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Heartattack In A Layby Lyrics

Artist: Porcupine Tree
Album: In Absentia

I pull off the road
East of Baldock and Ashford
Feeling for my cell
In the light from the dashboard

Hissing from the road
The smell of rain in the air con
Maybe check the news
Or just put a tape on

Lighting up a smoke
I've got this feeling inside me
Don't feel too good

If I close my eyes
And fell asleep in this layby
Would it all subside
The fever pushing the day by

Motor window wind
I could do with some fresh air
Can't breathe too well

(She waits for me. Home waits for me.)

I guess I should go now
She's waiting to make up
To tell me she's sorry
And how much she missed me
I guess I'm just burnt out
I really should slow down
I'm perfectly fine but
I just need to lie down

We'll grow old together
We'll grow old together
We'll grow old together....
Comments/Interpretations
by Dobri ( Bulgaria) on 3/7/2009 7:33pm
The best song in my whole life..
by TJ ( Canada ) on 10/6/2010 6:05pm
I love porcupine tree. Amazing musicians and songwriting. I like the lyrics in this song, especially near the end. Wilson really must have had deep thoughts while writing this song :)
I interperet this song like this:
Theres a guy Who had to pull over because of feeling strange ( symptoms before a heartattack perhaps ) , and starts trying to make himself feel more comfortable by doing petty things in his car to take his mind of the scary situation.
I feel that from the line " she waits for me, home waits for me "
and onwards his thoughts are during his last moments as hes dying, thinking of a loved one who has passed on before him, welcoming him to join her in the afterlife. - The last line symbolizing that maybe now they can spend the rest of their existance together now that they have both passed on and are reunited - " we'll grow old together " .
by Glassmoon on 4/18/2012 12:10pm
This song is plain perfect...it takes me deepest feeling out, throws them to the floor and says..."now look and them"...
by Ian on 4/30/2012 10:31pm
What else can I say... Simply superb. I totally agree with TJ..
by B on 8/23/2012 2:42am
actually what i picture in my mind is a middle age guy in his 40ies, he's just had a rough experience and a sudden surprise from the woman she loves(or wife ) and due to this pressure while he's moving in the car he has a heart attack and h stops by and tries different thing just to relax himself and at the end he can only hold on to the illusion that he has someone waiting for him and he's not alone...the first lines are just to create the right atmosphere and the last lines are what keeps someone at bay(right before dying)....it's just amazing how steven could figure at such a dramatic feeling and illustrate it through such BEAUTIFUL music...you can listen to this song for hours
by Sarah on 2/7/2013 2:53am
I think the whole thing is metaphorical. For me it represents a struggle with life and boredom towards all the struggling that life implies. It's also being tired of suffering because of love but yet, he decides to continue and for me the last lines are what he keeps telling himself, trying to convince himself, to keep going. Even though maybe he knows it might be a lie, he's holding on to it because he has nothing better. But then maybe it's only my own gloomy mood that is blinding me.
by E on 2/18/2013 10:32pm
Always interesting to hear how words are interpreted. In this case, I see this as much more straightforward (and sad). A man is unaware that he is dying until too late, with his last thoughts being of going home to his woman who did/said something that caused him to get away for a while. The sad part is that she'll forever regret not having had the chance to make up... Even as he dies, he knows that whatever happened between them wasn't final. But she'll never know that.


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