Welcome aboard, let me draw you deep inside
The dark caves of my twisted mind
Welcome aboard, take a seat and dim the light

Empty your mind, sit back and hold on tight

Break away through the walls of reality
Enter the realm on the other side
Break away from the cold rationality
Now is the time to open up your mind

Set your controls
Enter a date and see what our future holds
What kind of fate awaits us there in the night
As we dissolve into the light

Set your controls
Enter a place and witness mysteries unfold
Dangers we'll face as our engines ignite
Blazing our way into the light

Set your controls

Throw the switch, get ready for some turbulence
Brace yourself with all your might
Throw the switch and tempt the laws of providence

Empty your mind, sit back and hold on tight

Turn the dials and watch the years go by
Light years away, far beyond our sun
Turn the dials, into the void we fly
There's no way back once it has begun

Set your controls
Enter a date and see what our future holds
What kind of fate awaits us there in the night
As we dissolve into the light

Set your controls
Enter a place and witness mysteries unfold
Dangers we'll face as our engines ignite
Blazing our way into the light

Set your controls

The die is cast
You fade to black
Forget the past
There's no way back
The die is cast
You fade to black
Forget the past
There's no way back

Set your controls
Enter a date and see what our future holds
What kind of fate awaits us there in the night
As we dissolve into the light

Set your controls
Enter a place and witness mysteries unfold
Dangers we'll face as our engines ignite
Blazing our way into the light

Set your controls


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  • +1
    General CommentThis song is six minutes of awesome
    Yaridovichon July 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSince the whole Album is about Science Fiction Movies, this might either be about a specific Movie (likely something with Time travel in it), or science fiction in general.
    Salazaron May 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationWell, there's the obvious interpretation of this, which is just one helluva wild ride through spacetime, which is almost certainly the intended view.

    But I just can't listen to this song without thinking it's about someone's first time tripping, especially due to all the references to opening and emptying the mind. The chorus and song name, Set Your Controls, makes me think of the old idea of set and setting with hallucinogens. That is, the time and place being just right. The reference to dissolving into the light reminds me a lot of the experience of ego-death, where your consciousness essentially begins to dissolve and unify with your surroundings. And of course, there's "the die is cast, you fade to black, forget the past, there's no way back". To me, this seems to reference the unpredictability, profoundness, and unstoppable nature of the psychedelic experience.
    Outsider101on March 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIm with Outsider for the most part, though just remember it doesn't take psychedelics to blast your consciousness into lightspeed.....but they sure as hell help ;) So I'll also agree with Salazar that this might be about some obscure sci-fi movie or book, or just about the thread of most sci-fi in general (the Utopian not the Dystopian kind; evolution of man and all that--a good prequal for Starchild later in the album. Truely fucking awesome song, if you want a piece of music to motivate you to accomplish impossible feats, this is it for you. Awe inspiring and hope filling. I'm sad to see so few ccomments about this incredible album on SongMeanings :( Not enough people are aware of this shit
    svasanvedanaon May 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the series Doctor Who.
    Luy22on June 11, 2011   Link

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