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Porcupine Tree — My Ashes
Album: Fear of a Blank Planet
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Released: 2007
Length: 4:34
Plays (last 30 days): 1
All the things that I needed
I wasted my chances
I have found myself wanting
When my mother and father
Gave me their problems
I accepted them all
Nothing ever expected
I was rejected
But I came back for more

And my ashes drift beneath the silver sky
Where a boy rides on a bike but never smiles
And my ashes fall on all the things we said
On a box of photographs under the bed, the bed

I will stay in my own world
Under the covers
I will feel safe inside
A kiss that will burn me
And cure me of dreaming
I was always returning

And my ashes find a way beyond the fog
And return to save the child that I forgot
And my ashes fade among the things unseen
And a dream plays in reverse on piano keys
And my ashes drop upon a park in Wales
Never ending clouds of rain and distant sails, distant sails
Sails, sails
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Song of the Phoenix, but too sadly
 Chewie wrote:
Is it me, or does he sound like Michael Stipe?
 
Oh, it's definitely you.  To my ears, he resembles Michael Stipe like Bono echoes Bolton. 

Is it me, or does he sound like Michael Stipe?
Beginning Sounds a bit like No Quarter? 
 Will62 wrote:
So much better the Zepp!
Is there another Zepp out there??
 

Love Porcupine Tree. PR introduced them to me and haven't heard a song from them I haven't liked yet. So, YES, play as much and as often as you want. Never gets old.
A Perfect Circle -->Nik Kershaw-->Porcupine Tree!  This made my whole day!!!  I love RP!!!!
Gavin's drum work with PT was just perfect.
 kingart wrote:

All of them. And to hear several of them frequently. 
I do concur with a question about how many songs we shold hear from some acts, but imo PT is not one of them. 

 
11 months ago today? W00t? More PTness!
Prog rock at its best, without pretension, in the bridge part "and  my ashes"....
One of my rare 10s {#Notworthy}
 atomicsitup wrote:
I don't mind PT, but jesus how many songs do we need to hear from them?

 
All of them. And to hear several of them frequently. 
I do concur with a question about how many songs we shold hear from some acts, but imo PT is not one of them. 
I don't mind PT, but jesus how many songs do we need to hear from them?
This is by far the least unlikeable Porcupine Tree track.
 nevar23 wrote:
Just passed my 10 year RP listener anniversary, and one of the things I'm most grateful for besides the eclectic playlist and masterful segues is being introduced to this band. {#Music}

 
Me too.  I am running a marathon next Sunday and I have three Porcupine Tree albums queued up on my IPod Shuffle. My goal is to lose my mind to the music as my body breaks down to the pounding.  Thank you RP!
that was beautiful.
Gives me the chills, listening to this...
8 -> 9
 bravadodon wrote:
Zepp steal.
 
Is there another Zepp out there??
 TerryS wrote:

Many posts ago, but we never got your appraisal of the concert?

 
We enjoyed it but the loudness was irritating.  Wish I had acoustical ear plugs with me.

A wall of sound where the notes or anything else are indistinguishable is not particularly interesting.

Next time:  bring acoustical ear plugs.

 
BTW and FWIW, I can hear a pin drop at 80 metres in the bush or a grizzly pounding stuff at 400 metres.  Am not interested in jeopardizing my hearing.

Otherwise, I still thoroughly enjoy the Hand.Cannot.Erase and the 4 1/2 CDs.  
{#Clap}
 westslope wrote:
New Steven Wilson CD out in March.  

Tickets bought for the concert.  This will be my first live showing of Steven Wilson.  Excited! 

 
Many posts ago, but we never got your appraisal of the concert?
 nevar23 wrote:
Just passed my 10 year RP listener anniversary, and one of the things I'm most grateful for besides the eclectic playlist and masterful segues is being introduced to this band. {#Music}

 
I am with you...{#Cool}
Just passed my 10 year RP listener anniversary, and one of the things I'm most grateful for besides the eclectic playlist and masterful segues is being introduced to this band. {#Music}
 bravadodon wrote:
Zepp steal.
 
