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Porcupine Tree — Arriving Somewhere (But Not Here)
Album: Deadwing
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Released: 2005
Length: 11:59
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Never stop the car on a drive in the dark
Never look for the truth in your mother's eyes
Never trust the sound of rain upon a river
Rushing through your ears

Arriving somewhere but not here

Did you imagine the final sound as a gun?
Or the smashing windscreen of a car?
Did you ever imagine the last thing you'd hear as you're fading out was a song?

Arriving somewhere but not here

All my designs, simplified
And all of my plans, compromised
All of my dreams, sacrificed

Ever had the feeling you've been here before?
Drinking down the poison the way you were taught
Every thought from here on in your life begins
And all you knew was wrong?

Arriving somewhere but not here

All my designs, simplified
And all of my plans, compromised
All of my dreams...

Did you see the red mist block your path?
Did the scissors cut a way to your heart?
Did you feel the envy for the sons of mothers tearing you apart?

Arriving somewhere but not here
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 kingart wrote:
RP has helped to make my gloomy rainy Brooklyn day with this double slug of 90 proof musical absynthe. Awe-some. 
 
What he said.  And ditto that gloomy rainy Brooklyn day. 

RP has helped to make my gloomy rainy Brooklyn day with this double slug of 90 proof musical absynthe. Awe-some. 
Steven has the ability to 'take you places' with out of this world music
How the hell did I have this rated only 9? 10 all day long.
AWWWWWWGGGGGGGGG! F'ING GREAT. 
 Jelani wrote:
I don't like this guy's songwriting, for the most part. seems somewhat sophomoric and cliched to me. But moreover, his singing voice is awful. I think I'd be able to stomach the lyrics much easier if they got a different singer - who sounded like they meant what he/she was singing. On the other hand, the instrumentals are pretty awesome!
 

I'm conferring an UP and a DOWN on this opinion.  I see the point -- overall, tho, this band and "this guy" is the BOMB. The guitar break here is stupendous. 
I don't like this guy's songwriting, for the most part. seems somewhat sophomoric and cliched to me. But moreover, his singing voice is awful. I think I'd be able to stomach the lyrics much easier if they got a different singer - who sounded like they meant what he/she was singing. On the other hand, the instrumentals are pretty awesome!
instrumental is mental...love it
Please come back to me

Porcupine Tree -
If something Bill & Rebecca have selected breaks through my workday reverie & causes me to check RP dashboard to see what I'm listening to... it's usually rewarded with an automatic 7 with likely room to grow (on me & in rating)... unless it's an obvious 2 & I'm getting ready for PSD.  Haven't heard a Porcupine Tree song yet that falls into that latter category.
Steven Wilson played this live at Albert Hall last year, and in my opinion sounded even better than PT. Grab a copy of "Home Invasion" if you can.
I'm in heaven.  One of my favorite PT and RP tracks.  Period. 
Music to my ears,
gotta be a 9.
PSD me from Jackson Browne melancholy to PT playing something dynamic and gifting a rather awesome guitar break. Lay it on me, bros. 
I have no words.
 
Except those ones.
 kingart wrote:
The drummer is certified, or certifiable. Jeez. 

 
Rush & PT would make for a great concert.....Who would go first?
The drummer is certified, or certifiable. Jeez. 
Love it. PSD'd from a Kurt Weill-ish Tom Waits ditty to this epic of red hotness. 
Steven Wilson is my GOD! :)
The power and versatility of PT blew and blows away most of its contemporaries. Awesome sonic wave.  
 kingart wrote:
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
Gawd Damn this ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Have to say, this band is a recent find for me, only thanks to RP. They are growing on me every time I hear them. On my to buy list. 😊
great song
Hitting that sweet spot between Pink Floyd, Metallica, Pearl Jam and others.  Evocative head banging paint peeling prog rock. Almost unbelievably good.  
Interesting lyrics, creative composition
I saw Porcupine Tree in San Francisco in 2010, not exactly a stellar performance since they had just arrived from England (Wesley from Florida). They did not play this song, but they played an extended rendition of "Time Flies," which was splendid. This was truly a great group, and now Steven Wilson has moved forward like all great musical geniuses. His next album is due out in March. But this track is really an amazing display of a band which displays top-notch progressive metal, with both Wilson and Wesley complimenting each other on guitar, the great Gavin Harrison on drums (who has recently re-recorded some PT songs), and a wizard on keyboards, Richard Barbieri. Great track! Worth the long listen on some good speakers!
 vandal wrote:
Is this really true: Last Played: Jun 18, 2009 - 08:49 ??
 
