"Baby Dream in Cellophane" as written by Richard Barbieri, Steven John Wilson, Colin Edwin Balch and Chris Maitland....
I am in my pram
Look you - I'm so new I am sleeping there
Underneath the stairs

If you wanted to
You'd find inside my mind
Things so surreal
My lips are sealed

In the rain in cellophane
Pale dogs and demigods
They won't bring me down
The clocks go round, they never stop

I've been in limousines
I've seen inside your dreams
It's raining there
Try not to stare


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"Baby Dream in Cellophane" as written by Colin Edwin Balch Christopher James Maitland

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    General CommentSteven Wilson is too complex when it comes to lyrics. He's a mastermind, leaves you to interpret a song in at least 3 different ways
    lacuna112on December 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentPure magic...
    In my opinion it's about the naivety that children/babies have. I guess I have to describe some details:

    "I am - in my pram
    Look you - I'm so new
    I am - sleeping there
    Underneath the stairs"
    - Just a description from the view of a baby. Looking for attention, sleeping peaceful.

    "If you - wanted to
    You'd find - inside my mind
    Things so surreal
    My lips are sealed"
    - Here we have the naivety of the child. Surreal thoughts about the life. Like there were no responsibilities and sorrows. But on the other hand we have the message that actually noone cares about what others think ("if you wanted to").

    "In the rain in cellophane
    Pale dogs and demigods
    They won't bring me down
    The clocks go round, they never stop"
    - As long as he has the shelter of this naive thoughts there is nothing to worry about.

    "I've been - in limousines
    I've seen - inside your dreams
    It's raining there
    Try not to stare"
    - This is from a later point of view. He has grown old and finally noticed that the world is not how he used to see it as a child and that there are a lot of problems hidden inside the minds of others. So he tells them to ignore this, so his "happy world" can stay. But of course he knows that this is not possible, it seems more like a desperate try to ignore reality.
    XCrusherXon February 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOr maybe that's the whole cool thing. He's lips are sealed. So he can't talk. You can't hear him saying this line. PT rocks.
    Wakeboard_Snufkinon August 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentCellophane is used in terms while one is in a dream state, as in when one is 'asleep'---it is also a term when one is under hypnosis or under 'layers' of hypnosis...aka 'mind control'.
    Pram....well it's not about God but it is about the opposite of God
    lips are sealed....when one is under attack in spiritual darkness and the mind is under the belief that they will be reprimanded if they should speak up and tell someone that they are being controlled by someone who has tricked them into darkness through forms of mind control and magic (that is also not of God)
    the rain...rain is a tool used by the controller to let the one they are trying to control think that they are in a period of 'punishment'
    clocks go round...a sense of never ending madness that one feels when those who try to control another in such a way
    inside your dreams...that's what these individuals want one to think they can do..to make you think they can actually get in your head, even when you are sleeping.
    It's a monsterous game people play on the unwary and it's real..it happens.
    There's a song out who's lyrics go something along the line of 'watch out little ears what you hear, watch out little eyes what you see..etc.' It's a very wise song


    Know1on January 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentBTW, pram is short for perambulator, which in the UK is an American stroller.

    My opinion is that this song is the concept that an infant's mind would be like an adult's acid trip. Nothing to relate to, everything's new, anything interpreted is only based on the short, short past that you've had. So surreal. Please don't stare...
    dengmwson September 27, 2013   Link
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    General CommentSo unique. Any ideas what it means?
    Wakeboard_Snufkinon August 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's like a circle of life of some sort. The main Motive is that of a baby seeing the world from a colorful cellophane that actually suffocates him.
    Wakeboard_Snufkinon January 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHis future has been set, even though he's just a baby, but he doesn't want to follow that path. Like, "No, I won't."

    Something Wilson said about writing songs about rebellious babies.
    CleverConveyenceon April 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThere might also be a very, very subtle play on words, with the "Pale DOGS and Demi-GODS" line. But then again, maybe I've read too much Shakespeare. Anyway, I've never really seen any meaning of any kind whatsoever in this song, and I still don't. Just something to listen to while on an acid trip.
    im_a_pirateon May 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAnd where the hell is the "My lips are sealed" line? Unless the version I have had that line cut out for no particular reason, then I can't hear it anywhere. Not even a whisper of it.
    im_a_pirateon May 25, 2007   Link

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