"Buying New Soul" as written by Colin Edwin Balch, Richard Barbieri, Steven John Wilson and Christopher James Maitland....
Dried up, a guitar upon my knee
I should have sold out when the devil came for me
Dig a hole and throw it out to sea
Break the code, how happy I could be

I still wave at the dots on the shore
And I still beat my head against the wall
I still rage and wage my little war
I'm a shade and easy to ignore

White wall, I had to paint a door
I always find that I've been through it before
Close it up and throw away the key
Break the code, how happy I could be

I woke up and I had a big idea
To buy a new soul at the start of every year
I paid up and it cost me pretty dear
Here's a hymn to those that disappear


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"Buying New Soul" as written by Colin Edwin Balch, Richard Barbieri, Steven John Wilson, Christopher James Maitland

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  • +5
    General CommentI wonder if they didn't put this song on an album on purpose. What if the song is actually about the talented artists who don't go mainstream and thus so many good songs remain obscure? Maybe this song was made to prove the point that such a good song is not be heard by everyone.

    I know, it sounds insane! But I would like to think that it is true, just because this song is so beautiful and filled with melancholy.
    sarcasticguyon November 17, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentAwesome song, I especially love the build up in the middle
    Dkeron May 11, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis is my all time favourite P T song. the ten minute version anyway. its so melodic and beautifully done. not too sure of its meaning though, appears quite ambigious. any ideas?
    ptreeon August 11, 2005   Link
  • +3
    My Interpretation"I still wave at the dots on the shore"
    -The dots are possibly the people who folded to the mainstream and left him behind. I imagine the narrator to be on a boat drifting out to sea, the distance between himself and the others are so far, they just look like dots now.

    Alternately, and more melancholy, he could be without a boat, and waving at the people on the shore like a drowning man does to signal a lifeguard that he needs help. Those on the shore are safely out of harm's way, while he risks drowning.

    "And I still bang my head against the wall.
    I still rage and wage my little war"
    -Struggling with whether his decision was the right one. There seems to be a lot of regret here.
    shezzdanon January 04, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBreak the code, how happy I could be (Go mainstream, make it big) Here's a hymn to those that disappear (so many artists are extremly talented but don't "make it" because they don't go mainstream)
    [Service to busy]on May 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNo, you might be right, at least as far as what the song's about. "Hymn to those that disappear" seems like Steven's talking about those bands that don't sell out, and pay the price by constantly having to struggle (or fade away) for their choice. Now whether or not they left it off the album to prove a point, I don't know.

    Nevertheless, another beautiful song. They have so many.
    CoyoteLongshoton November 24, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWow, discovered this song only recently and I really love it. I keep amazing myself about the fact that the best PT songs are usually rares or bonus tracks.
    Karathi87on October 08, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhite wall, I had to paint a door
    I always find that I've been through it before
    Close it up and throw away the key

    Reminds me of Brain Damage "you lock the door/throw away the key/there's someone in my head/but it's not me" so yeah, incredible song, just found it on Arriving Somewhere... got the chorus stuck in my head, only listened to it once! Gavin's immense!
    TashaPon July 21, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI also thought it was "ducks" at first.
    Then I realised it was "dots" and that makes a bit more sense... not sure exactly what it means though.

    Great song. I think "Anaesthetise" pips it though.

    - qsq
    qsilentqon February 17, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"I still wave at the dots on the shore
    And I still beat my head against the door"

    I'm obsessed with the interpretation of these lines. :D
    What do "the dots on the shore" mean? Any ideas?
    MoonlitLadyon March 04, 2012   Link

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