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Porcupine Tree — Trains
Album: In Absentia
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Released: 2002
Length: 5:52
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Train set and match spied under the blind
Shiny and contoured the railway winds
And I've heard the sound from my cousin's bed
The hiss of the train at the railway head

Always the summers are slipping away

A 60-ton angel falls to the earth
A pile of old metal, a radiant blur
Scars in the country, the summer and her

Always the summers are slipping away
Find me a way for making it stay

When I hear the engine pass
I'm kissing you wide
The hissing subsides
I'm in luck

When the evening reaches here
You're tying me up
I'm dying of love
It's OK

When I hear the engine pass
I'm kissing you wide
The hissing subsides
I'm in luck

When the evening reaches here
You're tying me up
I'm dying of love
It's OK

(Always the summers are slipping away)
(Find me a way for making it stay)

Always the summers are slipping away
Always the summers are slipping away
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@siriusrising:

Alas demon alcohol.  Still drinking?  
I had two opportunities to see this awesome band and I missed both sadly. The first was in 1998 when I went with a friend to see Thunder play in London. My friend and I got drunk and missed the opening act which was Porcupine Tree. Thunder were great though.
Skip forward a couple of years when I went with the same friend to see Dream Theater. Same story, too long in the bar and we missed catching Porcupine Tree as the support act again.
Mark 10. 
Back in 2002ish, I was getting excited about Yes touring again, and for part of the tour they announced the opening act was Porcupine Tree.  Who?  Then within a few days or weeks, I found Radio Paradise and heard a song that just blew me away; Blackest Eyes.  I ran in the house to check the computer to see who the band was....PT.  Hmmmm, I need to check up on this new (I thought was new) band. Then a few days later I heard Trains on RP.  Whoa.  

17 years later, I'm still listening to Radio Paradise non stop, and PT/SW have been my favorite/obsessed band since that day. 
Great tune!
Always a perfect 10. 

I was listening to this for the first time in 2003, the day the space shuttle exploded, and that lyric, 'a sixty-ton angel, falls to the earth, a pile of old metal, a radiant blur', forever cemented to that memory...
 
RP made me like Porcupine Tree, oh the powers of internet radio and an open mind

(Well, more open than when this album originally came out, that's for sure...)
Wynton Marselis does a really neat  music education program in which he gets a room full of kids and his band plays in different times and he gets the kids to clap along
 lbaltz wrote:
I never tire of this song!  I miss PT...
 
 
Love the banjo bridge in the middle.  
 ick wrote:

You should watch some of his performances with King Crimson.  Talk about some interesting time and drumming concepts.  Evidently, he had a case of food poisoning for the Manchester show, didn't need the barf bucket provided luckily and incorporated it into one of his drum solos.
 
Meaning.... the barf bucket morphed into a percussion instrument?  Yes, that is so cool as well as so professional to not allow a little personal discomfort to get in the way.
 SquiddlyDiddly wrote:
Sloppy drumming. . . needs to concentrate more. 





(joke   Gavin Harrison is truly awesome)
 
You should watch some of his performances with King Crimson.  Talk about some interesting time and drumming concepts.  Evidently, he had a case of food poisoning for the Manchester show, didn't need the barf bucket provided luckily and incorporated it into one of his drum solos.
I love Porcupine Tree !
 idiot_wind wrote:
This is a great song.
 
That clapping in a different time (9/8?), reminds me of a Dave Brubeck song.
 
Nice to hear bands experiment. I mean, this is RnR, right?
 

The clapping reminiscent of Brubeck's "Unsquare Dance", which I think is in 7/4 time.    The clapping bit in this one is just 3/4 - waltz time.
This is a great song.
 
That clapping in a different time (9/8?), reminds me of a Dave Brubeck song.
 
Nice to hear bands experiment. I mean, this is RnR, right?
Sloppy drumming. . . needs to concentrate more. 





(joke   Gavin Harrison is truly awesome)
 kingart wrote:
Bump. 7 > 8. 
The drummer doesn't seem to be human.
 

 
 
gavin harrison was drummer on trains.
 SeriousLee wrote:
Where's the 11 button?

 
Or the 12!
I never tire of this song. Or any PT for that matter.
I just a seened Wilsons concert at the Ogden Theater in Denver last week.  Had trouble getting into it at first but then I synced up and it was fun. 


Good show  and a good value for $35
A VERY strong 8 - Most Excellent from me
Awesome Album   this song and 'the sound of musak'  are the best tracks on this
 SeriousLee wrote:
Where's the 11 button?

