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Porcupine Tree — Last Chance To Evacuate Planet Earth Before It Is Recycled
Album: Lightbulb Sun
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Released: 2000
Length: 4:46
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If you fall asleep with me
You can dream and drowse
The minutes turn to hours

We could climb a tree or two
And watch the sun go down
Upon our sleepy town

After all the time I spent with you
Summer went away
And we just weren't the same

It's just you and me alone
Not grown ups but not kids
You kissed me on the lips

'''Spoken:'''

Let me say that our mission here at this time is about to come to a close in the next few days. We came from distant space, and even what some might call somewhat of another dimension, and we are about to return from whence we came.

It requires, if you maybe moving into that evolutionary kingdom, that you leave behind everything of human ways, human behavior, human ignorance, human misinformation.

If I would title this tape, it would be 'Last chance to evacuate planet Earth before it is recycled'.
Last chance to evacuate Earth before it is recycled.
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 Motolorax wrote:
Great American music for the 21st century. Together with Shearwater, brilliant stuff.
 
Both great bands - Porcupine Tree is a British band, I think.
 RedTopFireBelow wrote:
Was really enjoying this lovely tune, and then it was ruined by dialog.  Still a nice little ditty but please...  
 
 

Its the leader of the Heavens Gate cult telling his followers to commit suicide
 RedTopFireBelow wrote:
Was really enjoying this lovely tune, and then it was ruined by dialog.  Still a nice little ditty but please...  
 
 
Taken as a single track, yeah, maybe the dialog "ruins" this song....though when listened as a concept album, well then I think you'll find it fits nicely.  This one's an 8 for me...Long Live RP!!
Was really enjoying this lovely tune, and then it was ruined by dialog.  Still a nice little ditty but please...  
 
 poetdancer wrote:
Steven Wilson is on tour and will be at the Fillmore in San Francisco on May 11, should anyone wish to join me.

 
He is coming to Buenos Aires on May 25. Will see him for the first time...
I love to much, porcupine tree...
Its based on a crazy cult leader whose followers all commited suicide. The video clip is on youtube.
Great music for.... Americans, Canadians, and everybody else.  
Steven Wilson is on tour and will be at the Fillmore in San Francisco on May 11, should anyone wish to join me.
 Motolorax wrote:
... Great American music.

 
{#Whisper}
 let say English music ;)
Motolorax wrote:
Great American music for the 21st century. Together with Shearwater, brilliant stuff.

 


I thought, for a moment, that this was Robbie Robertson.
I found it derivative, sorry.
Great American music for the 21st century. Together with Shearwater, brilliant stuff.
I'm off to see Steven Wilson performing the Hand. Cannot. Erase. tour here in Dallas at the Majestic Theater tonight. Yeah man! Thank you Bill for playing so much of his many musical incarnations.
Great album for a cold, rainy or snowy day. Not the best track but I love me some surprise Porcupine Tree!
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Models in most disciplines of philosopy of science is gay, that's why.
Ah!!! Porcupine Tree, I love the majesty of their words and music!!!  Feel like I did hearing bands new in the 60's & 70's!!      {#Wave}
To hippiechick, horstmann, 1wolfy, Deadwing, Relayer, fredriley and all the other hard-core PT fan-boys and fan-girls, howdy from the northern end of the Sonoran desert!  

Ran into an interesting fellow who lives on a Krishna cooperative community not far from our home last night.  Been living under the poverty line for 20 years and living well I believe.  He had a shot of whiskey and a pull off the joint so I don't believe he is too dogmatic.  

{#War} 
you dont strum a banjo!   apart from that, lyrics are a bit trite, but what a track?!    Eh?   9
Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.  If we're not willing to invest enough in our schools, or care enough to help our own children in this regard, it falls to artists to get the lessons across, as best they can.  It has been so for thousands of years. Thankfully, we haven't legislated, taxed-to-death, stoned, beheaded, incarcerated or censored all of the artists.   Yet.

Listen, learn, feel and fear the message, then help pass it on because some warnings only come once...

Featuring Old School New School.
 Imkirok wrote:

I used to make PB and Spam sandwiches.  Good stuff.

 
Just read that, and almost barfed on my keyboard!
 1wolfy wrote:
This song so precisely encompasses the eerie vibe that surrounds the Applewhite cult.  Most Excellent Work, indeed.

 
It's chilling to consider how people's questions about their place on earth and the meaning of life can get exploited by or sucked into projects that quietly build towards some nutty extreme. Scientology, Jim Jones, Applewhite, ISIS...