Yes, those opening chords are very "No Quarter", but other than that? . . .
I definitely hear the LedZep freaky keyboard echoes underneath, but on top of that, I think it's a brilliant — and poignant — work of art.
 buprestis wrote:
Would so much love to see them again! Last March Steven Wilson in Toronto, phenomenalistico

 
It is slightly reminiscent of "No Quarter" during the intro, don't you think?
Would so much love to see them again! Last March Steven Wilson in Toronto, phenomenalistico
Top track from a top band. Very haunting!!  {#Cool}
Don't quite get all those saying it's not a Zepp steal. Sure it's not a complete rip off, but definitely influenced. The riff and style of sound that runs through the song from the opening bars is very much like No Quarter by Led Zeppelin.  I had to look to check when it first started up it that similar.
These guys never fail to depress {#Cry}
 bravadodon wrote:
Zepp steal.
 
I'll give you 2/10 on the troll attempt.
Kids eyes at least is saying something.
 westslope wrote:
Yup, we know who we are.   {#Cheesygrin}

Love the anti-blotto message on the Fear of a Blank Planet CD.  Fits well with the harm reduction philosophy.

 
Let's hope for a PT reunion in 2016 {#Biggrin}
Yup, we know who we are.   {#Cheesygrin}

Love the anti-blotto message on the Fear of a Blank Planet CD.  Fits well with the harm reduction philosophy.
Hi guys!      {#Group-hug}

(You know who you are)

{#Yes} 
 bravadodon wrote:
Zepp steal.
 
Nope.
I miss PT {#Think}
 bravadodon wrote:
Zepp steal.
 
Oof.  Gimme a break.  
Zepp steal.
 xnavy wrote:


The new CD is great. I got tickets to see him in May

 
Yes, it is.    
 westslope wrote:
New Steven Wilson CD out in March.  

Tickets bought for the concert.  This will be my first live showing of Steven Wilson.  Excited! 

 

The new CD is great. I got tickets to see him in May
New Steven Wilson CD out in March.  

Tickets bought for the concert.  This will be my first live showing of Steven Wilson.  Excited! 
 BobbyCat wrote:
I've been a huge fan of PT for years, even travelled thousands of miles to attend one of their concerts. But they disappointed me.
The whole thing never really got where it should. Or where I hoped it would take me eventually.
Now that they don't exist anymore, in retrospect, their music sounds cold and - as some mentioned it here - self centered. It just didn't give enough to remain in my heart with bands like Genesis, Pink Floyd, Santana and many more ...

 

Have you seen SW with his new band? AMAZING
I've been a huge fan of PT for years, even travelled thousands of miles to attend one of their concerts. But they disappointed me.
The whole thing never really got where it should. Or where I hoped it would take me eventually.
Now that they don't exist anymore, in retrospect, their music sounds cold and - as some mentioned it here - self centered. It just didn't give enough to remain in my heart with bands like Genesis, Pink Floyd, Santana and many more ...
BEST {#Angel}
I'm into polar opposites... {#Cheers}
 dingleberry wrote:
Hmmm, when it started there I had a flash of Led Zeppelin, No Quarter.

Close the door, put out the light. You know they won't be ho...me tonight. 

 

As did I.
Wow...the bridge really has a 'Blackfield' sound. Especially that octave singing.
 jkamm14 wrote:

I don't mean to brag, but I'm capable of appreciating "introspective and cerebral" music (not that you were condescendingly insinuating that non PT-fans aren't). I just don't happen to enjoy PT/SW's particular brand of affected, pretentious, self-absorbed prog rock. But to each his own.   

 

for those of you who love:   affected, pretentious, self-absorbed prog rock .......

go listen to The Raven that refused to sing.  Cut number 2 "Drive Home" is particularly emotional.  I would have recommended it for upload to RP but I see it has already been considered once and rejected and is now being reconsidered.  The lead guitar is sublime.


 EdEastridge wrote:

En Garde!