 
Totally agree....
Find me a way for making Natalizio stay.
Radio P is how I discovered Porcupine Tree, for which I'm eternally grateful as it pretty much resurrected my enjoyment of music which had lapsed. Lucky enough to see PT and Steven Wilson live a few times now. Anyway, for those who hanker after more PT'esque sounds may I commend The Pineapple Thief - saw them a week or so back with none other than Gavin Harrison on drums - was about 5m away - stellar. https://pineapplethief.com/
Where's the 11 button?
Probably the best bit of music I have found through RP.
Such a great album. Wilson needs to get PT back.
11/10


Great - always moving as the other pt songs played here

thanks 
 lbaltz wrote:
I never tire of this song!  I miss PT...
 

 
ditto x a gajillion
{#Daisy}
                                                                                             superplusgood

{#Good-vibes}
{#Meditate}
{#Good-vibes}
 westslope wrote:

I do not.  

His latest extended play  4 1/2 is stellar and I listen to it obsessively these days.   Nice jazz overtones.  A little Frank Zappa influence perhaps?  

 
Thanks so much for the pointer to 4 1/2!  Now obsessing over it myself :)  YARTLRP (yet another reason to love RP)
 
Bump. 7 > 8. 
The drummer doesn't seem to be human.
 
A happy childhood recollection.

Sweet.   
I never tire of this song!  I miss PT...
 
Brilliant!!
Magnificent!

Some of PT/SW work goes over my head - Saw him at the Corn Exchange Cambridge a while a go and that was cracking - somewhat dimmed for me as I had terrible flu and Terry Pratchett died that day.

But yes, this is why we love prog - shivers down the spine.
My FAVORITE! I love Steven Wilson and Porcupine Tree! LOVE!
this was the first song I heard on Radio Paradise and the  first P.T. song as well!  made a donation right after song stopped..
This is one of the anthems of the 'first generation' of songs I discovered when I first discovered Radio Paradise about 15 years ago, and one of the many on that list that I never would have heard otherwise...
 Piranga wrote:
Not sure I know of a more creative musical talent than Steven Wilson.

 
I do not.  

His latest extended play  4 1/2 is stellar and I listen to it obsessively these days.   Nice jazz overtones.  A little Frank Zappa influence perhaps?  
 kingart wrote:
7 > 8. Aside from the music itself, the mixing and production is almost off the charts. 

 
Almost?    {#Cheesygrin}
7 > 8. Aside from the music itself, the mixing and production is almost off the charts. 
Not sure I know of a more creative musical talent than Steven Wilson.
10 10 10 10 10 :-)
from 8 to 10
PSD >> Porcupine Tree .. glorious. I loved this song the first time I heard it and it's only grown on me over the years.
 houston wrote:

Tell you what, when blasting down a mountain on a bike this is perfect motivator to push a bit harder, a bit faster  

 
I bet! LOL!

I'm the guy that stays quiet in the bush so I can hear the bears coming......  Or the crazy, wild-eyed mountain bikers!  {#Cheesygrin} 
 Propayne wrote:

In the latest issue of Prog Magazine, Wilson says he sees some new Porcupine Tree in the future {#Cheers}

 
... on the condition that the band mates contribute to the writing.

I hope it happens. 
 westslope wrote:
You know why Porcupine Tree has yet to be resurrected?  Relayer has not tried hard enough yet.  Yuck, yuck. {#Cheesygrin}

Relayer:  How about lobbying keyboardist Richard Barbieri directly?    Ask Richard if he would be interested in a new Porcupine Tree album and tour and if he would be willing to accommodate some new album/tour musician mates.

 
In the latest issue of Prog Magazine, Wilson says he sees some new Porcupine Tree in the future {#Cheers}
 westslope wrote:

I run.   

I tried walkmans about 30 years ago in an urban environment and decided that I did not want to get hit by a car (again).

For running trails, music in the ears is a major distraction.

Love this music but would strongly suggest that folks do not run with music in their ears. 

 
Tell you what, when blasting down a mountain on a bike this is perfect motivator to push a bit harder, a bit faster  
You know why Porcupine Tree has yet to be resurrected?  Relayer has not tried hard enough yet.  Yuck, yuck. {#Cheesygrin}

Relayer:  How about lobbying keyboardist Richard Barbieri directly?    Ask Richard if he would be interested in a new Porcupine Tree album and tour and if he would be willing to accommodate some new album/tour musician mates.
It doesn't get much better than this. Ahhhhhh...
Relayer,

I would not bet on PT getting back together.  

The commercial interest is obvious.  A PT formation headed by SW with maybe a few other musicians thrown in would have great audience appeal.   

