"Routine" as written by and Steven John Wilson....
What do I do with all the children's clothes
such tiny things that still smell of them
And the footprints in the hallway
onto my knees scrub them away

And how to be of use make the tea and the soup
All of their favorites throw them away
And all their schoolbooks and the running shoes
Washing and cleaning the dirty still sink

Routine keeps me in line
Helps me pass the time
Concentrate my mind
Helps me to sleep

And keep making beds and keep the cat fed
Open the Windows let the air in
And keep the house clean and keep the routine
Paintings they make still stuck to the fridge

Keep cleaning keep ironing
Cooking their meals on the stainless steel hop
Keep washing keep scrubbing
Long until the dark comes to bruise the sky
Deep in the debt to night

Routine keeps me in line
Helps me pass the time
Helps me to sleep

Routine keeps me in line
Helps me pass the time
Helps me to sleep

The most beautiful morning forever
Like the ones from far off, far off away
With the hum of the bees in the jasmine sway
Don't ever let go
Try to let go
Don't ever let go
Try to let go
Don't ever


Lyrics submitted by Ozymandias25

"Routine" as written by Steven John Wilson

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    Song MeaningI didn't really get this one until I received and looked through the deluxe book edition of the album, but it's a "story within the story" song, depicting a mother struggling to keep it together after her family is mass murdered in a school shooting (the album's character is obsessed with collecting newspaper clippings of stories about people who just went missing unexplainably, this mother later becomes one of the "disappeared"). Such a sad but powerfully beautiful song . . .
    BigRed97on March 21, 2015   Link

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