He butterfly sailed on the breeze
Past a field of barbed wire trees
Where golden dragons chased around
Pampered poppies on the ground
Two silver trout sat way on high
And watched a royal samurai
Plant two black orchids in a box
And strap it to a laughing fox
A minstrel bought a crooked spoon
He gave it to a blue baboon
Who filled it full of virgin snow
And watched it in the afterglow

Fat toad stood in his ballet shoes
Teaching sixteen kangaroos
How to skip across a lake
They found it hard to stay awake
A pharaoh played a merry tune
And watched nine cats dance on the moon
I didn't know what all this meant
I didn't know why I'd been sent.

The Insignificance version of Nine Cats has the
Following additional verse at the end:

I threw five clocks down on my bed
The chimes danced out on golden threads
And turned to footprints on my wall
Sequined tears began to fall

Lyrics submitted by Ministry, edited by Progfan_r, jimmyRRpage

Nine Cats Lyrics as written by Alan Duffy Steven John Wilson

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Downtown Music Publishing

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    General CommentPorcupine Tree seem to use a sorten approach in writing poems that a lot of their songs are lyricaly connected by repeated motives (in the shape of single words or fragments). It is usually in the same album, since PT love to create concept albums. This magical song continues, to my opinion, the story of The Nostalgia Factory's catterpillar that turned into a butterfly. Both written by Allen Duffy for PT. So it make sense to me. It fits very originally cuz the two songs don't share the same music and singing. But both share the same writing pattern, only with a bit different flow. Here it tales the story of what happened to the butterfly from a different point of view, as if it was that of an outsider. Not the same one (the narrator most likely) that the caterpillar was "looking inside his swollen head" at the beginning.
    Wakeboard_Snufkinon September 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis sounds like a fairy tale/acid flashback kinda dream that maybe one of the bandmembers had, or maybe its just a silly song, either way it kicks major ass
    ogretagon April 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI just love these lyrics.
    m4t3kon March 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI don't have any idea what it's supposed to mean, but it's one of my favorite songs ever.

    Also, I think the lyrics were written by Alan Duffy and not Steven Wilson.
    GroovyJudeon December 26, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyeah, most of the early songs had duffy lyrics. but i know for a fact that Radioactive Toy and Synesthesia were written entirely by steve wilson.

    anyways, this rock songs. so chill, so killer. i can't help but connect this song with Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead......and i don't know why.
    atomsplitteron March 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHence the last added verse in the acoutic "Insignificant" version, that is taken from The Nostalgia Factory text.
    Wakeboard_Snufkinon September 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe acoustic version is so heavenly.
    lacuna112on January 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think that the 'golden dragons' are yellow JCBs, near a barbed wire fence, or 'barbed wire trees'.
    'Two silver trout sat way on high' could be aeroplanes. Its kind of industriel at the start, but i have no idea what the rest means! Love it though =]
    glassxcandyflosson May 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis sounds like one big mushroom trip. Don't listen to this if you aren't on shrooms, or else you'll start thinking of rational meanings for it, and it will ruin it completely.
    im_a_pirateon May 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about what the buttlefly sees, the butterfly sees things that arent natural, and can only describle them but things he recognives, trout=plains, nine cats on the moon=humans landing on the moon. etc. This may be the coolest song ever.
    [Service to busy]on August 10, 2007   Link

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