Artistically, it is behind him.  Maybe two keyboardists would work?  If Barbieri cannot stomach jazz, I just don't see PT coming back. 
Come on Steve, let's get PT back together again.  Your solo music is amazing, but I prefer the edginess of PT albums.
 ShaunJ wrote:

On Steven's current tour they are playing PT Trains periodically. Other PT songs (Lazarus, Sleep together, How Is Your Life Today?) 

 

I saw SW Saturday in NYC - Great great show
 Chrisjea wrote:
Very Nice

 
On Steven's current tour they are playing PT Trains periodically. Other PT songs (Lazarus, Sleep together, How Is Your Life Today?) 
Very Nice
 snoozie wrote:
I LOVE this song. Haven't heard it in a while. Reminds me of the 2 PT concerts hubby and I attended on consecutive nights in Chicago. Awesome show.

 
I'm going to see Steven Wilson in concert in a few weeks.  Can't wait.


 On_The_Beach wrote:
This CD was my introduction to PT and is still my favourite.

 

My favorite is Signify
After listening countless times to this, it's just dawned on me... that's quite a Jethro Tullesque first few bars to the track. {#Notworthy}
 akdavey wrote:
Howzabout another track from this artist? The grooves are a bit worn on this one?

 
Looks to me like they have played 53 different PP Tree songs from the playlist. You must be missing the others.
The lyrics have potential, but turn out not to do the musical arrangement justice. Especially annoying is the nonsensical
I'm kissing you wide
the meaning of which, despite its frequent use in rock music lyrics, defies the English language and injures the ears.
I LOVE this song. Haven't heard it in a while. Reminds me of the 2 PT concerts hubby and I attended on consecutive nights in Chicago. Awesome show.
Still playing this one song to death I hear.
 mtepoele wrote:
Any runners out there?  Trains has perfect cadence for running.  Give it a try!

 
I run.   

I tried walkmans about 30 years ago in an urban environment and decided that I did not want to get hit by a car (again).

For running trails, music in the ears is a major distraction.

Love this music but would strongly suggest that folks do not run with music in their ears. 
Any runners out there?  Trains has perfect cadence for running.  Give it a try!
PERFEKT    {#Music} Aber die LIVE Version  Oberhammer
Just as good or better than ever.

Happy solstice to all the PT fans. 
Very nice!
 Stingray wrote:
GENESIS-2014

 

You might be on to something. Phil can't drum anymore so hire Gavin Harrison to play drums along side Chester Thompson and you have the Genesis 2015 line up {#Cool}


 akdavey wrote:
Howzabout another track from this artist? The grooves are a bit worn on this one?
 

Grooves? Oh, got ya. I had to goole that.
GENESIS-2014
Howzabout another track from this artist? The grooves are a bit worn on this one?
LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!
The greatness of Steven Wilson! I love this song!
Play More of the Same over here.
Hmmm...I came in here for some sympathy, but you all seem to really like this song, and this group.

That's OK...I'll just PSD over here...


Ne plus ultra.
Smokin' hot from beginning to end.
Yay , the regular (long) version !!
 1wolfy wrote:
Good Morning all...nice start to my work day {#Daisy}

 

I'll second that! {#Cool}
 1wolfy wrote:
Good Morning all...nice start to my work day {#Daisy}

 
Just thinking the same thing!
 jblue wrote:
I got turned on to this band right here several years ago. Very grateful for this one and for all the music I've discovered (and remembered) here. Thanks.

 
Ditto, PT being the best of them. Very grateful indeed.
Good Morning all...nice start to my work day {#Daisy}
I got turned on to this band right here several years ago. Very grateful for this one and for all the music I've discovered (and remembered) here. Thanks.
Yeah Full version. Was always frustrated when listenning this song on RP. Thanks Bill !
 On_The_Beach wrote:
This CD was my introduction to PT and is still my favourite.

 
I first heard Porcupine Tree at a Rush concert during the Snakes & Arrows tour. Neil Peart assembles the house music (pre-concert, intermission, post concert) for the Rush tours. There were a couple of PT songs included in the house music list. The rest is history.
This my #2 fav from this album.  But wow - the rest of the music on the album is super creepy.
This CD was my introduction to PT and is still my favourite.
Cracking!
Greeeeaaaat song!
Thanks for the tip.  I've heard The Pineapple Thief mentioned a few times but never checked them out.  Now I will.  If they're similar to Porcupine Tree I know I'll like them.
 

xnavy wrote:
If you like Porcupine Tree you should listen to "The Pineapple Thief". Real good Prog band and the same initials as Porcupine tree
 


If you like Porcupine Tree you should listen to "The Pineapple Thief". Real good Prog band and the same initials as Porcupine tree
{#Kiss}  LOVE IT - thanks Bill & Rebecca 
Hooray, the full version!  

