I sat in the room with a view
The girl in the photograph knew
Can't you see?
Why is she laughing at me?

I stumbled through the dark unaware
The face in the hall isn't there
Tomorrow has gone
Where do the voices come from?

Watching the leaves as they blew
Lost in the room with a view
Climb the walls
You did not know me at all

I fell through a hole in the floor
The audience cried out for more
Fade away
It's just another day

Hit heaven far too high.

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Fadeaway Lyrics as written by Steven Wilson Alan Duffy

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    General Commenti have to agree on how powerful and beautiful this song is, i have it on right now as it happens. not sure why but i seem to imagine some one who had love, but ended in heartbreak, and now is socially afraid. the whole 'lost in a room with a view' i just picture an old man thinking about his youth, and how he lost it all. the whole 'hit heaven far too high' appears that he has passed on in the end. as does the 'fadeaway'. what a song. :) it was really good live too :)
    ptreeon August 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song sadly reminds me of my life in general, trapped with everyone not knowing who you are, and the only thing they associate you with is the stupid mistakes you have made (fall through a hole in the floor)

    You see the way I see the song is this character either is or feels almost completely separate from the rest of the world. Watching the days go by, and every time he tries to participate in the active world he is shot down. I especially see that when he says "just another day" at the end of the song, this to me means that his whole life is riddled with misfortune and hes having so much trouble trying to cope with his being an outcast. "Climb the wall" to me is a remark of the angst and frustration, watching everyone else live on around him while he's stuck is just hurting him. I think in the end he either commits suicide or he just kinda lets himself wither.
    DT_PT_Beston July 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about the disappointment after the end of a relationship. 'Hit heaven far too high' might mean that he had great expectations about everything, great expectations that crumbled. All of the lyrics make me think about a state of apathy.
    chris9on August 06, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationLooking back at this song after several years and one of the hardest lessons life has to teach, I have to agree with ptree's view. I'd never, ever, seen it that way, but I have to say the "room with a view" now totally strikes me as a metaphore for someone contemplating memories.
    However, it is very open. This is what makes this song so great, I think: you can find so many meanings to it.

    Now, this is very subjective, of course, but, as ptree, I can definitely see this song being about a lost love.

    The first verse could refer to some kind of delayed realization of what happened, and the implication (no, not Dennis Reynold's "implication"). She realized right away they'd part forever, but he didn't. She knew, but not him. Or maybe he thought they'd be together forever, but she knew from the start it would never last. Something along those lines anyway.

    In any case, the second verse is the fall into despair after the realization (tomorrow is gone). The voices may be from his past, however I'd bet on the distant voices of people trying to help him through a tough time, except it's just like background noise to him. He simply can't hear them clearly as he's stuck in this room, alone.

    The third verse, for me, definitely puts him in the spectator seat, powerless, condamned to watch these leaves outside his window, untouchable, unalterable, completely out of reach, just blowing in the wind. You don't change the past. He tries to espace the pain by climbing the walls, as now he sees things for what they were.

    As for the last verse, I'm still unsure whether he killed himself and the hole is indeed a grave, but I'm inlcined to believe it's the opposite. He finally made it out of the room somehow, because people needed him (the audience cried out for more). He won the battle, the pain and suffering fade away, and it's just another day.

    Finally, the "hit heaven far too high" line would, in this interpretation, refer to his attachement to someone that was far too great, a love that was far too strong.

    I'm very uncertain if this is what the lyrics are supposed to portray, especially since I've never seen the early PT songs to be much about love, but right now it just feels right to me.
    kami_no_namidaon September 02, 2015   Link
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    General CommentThis is my all time favorite Porcupine Tree song. I never really knew about it until I heard it live but now I love it. It is a hidden gem. Both the lyrics and the music are both so fucking powerful. I had this song stuck in my head for about a week once and I couldn't even function right because this song is so moving and beautifully depressing. It is obviously about a boy(possibly Steven Wilson) who is having some trouble.
    Tbrings90on July 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is probably the song that got me hooked on Porcupine Tree. I listened to Up the Downstair, and it ended with this; which is still one of my favorite songs by PT.

    One of the things I always noticed is how much Pink Floyd is in the sound of the song. But I don't have any real analysis
    somnium_excienson May 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentTalk about Floyd man! Also on this album are Raini Taxi, strongly reminiscent of Careful With That Axe, Eugene, and Navigator, obviously derived from Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun. Both amazing songs, I personally like hearing Floyde undertoes in other music.

    Shine On
    Unsoundon June 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIf you can, get the album 'XMII'. It has a version of this that John Wesley sings, (PTs 2nd guitar when they tour), and it is amazing.
    Thrombicon June 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentProbably the most underrated porcupine tree song ever. Sounds like Duffy lyrics to me.
    [Service to busy]on December 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is just amazing (one of their best without a doubt). Lyrics are not trippy enough to get compred to duffy's though, i think...
    Anyway, I would love to hear SW comment on this one, it really bugs me when I don't get what a song was realy about.

    Anytway, I personnaly am torn between a guy's dream, or him discovering he has died.
    I can't understand some parts of it, but some lines tend to make me think of death:
    - i stumbled in the dark anaware (of what had happended to me)
    - tomorrow has gone (well, tomorrow is no more, obviously)
    - where do the voices come from (are these prayers he is hearing ?)
    - You did not know me at all (maybe regrets ? anyway, it is a last over)
    - I fell through a hole in the floor (could it be a grave ?)
    - The audience cried out for more (could it be people not wanting him to be gone, crying their loss out ?)
    - Fadeaway (could it be him getting to heaven [far too high ?])
    - It's just another day (maybe his death doesn't change a lot of things anyway ?)

    Also, the "hit heaven far too high" thing may mean the guy died of an overdose ?

    Some other lines make me think of a dream or some drug trip maybe ? The "fadeway, it's just another day" could also refer to the guy waking up from a dream. This is all very literal interpretations, but that's a start...

    I wouldn't be suprised if there was some deeper meaning in there. Things like the room with a view, climbing the walls, the face in the hall, the voices tend to make me think there definitely is something more to get.
    Just like the girl in the protograph... why IS she laughing at him ? What can't we see ? What did she know ? This is a major part to get the meaning i think, so if anyone has any ideas about that...

    Last thing, we can here a clock at the very begining of the song, and this must also give some clue...
    kami_no_namidaon March 02, 2008   Link

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