"Lips of Ashes" as written by and Steven/balch Wilson....
Paralyzed
Lips of Ashes
Synchronized
Blue vein crashes

Touching you inside

Idolized
Black Eyes fading
You and I
Connection failing

I drill down inside


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"Lips of Ashes" as written by Gavin Richard Harrison Colin Edwin Balch

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  • +3
    General CommentI thought my stomach would explode when I first heard the intro of this song. It sounds sooo wonderful.

    Anyway, without repeating what is already said I want to add a personal thought about it: It's in general a kind of love song. The protagonist of the song fell in love with a woman, but he knew that he would never be able to be together with her ("You and I - Connection failing"). So he murdered her and kept her corpse at home, that's where the song starts. He looks at her dead body and starts to touch it. He can even get into the wounds with his hands, which is way closer then he would be able to a living body ("I drill down inside"). In other words: He can finally do what he would have never been able to when she was alive.
    It's very sick on the on hand, but on the other hand a very beautiful and intensive description of love which also shows the desperation you have when this love isn't returned. How far you would like to go just to fulfill this dream.
    Lyrically and musically one of the best songs I've ever heard.
    XCrusherXon September 16, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe best theory I've heard is that this song refers to a British doctor, Harold Shipman, who killed hundreds of his patients by overdosing them on morphine and other drugs and watched them die. This fits quite well with the imagery of veins, dead bodies and "drilling down inside."
    GroovyJudeon December 25, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think that this song is about the rape and murdering act itself if you are going according to the theme of this album...

    "Paralyesd"
    maybe he uses some sort of rape drug that makes his victims paralysed
    "Lips of ashes"
    i don't think that she is already dead i think it means she will be dead.. ashes reffers to a corpse that's for sure
    "Synchronized"
    he syncs this moment into his brain, makes it a memory in "The Creator Has a Mastertape" there is a line that says : "He CAPTURED and collected things" i guess that what he captured are memories of what he's done.. and "Lips of Ashes" is one of this memories
    "Blue vein crashes"
    maybe because of the drugs the veins are swollend so it seems to him like they're crashing

    "Touching you inside"
    this is where the act of rape starts the next part of the song is discribing what happens in the act itself

    "Idolized"
    this is somthing he worships maybe the girl or girls in general
    "Black eyes fading"
    if u reffer this to "Blackest Eyes" to me when he says "black eyes" it means dead eyes but why are they fading if she's not alive anymore? that's because it once again reffers to the future like in the second line "lips of ashes"
    "You and I
    Connection failing"
    she's dying so for him the connection is failing

    "I drill down inside"
    as in the line before the second part of the song "touching you inside" it reffers to the act of rape itself, this line is a closer for the second part it starts and it ends in the same meaning.

    but that's what i think........
    muzakpleaseon May 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIf SW has explained that this is a concept album about killers, rapists etc., this song can't be but about rape&kill. Check Frank West's case in wiki...
    Burakon June 18, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about necrophilia isn't it? It's from a concept album about a serial killer/rapist.

    Lips of ashes being the lips of dead people.
    souljacker21on July 05, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentProbably my favorite PT song.

    Yes, I believe you may be onto something GroovyJude. I've always imagined this song to be about drugs and/or death. Haven't known or heard anything much further than that though.

    I have a question. In the beginning, what are those weird strings? Is that a specific instrument? I know a hammered dulcimer is also used towards the beginning, but what about in the VERY beginning?
    Tabuckton January 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBy the way, when I say drugs, it seems unclear to me whether it is heroin or in fact morphine, as GroovyJude suggests. I'm beginning to think it's the latter now.
    Tabuckton January 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnecrophilia i bet
    .. or something .. shes sedated. hes fucking her. this song conjures terrible images It's beautiful, yes. but it makes my stomach churn too
    knottyrideron March 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn Open Car, the girl he has meaningless sex with is smoking. The sex eases his pain. "I drill down inside" could have more than one meaning-sexual &/or violent.
    amatterofgraceon March 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentisn't it strange, that pt hardly alludes to people that are still alive or that many people still remember..
    christine keeler (piano lessons..i guess most of u know but for those who don't,,,) harold shipman.. Marshall Herff Applewhite (leader of "heavens gate", the one who talks in last chance to evacuate,,, you should check out his speeches on youtube by the way, i found the exact extract that was used in the song.. secondly u'll find much interesting trivia about their religion and the numerous suicides...).. anyway, maybe i just never heard about these people before because i was born in 1991...
    deborah-leeon July 05, 2007   Link

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