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Porcupine Tree — Sleep Together
Album: Fear Of A Blank Planet
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7.2

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Released: 2007
Length: 7:18
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This means out
This is your way out
Do or drown
Do or drown in torpor

Leave no trace
All my files erased
Burn my clothes
Burn my Prada trainers

Let's sleep together right now
Relieve the pressure somehow
Switch off the future right now
Let's leave forever

This is fate
This is your escape
Leave here now
Leave here like it's over

Let's sleep together right now
Relieve the pressure somehow
Switch off the future right now
Let's leave forever
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This band is simply amazing. And Gavin Harrison may be the best drummer of all time.
 LinThizzy wrote:
Moody blues meets King Crimson...strictly my own take
 

I can hear that! Interesting observation, I agree!
I don't like Harrisson's drumming on this song. I don't know why. Too simple ??
 LinThizzy wrote:
Moody blues meets King Crimson...strictly my own take
 
Strings bring to mind Zep.
I know it's been said many times but Gavin Harrison's drumming on this is amazing.  He just drives this track forward with power and grace.
PT is the bomb on RP. 
https://youtu.be/kpw7cBBrSA4
Moody blues meets King Crimson...strictly my own take
 milesfinn wrote:
Please god, I hope this grows on me. At the moment, I'm saying "Make RP Great Again!"

 
Points for humour.  
Play it LOUD.
 milesfinn wrote:
Please god, I hope this grows on me. At the moment, I'm saying "Make RP Great Again!"

 
This is one of the songs that makes RP great.
8 -> 10
Flip, this is good!
Please god, I hope this grows on me. At the moment, I'm saying "Make RP Great Again!"
ah mate, he was awesome. My brother & I saw SW in Melbourne, flew from Perth (3000 kms East just for the concert)

Guess he was en-route to USA. Same show. Packed with great songs and a good 3 hours. I missed PT years ago and hanging out for him to come down-under! Yeah- thanks RP for setting me on this journey with PT and SW. Cheers ! {#Music}
Wow, third PT track played on RP today! And the Hand. Cannot. Erase. concert was awesome. Hand. Cannot. Erase. was played first and then back catalog items including this track were played after the intermission.
Got my tix for Steven Wilson at the Majestic Theater here in Dallas in November. Can't wait. Saw PT at House of Blues in 2010, SW there in 2012 and now this 2016 show at the Majestic coming up. Sweet! Big thanks to Bill and RP for playing PT so much!
 kingart wrote:
I need restraint not to bump that to a 9. The bass line knocks me out. The crescendo is the stuff that musical dreams are made of.  Jeez, damn, holy shit. 

 

 
Agreed.  The rhythm work on this track is just amazing.  
 xnavy wrote:

I got 4 1/2 when I saw SW at the Beacon in NYC. What a great show even though Steve was losing his voice. Ninet covered for him. She belongs in the band

 
Ninet has a terrific voice for the kind of music that Steven writes and produces.
I need restraint not to bump that to a 9. The bass line knocks me out. The crescendo is the stuff that musical dreams are made of.  Jeez, damn, holy shit. 

 

 I got 4 1/2 when I saw SW at the Beacon in NYC. What a great show even though Steve was losing his voice. Ninet covered for him. She belongs in the band

 

westslope wrote:

Disclosure:  I have no material connection to Steven Wilson Inc.

4 1/2   the latest CD put out by Steven Wilson is excellent.  Man, are his rejects good!  

Some of it sounds like Frank Zappa.  A couple of songs mix heavy rock and jazz tones.  

 I particularly like the re-do of Don't Hate Me, originally put on the Porcupine Tree Stupid Dream CD.   Ninet Tayeb sings with Steven Wilson.  The re-do is more jazzier than the original.  

I would upload Don't Hate Me (with Ninet Tayeb) to RP if I thought the boss would bite.  Maybe it is an acquired taste....

If you are a fan, I highly recommend 4 1/2.


 


Disclosure:  I have no material connection to Steven Wilson Inc.

4 1/2   the latest CD put out by Steven Wilson is excellent.  Man, are his rejects good!  

Some of it sounds like Frank Zappa.  A couple of songs mix heavy rock and jazz tones.  

 I particularly like the re-do of Don't Hate Me, originally put on the Porcupine Tree Stupid Dream CD.   Ninet Tayeb sings with Steven Wilson.  The re-do is more jazzier than the original.  

I would upload Don't Hate Me (with Ninet Tayeb) to RP if I thought the boss would bite.  Maybe it is an acquired taste....

