"Mysterons" as written by and Beth Gibbons Adrian Utley....
Inside your pretending
Crimes have been swept aside
Somewhere where they can forget

Divine upper reaches
Still holding on
This ocean will not be grasped

All for nothing
Did you really want
Did you really want
Did you really want
Did you really want

Refuse to surrender
Strung out until ripped apart
Who dares, who dares to condemn

All for nothing
Did you really want
Did you really want
Did you really want
Did you really want


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"Mysterons" as written by Beth Gibbons Adrian Francis Utley

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  • +4
    General CommentIt's named after the protagonists in Captain Scarlet. It's pretty dark - created by Gerry Anderson after Thunderbirds. There's also a new version in CGI, which is just as dark.

    The whole premise of the program has an underlying problem of "Are the Mysterons really the bad guys"? The first episode has Captain Scarlets mate blowing up the Mysterons and starting a war. I believe, the moral ambiguity of this, caused it not to sit very well with a lot of people.

    Maybe that's what the song is playing - the moral ambiguity of blame at the end of a relationship.
    xdvron April 11, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI love that the line "This ocean will not be grasped" also sounds like, "This ocean will not be grass." Both ways, you know that the "ocean" is something intangible, something that cannot be held or traversed, perhaps because it is so huge, perhaps because of the form it takes, the molecules that form it--maybe a little bit of all that.

    I like xdvr's explanation.
    nanobodyon August 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenttrip hop really does rule..i thnk some1 mightv bin cheated on or used and this is the product..
    rah!!hehe!!on October 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI read somewhere that this song title comes from a premise of an old '60s sci-fi television show that was cancelled because of the content, or something to that effect.
    sommyon May 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis was the first portishead song i heard in my life...
    It was love at first sight...
    CrowHearton September 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnhmmm...a friend introduced me to this song, and i have to say...not bad! not bad at all!
    black_and_blue_starron September 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthere's something very 60's science fiction about portishead, Beth's voice is haunting. I love this song i love all their songs iv never heard anything like them
    Niamon June 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is an especially dark song from portishead. the whole album dummy is pretty dark but this i s the first song and kind of sets the scene. the desperate vocals mixed with the constant drums and guitar. a great song but unnaturally moving
    mouhtofyoureyeon April 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat a haunting voice she has...
    and this song is a great introduction to an absolutely great album
    Ailujon October 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me this song speaks about one who is in search of Truth, of a deeper meaning, of the mystery of life. One who engulfs oneself in the trance of philosophical thoughts in search for these things:

    "Divine upper reaches
    Still holding on
    This ocean will not be grasped
    All for nothing"


    The Ocean being the depth of the thoughts and paradoxical/unanswerable questions where these thoughts lead.

    "All for nothing" since all this does is bring grief and never a satisfactory answer

    "Did you really want" to live your life this way

    P.S. Ignorance is bliss (well.. a mild form of happiness at least)!!
    trust_no1on June 13, 2007   Link

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