Thanks to PSD, I have arrived in a good place {#Sunny} 

Is this really true: Last Played: Jun 18, 2009 - 08:49 ??
I have been in two concerts so far. Unfortunately they have not played this song, however both performances were just amazing.
The latest album is just wonderful too, I like this song: https://bit.ly/9NiKHU 


 ArbiterOfGoodTaste wrote:
I'm trying to imagine Bill rocking out to this in the studio...
 
{#Ask}  ......{#Dancingbanana_2}
 gvan wrote:
I don't get these guys; do they want to be Yes or do they want to be Metallica? They seem to be arriving somewhere in between (but not quite).

 
I have to say I like the Floyd-influenced stuff better, but I don't dislike the harder stuff.  I'm arriving somewhere in between, I guess?

Pretty amazing when you think this song primarily only uses 2 chords.


Happy weekend, have tickets for Portland show.  Hopefully, they will perform this one!
I'm headbanging my desk. Glad my staff is all out to lunch.
 drews wrote:
OK but drags, there must be a punchier, shorter live version with less tinny vocals
 
It's not POP!

I'm trying to imagine Bill rocking out to this in the studio...
I love this f***ing song!!!!!!!{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Dancingbanana_2}

 gvan wrote:
I don't get these guys; do they want to be Yes or do they want to be Metallica? They seem to be arriving somewhere in between (but not quite).

 
They are everything to all people {#Smile}
Love this band. I know they get a lot of play on RP. But then, that's how I discovered them.
This song just keeps moving to bigger and bigger moments.
Great sets of music all day today! Thank you Bill {#Notworthy}
I like the Rising Action!

All my designs... simplified
And all of my plans... compromised
And all of my dreams... sacrificed

{#Guitarist}


 Deadwing wrote:
They want to be Porcupine Tree     {#Cheers}
 
Good answer!
Yet another great tune from PT.

 holborne wrote:
Good christ, is this thing still going? Shut UP!!
 

You shut up!
I think this is the best "new-to-me" song I've ever heard on RP.. deadly!

Lovely.

 

BTW, I am very happy I bought both of Richard Barbieri's solo CDs, and look forward to Porcupine Tree's autumn 2009 CD with anticipation.


Learning about this song alone was worth a donation to RP! Thanks Bill.
 gvan wrote:
I don't get these guys; do they want to be Yes or do they want to be Metallica? They seem to be arriving somewhere in between (but not quite).

 
They want to be Porcupine Tree     {#Cheers}

Bloody awesome song!

Words I'll leave behind if caught in current layoffs...
All my designs, simplified
And all of my plans, compromised
All of my dreams, sacrificed

Arriving somewhere but not here!

Favorite band, favorite drummer!
https://www.drummerworld.com/Videos/gavinharrisonporcupine.html



 LawrenceSheppard wrote:
Sweet. The way the guitar breaks out is a pure rush.
 
It is pretty nice.

Sweet. The way the guitar breaks out is a pure rush.
I don't get these guys; do they want to be Yes or do they want to be Metallica? They seem to be arriving somewhere in between (but not quite).

 love it! A musical outburst
You blew me away with this one. Wow! And it was shaping up to be a melancholy day. Now I'm charged!
I was reading a Washington Post article recently that said Prog Rock was back.

Oh, it's been back a while - at least since the appearance of PT. I still rotate In Absentia through the iPod regularly.
OK but drags, there must be a punchier, shorter live version with less tinny vocals
Good christ, is this thing still going? Shut UP!!
Most excellent way to kill the last 10 minutes of the work day! I'm bailing after the fade out.
Damn clients! 10 minutes on the phone and I miss this.

Oh, well, time for the ipod!
One of the best cuts on a stellar album!

*edit* someone GAVE me this CD right after it came out.  Wish I could remember WHO!  He hated it and I'm sure glad.  I love it!!!


Just about my fave PT song.

King Crimson! That's it!
 westslope wrote:

Hey Deadwing!  How are ya?  And why ain't ya in bed?  {#Dancingbanana}

 

Read your post on the King Crimson concert, the download, etc.  Thrak it is.  Thank you!