This is one of my all-time favorite PT songs.  And I can thank RP for introducing me to PT in the first place.
Always the summer drifting away.
 BillG wrote:

Didn't realize we were playing an edited version. Fixed now.

 
Thank you Bill!

Hats off to you and Rebecca for a great station as usual. I noticed however that the Arctic Monkeys tune "Do I Wanna Know?" spills into the Porcupine Tree tune long before the end of the song. Just thought I'd let you know.

 
Hmm, never heard this version before. 
Yay , full version !
This is the PT song that started me on a long road of getting all of their CD's
 BillG wrote:

Didn't realize we were playing an edited version. Fixed now.

 
Great!

The banjo break is always fun at the live shows.
 ziakut wrote:
Why the edited, rushed version of this song here?

 
Didn't realize we were playing an edited version. Fixed now.
More Brits :-)
Why the edited, rushed version of this song here?
8 >>>>>>>9

Hey Deadwing!  Best of the gorgeous autumn season to you.

Funny how you see Genesis all over the Raven yet I instinctively reach for other bands from the period.  Perhaps it is a question of familiarity though I do know the early Genesis works.


 Deadwing wrote:
I've seen them live six times- three times in Cincinnati, twice in Cleveland, and once in Ashville NC. They are amazingly tight.
 
Unfortunately it looks like this will be your PT concert count for the rest of your hopefully long and (otherwise) happy life.
10
Great song on a great album by a great band.
First heard this here on RP, then bought this disc. RP listending has led to a LOT of purchases on Amazon! This and Heart Attack in a Layby are my two favorites from this CD. Love the complex rhythms and lushly layered vocals, plus frequent tempo changes and clever percussion elements.
 superfido wrote:
Are these guys good in concert?  anyone have any experiences?

 
I've seen them live six times- three times in Cincinnati, twice in Cleveland, and once in Ashville NC. They are amazingly tight.


{#Drummer}{#Guitarist}
Slope!

/hugs


I really love The Raven That Refused to Sing, too. Definitely my favorite of his solo work so far. It's certainly the most consistent. The Watchmaker would fit onto Nursery Cryme nicely. 


I think Steve Hackett had a big influence on him for Raven, Fripp is all over Insurgentes and Grace (it's not Fripp's fault), Wilson is such a sponge, his brain does a 180 every time he gets involved with a different artist.


I really believe that Wilson needs Barbieri to keep him focused, but if The Incident is indicative of what they are going to come up with in the future, I'd just as soon have them split up. That album is dreadful, and I'm not a huge fan of FoaBP either (I do love Nil though). I doubt very much they have another In Absentia or Deadwing in them and Wilson can't stop ego tripping at the gates of Hell long enough to take an objective look at what he is doing.

PT is still my favorite band though.


{#Cheers}       
 westslope wrote:
Signify through to Deadwing had some of his best more traditional melodic material.
 
Absolutely. I especially love the balance of Deadwing. Just the first three songs cover everything this band can do.

In Absentia is wonderful, too, but has some moments of doodling (Wedding Nails) or pure dread (The Creator Had a Master Tape). The three 90's albums are indeed more 'poppy' and suitable for listening with women around ;-)... 

And then what came after Deadwing. Fear of a Blank Planet is excellent, but very depressing. Nil Recurring is, in my view, at least as strong. The Incident has a few good songs, some brilliant snippets, and quite a lot of material I don't care for.

Steven solo is... okay, I guess. Some great moments (Deform to Form a Star comes to mind), but too much pretentiousness for me. Also, I simply don't like jazz chords. 
 stevendejong wrote:
Phew, a Steven Wilson song from before he discovered King Crimson. Wonderful.

 

LOL!  In an interview recently, Wilson said that he had become completely bored with heavy rock.

 

I quite enjoy The Raven that refused to sing.  Took a few listens.  It is definitely his best 'solo' CD to date.  Jazz-rock fusion with an occasional edge.  Yes, early Genesis and King Crimson fans should love it.  


This rocker had a happy childhood.  

 

Go figure.


was always taken by this song, and get transported by your comments, cheers all!!!   Rock on
Wonderfull song!
 pontfarrer wrote:
ANOTHER band to discover  :-)
I am doing my happy dance ....
 
Wish I had a dollar for every time I've seen *that* here since my signing on! (Of course, I'd donate it all to Bill & Rebecca! :-)