"Way Out of Here" as written by Colin Edwin Balch, Richard Barbieri, Gavin Richard Harrison and Steven John Wilson....
Out at the train tracks
I dream of escape
But a song comes onto my iPod
And I realize it's getting late

And I can't take the staring
And the sympathy
And I don't like the questions "How do you feel?"
"How's it going in school?"
And "Do you wanna talk about it?"

Way out
Way out of here
Fade out
Fade out, vanish

And I'm trying to forget you
And I know that I will
In a thousand years, or maybe a week
Burn all your pictures, and cut out your face

The shutters are down and the curtains are closed
And I've covered my tracks
Disposed of the car
Trying to forget even your name and the way that you look
When you're sleeping
Dreaming of this

Way out
Way out of here
Fade out
Fade out, vanish

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"Way Out of Here" as written by Gavin Richard Harrison Colin Edwin Balch

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  • +3
    General CommentI agree its definentely about suicide, but ill try and go a bit further:

    At the start the teenager is at the train tracks, where alot of people go to commit suicide, dreaming about killing himself. The second verse contains a "you". This could either be a girlfriend leaving him, or even a girlfriend who committed suicide, and left him alone to face all of his problems (problems explored in the other songs). The teenager could also be referring to himself, and how much he hates himself, to the point where he cuts his face out of photos.

    Both interpretations explain why people stare at him with sympathy, and how he hates sympathetic adults trying to help him.

    "The shutters are down
    And the curtains are closed
    And I've covered my tracks
    Disposed of the car"

    These lines are probably about how he went home and at a future date is preparing to kill himself. he's made sure noone is looking through the windows, and he's covered his tracks. I take that to mean he's tied up all of his loose affairs so his family dont have to worry about them after. Such as selling his car so his parents dont have to sell it after, and stuff like that.
    timothy_sfkeron April 25, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI just got home of 2 exiting nights of Porcupine Tree at the 013 in Tilburg, The Netherlands. At the 2nd night SW actually said that "Way Out Of Here" was indeed about a girl who comitted suicide on the traintracks while listening to a Porcupine Tree song on her iPod. Actually her morther will be attending the indigO2 show on Sunday October 19th in London. This is also the date that the girl from the song would have turned 18 years old. Isn't his bizare? I already had some kind of idea what the song was about, but this really touched me even more! Wow, what a song, what kind of song writing and one big chapeau for SW of being so "into this world".

    And yes, I completely agree with XCrusherX that the girl from the song is leaving her(old)self, not her boyfriend.
    evenlesson October 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about suicide. The Steve said so when I saw them in Newcastle.
    ed981on April 20, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is ridiculously good.
    Mr. No Nameon April 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCompared to this one, The Cure's Pornography sounds like light entertainment.

    I think while this song contemplates suicide, the closer Sleep Together is about actually committing it. On this one, there's anger and hatred and maybe the last remnants of hope. On the last track the hero is past that and only wants to carry out his plan.
    an2000on April 26, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn response to Unsound: I disagree. I think Wilson is a brilliant song writer. He doesnt come across immature to me at all. Dont get me wrong, i'm a pink floyd fan myself, but whats wrong with being a bit more straight forward? What's wrong with saying "this is how it is!" Hey its not too often that im listening to a prog band that dont always seem to deal in metophores. Oh and ya... Love the song.
    Jamarooon March 30, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think is about a really hard depression, he/she is in front of the train tracks suicide cross his/her mind as a way out of there, but he chooses to forget and move on, go away, disappear...
    Jeankkon August 27, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI know most agree with the suicide idea but I have another idea. Why couldn't it be about the killing of an abusive parent? The character "dreams of escape" but has to go home when he "realized it's getting late". He gets tired of living that way so he kills him/her ... "I've covered my tracks, disposed of the car" "I can't take the staring and sympathy" could be after the death of the parent yet no one else knows that they were actually killed by the child.

    just my 2 cents...
    paprestonon December 10, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"This song is ridiculously good. "
    Thats quite an understatement :P
    This album is ridicously good. Its reassuring that there are some bands out there making fantastic music.
    The meaning of the song, its suicide as meantioned by Ed. The concept is that the teenager has finally decided to find a way out of this world and its farcical elements, shown in the beginning, with the use of techology (iPod)
    Carlordauon April 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust as an aside, I like how in the first verse steve sings the words very softly, forlornly, and regretfully, as if this teenager is still just a kid, and does not know how to deal with his problems.

    The second verse is still delivered with some innocence, but adds a sense of urgency and anger. Like he's made a final decision, out of hatred for himself or that girl who killed herself/left him, whatever, and is going to kill himself.

    Perhaps im overanalysing, just something i noticed.
    timothy_sfkeron April 25, 2007   Link

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