"This Is No Rehearsal" as written by Richard Barbieri, Steven John Wilson, Colin Edwin Balch and Chris Maitland....
How many children did I bring into this world?
How many did I lose in the shopping arcade?

This is no rehearsal - play it back
and throw things at the screen
This is no rehearsal - somebody
interpret this for me

And still I remember how I dressed him this morning
And then he was gone - stolen, my only one


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"This Is No Rehearsal" as written by Colin Edwin Balch Christopher James Maitland

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    General Commentthis may not be wrong... but would not be the first song that's made up like this
    look at some tracks of in absentia for example
    bluuuon September 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI believe, according to what I've heared and get from this song, that its a bit stuck up. Yet so PT. But since they rock, it's OK. It's about all those semi-rock: punk bands, and all those teenage american movies theme musicians. That all they do is just "making a lot of noise" and messing around with their instruments like little children, that don't really know what they're doing - yet they're still popular, "making art" and being cool. So this is PT version or statment, that they can be "cool" like that as well. This is way the lyrics are talking gernerally on silly childish/adolescent behavior. In a peranty VS rowdy kid.
    Wakeboard_Snufkinon June 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis was at the Wikipedia entry for this song:

    Steven Wilson said of "This Is No Rehearsal": "This song was directly inspired by a tragic UK event a few years ago. A child was taken from a shopping mall while his mother was momentarily distracted and was later found dead and tortured near a railway track. The most disturbing thing about the story was that the two abductors/murderers turned out to be children themselves."
    SekundesCon August 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I read that but I don't believe it's really about that. You can interpret it in other ways, even when Steven Wilson said it's about that child abducted and murdered.

    With only reading the lyrics, you think "oh, it's clear - it's about that child murdered" but the music sounds far too happy. I mean, there are so many sad PT songs, but this one isn't one of them.

    Said in another way:

    Musically, it's quite uplifting.
    Lyrically, it's quite dark.
    reptileon September 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis may not be wrong... but would not be the first song that's made up like this
    look at some tracks of in absentia for example
    bluuuon September 22, 2007   Link
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    General Commentreptile: As for you thinking that the music sounds far too happy to be about the child being murdered; it's called musical irony. This song is a perfect example of it.
    ShadeXHon January 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWell my interpretation of this song is he refers to his music as a child. How many children did he create and how many were lost in a mall (record shop?)?
    APOLLYONexeon May 18, 2010   Link

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