Oh wait... seriously, PT's and indeed Steven Wilson's work is both very introspective and cerebral. There are many for whom that's not their cup of tea. I know folks who ask wtf the noise is when Harmony Korinne plays. Well ok, they try to ask. They can't seem to hear themselves over me cranking up the volume for those brief shining moments however. ;)
 
I don't mean to brag, but I'm capable of appreciating "introspective and cerebral" music (not that you were condescendingly insinuating that non PT-fans aren't). I just don't happen to enjoy PT/SW's particular brand of affected, pretentious, self-absorbed prog rock. But to each his own.   
 mikec09 wrote:
This may be the polar opposite of music I like to listen to.  Sounds horribly self absorbed, self pitying.

PT fans, have at me. 

 
En Garde!

Oh wait... seriously, PT's and indeed Steven Wilson's work is both very introspective and cerebral. There are many for whom that's not their cup of tea. I know folks who ask wtf the noise is when Harmony Korinne plays. Well ok, they try to ask. They can't seem to hear themselves over me cranking up the volume for those brief shining moments however. ;)
 mikec09 wrote:
This may be the polar opposite of music I like to listen to.  Sounds horribly self absorbed, self pitying.

PT fans, have at me. 

 
No need for attack at all. I appreciate what you are saying...and tend to agree. I'm a bonafide PT fan...but I understand where you are coming from. I think Steven Wilson is very self absorbed...I still like it much the same. Not my fave PT tune by a long shot...perhaps this is why.

mikec09 wrote:
This may be the polar opposite of music I like to listen to.  Sounds horribly self absorbed, self pitying.

PT fans, have at me. 
 
I agree. He's not my cup of tea either, to put it nicely. 
 Highlowsel wrote:
Hey, everyone has the right, if not the duty in life, to grow and move on.  Once you feel you've done all you can in any particular direction it's healthy to change and (hopefully) grow.  Regardless what you, the onlooking listener, may feel about it.  That's life.  When you stop moving and changing you die.  'Tis that simple.  So keep on moving I say.  ;-)
 
Actually moving quite some distance away from my region of birth next month, after living there for 32 years :)...

I fully agree with your statement. What annoys me in Wilson's case though, is that he alleges his growth was only possible because he finally has a talented band behind him.

I wouldn't go around telling everyone that I moved away because the people in my place of birth are maybe a bit too slow for me.
This may be the polar opposite of music I like to listen to.  Sounds horribly self absorbed, self pitying.

PT fans, have at me. 
 stevendejong wrote:

Somehow I have the same disgruntled feeling about him.

Especially when he says things like how his third solo album was made possible because he could finally write his music for a full band of really talented musicians. He must have forgotten the fact that he already had such a band, which featured Gavin Harrison and two other rather good instrumentalists. Barbieri's atmospherics really define the sound of Porcupine Tree (this song is a very good example).

The third solo album (The Raven...) I found occasionally interesting, but mostly a 1973 Genesis wannabe, but more depressing. People say it sounds like King Crimson. Not very interested to hear more King Crimson, then. 

 
Hey, everyone has the right, if not the duty in life, to grow and move on.  Once you feel you've done all you can in any particular direction it's healthy to change and (hopefully) grow.  Regardless what you, the onlooking listener, may feel about it.  That's life.  When you stop moving and changing you die.  'Tis that simple.  So keep on moving I say.  ;-)

Highlow
American Net'Zen


8 ^ 9  I am so in the mood.  {#Meditate}
 westslope wrote:
Well, he claims that he became very bored with 'heavy rock'.  The 3rd CD is heavily jazz-influenced.
 
I happen to dislike jazz and like heavy rock. The man's breadth of interest is admirable. His recent output may be, from an artistic point of view, but I can't enjoy it.
 horstman wrote:
It's unfortunate that Porcupine Tree is in a state of hiatus because Steve Wilson (that Bare Footed Bastard) is a such an arrogant douche who must pursue his own career instead of leading what is perhaps one of the greatest prog rock bands of all times. I feel betrayed yet he is in many respects Porcupine Tree's nucleus.

Still pisses me off. {#Yell} 

 

Srsly, you guys need to break out of your little clubby bubble here..."only cool guys need comment".....

