"Glass Arm Shattering" as written by and Steven/balch Wilson....
Feeling are you touching?
Feeling are you blind?
Feeling are you touching?
Feeling all your love

Seen it though a windscreen
Seen it through the clouds
Seen it in a pantry
Seen it in your heart

Feeling are you touching?
Feeling all your love

Feeling are you touching?
Feeling all your love

Lyrics submitted by Idan, edited by jkman729, Jordan95

"Glass Arm Shattering" as written by Gavin Richard Harrison Colin Edwin Balch

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    General CommentI think it's about dying in a way (not only breaking down. I think it's more serious than that), as if we have the chance to finally get inside the mind of the main character dealt with through this journey. And I also believe that it's about attempting to create an essential piece as a closing layer. One that is meant to say or pass a vibe of "goodbye", while causing a tragic shock to the person (and maybe to the audience as well, since it is based on a script) the message (filled with vast emtions, clearly of love or obsession) is sent to. It seems to be build upon fragments/motives written all over the album (Deadwing), and I feel like it tries make you go pass everything (like looking back at the path we took across the album's theme) with a bitter-sweet taste of acknowledgement taken from the story itself. But it's so phsyico'. You can see it in the verse: Seen it through a windscreen / Seen it through the cloud / Seen it in a bad dream / Seen it in your heart...
    I don't know which person (or you can all it- piece) here is the sick/wounded or bad one. If it is the so called love of the other player here that eventually killed (physically, or mentally) the other player? Or the opposite? I still haven't got it figured out just yet. I gotta go back and read all the rest of the lyrics from the start including Half Light and So Called Friend I haven't got to hear (or simply wait for the film to be made :).
    Wakeboard_Snufkinon June 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this.
    Schizimaon February 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdespite the bad press this song has gotten for replacing Half Light, i really like it. a lot.
    atomsplitteron March 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentomg i have no idea what this song's about!
    but: it is freaking awesome! Its one of PTs songs where you can see Richard Barbieri's true skills! His keyboard playing and his synthesizer sounds, dude, he's a genius!

    And Steven Wilson singing... so beautiful! Especially those multiple layers... sounds so cool!

    Oh, and not to forget Gavin Harrison, WHO IS A REAL DRUMMER GOD (just listen to 'Futile')!! His drum playing fits perfectly, as always!

    Well, it's just Colin Edwin who's left. He is also nuts, though its not so obvious in this song...

    I just have to say it here: Porcupine Tree definitely rules!
    pwon January 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI say it's a rather appropriate ending to Deadwing, and Half Light is like an alternate ending. As for the meaning of it, I'd say it's that the girl is, in fact, dead. In this one, she's thinking about how they "Touched" each other when they were together, where as Half Light is her apologizing to the guy.
    im_a_pirateon May 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI really have no idea what the meaning of this song is but I'll say it is a really good track off of deadwing. As far as the story of the album goes, I'm assuming someone dies somewhere along the line with it being a ghost story, not to mention songs like arriving somewhere but not here, but i could be way off because I don't know for sure.
    ZionsVillageIdioton August 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAt the start, it sounds like a record playing, and this has lead me to believe that it's the guy playing their song on his record player. He's finally letting go of her, but he's remembering the love they had one last time, and so he puts on their song. If it was a movie, the camera would move out so you could see the sunset.
    solarionon September 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThere is actually a MySpace profile promoting Deadwing the movie, check it out, it looks like it's going to be awesome if they ever get the funding together.
    ZionsVillageIdioton October 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commentokay well i guess i agree with im_a_pirate here.. although i'm not sure if she's DEAD... maybe just gone.. i dunno.
    anyway, i see every time a line starts with "feeling", he is remembering things about this person
    and that every time a line start "seen", he is saying how he foresaw this, or feared it, or expected it... all of them combined.

    i'm not completely sure of how this song relates to the name "Glass Arm Shattering", though.
    i'm guessing that the 'glass' means something smooth and pretty...? like a work of art..
    and that it's shattering is it's leaving, or dying, or wutever happened to this chick.
    metrophishkidon February 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentNice ambience set in this song, the only thing that annoys me is the fact that Steven's vocals are processed in such a way that it kills the whole feel of the lyrics/song.

    The lala-break kinda reminds me of the coda from 'Hey jude' and the break in 'a day in the life'
    OldSkoolon March 14, 2010   Link

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