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Porcupine Tree — Half-Light
Album: Lazarus (single)
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Released: 2005
Length: 6:09
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Such a pale light
Such a long night
Pick up that key
Don't drop your gaze in your coffee
Is it me?
Do I look beautiful in the half light?

It's been so long
Years have gone
Since I belonged
Hold me please
Stay with me
And I will sleep

I will go now
But I will be with you
Hold my gaze
Hold me inside you

It's been so long
Years have gone
Since I belonged
Hold me please
Stay with me
And I will sleep
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 OHMish wrote:
I normally dont care much for this RP-over-over-overplayed band (almost dislike them), but this is beautiful.
 
Yes, this is beautiful.  As is the title cut.  And imo, because of these and other awesome tracks, too much PT is almost never enough.  
Real nice transition from 'Rivers'
 capooti wrote:
a bit of Sigur Ros here and there
 
I was just thinking the same thing, very much so
a bit of Sigur Ros here and there
 westslope wrote:
$162 beaver buck on amazon.ca?  Ouch.

I own it in DVD format and, well, for the mp3 version, I just downloaded a 256 kbps file off i-net.

Love it.  Great road music especially when the vistas are extraordinarily beautiful which is typically the case in British Columbia. 

 
Still offered at C$78 to C$352.....   

Cheaper on Amazon.com (the US site) for US$30.

This is the Porcupine Tree space rock/Floydish period at its best. 
 helgigermany wrote:
Sounds like Sigur Ros!

 
better than! {#Good-vibes}
 Exactly! This would be right after ( ) came out. 


helgigermany wrote:
Sounds like Sigur Ros!

 


Lisb is Shipolet out zero in.
 moodfood wrote:
Kinda one of their weaker ones to me..

 
Softer. Not weaker. That's why it's on the Lazarus extended CD.
$162 beaver buck on amazon.ca?  Ouch.

I own it in DVD format and, well, for the mp3 version, I just downloaded a 256 kbps file off i-net.

Love it.  Great road music especially when the vistas are extraordinarily beautiful which is typically the case in British Columbia. 
 eroz wrote:
This just draws me in.

 

it does
First time hearing. Evocative and mystical.  Between very good and extraordinary, as usual, for PT. 
This just draws me in.
Sounds like Sigur Ros!
...it took me awhile to track down this CD; precious to acquire but worth it...
Kinda one of their weaker ones to me..

Wilson couldn't have achieved that sound without Richard Barbieri.

Lovely piece.  .....


 westslope wrote:

Gorgeous.

 

Lou Reed died.  I'll smoke a pipe to his memory tonight.  



 
Just listened to this for the second time. Porcupine Tree just keeps bringing it.

Watched the American Masters on Lou today. I'll be raising one as well. {#Sad}

Gorgeous.

 

Lou Reed died.  I'll smoke a pipe to his memory tonight.  


 westslope wrote:

Love it.

 

I have Half-Light on the Anesthetize DVD.  

 

Any suggestions on how to rip to an MP3 file which I would burn to a CD for the automobile?



 
There is at least one software that lets you rip audio from DVDs.  If you have an audio interface to the computer, you could possibly record it to a device while playing the song.

Love it.

 

I have Half-Light on the Anesthetize DVD.  

 

Any suggestions on how to rip to an MP3 file which I would burn to a CD for the automobile?


 Kaw wrote:

My first thought too. My colleagues are totally anoyed now. The support for my musical taste is decreasing to zero {#Grumpy} 
 
Let your colleagues enjoy 3FM while you are a few orders of magnitude more advanced :)
 Dwaterd wrote:

I couldn't agree more.  This song is taken to a new level in that set.  I love that DVD!
 

Definitely one of my favorite songs on the DVD!
Wished the guitar solo went on a little longer.
I'd love to see a new metric on RP — the number of people who use the PSD option for each song.
 
 Marzz_13 wrote:


AMEN!!  BTW, that DVD, 'Anesthetize' is incredible! (blu-ray or DVD)  I can watch it over and over again and it blows me away every time.  The best music DVD that I own.  It's like a religious experience watching it on a great sounding home theater system.  I've already shown it to a couple of friends (both had never even heard of the band) and one went out that day and bought it.  One of the best sounding DVD's out there, and if you're a PT nut, it's a MUST HAVE.
 
I couldn't agree more.  This song is taken to a new level in that set.  I love that DVD!
Soooo much more original, soooo much less repetitious than Marley.
 horstman wrote:

The members of PT are never inactive! Steven Wilson produces so much music beyond PT. He has solo work, did an album with the lead Singer of Opeth (Storm Corrosion), etc.
Gavin Harrison has multiple drum clinics, played with King Crimson this summer. Colin Edwin has his own side projects as does Richard Barbieri.
The are one of the most active group of musicians in the business. Time to wish them to get together and make a new album. Or better yet, have another US tour!
 
