Piano Lessons

Porcupine Tree

About Piano Lessons

"Piano Lessons" is a single by British progressive rock band Porcupine Tree, from their album Stupid Dream, released in April 1999. It came in two formats: a regular CD and a 7" vinyl (limited to 1,000 copies). The single was accompanied by a music video directed by Mike Bennion, who would lately co-write the filmscript which inspired Deadwing along with Steven Wilson.


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I remember piano lessons
The hours in freezing rooms
Cruel ears and tiny hands
Destroying timeless tunes

She said there's too much out there
Too much already said
You'd better give up hoping
You're better off in bed

You don't need much to speak of
No class, no wit, no soul
Forget you own agenda
Get ready to be sold

I feel now like Christine Keeler
Sleepwalking in the rain
I didn't mean to lose direction
I didn't want that kind of fame

(Take your hands off my land)

Credit me with some intelligence
(if not just credit me)
I come in value packs of ten
(in five varieties)

And even though I got it all now
My only stupid dream
I see you and me together
And how it should have been

I remember piano lessons
Now everything seems clear
You waiting under streetlights
For dreams to disappear

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Porcupine Tree

Porcupine Tree is a rock band formed by Steven Wilson in 1987 in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, England. Their music is associated with both psychedelic rock and progressive rock, yet having been influenced by trance, krautrock and ambient due to Steven Wilson and Richard Barbieri's penchant for the Kosmische Musik scene of the early 1970s, led by bands such as Tangerine Dream, Neu! and Can. Since the early 2000s (decade), their music has been leaning towards progressive metal and alternative rock. more »

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10 facts about this song

Release Year
"Piano Lessons" was released in the year 1999. The song is an integral part of the album "Stupid Dream", which is considered a significant turning point for Porcupine Tree.
Band Origin
Porcupine Tree, the band that composed "Piano Lessons", is a British rock band formed by musician Steven Wilson in 1987.
The song belongs to the Progressive Rock genre. Even though the band initially incorporated elements of psychedelic rock, they later transitioned into progressive rock and became a critical figure in the genre's 1990s revival.
The lyrics are penned by the band’s founder, Steven Wilson, who is known for writing deeply introspective and philosophically oriented songs.
Music Video
A music video was also released for this song. The video depicts a child being forced to take piano lessons by his parents, a symbol of enforced conformity.
Song Theme
The song is said to be critical of the pop music industry, symbolized by the repetitive piano lessons representing formulaic music, and the dreams of fame and success associated with being a musician.
Commercial Success
"Piano Lessons" saw moderate commercial success and reached number 95 in the UK Singles Chart in May 1999.
It was the two songs "Piano Lessons" and "Pure Narcotic" from the album "Stupid Dream" that helped the band breakthrough to mainstream recognition.
Apart from Steven Wilson, Porcupine Tree's main roster during the creation of "Piano Lessons" was Richard Barbieri and Colin Edwin, while Chris Maitland was the drummer.
Live Performances
"Piano Lessons" became a stable part of Porcupine Tree's live act during their subsequent tours.

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