"The Fountain" as written by Steven John Wilson and Robert Thompson Swire....
You sure, you're right?
Well no, you're wrong
You don't feel my energy
But it won't be long
I see the sun
Believe the dark
Soon I'll disappear
But I'll make my mark

All these fears
And all this love
All you've given me
Is not enough
All my dreams
And all this stuff
All made real
And it's not enough

Watching, waiting, shaping, faking
Shocking, pumping, mocking, stopping
Falling, stalling, warning, crawling
Rejecting, perfecting, loving, ending

Behind my eyes
Is rage alone
But you don't understand
It was all home-grown
I'm not afraid
I just don't belong
It may be cynical
But it all seems wrong

All these fears
And all this love
All you've given me
Is not enough
All my dreams
And all this stuff
All made real
And it's not enough

Watching, waiting, shaping, faking
Shocking, pumping, mocking, stopping
Falling, stalling, warning, crawling
Rejecting, perfecting, loving, ending

Behind my eyes
Is rage alone
But you don't understand
It was all home-grown
I'm not afraid
I just don't belong
It may be cynical
But it all seems wrong

All these fears
And all this love
All you've given me
Is not enough
All my dreams
And all this stuff
All made real
And it's not enough

Watching, waiting, shaping, faking
Shocking, pumping, mocking, stopping
Falling, stalling, warning, crawling
Rejecting, perfecting, loving, ending


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"The Fountain" as written by Steven John Wilson Robert Thompson Swire

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    My InterpretationIt's about the person singing being in a situation, environment or maybe whole world he just doesn't belong in. And this person he is singing it to (as a matter of speaking) tries to convince him to stay where he is. But he says everything he/she has done was not enough to make him feel like he belongs where he is right now.

    That's my interpretation though, amazing song with amazing lyrics!
    Problematicon May 30, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI think this song is about an existential depression.

    I mean, when you have everything (for instance, in this song, might be about having the perfect girlfriend or the love you always dreamt to have), but when you reach that point of Perfection you seem to feel a Void inside, due to philosophic questions that make you think about all your decisions (like, is this everything I wanted?)

    The "fears" are when you, by the hand of this void you feel, think you can turn into a crazy person or ending alone for dissapointing the person with whom you are.

    This is just my interpretation, as this happened to me with my first girlfriend when I touched the top of "the perfect moment" and my life and thoughts broken and I sort of "awakened", but the moment felt very very miserable and very cynical and no-belonging (It may be cynical. But it all seems wrong).

    And this song always remembers me of that important phase in my life.

    I love this song, I'm not a fan of Pendulum but I'm a real fan of Steven Wilson and his work. He is really a genious, and pendulum did great here with him.
    Windaveon March 13, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSteve Wilson with Pendulum is not a combonation I saw coming, I admit, but this song it awesome. Everything Wilson touches turns to gold lol
    Kitsune_Tokkanon May 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"he just sang a couple of lines"

    False. He helped with the songwriting too. And I didn't expect this cooperation either. And BrEnNo1023, nobody's saying Pendulum doesn't deserve any praise. So keep the WTFs to yourself.

    I guess the meaning of the song is a lot like most of the songs Steven Wilson has written: distorted relationships. Whether between lovers, family or between the 'main character' and the rest of society.
    Karathi87on August 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationArtists from all walks of life experience depression and frustration when their creations receive hate or controversy, are stolen or are just plain ignored. They spend anywhere from hours to years working on projects, and negative criticism hurts so deeply it can drive them to quit.

    But artists are driven by an insatiable desire for recognition, and so they will never stop trying to please their fans. This song does an excellent job of describing the emotional cycle one may go through as he works, produces, gets rejected, and goes back to the drawing board.
    Auxilonon September 13, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General CommentMindblowing.
    Never thought Steven would work with a band like Pendulum and they would make it sound so f-ing good.
    I'm stunned everytime I hear it.

    Makes me, partly because of Steven's participation, think of Fear of a blank planet.
    The whole aleination-theme.

    Steven, putting feeling in his lyrics ('Everything you've given me is not enough' is a superb example), makes this track so more brilliant.
    OldSkoolon September 13, 2010   Link
  • -1
    My InterpretationI've always thought of this song be based on a person who had been pushed away by society that guy that "doesn't fit in". His anger began at home with problems in his family and his lack of friends. He has tried to fit in by achieving things but he doesn't feel complete. He looks around at society but all he sees is what's wrong with it so he's tired of being a reject so he wants to "leave his mark" as he "dissapears" he isn't scared of what he is going to do he just feels like he doesn't belong. Ultimately he goes off to commit mass murder before committing suicide hence "it may seem cynical". As rash as my interpretation may seem I see it this way because of how many killings there have been in the past because that one person was pushed around so much that he/she couldn't take it anymore and when he/she lashed back at society it was devastating.
    Sharkboy8on January 14, 2014   Link
  • -2
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    minutemanon October 26, 2010   Link
  • -5
    General Comment'Steve Wilson with Pendulum is not a combonation I saw coming' ...'everything Wilson touches turns to gold'

    Uh...WTF, Kitsune_Tokkan, is that supposed to mean? it sounds like a pretty arrogant thing to say, taking a shot at Pendulum's musical talent. You don't believe anything Pendulum can produce by themselves is worthy of your praise? This song wasn't made awesome by Wilson, he just sang a couple of lines when they told him to. Pendulum did the real work in turning this ALBUM into gold.

    Stick to your british prog rock mate -.-
    BrEnNo1023on August 07, 2010   Link

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