If you are a fan, I highly recommend 4 1/2.

 torino390 wrote:
I'm really starting to like Porcupine Tree. This is like Massive Attacks earlier stuff, grabs you and takes you into a dark place. Such atmosphere you could cut it. Lovin this track. Might well be my next purchase.{#Music}

 
Careful.  Next thing you will want to buy the catalogue back to Signify.
I'm really starting to like Porcupine Tree. This is like Massive Attacks earlier stuff, grabs you and takes you into a dark place. Such atmosphere you could cut it. Lovin this track. Might well be my next purchase.{#Music}
Symphonic, in the grand Floydian Tradition. Excitedly enigmatic, and rippling with exquisite radiant darkness. Sonic brilliance with guts.
Pink Floyd followed by... Porcupine Tree.  I see what you are doing there Bill but you need to make the segues more convoluted so we have to work harder at trying to solve the puzzle. It's like the Hunger Games for music :)
One of my favourite cuts off an excellent CD.

The underlying message is whatever you do, do not get blotto.

The message is an anti-blotto message. 
When is Mr. Wilson & Co. coming to Canada...eh?
Just amazing ending. After the big break, the song slowly builds until it eventually has 3 different keyboard rifs laying over each other, plus a great bass drive rif. Then that ending keyboard solo kicks in.....brilliant. SW has so much talent to burn, he just throws so much music into a single song that most bands would use to build a full record.
9 --> 10
This band has a very high ratio of masterpieces per album. Just sayin'
Great song. 
 Deadwing wrote:
{#Music}

 
Welcome back. You were missed during your sabbatical. Hope your return is more pleasant than your departure.

{#Laughing} 
{#Good-vibes}
Christ, the end of that song gives me the chills.
{#Music}
A very good song. Last week I visited a concert of frontman Steven Wilson at Hedon Zwolle. What a fabulous night!!
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
nevar23 wrote:
Had to log in to check my rating. Yep, it was already a 10. {#Music}

1 you mean.

 
Rating this an 8 just to piss Scott off.
Did I just say 'album'?

Ol' geezer.  {#Music} 
Be nice ShaunJ.  -hehe-


I think the whole album is solid from beginning to end.  Though I prefer 'Normal' on the Nil Recurring EP to 'Sentimental'. 
 KevinM wrote:
Ths and My Ashes are the only decent songs on a very disappointing PT album.

 
I disagree, however opinions are like a$$holes etc....{#Cheesygrin}
Ths and My Ashes are the only decent songs on a very disappointing PT album.
I did the riff on the title of the Public Enemy album.
 1wolfy wrote:
When the drum kicks in life begins

 
Love the way this song just crescendos into a mad, marvelous fury.


 nevar23 wrote:
Had to log in to check my rating. Yep, it was already a 10. {#Music}

 
1 you mean.
Had to log in to check my rating. Yep, it was already a 10. {#Music}
PT is the single greatest addition to my life delivered by RP. Many, many thanks.
When the drum kicks in life begins
 djblitz wrote:
I've been a listener of RP for about eight years now and I'm fairly certain Porcupine Tree gets the most spins out of anyone besides maybe the Beatles or Pink Floyd.  

 
I haven't studied it in detail (yet), but I believe that band and/or solo iterations of Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, and David Byrne each get more airplay here than Porcupine Tree does.  Peter Gabriel, The Cowboy Junkies, and Natalie Merchant may also be pretty close.  
 djblitz wrote:
I've been a listener of RP for about eight years now and I'm fairly certain Porcupine Tree gets the most spins out of anyone besides maybe the Beatles or Pink Floyd.  

 
Could be right.  I own over a dozen PT CDs and this radio station still manages to play a PT song I don't have. Which is immensely pleasing.  

Steven Wilson is the renaissance man of our time.   
I think that bass is not prominent enough. 
I've been a listener of RP for about eight years now and I'm fairly certain Porcupine Tree gets the most spins out of anyone besides maybe the Beatles or Pink Floyd.  
Hooray for Porcupine Floyd!
 rdo wrote:
I hear a lot of NIN influence here....good tune....8

 
As literally side by side contemporaries, common influences are more likely. Not that Reznor and Wilson would not take note of the other's music.

Yes, an 8. At least   :)


If you ever see SW in concert you will know pure genius
 blotto wrote:
I'd give this a 10+ if I could, such a powerful song.

 
...... totally agree :))
very effective as an alarm tone!



8
2 Good!
he managed to work in the word "torpor" in the song. gotta love it!
Yes, yes......... Porcupine Tree, Steven Wilson over and over, and there is no end of  a perfect music, allways creativ, innovativ, full of surprises, new ideas, cryptic meanings..........like if all members of Pink Floyd, Yes, Genesis, Gentle Giant, Van-der-Graaf-Generator, King Crimson and even Mahavishnu Orchestra were reborn and got a reincarnation in the mind of Steven Wilson. I do not believe in God but this could be a miracle....God give a long life to S.W. and P.T. and Blackfield and........and al the side branches of this family.

