Trains Lyrics - Porcupine Tree

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Train set and match spied under the blind
Shiny and contoured the railway winds
And I've heard the sound from my cousin's bed
The hiss of the train at the railway head

Always the summers are slipping away

A 60 ton angel falls to the earth
A pile of old metal, a radiant blur
Scars in the country, the summer and her

Always the summers are slipping away
Find me a way for making it stay

When I hear the engine pass
I'm kissing you wide
The hissing subsides
I'm in luck

When the evening reaches here
You're tying me up
I'm dying of love
It's OK




Writer: WILSON, STEVEN/BALCH, COLIN EDWIN/BARBIERI, RICHARD/HARRISON, GAVIN RICHARD
Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.



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*sniff* | Reviewer: Necrobutcher | 12/27/13

I did not cry motherfucker!!I am just sweating through my eyes!*cries some more*The first I heard this song I must have repeated it about 7 times.When I hear the vocals in the intro, waves after waves of goosebumps crash into me.I think of the amount of genius that was taken to compose a song like this. Just rock at its best. And I am saddened that instead of listening to songs like this people listen to songs that have shallow meanings and recycled lyrics like that pop shit.

Love this song | Reviewer: IBgood | 4/15/13

I believe this song is about a train wreck he witnessed when he was a kid from his cousin's bed "60 ton angel fell to the floor" that he uses as a metaphor to describe the end of something beautiful. In this case, that something, is his summer love that is brought in by a train (which is why he's reminded of the train wreck) but is later calmed when "the hissing subsides" because he knows all is well.
However, just like all summers must pass, and the evening finally settles in, his loved one must depart as well, and he is left standing alone 'tied up' at the train station. It's ambiguous as to the outcome of their relationship, but the line "Im dying of love/its ok" sure points out to the hardships of distant relationships and the suffering one often undergoes from them.

The meaning of none and the smell of future yesterday | Reviewer: J.C. Kenaz | 9/19/12

IMHO it's a song about the sorrow connected with leaving of someone who's close to the heart for one. Let's supposed it's his cousin who he loves but who only come in the summer hollidays, than it's a song about she' leaving.
When the evening reaches here
You're tying me up
She had to go, leaving him with all this surooundings reminding him her. It's almost unbearable, all these places, sounds, the sky, air, all of these are as such cause not only she left, but there also the summer's gone either.

I'm dying of love
It's OK
He does not complain much cause he's in love. It's painful but it's also beutiful.

Ohhhh... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/1/11

This song makes me blubber like a teenage girl watching Titanic.

Love songs are always so trite that I've become dead to them. This song reminds me of the first time I fell in love, when the whole earth couldn't contain how huge what I felt was, how massively human I was. Thank you, Porcupine Tree, for reminding me what life was like before I became so calloused.

Just my interpretation. | Reviewer: noidea | 9/30/11

I just cant believe how the hell did he wrote this masterpiece? Sometimes the human mind can be brilliant! This song can be related to me in so many ways. That's because I've been in love with my cousin with 4 years now and i think this song is about a love for his cousin. But i think the whole thing with trains is just a metaphor. Like a train track was near his cousin's house maybe? You know sometimes a memory of some one can be attached to an object,smell,sound etc. So every time he hears a train or see's one, he's reminded of his cousin. There's so many verses that supports this idea i think.. Like when he says

"When I hear the engine pass
I'm kissing you wide"

He's just imagining that he's kissing his cousin when the train passes.

"When the evening reaches here
You're tying me up
I'm dying of love
It's OK"

This verse is basically the best verse I've seen about unrequited love. At the peak of his emotions thus "evening" she ties him up, which means she's shutting him off. Next two lines are self explanatory i guess. He's dying of keeping his love to himself.
Anyway just my way him seeing this :) Sorry if i bore you guys to death. Love for a cousin is hard. I wish she would understand :(

The meaning of Trains? | Reviewer: William | 9/4/11

This song is absolutely one of the most heart-wrenchingly beautiful and darkest songs I've ever heard. I would have to agree with those who say the song is a love song, and those who say its about witnessing tragedy. Porcupine Tree's album " The Incident " is tied in with him witnessing a car accident as a child and how much it actually impacted his life. I would say that Trains is a childs eye view of a derailed tragedy, and possibly a lesson taken of not taking love for granted... even if it's only going to last for a few seconds.