Ha - you are right about that!

Looking forward to Wilson's re-mix of "Thick As A Brick" 
 Propayne wrote:
Sure would be great if PT would release a CD of all these extras from past singles, eps, etc. while they are inactive.
 
The members of PT are never inactive! Steven Wilson produces so much music beyond PT. He has solo work, did an album with the lead Singer of Opeth (Storm Corrosion), etc.
Gavin Harrison has multiple drum clinics, played with King Crimson this summer. Colin Edwin has his own side projects as does Richard Barbieri.
The are one of the most active group of musicians in the business. Time to wish them to get together and make a new album. Or better yet, have another US tour!
This is a strange song.
 Kaw wrote:

My first thought too. My colleagues are totally anoyed now. The support for my musical taste is decreasing to zero {#Grumpy} 
 
Me three.

But why are your colleagues annoyed?

They don't like lush, meandering soundscapes? 
Leans to Pink Floyd left-sensibilities of Fripp with textured layers of Sigur Ros-Yeah      {#Confused}
 lsfeder wrote:
At first I totally thought this was Sigur Ros
 
My first thought too. My colleagues are totally anoyed now. The support for my musical taste is decreasing to zero {#Grumpy} 
 Propayne wrote:
Sure would be great if PT would release a CD of all these extras from past singles, eps, etc. while they are inactive.
 

That is a stupendous idea.
Sure would be great if PT would release a CD of all these extras from past singles, eps, etc. while they are inactive.
 zaknafein wrote:
There's a really good live version of this track on the band's new Blue-ray/DVD, Anesthetize.
 

Good to know because I feel that "MUST HAVE" urge creeping up on me.

 

Best of the New Year to the obsessed fans.  As for the non-believers, interrogation chambers and re-education centres are being planned.  But I wish you all the best in the New Year too.



 fredriley wrote:

...but not sung in Icelandic ;)

 

Sigur Ros don't sing in Icelandic ;)
 Canlistener wrote:

This is on the new DVD as well.  And it's perfectly acceptable to become completely obsessed with PT and rant to all your friends about it like a preacher trying to fill the contribution plate!  Welcome to the Porcupine Tree club.....
 

AMEN!!  BTW, that DVD, 'Anesthetize' is incredible! (blu-ray or DVD)  I can watch it over and over again and it blows me away every time.  The best music DVD that I own.  It's like a religious experience watching it on a great sounding home theater system.  I've already shown it to a couple of friends (both had never even heard of the band) and one went out that day and bought it.  One of the best sounding DVD's out there, and if you're a PT nut, it's a MUST HAVE.
you are right with Sigur Ros, of course. very remarkable that anyone would do songs that reminds people of SR, i thought they were so absolut singular this would never happen^^
"half-light" is the perfect title for this (very nice) song,
At first I totally thought this was Sigur Ros
 Canlistener wrote:

This is on the new DVD as well.  And it's perfectly acceptable to become completely obsessed with PT and rant to all your friends about it like a preacher trying to fill the contribution plate!  Welcome to the Porcupine Tree club.....
 
Hear hear!!

 anisbet wrote:
Is it insane to listen to the same album (Deadwing) over, and over and over and over again in your car at rather loud volume, while picking the leads (and pounding the chords) with your fingers on the steering wheel?

(sorry, RP just introduced me to PT)
 
This is on the new DVD as well.  And it's perfectly acceptable to become completely obsessed with PT and rant to all your friends about it like a preacher trying to fill the contribution plate!  Welcome to the Porcupine Tree club.....
Is it insane to listen to the same album (Deadwing) over, and over and over and over again in your car at rather loud volume, while picking the leads (and pounding the chords) with your fingers on the steering wheel?

(sorry, RP just introduced me to PT)
Thought I had heard most of the PT library on here. This is new for me. Deadly nice.
I really like this, but some of us are trying to work.  {#Sleep}
I cannot hear any influence from Pink Floyd.
I so so dig this band.
This song is a perfect soundtrack for the low, warm Autumn sunlight streaming through my window on a really chilly morning

Man, this PT band is so good, the fans make favourable comparisons to some Icelandic band that nobody has heard about. -hehe-

 

I presume that is Richard Barbieri on the keyboards.  I wouldn't underestimate his contribution to the mood and sound of PT music scapes.


 zaknafein wrote:
There's a really good live version of this track on the band's new Blue-ray/DVD, Anesthetize.
 

Yes, the live version has a great extended guitar solo by Steven Wilson.
He really tears it up{#Bananajam}
 Rafter101 wrote:
Funny—this is a new song to me, but something in my brain made me sit up and listen. Love PT.
 

