"The Never-Ending Why" as written by Steve Forrest, William Lloyd, Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal....
The atom will implode
The fragile kingdom fall
The tremor becomes a quake
There's a body in the lake

And as the two of us rebel
Damn you all to hell
I wonder if that's all there is

Time will help you through
But it doesn't have the time
To give you all the answers to the never-ending why

The sound of silence grows
As spiders kissing fly
And the tumor becomes a rhyme
But the kids are doing fine

And as the two of us rebel
And damn you all to hell
I wonder if that's all there is

Time will help you through
But it doesn't have the time
To give you all the answers to the never-ending why


Lyrics submitted by KT-, edited by Madman123

"The Never-Ending Why" as written by William Lloyd Steve Forrest

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  • +3
    General CommentI'm unsure about your
    "As spiders kissing fly"...

    but the next line
    "And the tumor becomes a rhyme"
    ..should be: "And the tumor becomes malign"
    which ties in with the theme of the rest of the song. Brian sings about the worst outcomes in his given scenarios..
    -an imploding atom
    -the downfall of a kingdom
    -a tremor becoming an earthquake
    -a body found in a lake.. and etc.

    I'm not sure but think it's got to do with the maybe accepting the inevitable, instead of searching for answers that don't exist or can't be explained - i.e. the never-ending why. In the chorus I feel he's telling us that time, an infinite continuum independent to us, isn't on our side, and also perhaps it isn't ours for the taking.
    vC8H10N4O2on May 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have now looked at the album booklet and it says "as the spiders kiss is laid"
    the tumor becomes malign and so on if you are unsure I can help out,by the way the first comment pretty much explains the meaning thanks vC8H10N4O2 rated+
    pudinkon July 17, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOn Monday 14th December in the Glasgow SECC, Brian introduced this song as a 'Buddist Song' while clasping his hands. yes I cried at that gig. but this must mean it has something to do with Buddist views on death etc? just supplying some evidence!
    KatyOiiiiiion December 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, sounds like "As spiders kissing lay"
    gimmefateon May 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfor me, it feels like when you've lost someone and you're grieving you can't ever really have closure cos there's no answer for it, that's just life and you've gotta accept it and get n with things, but then you ask yourself why that is and so on

    questions about life can't be answered

    yeah...i love placebo (Y)
    gimmefateon May 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCould it be "As the spiders kisses flame" or something like that?
    KT-on May 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's definitely 'kisses' and not 'kissing'.

    the xylophone (?) in 0.55 is so pretty!
    Astarte27on June 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentand i don't hear 'flame', more like 'lay' or 'leg'.
    Astarte27on June 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentafter blasting this song numerous time on my ipod i think it's

    "the fragile kingdom fold"

    and "as the spider's kiss is laid"

    great song

    carbonkid70on June 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Time will help you through, but it doesn't have the time to give you all the answers to the never-ending why."

    Absolute wisdom, brilliant.
    Wannanosauruson August 25, 2009   Link

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