Yes, individual freedom can be frightening and disorienting but why surrender yourself entirely to someone else?  
 dziebell wrote:
This song's concept is like a peanut butter and liverwurst sandwich. 

 
I used to make PB and Spam sandwiches.  Good stuff.
 MinMan wrote:
Sheryl Crow's Redemption Day does this subject better justice.

This is just a little too spooky. The way that guy speaks of "human behavior" smacks of the ultimate in self hatred that he had his followers commit. It does not need to be reproduced unless it is an obvious warning to others.

This track could be confusing to listeners, particularly the young or disturbed.

 
I guess it could be a little "spooky" in some ways but in other ways it's almost trivial or even trivializing in it use.  Most of the adult population of the Western World should be somewhat familiar with Marshall Applewhite and his ill-fated cult, so I don't know if too many people would be confused or inspired by the message - I tend to ignore any message as soon as I hear the grammatically-incorrect phrase "from whence we came".  
 1wolfy wrote:
 I think it clearly is a creepy warning. One's mind can easily be manipulated when 'permission' is given, often leading to death. Demonic influence is real.  MinMan wrote:
Sheryl Crow's Redemption Day does this subject better justice.

This is just a little too spooky. The way that guy speaks of "human behavior" smacks of the ultimate in self hatred that he had his followers commit. It does not need to be reproduced unless it is an obvious warning to others.

This track could be confusing to listeners, particularly the young or disturbed.

   

Right. The devil made me do it. {#Devil_pimp}
 I think it clearly is a creepy warning. One's mind can easily be manipulated when 'permission' is given, often leading to death. Demonic influence is real.  MinMan wrote:
Sheryl Crow's Redemption Day does this subject better justice.

This is just a little too spooky. The way that guy speaks of "human behavior" smacks of the ultimate in self hatred that he had his followers commit. It does not need to be reproduced unless it is an obvious warning to others.

This track could be confusing to listeners, particularly the young or disturbed.

 







I guess I'm simply used to hearing spoken words in songs since I listen to a fair amount of electronic music. Some is used to good effect, some bad, some neutral.  To my ear this falls in the category of the later.
 dziebell wrote:
This song's concept is like a peanut butter and liverwurst sandwich. 

 
MMMmmmm.  Delicious.
This song's concept is like a peanut butter and liverwurst sandwich. 
Don't like talking during songs. Distracts me from the music. Ick.
Sheryl Crow's Redemption Day does this subject better justice.

This is just a little too spooky. The way that guy speaks of "human behavior" smacks of the ultimate in self hatred that he had his followers commit. It does not need to be reproduced unless it is an obvious warning to others.

This track could be confusing to listeners, particularly the young or disturbed.
I love the encyclopedic side of your fab comments!  I was really about to psd this off but for the mentions of culty nutjobs

These days I am playing solo Steven Wilson CDs one after the other.  

Just started to dial into some of the songs on Raven that refused to sing.  


 cohifi wrote:
Wait a second.....this is PT, too?   8  I agree we should just have the PSD button just play these guys.  Where else do you hear this ?
 
On road trips, I play 3 or 4 PT CDs one right after the other.  In order.  That is what an MP3 CD allows you to do.
 martinc wrote:
Love the bass playing in this. Sit behind the tune but really steps out at the right time
 
Really nice fretless playing. 
 RKeaton wrote:
Is this really about the Heaven's Gate people? That happened just down the road from me. I worked at a bakery, they used to come in. Then all of a sudden they just stopped. WTF? Jerks.
 
Yep. I lived nearby too. Just a few miles up the road. Bizarro doesn't even begin to describe it. But what an awesome band.
Love the bass playing in this. Sit behind the tune but really steps out at the right time
Thanks for introducing me to PT.  Ive spent a months salary buying all the albums and I must say, Its nice to hear a band carrying on in the style of those 70s pioneers such as Yes, Rush, Floyd, LedZep etc etc.   I know its a time gone by but i think they have just a little of that spirit and mixed it witth some spirit from today.         its certainly not Cowellesq now, is it?
Is this really about the Heaven's Gate people? That happened just down the road from me. I worked at a bakery, they used to come in. Then all of a sudden they just stopped. WTF? Jerks.
All PT gets a 10 from me! So there!
Wait a second.....this is PT, too?   8  I agree we should just have the PSD button just play these guys.  Where else do you hear this ?