Ditto!

A band I would have never heard of anyway without RP.  Beautiful.

Another Steven Wilson gem.
Funny—this is a new song to me, but something in my brain made me sit up and listen. Love PT.
There's a really good live version of this track on the band's new Blue-ray/DVD, Anesthetize.
From 8 to 9 during the same first listen.
{#Sleep}
 mandolin wrote:
...i wish i could get this on compact disc for less than eighty dollars...
 
Newbury Comics is selling the DVD-A on the Amazon.com website ($24.99-new). 

...i wish i could get this on compact disc for less than eighty dollars...
This is nice.
 AngieOrwell wrote:
It sounds quite a lot as Sigur Rós
 
...but not sung in Icelandic ;)

 Imkirok wrote:

Now up to $120 on Amazon.
 
{#Eek}  SAY WHAT??

It sounds quite a lot as Sigur Rós
Ahhh driving across Salisbury Plain towards the setting sun.
 Imkirok wrote:

Its up to $80 now.  Great song, but I wouldn't pay $80 for any single.
 
Now up to $120 on Amazon.


This must be something like my 2nd listen of this song and I recognized Steven Wilson immediately.

Don't believe that I have this.


Yet another great PT song. 
And a big merry Solstice/Christmas/respite from the storm greetings to all the fellow Porcupine Tree cult members!
 KevinM wrote:

The song is on the DVD-A of Deadwing - Only 15-bucks —>HERE

 

So what is the best way of ripping DVD-A to mp3 files?

 

Finally caught this one!


...steven wilson has made my life so much more worth living in the past year...

Porcupine Tree consistently amazes me; never heard a bad song.


mister...watch out for the tree people...
 brewmonkey wrote:

BTW Poricupine Tree rules; Radiohead blew it; PT takes over now.
 

HA - GOOD ONE!
Imkirok wrote:

Its up to $80 now. Great song, but I wouldn't pay $80 for any single.

The song is on the DVD-A of Deadwing - Only 15-bucks —>HERE

Need to be home in a dark room listening to this. Very very nice.
 elsinor4 wrote:
Does anybody know where I can get this song without paying $60 for the 'Lazarus' single from Amazon?
 
Its up to $80 now.  Great song, but I wouldn't pay $80 for any single.


 westslope wrote:


Nice to be hanging in a place where folks sign their home as Cascadia.

Any fans of Eco-topia here?
 

You bet!!!! Have not heard that in a long time, I still talk to people about eco-topia, they just don't get it. I live it. East of the Rockies?? where? Over by Europe?

