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In absentia


This new album is now available in Israel in a special 2CD edition! We are happy to provide you with the full lyrics! Enjoy!


  1. Blackest Eyes (4.23)
  2. Trains (5.56)
  3. Lips of Ashes (4.39)
  4. The Sound of Muzak (4.59)
  5. Gravity Eyelids (7.56)
  6. Wedding Nails (6.33)
  7. Prodigal (5.32)
  8. .3 (5.25)
  9. The Creator Has a Mastertape (5.21)
  10. Heartattack in a Layby (4.15)
  11. Strip the Soul (7.21)
  12. Collapse the Light Into Earth (5.52)


Bonus CD:


  1. Drown with me
  2. Chloroform
  3. Strip the soul (Edit)


    A mother sings a lullaby to a child
    Sometime in the future the boy goes wild
    And all his nerves are feeling some kind of energy

    A walk in the woods and I will try
    Something under the trees that made you cry
    It's so erotic when your make up runs

    I got wiring loose inside my head
    I got books that I never ever read
    I got secrets in my garden shed
    I got a scar where all my urges bled
    I got people underneath my bed
    I got a place where all my dreams are dead
    Swim with me into your blackest eyes

    A few minutes with me inside my van
    Should be so beautiful if we can
    I'm feeling something taking over me


    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




    This is my home, this is my own, we don't like no strangers
    Raise the kids good, beat the kids good and tie them up
    Spread it wide, my wife, my life, push the camera deeper
    I can use, I abuse, my muse, I made them all

    This machine
    Is there to please
    Strip the soul
    Fill the hole
    A fire to feed
    A belt to bleed
    Strip the soul
    Kill them all

    They are not gone, they are not gone, they are only sleeping
    In graves, in ways, in clay, underneath the floor
    Building walls, overalls, getting bored, I got faulty wiring
    Brick it up now, brick it up now, but keep the bones

    (Do you want a western home in the rubble ?)



    I won't shiver in the cold
    I won't let the shadows take their toll
    I won't cover my head in the dark
    And I won't forget you when we part

    Collapse the Light Into Earth

    I won't heal given time
    I won't try to change your mind
    I won't feel better in the cold light of day
    But I wouldn't stop you if you wanted to stay

    Collapse the Light Into Earth



    Music and lyrics - Steven Wilson

    So you have been of use
    And you have been abused

    You know you look pale today
    Your lipstick has gone astray

    You sold out and lost your looks
    You gave away all your books

    (You should drown with me)

    Your coil has been wound up tight
    Unwind it with me tonight

    (You should drown with me)

    Tyre tracks
    Fresh on the ground
    Where she will be found
    Held under the water
    Resting there in a stream
    View from the cold water
    Buried in green
    Orange filter sky

    Your drowning in family there
    When will you come up for air

    (You should drown with me)

    Don't feel you let 'em down
    Cos they have already drowned

    (You should drown with me)



    Lyrics - Steven Wilson / Music - Steven Wilson & Chris Maitland

    Little retrograde, wonder where you are
    Another motorcade, under radar

    A boy in borrowed clothes, knows he is a girl
    Shards of light come down, stillness in the air

    Big sleeper, your deeper, too deep for me yeah
    Speak clearer, can't hear you, I'm going under

    On the mountain side, hold me in your gaze
    But it's over now, cos I got kids to raise