"Raider II" as written by and Steven John Wilson....
A fist will make you understand intention
To raise alarm is underhand, so I cut off the phone
I bind you up with tape and catch some TV
It’s getting late, the shadows in the street are watching us

Check for fibres in the gaps between the teeth, the floorboards
Check the fingerprints, go through the trash
Maybe I just wanted some attention
Compulsion seeks its own way in rejection of the light
Every story needs to have an ending
We might as well give up all this pretending and clear the air

The night is crawling closer to the action
Your mouth is driving me into distraction, you talk too much
Well every story needs to have an ending
We might as well give up all this pretending and clear the air

A plague inside your home, I’m raider
Defiling all you own, raider
A cat among the crows, I’m raider
The butcher and his prose, I’m raider


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"Raider II" as written by Steven John Wilson

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    My OpinionI love this song...this is something beyond imagination...........
    vaib0001on October 29, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationJust kidding. This song is about robbery. The raider is a robber. He punches the owner of the home with his fist. He cuts the phone line so the owner can't raise alarm and then he ties the owner up with tape and when he's done with the stressful first part of the robbery,he relaxes for a bit and watches some TV while the owner is tied up and talking too much like "please let me go, please don't hurt me" etc. The next part sounds like he's really searching for something, through the trash, the floorboards and all. Then he needs to check to make sure he hasn't left any finger prints. It sounds like he can't find what he broke in for as if it was just for attention. Now the ending seems like he has to kill this owner and clear the air. I really think the fact he's referring to himself as a raider instead of robber means he was searching for something in particular. He's a plaque inside this owners home and disorganizes everythinf this person owns. This song is rather violent for the album. It kind of reminds me of the serial killer concept of In Absentia. The Grace for Drowning book has a picture of a person tied up close to thw lyrics of this song but the other pictures next to it, I can't quite make sense of. Also, I wanted to point out the song Index is kind of similar to the compulsion of thia robber or raider. I think Index and his song may be connected. I'm not sure what this has to do with Grace for Drowning as a whole but every song seems to be different on this album. Brilliant song. If anyone has anymore odeas or can add on to this a interpretation, please post. I'd really like to know hat that fibres between the teeth line means.
    spiraleyeson January 04, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the American serial killer Dennis Rader... Steven said so himself when they played this in London, whilst touring for the album "The Raven....". The song is somewhat self-explanitory knowing that...

    Brilliant song.. he's the only artist (that I know of) that can make a 23-minute song that doesn't get boring. pure genius.
    PorcTreeon March 17, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI am from Wichita, Kansas, and am very familiar with the story of Dennis Rader. I made the connection the first time I listened to the song, and talked to Steven about it during the Grace for Drowning tour.

    Rader is also known as the "BTK Strangler", the letters standing for Bind, Torture, and Kill. Other than the double entendre with the name, some of the lyrics really drew parallels to BTK, for example:

    "To raise alarm is underhand, so I cut off the phone"
    This is something he always did.

    "I bind you up with tape"
    The use of the word "bind"

    "Maybe I just wanted some attention
    Compulsion seeks its own way in rejection of the light"
    This reminds me of how Rader craved the attention of the public, and would communicate with the local TV stations through the mail. When he started doing that again, he sent something on a floppy disk, previously asking the police if such a thing could be traced, and the police lied and said no. That's ultimately how they found out who he was.
    sjstewarton May 08, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI'm wondering about the morality of Steven Wilson's odes to serial killers through the years.
    CharMarRuleson January 15, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI have no idea what this song is about but its brilliant. We need more interpretations.
    spiraleyeson January 04, 2013   Link
  • 0
    MemoryBIND, TORTURE, KILL
    Op3ton July 18, 2013   Link

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