VaUhh... i belive this song is about him making fun of a law in florida about them banning metal lunchboxes because they we afriad that the kids would use them as weapons... in fact im sure of it because i read his book The Long Hard road out of hell he did have a kiss lunchbox but he didn't have to use it to defend himself.
  • Lex from London, EnglandThe whole school theme I think makes this truly a Misunderstood Teen Angst anthem. This whole expression of standing up for one's self, acting like their hero - a hero that their parent's will never understand why.
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