By the way........in the final part of Sleep together there is another divine contribution- a guy named John Lennon and his Indie-Band called Beatles. Do you know them?{#Nyah}
Been hooked on Porcupine Tree since I heard it here first. This last half hour or so has been righteous! RP has been  turning me onto awesome new music. Thanks RP and Porcupine Tree!  I'm coveting what  Bill and Rebecca do....
What a fantastic transition from Floyd's Marooned
I hear a lot of NIN influence here....good tune....8
That was a great transition between two rather different songs.
I'd give this a 10+ if I could, such a powerful song.
I really like the sound these guys produce. The lyrics to this one however... don't quite do it for me.

still a solid 7. especially the end 
I <3 Porcupine Tree!! {#Bananapiano}
 guielmo wrote:
Pearl Jam then Pink Floyd and then Porcupine Tree... {#Hearteyes}

3 x double name, 3 x starting with P and 3 x great band  {#Crowded}

Is Bill trying to reach us with some subliminal message?   {#Stupid}
 
and again:
Porcupine Tree — Sleep Together
("copy - paste" doesn't seem to work here...)

GREAT!!

Pearl Jam is not really my cup of tea, but Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree are!
And in a way PT sometimes reminds me of PF...
Wow, we were just talking about this on that other Pink Floyd thread! What a coincidence. {#Liar}
 Marzz_13 wrote:

Well, let's take a look at the lyrics and decide...

This means out 
This is your way out 
Do or drown 
Do or drown in torpor

Leave no trace 
All my files erased 
Burn my clothes 
Burn my Prada trainers

Let's sleep together right now 
Relieve the pressure somehow 
Switch off the future right now 
Let's leave forever

This is fate 
This is your escape 
Leave here now 
Leave here like it's over

Let's sleep together right now 
Relieve the pressure somehow 
Switch off the future right now 
Let's leave forever  

Sounds like a suicide pact to me- I'm thinking a Heaven's Gate cult suicide pact reference here.  Great song, btw. 
 



..i dunno..could also read it as escaping consumerism (Prada) & contemp society/standard expectations (off the grid/"all my files erased")..

..the sleeping together is just another form of escape..living in that sexual moment away..

..just a thought..prolly off base..
Jeez I love this song. I can't say enough about it.
this song is amazing. just seems like it is so full of sound.
This song gives me goosebumps!!!!
 Bluesgrrl wrote:

Suicide pact? I dunno, but I bought the CD on Itunes cause of RP,love the 90"s chord progs. Wish I could hear them live.
 
Well, let's take a look at the lyrics and decide...

This means out 
This is your way out 
Do or drown 
Do or drown in torpor

Leave no trace 
All my files erased 
Burn my clothes 
Burn my Prada trainers

Let's sleep together right now 
Relieve the pressure somehow 
Switch off the future right now 
Let's leave forever

This is fate 
This is your escape 
Leave here now 
Leave here like it's over

Let's sleep together right now 
Relieve the pressure somehow 
Switch off the future right now 
Let's leave forever  

Sounds like a suicide pact to me- I'm thinking a Heaven's Gate cult suicide pact reference here.  Great song, btw. 
 kaybee wrote:
kaybee wrote:I really like most of Porcupine Tree's album covers althoug this one is really, really creeping me out.At least it doesn't make me want to toss like the "In Absentia" cover. 

 
Another example of, erm, 'linguistic diversity' either side of the Pond. Over this Eastern side, the verb "to toss" has a rather different colloquial meaning from that which you mean :o)
 ShaunJ wrote:

Much heavier/killer version of this on the Anesthetize DVD {#Drummer}
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpw7cBBrSA4
starting to really like these guys! :)
 ShaunJ wrote:

Much heavier/killer version of this on the Anesthetize DVD {#Drummer}
 

Good to know.  Next....

 

Yesterday On the Sunday of Life/early Porcupine Tree, and Steven Wilson's 2011 Grace for Drowning CD arrived in the mail.  Joy!