Name is unimportant (: | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/22/11

The girl I love introduced me to this band. I kind of hated it and felt it was just too long and too empty. But then I started to actually listen to it, then when I heard Gravity Eyelids from the In Absentia album I was totally hooked up. Then I heard the Deadwig album and loved it. Particularly Arriving Somewhere But Not Here. I love how Porcupine Tree combines a lot of genres, its soft and sweet i ome moment and then it's the most powerful and heavy beat in the world.
I will die hearing them. I love them.

Amazing | Reviewer: tktk | 7/3/11

It's amazing how such simple and powerful lyrics can support an epic 6 minute song... I first discovered this song during a bad break up so every time I hear it, it gives me chills. This is a prime example of what music should do for you...

Literal interpretation | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/8/10

Okay, Steven even states that he means for his lyrics to be open to interpretation, so here are my two different interpretations. I you listen to this in context with the rest of in absentia, you can see quite a few nods to child abuse, but out of context, I see it as a beautifully written love song, which is what I believe Stevens goal was for the song, delivers a strong point about a negative thing from one perspective, and a great thing from another.

Unbelievable | Reviewer: Dave D | 10/19/10

I've been a porcupine tree fan for a long time, the band i play in sometimes covers this song in our set. When it starts i sit patiently behind my drumkit absorbing the ambient mood of this fantastic song...then when it's time for me to kick in i get such an unbelievable rush of emotion and adrenaline that almost makes me smash my cymbals to atoms!!.
I guess multiple meanings can be gleaned from steven's words in this song. The emotions it delivers speak louder than the actual lyrics themselves, regardless of meaning i think it's safe to say "Trains" is universal as far as being a fantastic song from a brilliant group of musicians.
Incidentally, i really like the version on "XMII", i think although it's not as polished as the album version, steven's raw vocals and shimmering accoustic guitar give a great feel to the tune...give it a go if you have'nt already!!!!

Dave
Drummer-Whipping post.

My interuption | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/29/10

This is a wonderful song, I mean it too. It's one of the best by Porcupine Tree after all! Porcupine Tree has been my favorite band for a while now. I began to listen to them in March to their Fear of a Blank Planet. I fell asleep during Anethestize because it was a long song, but now I can enjoy listening to it.

But this is a love song, I can see that. "Always the summers are slipping away" is my favorite part of the whole song because I can relate to it. It reminds me that the summers don't last forever but they will be back again someday.

I think the meaning about Trains is that life itself is like a Train. We meet people along on board and eventually some will have to get off and hop on another train like when something happens. But the ones who always ride on the same Train as you are destined to be with. But if not, to enjoy the friendship while it lasts because one of you may have to get off and get on another train. Then again, that's what I think.

But this song is just... Phenomenal... All music should be this way. Now these days we get songs about sex and all that junk. But with Porcupine Tree, even with lyrics that can take a while to understand and to relate to, you can always understand the song. Which is why Porcupine Tree is my favorite band. Thank you Steven. <3

also anonymous | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/25/09

i agree with anonymous. when it comes to "i'm dying of love" and those things ... i think the child, now a grown man, is so lucky that his love is alive. because he has seen death earlier when the train derailed. and he's kissing her wide because he realizes that it could be the last time ...

my interpretation | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/3/09

It's about a train being derailed, but seen from a certain viewpoint. It's from the view of a child looking out of the window from his cousin's bedroom while visiting. From his window he see's a train derailed and fall down a hill or from a bridge. "A 60 ton angel falls to the earth, pile of old metal, radiant blur." It's more like a memory though. As though the songwriter was the child and is remembering seeing this horrible event and contemplating what it means in terms of life and death. "Always the summers are slipping away."

A note to add | Reviewer: Johanne Strickland | 7/14/09

Like Andy, Trains is my favourite song by Porcupine Tree (closely followed by Arriving Somewhere But Not Here, Lazarus and Radioactive Toy!), and I will add the following as a tip for fellow lovers of this song: If you can, get hold of the live version from the 2005 concert in Köln (Cologne)! They ended the concert with it, and it is absolutely BREATHTAKING!

Amazing! Spectacular! | Reviewer: Ssyba | 7/10/09

The first time I heard this song was at a lunch-time concert at school for my year's music class. The most amazing guy ever was playing this with the guitar teacher and he was singing and I had never heard anything by this band before but I immediately fell in love with the song (his voice may have had something to do with that) but this song is so amazing and wonderful. It's so perfect in every way. Nothing could make it better.... except that I prefer listening to the guy in my year singing it :P


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