"Dark Matter" as written by and Steven John Wilson....
Inside the vehicle the cold is extreme
Smoke in my throat kicks me out of my dream
I try to relax but its warmer outside
I fail to connect, it's a tragic divide

This has become a full time career
To die young would take only 21 years
Gun down a school or blow up a car
The media circus will make you a star

Dark matter flowing out on to a tape
Is only as loud as the silence it breaks
Most things decay in a matter of days
The product is sold the memory fades

Crushed like a rose
In the river flow
I am I know


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"Dark Matter" as written by Steven John Wilson

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    General CommentI guess noboby commented on the title yet. Here's my vision: as the entire album is about music industry and how you try to make your life significant by releasing music and you can't do it as an "alternative" musician, this song sums it up and gives the answer. The theory of dark matter assumes that it fills about 80% of the universe and affects it dramatically, while remaining unseen. That's what "alternative" musicians are to the music industry. There's many of them and they affect lives, but remain unseen. The music appears unappreciated by masses, unheard. It's only as loud as the silence it breaks.

    I've always thought that connecting art with science is amazing.
    Sapromindon November 03, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commentdamn this is one of my favorites of the early PT era.
    i wish i was in steve wilsons head when he wrote all his lyrics so i could know what some of these songs are about. absolutely wonderful
    plexuson August 18, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is amazing, the lyrics and music go together so well and the vocals and the beat its so mellow. so wonderful.
    llamas1234on November 12, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe's such a master of lyrical concepts..."to die young would take only 21 years". Man, this song is the reason Porcupine Tree is the best band of the 90s and 00s.
    atomsplitteron December 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis album is about different ways people try to make their lives significant. This is one of the more overt ones. It's about someone trying to make something notable of themself through acts of violence. Among other things.
    GroovyJudeon December 25, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfirst of all, i must say that this is my favourite PT song. i've been grinding this song for ages now, and it gets me everytime exactly like the 1st time i listened to it.

    anyways, i've been trying to think about what this song means. i think that what GroovyJude said is true. this entire album is about trying people trying to make their lives significant. i think that the 3 verse are describing 3 different stories. the first one sounds like a person trying to commit suicide in a car by connecting one end of a tube to the exhaust and the other into the car.

    the second verse talks about how the worst things you'll do will get you to be the most famous. the media leaves on bad stuff people do.

    the third verse is about artists writing their most painfull memories in a song, which eventually sells very good, and the song looses it's meaning eventually.

    well, that's my idea for this beautifull song. i'd really like to hear some of your opinions guys :)
    alonsh4on February 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti read in the Stars Die booklet that he wrote this on tour and was originally called "Tour Song".
    atomsplitteron March 08, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is actually about life on the road and being in a successful band. The first verse talks about how uncomfortable and uninspiring the tour bus can be, how he just wishes he could go outside. The second verse, he thinks about other avenues in which one could become famous and the time he's wasted/labored in said carreer. And in the third verse, he's actually just talking about the release of music itself, how you pour your heart and soul into a project only for it to be forgotten within days, months, etc. But the refrain is about acceptance, coming to terms with one's self and the decesions we've made along the way, no matter how many people step on us. A personal favorite of mine too.
    Deezil13on October 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe spoken word bit at the end of the song, about electroshock therapy, is actually from an old, old episode of Saturday Night Live. It was originally part of a fake advertisement for a beer aimed at lobotomized people, Spud. I'm a big fan of both Porcupine Tree and SNL and I thought it was crazy when I made the connection.
    MaddAddamson June 06, 2011   Link
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    General CommentDaaaamn.. I listen mostly to Heavy Metal music but Porcupine Tree is one of the few non-Metal bands that i listen to and this song has a great athmosphere. This is absloutely my all time fav. Porcupine Tree song.
    MMM88on December 10, 2006   Link

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