A little hard for Radio Paradise, but really cool!
Gavin Harrison's drumming is stupendous! Steven Wilson's songwriting is awesome! This is just a cool and tense song! Love me my Porcupine 'Effin Tree!!!!
Pearl Jam then Pink Floyd and then Porcupine Tree... {#Hearteyes}

3 x double name, 3 x starting with P and 3 x great band  {#Crowded}

Is Bill trying to reach us with some subliminal message?   {#Stupid}


This one goes to 11.
Geez!!!  I came on the site (listening on my home stereo in the background) to rate this a 10 and discovered I had already done that!  {#Embarassed}

{#Cheers}
Sadly I can neither vote this up to 11 nor turn it up to 11.  I'll just sit here quietly and love it as the 10 it is.

 kayumann wrote:
Almost an element of the band "Stabbing Westward" rippling in the background...love this tune... solid 8.
 
Much heavier/killer version of this on the Anesthetize DVD {#Drummer}
Almost an element of the band "Stabbing Westward" rippling in the background...love this tune... solid 8.
An amazing band.  I saw them live, twice last year, and they are every bit as precise.  True professionals.
SW really does seem to enjoy and employ shock factor in his album covers/ videos etc.


kaybee wrote:I really like most of Porcupine Tree's album covers althoug this one is really, really creeping me out.
 horstman wrote:
But does it freak you out more than "In Abstentia"? That's the real test.{#Think}
 
At least it doesn't make me want to toss like the "In Absentia" cover. {#Smile}    Actually, I notice a lot of Porcupine Tree's album covers are creepy - Darkwing, The Incident, even the room on the "Signify" cover looks like an abandoned (haunted?) house.


 Canlistener wrote:
Could the tone of this song match the cover art any better?
 
I agree, this is f*k'n terrific. 8.
This so god damn good. I'm longtime fan of PT and always find something new in their music with every listen. Good to see that they have made a big impression on the other side of the Atlantic.
I've met Steven a few times (i'm good friends with the guy who does his artwork) and he always has fresh ideas into which to take his music either with PT, solo or other collaborations.

I have made a compilation CD with alternating PT and Radiohead (album tracks only) and they go well together.

THIS...IS SHAKING THE WALLS HERE...and I LIKE IT!  Hell of a set, going on hours now with jam after JAM!  Way to go, RP!

I say G0d Damn, that is one hell of a song.  I always thought this song sounded like it could have had John Paul Jones on keyboards.  I think the ending keyboard solo reminds me of some of the JPJ's stuff on his solo album Zooma.
This song is reminding me of those 90's Industrial rock bands — ala Stabbing Westward, Gravity Kills, NIN etc etc.  And that is a good thing, I liked that music back in the day, and nice to hear now & again.
 kaybee wrote:
I really like most of Porcupine Tree's album covers althoug this one is really, really creeping me out.
 
It's the infant Riddick.
 kaybee wrote:
I really like most of Porcupine Tree's album covers althoug this one is really, really creeping me out.
  But does it freak you out more than "In Abstentia"? That's the real test.{#Think}


I really like most of Porcupine Tree's album covers althoug this one is really, really creeping me out.
 fredriley wrote:

The dog's bollocks is the same as the cat's whiskers, the bee's knees or the kipper's knickers. As opposed to the dog's breakfast which is an awful mess.
 
Learn something new every day at RP!  I've heard of all the others, Fred but the kipper's knickers is new to me.  {#Roflol}
Obviously British slang! 
 redstorm wrote:
Just stand up and admit the truth, we all love rock and roll, and this boys and girls is a damn fine example of the subject matter  {#Devil_pimp}
 
Yep.

I wasn't familiar with these guys until RP. Thanks!

Just stand up and admit the truth, we all love rock and roll, and this boys and girls is a damn fine example of the subject matter  {#Devil_pimp}
Could the tone of this song match the cover art any better?
 fredriley wrote:

The dog's bollocks is the same as the cat's whiskers, the bee's knees or the kipper's knickers. As opposed to the dog's breakfast which is an awful mess.
 
Beauty in testicles.  I get it!

{#Arrowu}8


Spooky and simultaneously groovy— this song is good for the ears...


 fredriley wrote:

The dog's bollocks is the same as the cat's whiskers, the bee's knees or the kipper's knickers. As opposed to the dog's breakfast which is an awful mess.
 
you are becoming my teacher fred - lot's of expressions I didn't know (and thanks to wikipedia)

this song is quite dark, like purple dark, almost in the same way as are some poems by Rimbaud or Verlaine, les poetes maudits. I like to think about them more as free minds, and may be this is indeed a curse.
In some ways Steven Wilson reminds me of them
edit : from dog's bollocks to verlaine, quite a jump in just one comment
 westslope wrote:

I also agree with fred and patiently await his explanation with regards to dog's bollox.

 
The dog's bollocks is the same as the cat's whiskers, the bee's knees or the kipper's knickers. As opposed to the dog's breakfast which is an awful mess.