OK, I don't mind 'collage art'.  This works stupendously well for me.  The prose is compelling.There is always a whimsical distance.  The instrumental bits are lovely.

 

And no, I don't own shares in Porcupine Tree but I wish I did.


 Jelani wrote:
The sound bytes are just too sophomoric for me.
Ruinous. 
 
I was thinking the same thing about the recent spate of Republic party presidential candidates. Trust me, I would like to see better Republican candidates.  

The sound bytes are just too sophomoric for me.
Ruinous. 
Wonderful.
 thatslongformud wrote:
there is far too much Porcupine Tree on RP
 
Eh, Bill plays what he wants. Get used to it!

I think he should play a little less Porcupine Tree and supplement that with Opeth and Katatonia, two other bands that Steven Wilson has a hand in the production side of things.

But again, that's my silly little opinion. {#Tongue-out}

Our house it has a crowd...
 thatslongformud wrote:
there is far too much Porcupine Tree on RP
 
Preposterous!  Is there such a thing as "too much" PT?!  I don't believe so.

 More_Cowbell wrote:
Is that Al Gore?
 
Obviously, you're not a golfer. {#Cool}
 thatslongformud wrote:
there is far too much Porcupine Tree on RP
 
Au Contraire....More PT on RP Please.
Wonder how much you could get from a recycled Earth after you scraped off all the garbage...
I saw Porcupine Tree do this live at NEARfest several years ago.  Bizarre, fantastic (as in "of fantasy") and likable.  The whole Heaven's Gate riff... Weird.  

NEARfest introduced me to several other fantastic groups. 
Very nice piece of songwriting. Another splendid Porcupine Tree piece. Thanks for playing this, Bill!
{#Shifty}
there is far too much Porcupine Tree on RP
made me look...
 tnt_thomas wrote:
Love PT EXCEEEEPT when they stick speeches into songs. That Nixon one is worst and this is awful too! {#Puke}
 
(sigh) It's an integral part of the song. It's what the song's about, the Heaven's Gate cult, and that's the leader of the cult speaking before they all horrifically committed mass suicide. Read comments a bit further down for enlightenment and links.

Is that Al Gore?
 tnt_thomas wrote:
Love PT EXCEEEEPT when they stick speeches into songs. That Nixon one is worst and this is awful too! {#Puke}
 
Ditto that.

  Idle mind.. {#Arrowd} ..    tnt_thomas wrote:{#Arrowd}
Love PT EXCEEEEPT when they stick speeches into songs. That Nixon one is worst and this is awful too! {#Puke}
                                                                                                                           ...and severed soul

This song so precisely encompasses the eerie vibe that surrounds the Applewhite cult.  Most Excellent Work, indeed.
Love PT EXCEEEEPT when they stick speeches into songs. That Nixon one is worst and this is awful too! {#Puke}
Nice and sweet sound !
first time I hear this song and I seem to like it
 jeepstir wrote:

Funny to see these comments about least-favorite PT songs! As another PT fanatic I have to essentially agree with the above comments, although I wouldn't go as far as saying Access Denied is awful, but I still do not much care for it.

And I would add one more to the list—Linton Samuel Dawson—nothing but irritating to me. Thankfully it's never been played here on RP. And even though I have it in my iTunes, I do not have it on my iPod.

Slipstream... random comment here... back in the dark ages of the 70's I was in a band called Slipstream. Great times, lot of fun. Always like seeing your name here.
 
On the Sunday of Life has a lot of rare gems. I like Space Transmission "You must listen very carefully to what I have to say, there isn't much time since you know who has consumed all the instruments". Great song to precede RadioActive Toy!

I like Linton, he's quite a little fellow flitting around in space, but to each is own.

Peace, fellow RP PT fanatic (like me, and Deadwing, and slope of course!){#Wave}


 westslope wrote:

Love this song and the lunatic's voice


The lunatic was the leader of the Heaven's Gate cult, who committed mass suicide under his leadership believing that they were going into space. This is an intensely sad song.


 k_trout wrote:
I saw them at HOB Dallas this week - first time - what an amazing night
 
We caught them at HOB Houston the next night.  That show was amazing as well.  I posted the setlist in the forum.

Ha. I didnt think Glenn Beck believed in recycling.

A buddy saw PT in Orlando, Florida last night.  Played the full Incident CD and then came back with a bunch of favourites.

Sounded like an awesome concert!


Love this song and the lunatic's voice.