 

P.S.  Spent a few hours this evening trying to make MediaCoder work so I can rip the bonus cuts off the Lightbulb Sun DVD.  A little frustrating so far.....


 
If I had any sense I would be in bed  LOL!

 westslope wrote:
OK keller1,   Where does a neophyte start with Tool.  I LOVE the heavier, more industrial stuff that PT does.
 
Start with "Schism" and "The Pot."

OK keller1,   Where does a neophyte start with Tool.  I LOVE the heavier, more industrial stuff that PT does.
Tool vs PT:  Interesting conversation, since I play drums, and Gavin Harrison and Danny Carey are among the best rock drummers of our era.

From my own vantage point, I think PT will always be the more "accessible" of the two simply because their melodies are stronger.

That said, I have lobbied many times to get some Tool (I would start with "Schism" or "The Pot") onto the RP playlist, which I think needs to get a bit heavier.


So I take it that you like the latest Sigur Ros LP?



 westslope wrote:
I see some strong fans of Tool on the forum.  Cool.  10,000 days, Lateralus, eh?
 
Rosetta Stoned on 10000 Days blows my little tiny mind every time   {#Drummer}

I would recommend 10000 Days and Lateralus for first time Tool buyers. If you have heard them at all and you like what you have heard then you pretty much know the drill.

I like Tool very much and I love PT (as you all know)- I can't really compare the two. Tool is very gutteral, raw, and King Crimsonish (they freely admit to ripping off King Crimson's gamelan sound so shut it Tool freaks) and PT is a hell of a lot more melodic and refined.

As much as Steven Wilson would like to be a metal badass, that just isn't going to happen.

Tool are some serious badasses. Word.

Their new album 10000 Days is named that because that's approximately how long Maynard James Keenan's mother lived after having a stroke that nearly incapacitated her completely for the rest of her "life". He saw it as 10000 days of torture by modern medicine and was very affected by her constant struggle to try to stay viable and alive.  

I jokingly mentioned to a friend that it was named 10000 Days because that's how long Tool takes between albums before I heard the actual reason they named it that (then I felt bad).    


Slopes!!!!!   /huge hug!

Hey Deadwing!  How are ya?  And why ain't ya in bed?  {#Dancingbanana}

 

Read your post on the King Crimson concert, the download, etc.  Thrak it is.  Thank you!

 

P.S.  Spent a few hours this evening trying to make MediaCoder work so I can rip the bonus cuts off the Lightbulb Sun DVD.  A little frustrating so far.....




I see some strong fans of Tool on the forum.  Cool.  10,000 days, Lateralus, eh?
!!!!!!   Thank you Bill!
leathepea wrote:
Don't forget about 10,000 days, my personal favorite from Tool. All things considered, I don't Tool any better than PT, they are both favorite bands of mine.


I don't think 10,000 was as strong as Lateralus, but it has some great stuff on it.

I've seen Tool twice in concert, once in 2001 and again in 2003... what an awesome live band.  I had a perfect viewpoint of Danny Carey for the second concert, wow that guy can play.

Don't forget about 10,000 days, my personal favorite from Tool. All things considered, I don't like Tool any better than PT, they are both favorite bands of mine.

KevinM wrote:

Tool? Are you frickin' serious? I've tried listening to Tool, I can't, for the life of me see how you can compare the two.

I don't hear any 'prog' in Tool, sounds like another incarnation of metallica to me (and is also utter crap).






Yes, I am frickin' serious. What you hear or do not hear is your business.

Metallica are way too pop to be compared to Tool, and Tool's biggest fault that I see is that they try TOO hard to be prog. Metallica tries too hard to be pop, and haven't put out anything BUT pop in about 20 years.

Tool's mediocre heavy stuff though is better than this. Their great heavy stuff, as I said, beats the crap out of this group's heavier stuff.

Overall, there is no heavy prog group that puts out better music than Tool. The entire album of Lateralus proves that. Lateralus is to modern prog metal what OK Computer is to modern prog rock... the bar that must be raised.


{#Clap} Pyro wrote:
I cannot describe my love for this band....I love the range of musical emotions they display....almost symphonic...each "movement" of the song evoking a different mood.

And if it weren't for RP, I'd never have heard of this band.  THANK YOU, BILL!!!!!!!

9 from the Louisiana jury!


 


mwsteele79 wrote:

Forget Tool? Tool beats the crap out of these guys.





