Hush; may I ask you all for silence?
The dreamer is still asleep
May the goddess keep us from single vision
And you to sleep

The dreamer is still asleep
The dreamer is still asleep
He's inventing landscapes in their magnetic field
Working out a means of escape
We'll cut across the crop circles

The seer says no
Not much time left for these escape attempts
Look at it this way
In ten years' time
Who'll care? Who'll even remember?
One dies like that, deep within it
Almost inside it
It's there for a reason

I'll give you my old address
And take that little book
To tear and cut the paper

The beginning is also the end
Time defines it, time defines it
It will end
Like close friendship
Nothing could be further
We forget the space between people and things
Is empty
We forget, and don't notice the loss

Crossing into venerable degeneration
It's that radiant pollution
The god with the silver hands surveys this vast contamination
The dreamer is still dreaming
The dreamer is still dreaming

In the heart of your heart
Your eye remains
Is that hurt you? Is that blister you call loveless?
Your whole life is a cold slow shock
Your whole life is a cold slow shock

Take all your time
Track the shabby shadow down
Through hissy mists of history

The dreamer is still dreaming
The dreamer is still dreaming

Hush; may I ask you all for silence?
Will he wake in time to catch the sunset?
Hush; may I ask you all for silent?
May I ask you all for silent?

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    General CommentIt's a tribute to poet William Blake (the dreamer of the title).
    Cynothoglyson January 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentProbably right, its about Blake but I doubt Jhon Balance would have been unaware of the other image the title conjours up : that of HP Lovecraft's Cthulhu, who's followers recite the mantra "In his house in R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming."

    I don't know enough about Blake to know how the lyrics might apply to him, but where it talks about working out a means of escape and crop circles that would seem to apply to Cthulhu.

    Also the phrase "The space between people and things" echoes the phrase used by Lovecraft in the Dunwich Horror : "The Old Ones were, the Old Ones are, and the Old Ones shall be. Not in the spaces we know, but between them, they walk serene and primal, undimensioned and to us unseen" - Cthulhu was one of the "Great Old Ones."

    I'm fairly sure Coil are familiar with Lovecraft and Cthulhu -
    a) they just would be as people with an interest in the occult
    b) Tentacles rising out of the water on the old Threshold house logo, and the squiddy design on the inside of Unnatural History II are both fairly suspicious.
    Eschatonon July 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don't doubt the Lovecraftian implications, by any means. Adding a tenuous thread of credence to that is that both John and Peter were acquainted, via David Tibet, with the reclusive American horror writer Thomas Ligotti, himself a Lovecraft fanatic.
    Cynothoglyson September 07, 2008   Link
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    General Commentone of my all time favorite songs. so beautiful.
    the lyrics should read:

    may the goddess keep us from single vision
    and Newton's sleep

    it's a paraphrased quote from William Blake.. "May God us keep from single vision, and Newton's sleep!"

    sleepingexploreron October 26, 2009   Link
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    General Commentsleepingexplorer is right about the lyric correction. Blake referred to the multiple significances everything has, in contrast to the rationalistic explanations newtonian mindset would always give. The lyrics in general are very spiritual, but in fact I think they talk about how insignificant human life is.

    Check out Othon Mataragas and David Tibet's cover
    InBetweenTheLineson April 10, 2012   Link

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