England: Time Out – The Musical Box.

The Musical Box” is a song by English progressive rock band Genesis, which was originally released on their third studio album Nursery Cryme in 1971

The lyrics are based on a Victorian fairy story written by Gabriel, about two children in a country house.

The girl, Cynthia, kills the boy, Henry, by cleaving his head off with a croquet mallet. She later discovers Henry’s musical box.

When she opens it, “Old King Cole” plays, and Henry returns as a spirit, but starts aging very quickly. This causes him to experience a lifetime’s sexual desire in a few moments, and he tries to persuade Cynthia to have sexual intercourse with him.

However, the noise causes his nurse to arrive, and she throws the musical box at him, destroying them both.

 

 

 

 

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