"Great Expectations" as written by and Steven John Wilson....
A summer day
In garlands I feel secure
A useless faith
That I will get you, somehow

Reach out, I wonder where you are now

Hey, there's you
With placid eyes
Oblivious to what's to come

They locked you up
So I forgot you
Forgot your name, so strange
I wonder if you got out

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"Great Expectations" as written by Gavin Richard Harrison Colin Edwin Balch

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    General CommentSteve said in an interview that this was about a childhood friend who he lost contact with, and it was only years later he found out that this friend had been in and out of various mental situations and had generally ****ed up his own life.
    headphoneduston September 17, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationMaybe he was in love with somebody who ended up going insane? Too easy though, I bet.
    Anilandon September 01, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"In gardens I feel secure" seems to be a reference to Virginia Astley's 1983 album "From Gardens Where We Feel Secure".
    j4s0nnon September 08, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI just love the musical change during the line "I wonder where you are now".
    Karathi87on April 21, 2010   Link
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    General CommentBecause this album is about incidents and there is a mention of the YFZ ranch there is a possibility it is about a person that was taken from their normal life and put in the institution
    ptfan29on October 11, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationTo me, this song sounds like someone flipping through an old HS Yearbook, and seeing an old girl friend or crush, and reminiscing about what happened to her. "Hey, there's you" is the feel when I look through my old yearbooks, and old girlfriends, and wonder whatever happened to them.

    In my day, if a girl got pregnant, she'd 'disappear' from school, and maybe never be heard from again by fellow students. Knowing Steve's focus on the modern-day issue of over-medicating our youth, maybe this girl was 'locked up' and put on meds?
    dengmwson March 06, 2013   Link

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