This is not a fanzine for PT.  You're starting to piss me off.  These are lame comments....

   
 horstman wrote:
It's unfortunate that Porcupine Tree is in a state of hiatus because Steve Wilson (that Bare Footed Bastard) is a such an arrogant douche who must pursue his own career instead of leading what is perhaps one of the greatest prog rock bands of all times. I feel betrayed yet he is in many respects Porcupine Tree's nucleus.

Still pisses me off. {#Yell} 

 
Well, he claims that he became very bored with 'heavy rock'.  The 3rd CD is heavily jazz-influenced.
 horstman wrote:
It's unfortunate that Porcupine Tree is in a state of hiatus because Steve Wilson (that Bare Footed Bastard) is a such an arrogant douche who must pursue his own career instead of leading what is perhaps one of the greatest prog rock bands of all times. I feel betrayed yet he is in many respects Porcupine Tree's nucleus.

Still pisses me off. {#Yell} 

 
Somehow I have the same disgruntled feeling about him.

Especially when he says things like how his third solo album was made possible because he could finally write his music for a full band of really talented musicians. He must have forgotten the fact that he already had such a band, which featured Gavin Harrison and two other rather good instrumentalists. Barbieri's atmospherics really define the sound of Porcupine Tree (this song is a very good example).

The third solo album (The Raven...) I found occasionally interesting, but mostly a 1973 Genesis wannabe, but more depressing. People say it sounds like King Crimson. Not very interested to hear more King Crimson, then. 
It's unfortunate that Porcupine Tree is in a state of hiatus because Steve Wilson (that Bare Footed Bastard) is a such an arrogant douche who must pursue his own career instead of leading what is perhaps one of the greatest prog rock bands of all times. I feel betrayed yet he is in many respects Porcupine Tree's nucleus.

Still pisses me off. {#Yell} 
 GeorgeMWoods wrote:
Give me a reason to keep breathing, please! This aint it.

 
Then go breathe somewhere else :)
Give me a reason to keep breathing, please! This aint it.
Is it No Quarter, a plane, superman?  Nope, just My Ashes.
Thank you rp for the copious amounts of PT.
 I guess so if you don't like them. I beg to differ though. oceansurf wrote:
too much porcupine tree on RP...  There I said it.

 



too much porcupine tree on RP...  There I said it.
 jnesser wrote:
You can compare them to whoever you want. Obviously Steven Wilson has been influenced by many great artists and you can hear that.  He is a brilliant musician. PT songs always have an emotion and fee that take me to a place outside of this crazyass world. Isn't that what music is for? It is for me, anyways.
 
Well said ,  and RP assists wonderfully. Love it.

Cheers to RP!
 Imkirok wrote:

I think it has a little deeper meaning than that.  And by a little, I mean a lot.
 

I really do like these guys, but they are the Rock band equivalent of Debbie Downer. 
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 rdo wrote:
So you got a pimple when you were 13.  Get over it.
 
I think it has a little deeper meaning than that.  And by a little, I mean a lot.


So you got a pimple when you were 13.  Get over it.
 Umberdog wrote:
I always get a "Pink Floyd" feeling from these guys. I rate them rather high among my personal favorites.
 
Some Pink Floyd, some King Crimson, a little Yes and Tull.

All wonderfully filtered thru Steven Wilson's own sensibilities. 
I always get a "Pink Floyd" feeling from these guys. I rate them rather high among my personal favorites.
 dingleberry wrote:
Hmmm, when it started there I had a flash of Led Zeppelin, No Quarter.

Close the door, put out the light. You know they won't be ho...me tonight. 
 

yes, I caught that too but remember, all great artists and poets steal

Exquisite music for body and soul ....beautiful sounds......


 jnesser wrote:
You can compare them to whoever you want. Obviously Steven Wilson has been influenced by many great artists and you can hear that.  He is a brilliant musician. PT songs always have an emotion and fee that take me to a place outside of this crazyass world. Isn't that what music is for? It is for me, anyways.
 





Spot on!
Hmmm, when it started there I had a flash of Led Zeppelin, No Quarter.

Close the door, put out the light. You know they won't be ho...me tonight. 
 EleventhMan wrote:
why do creepy children photos equate to coolness?   it smacks of desperation..
 
