"It Will Rain For A Million Years" as written by Steven John Wilson and Alan Duffy....
I locked myself inside the capsule
And watched the planet slowly turning blue
The lights before me flashed and sparkled
Holding keys to lives I've wandred through
Circuits buzzing, visions passing
Mysterious and cold upon the screen
Glowing, flowing with the currents
Yet never knowing where I've really been

The floating seeds of timeless travel
Come to rest in planes that don't exist
Visiting worlds of crystal beauty
Offering dreams so very hard to resist
I've seen the past, I've seen the future
Beyond dimension and into empty space
Finding questions, never answers
Living time behind another face


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"It Will Rain for a Million Years" as written by Steven Wilson Alan Duffy

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    General CommentI have no idea what the lyrics mean, beyond the obvious description of someone floating through space, but I find this is one of the best 'ambient' style songs PT have released. It has so much atmosphere! The sound is far more mature than the rest of the album, and shows clearly the direction PT were going musically.
    blacksheep55on March 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a beautiful song. I agree with you Blacksheep.
    lacuna112on December 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNear Death Experience or reincarnation.
    amatterofgraceon March 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAnother possibility is space travel- the "capsule" above the blue planet. Or drugs of course.
    amatterofgraceon March 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt sounds like it's someone fleeing the planet as it's flooding. He looks down at his home, and sees the land being enveloped in water (watched the planet slowly turning blue).

    So now he travels the galaxy, holding within his mind the story of his faded planet, trying to find a home, seeing many planets along the way, but he never finds it, searching forever.
    CleverConveyenceon April 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite song from the band's early years. I just love the cryptic, spacey vibe of it. It's one of those songs where you can close your eyes and let it take you somewhere else.

    IMO they really should have put it on Stars Die, because not too many people own On The Sunday of Life, and I think it's one of the most influential early songs on the band's sound. Anyway, great stuff.
    CoyoteLongshoton May 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about television.
    DementedPuppyon December 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe drowning planet and the space wanderer could be a metaphor for someone's life. the planet being slowly drowned could symbolize the destruction of everything they held dear. the capsule could be the only thing protecting them (drugs, alcohol are my thoughts). then the wandering is them trying to always find what it is they had before, but never finding it
    Newfieon May 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThere's something absolutely amazing about this song. It is artistic in a very mystical sounding way. Each bang of bass in the background is like a crash of thunder, and each drum beat a pang of rain on the surface of the earth.

    Primal, yet mystical, as the vocals ring through in a tone that expresses a sort of distant view of the earth. Space traveler asside, it seems like someone looking at the earth as a whole.

    I believe the first bit of lyrics is from the point of view of someone looking at the world from a re-imagined perspective, having locked themselves inside the confounds of society, and realizing that they never really knew where they were in life.

    Epiphany, even.

    Or, and I usually hate to be one of these people, it could be about drugs. The second half sounds very LSD-y.
    Kitsune_Tokkanon December 08, 2012   Link

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