"Four Chords That Made A Million" as written by and Steven John Wilson....
Six of one a half a dozen
Black guitars and plastic blues
Hide behind a wall of nothing
Nothing said and nothing new

Four chords that made a million

You belong there on the cover
You are the emperor in new clothes
A man who thinks he owns the future
Will sell your vacuum with his prose

Four chords that made a million

And then a moron with a cheque book
Will take you out to lunch, who knows?
He will tell you you're a saviour
And then he'll drop you like a stone

Four chords that made a million

And I have tried and I have died
Trying to get through
But in the end I can't defend you.

Four chords that made a million


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"Four Chords That Made a Million" as written by Steven John Wilson

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    General CommentFirst of all I just have to say that porcupine tree are an amazing band. I think this song is about how bands that aren't even skilled at what they do end up making it big.
    sepultribe99on March 04, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song title references Pachelbel's Canon, a very simple chord progression used very often in popular music as evidenced by this youtube video: youtube.com/…
    warman17on January 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFirst of all I just have to say that porcupine tree are an amazing band. I think this song is about how bands that aren't even skilled at what they do end up making it big.
    sepultribe99on March 04, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'll have to agree with sepultribe99 on both statements he made.
    NothingManon April 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcough blink182 cough
    ogretagon April 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe writes many songs about the deplorable state of popular, mainstream music... this is obviously one of them
    plexuson August 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGood song.
    Like everyone said, it's about the music industry and how "4 chords make a million" basically stating that the same stuff is being played over and over again by a million different bands and how they really aren't original anymore, or even good.
    absentiaon May 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDid anyone else immediatly think of 'smells like teen spirit' when they heard the song title.

    Even before i'd actually heard the song thats what thought sprung into my mind
    ytse-marmaladeon July 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIronic how Porcupine Tree has songs with 4 chords.
    FlashCEon October 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI dont know if they mean a particular song or group. Nirvana is mentioned here, and Blink182. When I first heard the song, I also tried to guess what song they could mean.

    I think it is about music industry in general, perhaps about "Nu Metal" groups, Steven Wilson seems to dislike them (or at least he uses this term for commercial-oriented bands who play all the same stuff), if you listened to his interviews on the PT website.

    I dont know, I think the meaning of the song is quite obvious here... unlike other PT tracks. This might be because it is much more a political statement than lyrical art... you know?
    pwon December 16, 2006   Link

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