 

 


I saw them at HOB Dallas this week - first time - what an amazing night
awsome tune, who would think to put a lunatics message to music and make it sound like the message was made for the song?  steve wilson thats who
I was looking at this when this song by Porcupine Tree came up


The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is possible because of the world's most complete four-dimensional map of the universe, the Digital Universe Atlas that is maintained and updated by astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History. The new film, created by the Museum, is part of an exhibition, Visions of the Cosmos: From the Milky Ocean to an Evolving Universe, at the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan through May 2010.



 Deadwing wrote:


So funny- I love worship and adore PT but Access Denied is just awful. LOL!   So funny to see someone that agrees with me on that song. It's embarrassingly bad. I find it hard to believe that SW ever let that one get out to the general public.

I'm also not too crazy about Four Chords That Made a Million...

 
Funny to see these comments about least-favorite PT songs! As another PT fanatic I have to essentially agree with the above comments, although I wouldn't go as far as saying Access Denied is awful, but I still do not much care for it.

And I would add one more to the list—Linton Samuel Dawson—nothing but irritating to me. Thankfully it's never been played here on RP. And even though I have it in my iTunes, I do not have it on my iPod.

Slipstream... random comment here... back in the dark ages of the 70's I was in a band called Slipstream. Great times, lot of fun. Always like seeing your name here.


 Steven Wilson rocks!
I need to upload his covers of 'A Forest' and 'Sign O the Times' to the LRC/Upload section for review.
This album (Lightbulb Sun) and In Absentia are becoming my favorite PT albums...


There is a beautiful ambience to this.  Play it loud.
woke up last week with this song thanks to RP!
amazing! 
 Slipstream wrote:

I am a PT fanatic—but "Access Denied" is a song I'd recommend never listening to..yuck.  Everything else they've done is incredible.

 

So funny- I love worship and adore PT but Access Denied is just awful. LOL!   So funny to see someone that agrees with me on that song. It's embarassingly bad. I find it hard to believe that SW ever let that one get out to the general public.

I'm also not too crazy about Four Chords That Made a Million...

 Pyro wrote:
My first time to hear this one!  I can still say there isn't a PT song I dislike....
 
I am a PT fanatic—but "Access Denied" is a song I'd recommend never listening to..yuck.  Everything else they've done is incredible.

 Dirktooth wrote:
The song, like the comet that the Heaven's Gate group took as a sign, is a lovely thing. The memories that the spoken word part evokes...not so much.
 
But we need things like this to educate people about the horrific things that these cults can do. First it's purple Nikes, and next they'll be committing symbolic cannibalism and telling people that condoms spread AIDS.


If you fall asleep with me....we are about to return from whence we came.

 Dirktooth wrote:
The song, like the comet that the Heaven's Gate group took as a sign, is a lovely thing. The memories that the spoken word part evokes...not so much.
 
Those sound-bites are somewhat disturbing, and perhaps some may feel that using them only trivializes the Heaven's Gate tragedy, but I don't feel that it does.  I think they work in the context of the total message of what is an intriguing song really.  Well, to me it is.

Now which album should I purchase:  this one?  Signify? Deadwing?  It's such a difficult choice.
My first time to hear this one!  I can still say there isn't a PT song I dislike....
Huuuman {#Wave} Deadwing wrote:
{#Music}
 

The song, like the comet that the Heaven's Gate group took as a sign, is a lovely thing. The memories that the spoken word part evokes...not so much.
{#Music}
 1wolfy wrote:
 My daughter brought this to her school and shared it with her class..she did a report on cults..I love her..she is still Daddys girl at 14 Dior wrote:
My 13 years old daughter just gave me this album for my birthday!  I love her.
 

 

Awesome!!!
 1wolfy wrote:
 My daughter brought this to her school and shared it with her class..she did a report on cults..I love her..she is still Daddys girl at 14 Dior wrote:
My 13 years old daughter just gave me this album for my birthday!  I love her.
 

 
Yeah!  Proud dads we are!  By the way, the DVD-A remaster of this is fantastic.
Cheers

 My daughter brought this to her school and shared it with her class..she did a report on cults.. and I love her.. Dior wrote:
My 13 years old daughter just gave me this album for my birthday!  I love her.
 

 equinoxus wrote:
Interesting... I've seen that nearly all PT tracks get high rating and most of the played tracks comes from the latest releases. Still I belive that PT and mr Wilsons music from around the time of Lightbulb Sun is their best - and guess what... it gets a lower rating {#Eh}

Anyway.. Steven Wilson = housegod when it comes to music...
 
