Something warm and soft just passed through here
It took the precious things that I hold dearer
It rifles through the cling and disappears
The creeping darkness makes the small hours clearer

Like a cancer scare
In a dentist chair
Sucking in the air
Wire across the stair
Kicking down the door
At your local store
When your world of bore
Forces through the floor
Unexpected news
Wearing high-heeled shoes
Blowing out the fuse
Paying all your dues
Tempering lullaby
Like a fractured tie
It's a worthless lie
To the public eye

I don't take waifs and strays back home with me
My bleeding heart does not extend to charity

Yes I'd have to say I like my premise, see
Did you know you're on closed-circuit TV?
To smile at me

And a dream you had
Of your mom and dad
On a beach somewhere
And the boys aren't there
With the cancer threat
In a cigarette
Tempering lullaby
Find a place to hide

And from the yellow windows of the last train
A specter from the next life breathes his bargain of pain
I look with you into the speeding black rain
Afraid to touch someone, afraid to ask her for a name

And in the morning when I find I've lost you
I throw a window open wide and step through

Lyrics submitted by christsizeshoes, edited by DutchLyric, PaulZero, flameisgone

Deadwing Lyrics as written by Gavin Richard Harrison Colin Edwin Balch

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  • +4
    My InterpretationAt the San Francisco Deadwing concert, Wilson gave a long explanation, which was chilling and deeply affected me.

    Wilson explained that it was a screenplay about a man who had lived his life after an event that did not go as it was supposed to. The event altered his life from its intended path and everything that happened from that juncture onward was wrong. The event haunted him for life. At the end of his life something miraculous occurred, and he was brought back to the event and given the opportunity to life his life as it should have played out.

    My personal interpretation of the term "Deadwing" after hearing this was that after the event his life was crippled by a "dead wing", the incorrect path his life took and how it haunted him, a bird with a bad wing could not fly.
    relentlesscactuson August 18, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentAll right, here's my interpretation of this song. First of all, I have read the 15 aviliable pages of the script and the rest of the album's lyrics, and I can tell that Elizabeth (the woman) meets David (the man, whose name is also mentioned in 'Lazarus') in a the last train of the night

    And from the yellow windows of the last train
    A specter from the next life breathes his fog on the pane
    I look with you into the speeding black rain
    Afraid to touch someone, afraid to ask her for her name

    After that, something happens that leads them into a romance, but as you can clearly find in the other songs' lyrics, she leaves him really quickly or is only using him, while David really falls in love with her. Many phrases in this song relate to the script:

    Voices through the floor (David's neighbors' voices can be heard through his apartment's ceiling)
    Unexpected news
    Wearing high-heeled shoes (Elizabeth appears at the train station suddenly, wearing high heels)

    With the cancer threat
    In a cigarette (Elizabeth is a smoker, and references to cigarettes are also found in 'Open Car')

    And in the morning when I find I've lost you
    I throw a window open wide and step through (As I said, she doesn't really care about him, but he is in a real crush)

    I don't think Deadwing is about incest...I think it's a beautiful romance story with a tragic end for him. That's why a new version of 'Shesmovedon' is also included in the album, because the lyrics fit in very well. You know Steven, always making sad compositions.
    Anyway, I hope you liked this interpretation, and if you'd like to read the script, feel free to email me at, and I'll send it over to you.

    Deadwing1107on January 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe album (or just the song, I can't remember) is apparently a screenplay written by SW about some sort of ghost story....either way, great great album...they just keep getting better...
    BitterBoshon August 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe opening reminds me of Led Zepp's Song Remains the Same. Anyone else think so?
    Nickmasterxon February 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNickmasterx,

    The first time I heard the opening it reminded me of The Song Remains the Same.
    jayjerryon February 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentor Achilles Last Stand
    Kommienezuspadton June 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat is Mikael Akerfeldt doing on this track again? I can't remember
    holliganon October 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNice song. "Deadwing" was pretty much a commercial album but this one is one of the better songs there. I think Steve Wilson said that theres gonna be a movie about the theme of this song and a script is being written.
    MMM88on December 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti disagree with Tbrings90. I believe the album is a concept album about a deranged lunatic. "It took the precious things that I hold dearer" could mean some trauma took his sanity, "The creeping darkness makes the small hours clearer" could mean he thinks the night is easier to catch his victims.

    Anyway, i ramble...
    the_new_blackon January 13, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti'm not very good at interpreting songs, but i know that this album is basically a screenplay for a movie that steven wilson wanted to make.

    from what i've read Deadwing is a ghost story. This man (that this song is about) is being haunted by a woman who was murdered. It is said that the man could have been anyone, but was most likely either her lover, her murderer, or both. There are lots of different ways to interpret who the man was, like he could have loved her, than ended up hating her, then took revenge on her, and now is haunted by her. Another one (my favorite so far) is that he has schitzophrenia and one personalilty loved her, one killed her and now he is livig a different persona and does not know why he is being haunted.

    Anyways not much detail has been given out because Steve didn't want to spoil anything if the movie actually does come out someday.

    Oh and that inscestuous twist that Tbrings suggested is really interesting, never thought of that.
    Nine Eyeson May 29, 2007   Link

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