Tool? Are you frickin' serious? I've tried listening to Tool, I can't, for the life of me see how you can compare the two.

I don't hear any 'prog' in Tool, sounds like another incarnation of metallica to me (and is also utter crap).


 mwsteele79 wrote:

I agree, although Tool certainly have their mellow points.  I was only comparing them, however, in the context of "heavy prog" as the other poster mentioned.

 
Yes, they can mellow it out as well, especially if you consider A Perfect Circle, but still predominately heavy. As for the "heavy prog" Tool has them, for sure. By the way, Tool's live shows will blow your mind.
leathepea wrote:

First off, I want you to know that I am a HUGE fan of Tool, but they are much heavier and darker than PT. I don't know if you can compare the two, they are each at the top of of their level. PT seems to be more melodic and mellow, Tool thrives on anger and a bit more chaotic. Just my 2 cents worth.


I agree, although Tool certainly have their mellow points.  I was only comparing them, however, in the context of "heavy prog" as the other poster mentioned.

 mwsteele79 wrote:

Forget Tool?  Tool beats the crap out of these guys.

 
First off, I want you to know that I am a HUGE fan of Tool, but they are much heavier and darker than PT. I don't know if you can compare the two, they are each at the top of of their level. PT seems to be more melodic and mellow, Tool thrives on anger and a bit more chaotic. Just my 2 cents worth.
Outstanding as always.
prophetzarquon wrote:
the only true modern carriers of the heavy prog flag..

and they could do Floydesque prog too - check out the sky moves sideways.


Forget Tool?  Tool beats the crap out of these guys.

I cannot describe my love for this band....I love the range of musical emotions they display....almost symphonic...each "movement" of the song evoking a different mood.

And if it weren't for RP, I'd never have heard of this band.  THANK YOU, BILL!!!!!!!

9 from the Louisiana jury!

One of their BEST songs from an amazing album.

 
the only true modern carriers of the heavy prog flag..

and they could do Floydesque prog too - check out the sky moves sideways.
The morning coffee wasn't quite kicking in, but the metal riff at the end just got me focused!
 adib wrote:

It's an '8' from me! I suspect some of the "heavy metal" comments may be from people that missed, or didn't have chance to listen to, the start of the track - It takes 7 minutes careful build up to reach the really heavy section. Remove distractions, sit down, relax, put on some decent headphones, and let it build - it really takes you there... PT are not a 3-minute catchy-tune kind of group, you have to put some effort in, but when you do, it is rewarded ten-fold. (Don't take this the wrong way, I think if I didn't know this track and came in halfway, I would also be thinking "wtf?" !!) I would love to listen to this played live!

 
Yup, I couldn't agree more. Only someone joining this song late on could possibly think it's metal, and a careful listen to the intelligent and thoughtful lyrics would dispel any metallic thoughts. PT does use metal/grunge riffs in some of their songs and they act well as a contrast, but they're no more a metal band than my cat is a philosopher. Listen, learn and take your time to appreciate their music, and you'll be well rewarded. 9 from the Nottingham jury.