If you actually listened to the cd from the beginning to the end and understand the content, this photo fits perfectly  
You can compare them to whoever you want. Obviously Steven Wilson has been influenced by many great artists and you can hear that.  He is a brilliant musician. PT songs always have an emotion and fee that take me to a place outside of this crazyass world. Isn't that what music is for? It is for me, anyways.
why do creepy children photos equate to coolness?   it smacks of desperation..
I saw them twice live in 2010.  Great artists, all.
Excellent song, it has an even better version on their live DVD album recorded in Tillburg, Netherlands. 
When my mother and father
Gave me their problems
I accepted them all


 bokey wrote:
When does Jimmy Page kick in?
 

First post sums it up.  Close the door, put out the light, you know they won't be home tonight.

 Jelani wrote:
OH!!!
These vocals SUCK! He should stop singing and get someone else.
Lyrics are too damned literal and un- poetic.
Totally ruins the great instrumental accompaniment.
 
 


 Jelani wrote:
OH!!!
These vocals SUCK! He should stop singing and get someone else.
Lyrics are too damned literal and un- poetic.
Totally ruins the great instrumental accompaniment.
 
 

You people are so hard to please!
OH!!!
These vocals SUCK! He should stop singing and get someone else.
Lyrics are too damned literal and un- poetic.
Totally ruins the great instrumental accompaniment.
 
This one done on their live DVD is absolutely brilliant.

The No Quarter comment again, eh?  This thread is indeed getting long! -hehe-

 

Glad everybody is enjoying the tune. Workaholic Steven Wilson is the renaissance man of my generation even if he is a decade or so younger.


 scrubbrush wrote:
intro sounds like No Quarter... will rate after the song's over. i either like these guys' songs or hate em. usually no middle ground.
 
Beat me to it! LOL!
I love that I can hear stuff like this on RP!
Definitely a dark and bleak album by PT.  Reminds me of "The Wall" by Pink Floyd in that regard.  Or Mahler's 3rd symphony perhaps.

Not very cheery or for the weak of heart!

Also one filled with lots of good music, if you can stand to make it through.

An instrumental only version might broaden the appeal.
{#Umbrella}

 scrubbrush wrote:
intro sounds like No Quarter...
 
Very much so.  I got out of my chair to comment, and realized it wasn't Zeppelin.  (That's the only reason for my comment, and, as usual, I'm not the first to notice.)

Would be an interesting juxtaposition, yes?
Shivers.... every time I hear this.  A 10 for me.
 scrubbrush wrote:
intro sounds like No Quarter... will rate after the song's over. i either like these guys' songs or hate em. usually no middle ground.
 
That song gave these guys a very good idea for this song's intro, I would say...

 westslope wrote:
Opeth's Damnation CD is beautiful.  Not very metal like but a very nice CD.
 
Agreed! One of my favorites.

Steven is now working on a solo project with the lead singer/guitarist of Opeth, Mikael Akerfeldt. No set time of release. Nature of having time to work on things.

If you can get past the growling voices of current heavy metal, bands like Opeth, Katatonia, and Swallow the Sun are full of instrumental experimentation. It's the genre of my son and now he's turning me onto bands as opposed to the other way around.

{#High-five}

moving
simple and yet complex
such is life
thanks for giving us PT Bill
{#Music}
Opeth's Damnation CD is beautiful.  Not very metal like but a very nice CD.
Funny that you mention Opeth...I just got their Damnation CD, my first from them. horstman wrote:

If you like metal, then you have probably heard of Opeth, of Sweden. Steven Wilson (lead singer of Porcupine Tree) has produced two of Opeth albums, played keyboards on one of their albums and is very good friends with the band. He also speaks highly of Katatonia and Orphaned Land, two very influential metal bands. Seen all these bands except Opeth (sigh) and they all are very good in concert.

Welcome to RP, land of musical expansion!!!

 

 horstman wrote:

If you like metal, then you have probably heard of Opeth, of Sweden. Steven Wilson (lead singer of Porcupine Tree) has produced two of Opeth albums, played keyboards on one of their albums and is very good friends with the band. He also speaks highly of Katatonia and Orphaned Land, two very influential metal bands. Seen all these bands except Opeth (sigh) and they all are very good in concert.

