"Kneel and Disconnect" as written by and Steven John Wilson....
Kneel and disconnect
And waste another year
Fill the application
Start a new career

Kneel and disconnect
And waste another year
Fill the application
Start a new career


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"Kneel and Disconnect" as written by Gavin Richard Harrison Colin Edwin Balch

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    General CommentI think Wilson said that this is about the moment when he ended is IT job and decided to become a musician.
    Skavenon September 07, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationSimple yet tough. Hmm...the title makes me think that it has to do with the internet in some way. Or it might be about wiping the slate clean and starting anew constantly. Still, I don't know how that fits into the concept of the title track suite.
    Anilandon September 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhy post this when we haven't heard the entire song yet?
    PeeTeeon September 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIf taken literally, I think it might be about a person who can't find the right job and be satisfied.

    Kneel and disconnect meaning think about the job then quit.

    Fill the application meaning filling out another job application and starting a new career as a repeat process.

    That's just my thoughts, it could be symbolic for something else.

    I wish this song was longer, it's beautiful.

    I got the album leaked on my computer even though I pre ordered it, I was not disappointed. Porcupine Tree is an amazing band, shame they don't get more recognition.
    Blood Mountain 1990on September 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI read on the info sent out about the special edition album that there was a song concerning Wilson turning his back on a traditional career in favour of pursuing his musical ambitions. Perhaps this is it?

    If this is the case, 'kneel and disconnect' could perhaps be the pattern his was following prior to changing direction - giving in to the pressure for a normal less risky career. Disconnecting from his dreams.

    Beautiful song though. Would love to hear an extended version of it!
    kiiabbyon September 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is definitely about SW's decision to leave the IT world to become a full-time musician.

    "kneel and disconnect" - kneeling down to work on the computers themselves (disconnecting wires/cables)?

    "Fill the application" - programming/installing the applications on the computers?
    BigRed97on September 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe narrator is disconnecting from himself so that the shallowness of his life and routine of every day life doesn't kill him. He still recognizes that what he's doing is meaningless, hence the word "waste." "Time Flies" is all about childhood and wondering where it went, and perhaps the narrator doesn't want to lose his child-like spirit and sense of imagination. At the same time, unless they have an abnormally strong spirit, it's impossible for one to hold onto such artifacts as an adult and still have a career. That's what this one is about.

    "Waste another year" could also refer to hiding from one's problems. In this way, I think the lyrics to this song could be related to "I Drive the Hearse." "Hoping it will go away" "Living with my mistakes" "Getting through another day" etc. The narrator is wasting his life by hiding away his problem and his regrets. The lyrics to "Great Expectations" lead me to believe that there is a specific person involved. The narrator goes through year after year of constantly thinking about this, but he never acts on it or considers making amends because he's too scared to.

    There is an air of regret that seems to pervade the album.
    mylifesuckson October 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThat piano loop that repeats over the last third of this song is a little haunting. I kept bumping my iTunes back to that spot to listen to it. I think I found out what it was. It is remarkably reminiscent of the song "Truenorth" by No-man, a different Stephen Wilson project.

    If you're curious, about 11 minutes into the song Truenorth is a good spot to hear it. Compare that to the piano loop in Kneel and Disconnect toward the end. Anyone else hear it? Is there a connection here?
    DivineOrangeson October 12, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI think he is talking about having certain knowledge about the way things work around here. When receiving this information there is two things you can do, kneel and disconneect (from the feeling that you should do something with it) and carry on with your live. Once you do this, you will start a new carreer, but I am not really sure if you should be happy with it.

    On the other hand, it could mean he finally sees the thruth, he kneels to this new knowledge and distances himself from it and decides tot apply for a new job, a new carreer, in wich he can talk about his knowledge.

    Steven, tell us! :)
    Nefilimpon November 20, 2012   Link

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