"The Incident" as written by and Steven John Wilson....
At junction 8 the traffic starts to slow
Artilleries of braking lights and bluish glow
Ascending in a plumage of twisted steel
Shattered glass and confetti dashed upon the wheel

When a car crash gets you off you've lost your grip
When a fuck is not enough you know you've slipped
When the church is full it means you've just been had
When the world has gone to seed you're so detached

Got a feeling that I want you to be there

Driving by on my way to somewhere else
I fill my lungs with a noxious burning smell
There is weed and gray concrete like this for miles
Dead souls in my rear view mirror hitch a ride for a while

I want to be loved


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"The Incident" as written by Gavin Richard Harrison Colin Edwin Balch

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    General CommentAnybody know what's being whispered in the background?

    Also, this track rocks.
    CoyoteLongshoton September 14, 2009   Link
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    General Commentyeah i was wondering the exact same thing. almost sounds like "you get demolished". it is a great track but i am still yet to decide whether not this album is a progress or a slight fall back for PT. The album is certaintly growing on me though.
    FenderPrecisionon September 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis album is definitely not a step back for Porcupine Tree. It really grows on you after a little bit :) I love it already
    [[libertine]]on September 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI thought the whispers were: "get aboard the ship". I thought to have heard that quite clearly.
    Firepeteon September 23, 2009   Link
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    My OpinionI've only been a fan for about a year, but I've heard their most recent albums and a lot off of the older albums. I have literally listened to this album for the entire day. I've fallen in love with it. I was definitely not disappointed, like I so often am with newer albums by other artists these days. While Steven Wilson isn't exactly attractive to me, I think I've fallen in love with his voice.

    Holy shit. I think I'm going to listen to it again :)
    clowdN9NEon October 30, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationYou can definitely see what Steven was describing as his influence in this; the thoughts & feelings of somebody contemplating the cause/consequences of a major motor accident.

    But as far as literary allusions, does anybody thing there is a bit of JG Ballard's 'Crash' in there too? (perhaps to cover the mindset of people not in a clear state of mind when on the road?)
    acharison February 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAs for the whispers... I either hear "you get abortion" which is unlikely, or "you get aboard this ship".
    BTBAMnowon November 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentTo me, the whispers sound like "You get to call the shot."
    porkMorphicon July 24, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis is the perfect album for budding teenage artists.
    Ahourstoryon November 30, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI think it sounds like "You can't demolish it" but I'm not sure. I wasn't so sure about the album first time around but on second listen it sounds fantastic. If on third listen it's even better that's the sign of a classic.
    Wallamanageon September 14, 2009   Link

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