Welcome to RP, land of musical expansion!!!

 

Metal and Progressive Rock are oddly connected. I suppose it's because of the experimentation and good musicianship. Both genres push boundaries and frankly show off
 ferg wrote:
hey all, i'm new to the station but i like the music alot eaven tough i used to be almost solely a metal listener rp plays some asome music
 
If you like metal, then you have probably heard of Opeth, of Sweden. Steven Wilson (lead singer of Porcupine Tree) has produced two of Opeth albums, played keyboards on one of their albums and is very good friends with the band. He also speaks highly of Katatonia and Orphaned Land, two very influential metal bands. Seen all these bands except Opeth (sigh) and they all are very good in concert.

Welcome to RP, land of musical expansion!!!

I wouldn't call it dreary.  The subjects that are raised and occasionally critiqued are dreary but not the music.

 

PT music is sometimes plodding.  And plodding in interesting, original and highly melodic ways.


spacey and dreamy...nice{#Cool}
 listen_n_sf wrote:
What they gain in musicianship, is lost to their utter dreariness. 
 
As my wife would say "that's boys' music..."

Radiohead is in the same category to her.

I'm a boy. I love it.

 listen_n_sf wrote:
What they gain in musicianship, is lost to their utter dreariness. 
 
The dreariness is one of the best things about this band.  Almost anyone can become a reasonably accomplished musician, it's not as difficult as people think, but being successfully dreary is a gift.

 SmileOnADog wrote:

Art imitating life I guess.  At least the version of reality/life that the unfortunate minority of the population whose evolved "denial of unpleasant realties" filter isn't functioning up to par are subjected too.  That is, when they aren't goosing their serotonin receptors with SSRI's, another feature of modern life that Steve (damn his realism again!) has critiqued in several of those dreary songs of his.

 


Never heard of this group, but the songwriting reminds me a lot of Nine Inch Nails.
New-to-me Porcupine Tree — excellent.  {#Sunny}
hey all, i'm new to the station but i like the music alot eaven tough i used to be almost solely a metal listener rp plays some asome music
Marital striff with the wife at home. Lousy day today.
This song just cuts straight through the middle of my heart.
intro sounds like No Quarter... will rate after the song's over. i either like these guys' songs or hate em. usually no middle ground.

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Porcupine Tree @ Tivoli, Brisbane 2010


 SmileOnADog wrote:

Art imitating life I guess.  At least the version of reality/life that the unfortunate minority of the population whose evolved "denial of unpleasant realties" filter isn't functioning up to par are subjected too.  That is, when they aren't goosing their serotonin receptors with SSRI's, another feature of modern life that Steve (damn his realism again!) has critiqued in several of those dreary songs of his.
 
 Yeah, what he said...
 listen_n_sf wrote:
What they gain in musicianship, is lost to their utter dreariness. 
 
Art imitating life I guess.  At least the version of reality/life that the unfortunate minority of the population whose evolved "denial of unpleasant realties" filter isn't functioning up to par are subjected too.  That is, when they aren't goosing their serotonin receptors with SSRI's, another feature of modern life that Steve (damn his realism again!) has critiqued in several of those dreary songs of his.

What they gain in musicianship, is lost to their utter dreariness. 
 Fredrikson wrote:
I've stopped thinking this is No Quarter, but i definitely still wish it were.
 
Hej is that you Jan?

Awesome record this is!{#Snooty}
I've stopped thinking this is No Quarter, but i definitely still wish it were.
Nice tune. Victim lyrics. wah.
 Deadwing wrote:

They will definitely be back in the States next Spring for more dates, but I doubt they will still be doing "The Incident" in it's entirety like they are now. 

Hiya Deadwing!

So glad for you that PT is coming back to Cinncinnati so you can see them yet again. And still hoping Steven and Co make it across upstate NY for another gig. Just keep praying I guess.

Your a lucky lady!{#Cool}

Hi Fellow RP PT lovers!{#Wave}