These guys are ridiculously good!
Definitely my favorite PT song.  As someone mentioned below, put on the headphones, sit back, and let it build.  As far as it being heavy metal, I disagree.  Yes, it does rage in the middle, but listen to the whole song (or album for that matter), and you'll understand that there's a lot more to it if you take it in context.
I can listen to this song over and over...it haunts me.
I think this is my favorite PT song, but not sure. I am sure that it rocks and they cant be placed in the same sentence as Metallica. Metallica was good, but not to thier level.
holy cow, i thought i would never hear metal rifts like this on RP lol
One of my favorite PT songs. The title would make a nice epitaph, heh.
vandal wrote:
Thank the imaginary powerful deities that Porcupine Tree isn't Metallica!
lol i dont know which comment was funnier....good band though..listen........h e l l o! LISTEN!
ch83575 wrote:
I just don't understand this band. I never sense any emotion in the music. Metallica is pure emotion, and I can connect with that. This doesn't do it for me at all.
Thank the imaginary powerful deities that Porcupine Tree isn't Metallica!
westslope wrote:
Orlando? On the CD from that in-store concert, Wilson 'name drops' and discusses some advice he received from Fripp on how to perfect a particularly difficult piece (Normal).
Fripp/King Crimson and Wilson/PT are evidently good friends and have collaborated on a number of things. Fripp toured w/PT, opening for them doing his Soundscapes gig. And now Gavin Harrison is going on tour w/King Crimson playing drums with Pat Mastelotto.
I just don't understand this band. I never sense any emotion in the music. Metallica is pure emotion, and I can connect with that. This doesn't do it for me at all.
westslope wrote:
Orlando? On the CD from that in-store concert, Wilson 'name drops' and discusses some advice he received from Fripp on how to perfect a particularly difficult piece (Normal).
Yes - Orlando . What CD is that on?
10 :arrow: 11
Love this...the end bit rocks!
Wow, this is quite excellent!
Droidac wrote:
Have you ever actually listened to Metallica (who, if you ever actually give a chance, put on the headphones and actually listen, are incredible!)? Besides, you can't put PT and Metallica side by side. They are both incredible, in different rights.
? . . . I guess you relate to isaak but just in case if not: yes, I have :dancingbanana_2:
Awesome. Good choice, Bill.
spraehbuer wrote:
philistine!!! :beat:
Have you ever actually listened to Metallica (who, if you ever actually give a chance, put on the headphones and actually listen, are incredible!)? Besides, you can't put PT and Metallica side by side. They are both incredible, in different rights.
isaak wrote:
wrong genre completely for RP... please, no more metallica-style noise
Wrong answer!! If we can sit through song after song of breathy falsetto female singers, we should also be allowed such an indulgence. I'm definitely gonna have to buy this album. It's not the first time I've had RP playing in the background and compelled to see who is playing....and once again it's Porcupine Tree. :dancingbanana_2:
:meditate:
Pyro wrote:
I disagree. Listening to music with no distractions is like looking at a painting in a quiet museum. If you can't take the MOMENT or two that it requires to appreciate any of life's beauty, then THAT is a problem. I studied music in college, and I know the difference between a homework assignment, and sitting down to HEAR something that piques your interest.
:yes:
ZM_Herb wrote:
Funny you should say that - saw PT play in an in-store appearance and the lead guitarist Steven Wilson mentioned Fripp is a mentor.
Orlando? On the CD from that in-store concert, Wilson 'name drops' and discusses some advice he received from Fripp on how to perfect a particularly difficult piece (Normal).
Is this the same version as is on the album. Sounded a bit...expanded...to me.
Govi wrote:
If you have to work that hard to enjoy music, it's not music, it's a music appreciation class's homework assignment of the most egregious sort. As is this song.
I disagree. Listening to music with no distractions is like looking at a painting in a quiet museum. If you can't take the MOMENT or two that it requires to appreciate any of life's beauty, then THAT is a problem. I studied music in college, and I know the difference between a homework assignment, and sitting down to HEAR something that piques your interest.
gutboy wrote:
I bet Robert Fripp would approve of this song
Funny you should say that - saw PT play in an in-store appearance and the lead guitarist Steven Wilson mentioned Fripp is a mentor.
adib wrote:
Remove distractions, sit down, relax, put on some decent headphones, and let it build - it really takes you there... PT are not a 3-minute catchy-tune kind of group, you have to put some effort in, but when you do, it is rewarded ten-fold.
If you have to work that hard to enjoy music, it's not music, it's a music appreciation class's homework assignment of the most egregious sort. As is this song.
isaak wrote:
wrong genre completely for RP... please, no more metallica-style noise
philistine!!! :beat:
adib wrote:
It's an '8' from me! I suspect some of the "heavy metal" comments may be from people that missed, or didn't have chance to listen to, the start of the track - It takes 7 minutes careful build up to reach the really heavy section. Remove distractions, sit down, relax, put on some decent headphones, and let it build - it really takes you there... PT are not a 3-minute catchy-tune kind of group, you have to put some effort in, but when you do, it is rewarded ten-fold. (Don't take this the wrong way, I think if I didn't know this track and came in halfway, I would also be thinking "wtf?" !!) I would love to listen to this played live!
Thank you for your comment. It makes me appreciate the song more.
jnhashmi wrote:
Reminds me of this tree I saw in Panama:
The trees are figuring out how to beat Bush's "Healthy Forests" initiative. Wish we were as smart.
:wall: :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall: :dancingbanana_2: :dancingbanana_2: :dancingbanana_2: :dancingbanana_2:
leathepea wrote:
my illustrated version of a porcupine tree.
Hey very cool!
my illustrated version of a porcupine tree.