"Encoder" as written by and Robert Swire Thompson....
You couldn't even show yourself out
You were so held up by your thoughts
Along the way we got divided
And I'm left showing you the door
You couldn't look me in the eyes
So I'll dim the lights
When you take me out on your side
We're standing out of sight
Believe me
I'm on your side

It took so long for me to speak up
It was the hardest thing to say
Taken right up to the entrance
At the last minute turned away
Just can't look you in the eyes
So let's dim the lights
Get a case out
Pack up your pride
It's over, we're out of time
Delete me
I'm on your side

For everything that could have been
At least we took the ride
There's no relief in bitterness
Might as well let it die


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"Encoder" as written by Robert Swire Thompson

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  • +4
    General CommentThe end of this song is amazing
    BlinkMeon May 24, 2010   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI would go a step further from the obvious relationship views of the song (maybe because I'm bias), but I imagine it being about coming to terms with your past and all you've shut out.

    I imagine the narrator talking to himself, in a sort of inner struggle.
    Kitsune_Tokkanon August 16, 2010   Link
  • +2
    Lyric CorrectionI think the correct lyrics are this, but I could be wrong. I found them from a forum, and they sound pretty accurate:

    You couldn't even show yourself out,
    You were so held up by your thoughts.

    Along the way we got divided,
    And I'm not showing you the door,
    Couldn't look me in the eyes
    So I'll dim the lights.

    When you take me out on your side,
    We're standing out of sight,
    Believe me, I'm on your side.

    It took so long for me to speak up,
    It was the hardest thing to say

    Taken right up to the entrance,
    At the last minute turned away,
    Just can't look you in the eyes
    So lets dim the lights.

    Get a case out,
    Bag up your pride.
    It's over, we're out of time,
    Don't leave me, I'm on your side.

    For everything that could have been,
    But at least we took the ride.
    There's no relief in bitterness,
    Might as well let it die.

    ....sounds like it could be about a relationship or broken friendship. Possibly something went wrong, and in the end learning from a bad experience is what made the journey worthwhile. In the end, it sounds like someone should not focus on the bad aspects of life because it takes too much energy. Instead, let it go, and focus on the good things :)
    Vortaphis07on May 20, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis might be wrong... but I think Kitsune was right about inner struggle's place in the song.

    My opinion is that the song is about the band redefining itself through the album Immersion and its predecessor In Silico.

    "For everything that could have been,
    But at least we took the ride.
    There's no relief in bitterness,
    Might as well let it die."

    Pendulum is saying that they know they could've kept producing cookie-cutter D&B, but that it introduced other genres into its music and that this has been a success. Fans of the old pendulum should stop being bitter over that. Former fans are so angry that they haven't just jumped off the pendulum bandwagon, but have constantly spewed hate instead of coming to terms with the change for themselves.
    redsoxfan3189on November 27, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentTaken directly from one of rob swires tweets:

    Encoder was about having to leave friends behind.
    HalLucyNationon December 26, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSeems to me like it's about leaving friends behind, honestly.

    The first verse/chorus sounds to me like when everyone comes together, maybe even a romantic relationship with someone ("You couldn't look me in the eyes, so I'll dim the lights."), and then the part when they're "true friends"/in a relationship. ("We're spinning, out of sight, believe me, I'm on your side.")

    The second section is about the narrator breaking the news of his departure ("It took so long for me to speak up, it was the hardest thing to say.") and his disappointment of all the things they'd never get to do if he left. ("Taken right up to the entrance, at the last minute turned away.")

    The outro is the "goodbye", describing how the narrator wishes he could stay with his friends longer, but he was glad they "took the ride.", that there was no use in being bitter ("No relief in bitterness.") and that they shouldn't be sad ("let it die.")
    GhostZeroon March 23, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionSpecifically a friend with romantic interests involved, IMO.

    Also there are a few corrections to the posted lyrics:

    You couldn't even show yourself out,
    You were so held up by your thoughts.

    Along the way we got divided,
    And I'm left showing you the door,
    You couldn't look me in the eyes
    So I'll dim the lights.

    When you take me out on your side
    We're standing out of time,
    Believe me, I'm on your side.

    It took so long for me to speak up,
    It was the hardest thing to say

    Taken right up to the entrance,
    At the last minute turned away,
    Just can't look you in the eyes
    So lets dim the lights.

    Get a case out,
    Bag up your pride.
    It's over, we're out of time,
    Don't leave me, I'm on your side.

    For everything that could have been,
    But at least we took the ride.
    There's no relief in bitterness,
    Might as well let it die.
    sdieselon December 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSeems to me to be about a couple that is on an on-and-off relationship.

    > Along the way we got divided / And I'm left showing you the door

    They try to break up but somehow always end up together again.

    > You couldn't look me in the eyes / So I'll dim the lights

    Implying he or she tried to quit the other but ended up once again in a romantic setting.

    > It took so long for me to speak up / It was the hardest thing to say
    > It's over, we're out of time / Delete me
    > There's no relief in bitterness / Might as well let it die

    Again sounds like someone having a hard time telling the other that it's over.

    > I'm on your side
    > At least we took the ride

    They eventually end it but manage to remain friends.
    alex114943on September 03, 2016   Link
  • -1
    Song MeaningIt's about the fact that we leave sometimes, it does not matter why, but we need to. Special cases you can imagine by feeling the song, it depends on your current psychological situation. And, I have listened to this song all day long comparing phrases in the way the singer sings it and I have this lyrics, if you listen to it reading this you can see that it is accurate.

    You couldn't even show yourself out,
    You were so held up by your thoughts.

    Along the way we got divided,
    And I'm left showing you the door,
    You couldn't look me in the eyes
    So I'll dim the lights.

    When you take me out on your side
    We're spinning out on your side,
    Believe me, I'm on your side.

    It took so long for me to speak up,
    It was the hardest thing to say

    Taken right up to the entrance,
    At the last minute turned away,
    Just can't look you in the eyes
    So let's dim the lights.

    Get a case out,
    Bag up your pride.
    It's over, we're out of time,
    Delete me, I'm on your side.

    For everything that could have been,
    But at least we took the ride.
    There's no relief in bitterness,
    Might as well let it die.
    Ditmarkon December 08, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI think I love most of all that the song (and the album) ends with...

    Coming up for air.
    Moondog548on April 14, 2014   Link

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