Fear Of A Blank Planet

I’ve been wanting to share this for quite some time and am finally getting around to it. I really am interested in what reaction you have to the video and lyrics below of “Fear Of A Blank Planet” by Porcupine Tree.

You may find this dark. You may find this disturbing. I find it real. It’s not for the faint of heart, but I think there are some reminders here for parents who, like us, are trying extremely hard to make sure our kids become good men and women. Note in the video, a poster on the wall has “I Want To Believe” while the lyric is “Xbox is a god to me”. And the image at the end with the boy, gun in hand, walking toward the building (school?) with the lyric “So now where?”.

Sunlight coming through the haze
No gaps in the blinds
To let it inside
The bed is unmade, some music still plays

TV, yeah it’s always on
A flicker of the screen
A movie actor screams
I’m basking in the shit flowing out of it

I’m stoned in the mall again
Terminally bored
Shuffling around the stores
And shoplifting is getting so last year’s thing

Xbox is a god to me
My finger on the switch
My mother is a bitch
My father gave up ever trying to talk to me

Don’t try engaging me
The vaguest of shrugs
The prescription drugs
You’ll never find a person inside

My face is smothered on
Curiosity is good enough for me
I’m tuning out his eyes
Pills are on the rise

How can I be sure I’m here?
The pills that I’ve been taking confuse me
I need to know that someone sees that
There’s nothing left, I simply am not here

I’m through with pornography
The acting is lame
The action is tame
Explicitly dull, or rather a lull

Your mouth should be boarded up
Talking all day with nothing to say
Your shallow proclamations
All misinformation

My friend says he wants to die
He’s in a band, they sound like Pearl Jam
Their clothes are all black
The music is crap

In school I don’t concentrate
And sex is kinda fun, but just another one
Of all the empty ways of using up the day

How can I be sure I’m here?
The pills that I’ve been taking confuse me
I need to know that someone sees that
There’s nothing left, I simply am not here

Bipolar disorder
Can’t be any boarder
Bipolar disorder
Can’t be any boarder

Don’t try to be liked
You don’t mind
You feel no sun
You steal a gun
To kill time
You’re somewhere
You’re no where
You don’t care
You catch the breeze
It still relieves
So now where?

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Doug Ausbury is an entrepreneur, coffee achiever, baseball addict, aspiring spousal unit, pop music geek and family man. Most of the time, he needs more cowbell...a lot more cowbell.

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One comment on “Fear Of A Blank Planet
  1. Matt Long says:

    Easily one of the most provocative videos I’ve seen in a long time.

    Every parent should see this one. There is a generation of children out there just like this; going to class with our sons and daughters every day.

    “Know your child” is the best advice for any parent.

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Doug Ausbury is an entrepreneur, coffee achiever, baseball addict, aspiring spousal unit, pop music geek and family man. Most of the time, he needs more cowbell...a lot more cowbell.

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