I somewhat agree with you.  I really like the earlier stuff, and most of the newer (last 3 CDs), but some of the real heavy stuff
I dislike.  The more Floyd-like stuff is my fave, I guess.

My 13 years old daughter just gave me this album for my birthday!  I love her.
Lovely tune with a spooky ending !  The movement of this song really gets me...so very well crafted

Interesting... I've seen that nearly all PT tracks get high rating and most of the played tracks comes from the latest releases. Still I belive that PT and mr Wilsons music from around the time of Lightbulb Sun is their best - and guess what... it gets a lower rating {#Eh}

Anyway.. Steven Wilson = housegod when it comes to music...
Bill played it!!!!!!    {#Clap}

Too bad I missed it    {#Sad}
 robs wrote:
Huh? What the heck was that? Porcupine Tree, however,
is an interesting name for an Artist :|
 
I was going to snark "Welcome to the party, dude," or something nasty like that, and then I realized his comment was from 2003 even though it was only halfway down the page. Apparently this song isn't played very often. What a shame; it's a very interesting song. That does it' I'm going to have to buy Lightbulb Sun.


Boards of Canada meets Duran Duran.

Interesting, but highly derivative. I'd listen to more.
Clobyn wrote:
I just totally love this song. As said before, you should hear Shesmovedon prior to it

Yes, but the best song by far on the entire album IMHO is "Russia On Ice".

Who would ever guess that a banjo would rock?!!! The intro is so incredibly strong, one would have to think, "hey thats a banjo".  Another great one from the omnipresents.
I wish he would play this one again period! But, then again, without the background info I guess most listeners would freak out and hate it anyway. He would probably have to squeeze it into a set with some other oddish type songs to slide it by.
I agree on the segue from Shesmovedon into this song being absolutely divine. I wish Bill would play them together one day :music:
I just totally love this song. As said before, you should hear Shesmovedon prior to it
Why hasn't this great song been played in over a year?
I like that! Got immediately drawn into it by the banjo at the beginning. It was kinda trippy hearing that last speech made by the leader of that cult before they committed suicide.
Huh? What the heck was that? Porcupine Tree, however, is an interesting name for an Artist :|
Eul0gy wrote:
Two questions: Who is doing the spoken word and what is he smoking?
it's Doe, leader of the Heaven's Gate community. that's the message they videoed before they ate their snak-paks and evacuated the planet. **
Two questions: Who is doing the spoken word and what is he smoking?
I quite like this!
Originally Posted by skiman: A VERY unique tune indeed...the prior tune "Shemovedon" fades immediately into "Last Chance..." it should really be heard together...Shemovedon has some great harmonies...if anyone has this @ 192kps please u/l it...mine is only 160 or I would.. :cry:
I just did :bounce: . It has a rather abrupt ending to it because of the fading into "Last chance..." I should be able to make the combination available if the reviewers agree... :cool:
A VERY unique tune indeed...the prior tune \"Shemovedon\" fades immediately into \"Last Chance...\" it should really be heard together...Shemovedon has some great harmonies...if anyone has this @ 192kps please u/l it...mine is only 160 or I would.. :cry:
Looked here for this info and found it instead on their website FAQ: Who is the person talking on \"Last Chance to Evacuate Planet Earth Before It is Recycled\" ? It is the leader of the Heaven\'s Gate religious cult Doe. This U.S. cult believed that they were from another planet and only visiting earth. In order to return to their own \"dimension: before the earth was recycled they all committed mass suicide. The words are taken from the video they made before killing themselves to explain to the rest of the world why they had done it. Isn\'t that special? (with apologises to Church Lady)
Great song - cool sound.. but at the beginning, does it sound a little like that 80's song "Our House" by Madness, to anyone else? Either way, I love Porcupine Tree! :D
really liking this tune! like the jam towards the end; is that Bruce Dern being sampled in the background? from some kinda Sci-Fi movie?
Originally Posted by skiman: Glad this PT tune got played...I u/l it a couple of weeks ago. :clap: Lightbulb Sun is a great CD.
thanks for u/l, this is great, came running when I heard the intro, hadta know...More and different Porcupine Tree !!!! :clap: :bounce: :clap: :bounce: :clap:
Glad this PT tune got played...I u/l it a couple of weeks ago. :clap: Lightbulb Sun is a great CD.