 Pyro wrote:
No band has moved me like PT, since the 70's when I first discovered bands like Yes, Led Zep, Pink Floyd, etc.  These guys are so damn good!

 
+1 and it gets better & better.....

 paulmack wrote:

Once again, fredriley, I find myself agreeing with you. I think (don't know what a 'dog's bollox' is.

 
I also agree with fred and patiently await his explanation with regards to dog's bollox.

 fredriley wrote:
When I first heard this song on RP, before I got the album, I assumed on a 'skim-listen' that "let's sleep together" referred to sex. After getting the CD, which is the dog's bollox btw, I now know it's a much darker song about suicide pacts, the culmination of a concept album about the troubled male adolescent mind. A disturbing and inventive work.

As always, a big, big thanks to RP for introducing me to PT, as there's no way I'd have heard any of their stuff otherwise. I've not come across a duff album or song by them yet. This number gets a very rare 10 rating from the Nottingham jury.
 
Once again, fredriley, I find myself agreeing with you. I think (don't know what a 'dog's bollox' is.

 fredriley wrote:
When I first heard this song on RP, before I got the album, I assumed on a 'skim-listen' that "let's sleep together" referred to sex. After getting the CD, which is the dog's bollox btw, I now know it's a much darker song about suicide pacts, the culmination of a concept album about the troubled male adolescent mind. A disturbing and inventive work.

As always, a big, big thanks to RP for introducing me to PT, as there's no way I'd have heard any of their stuff otherwise. I've not come across a duff album or song by them yet. This number gets a very rare 10 rating from the Nottingham jury.
 
Suicide pact? I dunno, but I bought the CD on Itunes cause of RP,love the 90"s chord progs. Wish I could hear them live.
PT at their worst, I'm afraid. Bombastic, with a streak of amoral nihilism. So, many other better tracks...
Gavin Harrison is one of the greatest drummers in rock.  Guy named Neil Peart agrees with me.

LOL!   Hey Scott!  How goes?  

Whats up?  Been suckin' the the wrong end of a coal-bed methane pipe?  Worried about running out of parts for your Chevy? :-)


 westslope wrote:

To be difficult:   Actually it is possible to discuss politics and religion in a respectful manner.  Gotta dial into the core.

But dissing somebody else's music is rough.  It is like commenting on somebody's food choice with a loud yuck! or some other dismissal.  Usually denotes poor upbringing.

And this despite the fact that poor food choices along with physical inactivity constitute the number one biggest, most costly health problem in North America these days....

 

Love the industrial sound in Sleep Together.

 



When I first heard this song on RP, before I got the album, I assumed on a 'skim-listen' that "let's sleep together" referred to sex. After getting the CD, which is the dog's bollox btw, I now know it's a much darker song about suicide pacts, the culmination of a concept album about the troubled male adolescent mind. A disturbing and inventive work.

As always, a big, big thanks to RP for introducing me to PT, as there's no way I'd have heard any of their stuff otherwise. I've not come across a duff album or song by them yet. This number gets a very rare 10 rating from the Nottingham jury.

I AM THE EGGMAN


Verah, verah, nice.


This has some dissonance that actually makes it sound interesting and original...


 ThePoose wrote:
I live on 50 densely wooded acres in rural Ottawa, capital of Canada. One warm summer night as I was going to sleep listening to a score of bullfrogs croaking in the pond, I heard a loud, repetitive screech. I knew all the owl sounds, and this was not among them. It went on for many minutes, so I got a 15,000,000 candlepower lantern and went on a search for this new animal sound. The sound did not diminish as I approached the tree from which the sound arose. Finally, I saw the source of that strange sound: a humungous porcupine (female, as I was to soon find out) screeching to attract a male porky, who was hot to trot over from the next tree. They soon found each other, and the screeching began to mount—pun intended. Thereafter, that popular poplar became known as the Porcupine Tree.
 

Great story, it does make me wonder where the band name came from even more.

GOD I LOVE THIS SONG!!!!
And I totally disagree with the negative thoughts on the direction of the advances in technology. With an increasingly overpopulating planet I think it will be best to dwell in a virtual environment. Yes it may be a little less personal, but who cares IMHO, I am anti-social anyways. And think of it as preparation for the "Space Age". Folks lets face it, one day this planet will not be fit for humans. If the race will survive, we will be traveling in vehicles for long periods, not going to shopping malls, parks, etc. And sure this wont happen overnight.
Amazing song!
No band has moved me like PT, since the 70's when I first discovered bands like Yes, Led Zep, Pink Floyd, etc.  These guys are so damn good!

I love Porcupine Tree.  Their songs get in my head and won't leave me alone.