"Waving" as written by and Steven John Wilson....
Turn up the noise
But see if you can maintain your poise
Edge out the door
And feel it as you swim back to the shore


I do believe
I'm clinging to the warm, bleeding trees

(I wave and I turn off the light)

Your dress may be torn, but you wear it well
All this and more may be in your spell
Four-letter word, but it isn't real
All this speed inside you

Steer on the edge of your sanity
You bludgeon the sound like it's unappealing
Pouring your scorn on our pride and joy
All this fear inside you

(I wave and I turn off the light)

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    My OpinionI don't really know what Wilson is saying here (and that's the true magic of his work) but, in my opinion, this song is very familiar to Porcupine Tree's "Buying New Soul." Allusions: door, shore, waving. I'm just tossing ideas. Hopefully, someone will be able to interpret this piece of work.

    PS. Is "hedge" the correct lyric? I though it was "edge". Oh well.
    maitepoon April 06, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationIt seems to me like it's about war from the perspective of a civilian. So I see the 'I wave and I turn off the light' part really literally - waving goodbye to your family because it may be the last time you see them and turning off the light to hide somewhere. 'I'm clinging to the warm, bleeding trees' may refer to the wood of their house in the hiding place. Everything else is a description of the enemy soldiers, asking if they really know what they are doing and perceiving that they actually try to overcome their own problems with the attack of others.

    Maybe I'm a bit too specific with the war-scenario, I don't know. It could also be about people who give in to their fear of loneliness by putting themselves into the center of attention and not letting other people have fun. Specifically it may be a girlfriend who does not love him. He just started to realize he is being used and finally decides to break up with her because he still does believe that real love is waiting for him somewhere. The warm, bleeding trees may be a reference to the long and sometimes painful waiting you have to go through for that in this case.
    XCrusherXon April 17, 2011   Link
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    General Commentwaving to get attention... the lyrics explain the rest. EMOTION!
    Ahourstoryon August 18, 2012   Link
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    My OpinionThis is the only song that Wilson wrote on the record, which gives me immense hope for his upcoming double LP in September 2011. I think the blunder of his The Incident phase is finally kaput.
    Anilandon May 25, 2011   Link

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