BTW Poricupine Tree rules; Radiohead blew it; PT takes over now.
divinemadness wrote:
Nice to be in a place where people discuss the nuances of Porcupine Tree and Sigur Ros. Time to feed the coffers again.
Nice to be hanging in a place where folks sign their home as Cascadia. Any fans of Eco-topia here?
I keep missing this one! And no, I do not have it in the 'collection'. At least not yet.
:notworthy: :notworthy: :notworthy:
I tuned in at just the right time!!! I am hopelessly in love with this song. (And Porcupine Tree, for that matter.) Thanks, Bill!! :good-vibes:
I normally dont care much for this RP-over-over-overplayed band (almost dislike them), but this is beautiful.
so beautiful they played this in cincinnati last time they were here
elsinor4 wrote:
Does anybody know where I can get this song without paying $60 for the 'Lazarus' single from Amazon?
Yeah, Limewire. It may not be the most ethical or even legal at that matter, but its there, and its free.
Does anybody know where I can get this song without paying $60 for the 'Lazarus' single from Amazon?
This song is on their 5.1 surround sound DVD mix of Deadwing as a bonus track. That's a lot cheaper than amazon. You'll need a home theatre system that can play DTS 5.1 though. All their surround sound stuff is really excellent and has extra tracks and goodies. The Deadwing 5.1 mix has the "International Pop Star" making of Deadwing video on it (the one you can watch on youtube) very fun stuff :jump: You might even try eBay- I think it's selling for a bit less there if you want the CD version.
divinemadness wrote:
Nice to be in a place where people discuss the nuances of Porcupine Tree and Sigur Ros. Time to feed the coffers again.
yes good connection songs who in a way express a deep longing to be more than human to come home in a land beyond what human societies can deliver
I've never heard this version. Very nice
Does anybody know where I can get this song without paying $60 for the \'Lazarus\' single from Amazon?
Nice to be in a place where people discuss the nuances of Porcupine Tree and Sigur Ros. Time to feed the coffers again.
The more I listen, the more I think these guys are a very talented and creative band.
randyf wrote:
Definitely a Pink Floyd influenced tune. It's about time to get back to exploring the boundries of atmosphere, time, and progression of real rock & roll. I can't help but chear any tune like this in today's "Bass" and beat saturated market.
maybe a bit too much like pf, the beginning is identical to us and them
Wow, that was a new PT song for me. I didn't know they could be so mellow, and I like it. They are creative and original.
Now I know what it feels like to be attacked by a senior porcupine in slow motion.
handyrae wrote:
I hate this song. But I'm thankful for RP--where else can you listen to a radio station and only hear one song a day that you hate?
I love this song. However, I feel the same way about RP as you do...there's just no place like it....
I hate this song. But I'm thankful for RP--where else can you listen to a radio station and only hear one song a day that you hate?
Maybe the drummer is actually drumming through pillows in an effort to keep things quite, and I bet working up quite a sweat. heheh handyrae wrote:
Too funny!! By the time it's over, I'll need some coffee myself. I was going to say that I liked this song, but then I paid more attention to the drummer and he sounds like drumming is such a chore that he can barely raise his arm to hit the drumhead. Not inspiring.
PT has become one of my Favs, great tunes
Porcupine Tree is definitely, definitely the coolest band that RP has turned me onto. I cannot thank Bill and Rebecca enough. Oh yes I can. Pledge this month, January 2007!
I love this one. It's a little different from their others. But it seems impossible to buy (88 GBP on amazon.co.uk). Any ideas?
Definitely a Pink Floyd influenced tune. It's about time to get back to exploring the boundries of atmosphere, time, and progression of real rock & roll. I can't help but chear any tune like this in today's "Bass" and beat saturated market.
This drummer is a reincarnation of Bonzo and this song is a model of restraint.
To all of you that think this song is too slow or boring I pose this question: Do you always drive your car in high gear? Probably not. Sometimes you have to downshift to climb a hill. I think this song is beautiful in its simplicity. I especially like the sparse slide guitar parts. Less is more. I found much comfort in this song during a difficult time. What's so funny about peace, love and soothing songs?
A cool song, and shows you the dynamic range of this awesome band. They can do slow and spacey with the same skill they do loud and heavy.
Maybe I'll cue THE WIZARD OF OZ and see how it all synchs up. Nice tune.
vandal wrote:
perhaps that (". . . barely raise his arm. . .") is the desired effect? if so - then he achieved it, no?
Perhaps, but it's not the effect it has on me. Whenever I hear this song or other music in this genre all it makes me want to do is beat my head against the nearest wall. For some reason music like this makes me really aggitated.
Flaming Floyd? Pink Lips? Whatevuh, I like, 8.
Beautiful.
Kevstar wrote:
Radio Porcupine.
Not the worst thing. The more I hear, the more I like.
super song ! +++++++++++
Radio Porcupine.
:good-vibes:
:bananajam: :chillpill: :sleep:
El_Penguino wrote:
I may be off, but I kinda hear some old Pink Floyd here. I like it
I'm not a huge fan of Porcupine Tree, although I do enjoy them everytime I hear 'em. Everytime I'm listening, and I hear a song come on that's obviously NOT Pink Floyd, but sounds a lot like them, I think that it's probably Porcupine Tree. This song was no exception... Still a good song though.
handyrae wrote:
Too funny!! By the time it's over, I'll need some coffee myself. I was going to say that I liked this song, but then I paid more attention to the drummer and he sounds like drumming is such a chore that he can barely raise his arm to hit the drumhead. Not inspiring.
perhaps that (". . . barely raise his arm. . .") is the desired effect? if so - then he achieved it, no?
El_Penguino wrote:
I may be off, but I kinda hear some old Pink Floyd here. I like it
I agree, but much more amiable. I think this group is great!
Pink Porcupine
rah wrote:
absolutely. so -- who came first?
Pocupine Tree was formed in 1987 and Sigur Ros in 1994. However, one of the things that makes Steven Wilson/Porcupine Tree so special is the way he is able to appropriate and blend other bands sounds into his own work creating something his own. Wilson's music has always been derivative of bands I've always appreciated and this is a bit of a welcome surprise, too.
:sleep:
rcurrier wrote:
Sounds very Sigur Ros. Except that I can understand the lyrics. I do like it though.
absolutely. so -- who came first?
mojoman wrote:
Drink some coffee, willya!
Too funny!! By the time it's over, I'll need some coffee myself. I was going to say that I liked this song, but then I paid more attention to the drummer and he sounds like drumming is such a chore that he can barely raise his arm to hit the drumhead. Not inspiring.
Mark1970 wrote:
Yep.... thought it might have been off the new Sigur Ros CD.
Except with Sigur it would be a vocal meeeeowww rather than the sybth...
I may be off, but I kinda hear some old Pink Floyd here. I like it