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The Icicle Melts Lyrics


When, when will the icicle melt,
The icicle, icicle?
And when, when will the picture show end,
The picture show, picture show?

I should not have read the paper today,
'Cause a child, child, child, child he was taken away.

There's a...

  1. anonymous
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    Apr 1st 2018 report

    This song is about the James Bulger kidnapping and then later on found dead and the murderer was never found. I'm not sure if he was caught by now but when the song was written he wasn't captured yet. As I'm sure there r more meanings to the song besides just James Bulger he is the meaning the song was written as Dolores explains a few times before she performs the song on stage!!!

  2. anonymous
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    Feb 2nd 2018 report

    The first thing that came to me when listening to this song over 20 years later,was in fact that she was referring to James bulgers murder." I should not have read the paper today cos the child child child child he was taken away" it's clear in my mind this is wat she was talking about...still so sad...makes me cry still after all these years

  3. anonymous
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    Feb 2nd 2018 report

    The first thing that came to me when listening to this song over 20 years later,was in fact that she was referring to James bulgers murder." I should not have read the paper today cos the child child child child he was taken away" it's clear in my mind this is wat she was talking about...still so sad...makes me cry still after all these years

  4. anonymous
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    Jan 15th 2018 report

    It’s not about the Jamie Bulger murder , it’s an anti abortion song by an overtly Irish catholic band.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  5. MusicalManiac
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    Feb 27th 2010 report

    This song is about the james bulger case. It is so sad sometimes makes me cry.

  6. aerimarie
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    Sep 28th 2008 report

    This song is so depressing, I can't listen to it, It makes me sick.
    I forget the name of the case, but this is about a true event that happened in Liverpool when two ten year old boys took an abducted toddler to railroad tracks and tortured him to death.

  7. crutchead
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    Apr 2nd 2007 report

    One of those songs (othr than Christian culminaries Bob Ayala's "Heart Of Steel" and Kerry Livgren's AD project's "Games of Chance And Circumstance") pertaining to a message against abortion.


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