"Perfect Life" as written by and Steven John Wilson....
When I was 13 I had a sister for 6 months
She arrived one February morning, pale and shell shocked
From past lives I could not imagine. She was 3 years older than me but in no time we became friends

We'd listen to her mix tapes; Dead Can Dance, Felt, This Mortal Coil
She introduced me to her favorite books, gave me clothes and my first cigarette
Sometimes we would head down to Blackbirds Moor to watch the barges on Grand Union in the twilight
She said, "The water has no memory"

For a few months everything about our lives was perfect
It was only us. We were inseparable
But gradually she passed into another distant part of my memory
Until I could no longer remember her face, her voice, even her name

We have got
We have got a perfect life

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"Perfect Life" as written by Steven John Wilson

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    General CommentWhat a gorgeous, sad song. According to Steven Wilson, this song is part of an album that explores the imagined memories and experiences of Joyce Carol Vincent, the woman who died in her British flat and went unmissed and unfound for 3 years.

    I think the "sister" could either be a real friend who visited for six months, or, perhaps more likely, an imaginary friend the speaker invented. We never learn how they become separated, only that she faded from memory completely, much as our imaginary friends do when we grow up and grow out of them. But wow, how sad. This song is a picture of the purity of childhood friendship and imagination and the hard reality of growing up and leaving those things behind..
    Mendalusa77on March 12, 2015   Link
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    General CommentSW has stated in several interviews that although this album was highly inspired by the Joyce Vincent story, the female character in the album is fictional and not meant to directly biographical of her per se.

    SW created a faux blog for the character in the album at handcannoterase.com, "Perfect Life" is the character's recollection of her short but special time with a foster sister her parents adopted, but then the foster sister moved away to another place as the character's parents marriage fell apart . . .
    BigRed97on March 21, 2015   Link
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    General CommentWhile the album version is rather mysterious as to who this temporary sister might be, the Grand Union Mix on the blu ray bonus material has additional spoken word lyrics that reveal she was indeed a foster sister who was re-housed.
    jpdwebbon March 23, 2015   Link

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