Elysian Night

For this week’s Song-Lyric Sunday, I decided to go my own way. “Elysian Night” by Draconian has been on my mind all week because I will be doing an oral presentation on it next week in my poetry class. This song is a dark love story by the melodic death metal band from Saffle, Sweden.

“Elysian Night”
Draconian
A Rose for the Apocalypse

[Lyrics by Anders Jacobsson and Johan Ericson]

I am so far away…
You see, I’m nothing without thee
I fall down, down to the ground,
and all alone, I wish that I could go

Drown here with me,
hold me, save me

Are you there, beloved one?
I clench our whisper to the fading
Playing out this frozen dream
to watch me bleed in the sunrise
watch me bleed in the sunrise

Break, can you see how I break,
and still, my world remains the same
Don’t die, please stay for a while
This night we’ll learn how to fly

Snow is falling from ebon skies
and I see some peace in your eyes
Playing out this frozen dream
to watch us bleed in the sunrise
watch us bleed in the sunrise

I can’t go on with the quiet,
to wait until we wake up,
to be gone with the fire
I must go now

Are you there, beloved one?
I clench our whisper to the fading
Will you help me carry on,
and lead me through the sunrise?
Lead me through the sunrise

I can’t go on with the quiet,
to wait until we wake up,
to be gone with the fire
I must go now

[Sample is taken from a reading of “Ode to a Nightingale” by John Keats (1795-1821)]

Anders Jacobsson – Vocals
Jerry Torstensson – Drums
Johan Ericson – Guitars
Lisa Johansson – Vocals
Daniel Arvidsson – Guitars
Fredrik Johansson – Bass

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Holier Than Thou

For Song-Lyric Sunday, Helen Espinosa at This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time, asks us to share a song about judgement. Metallica’s “Holier Than Thou” came immediately to mind. This song comes from their 1991 self-titled album (aka The Black Album). I just entered high school at that time, and endured a hell that I never thought I would ever escape. Even the bullies liked Metallica, but they were too stupid to know that this song was about them!

No more!
The craps rolls out your mouth again
Haven’t changed, your brain is still gelatin
Little whispers circle around your head
Why don’t you worry about yourself instead

Who are you? Where ya been? Where ya from?
Gossip is burning on the tip of your tongue
You lie so much you believe yourself
Judge not lest ye be judged yourself

Holier than thou
You are
Holier than thou
You are

You know not

Before you judge me take a look at you
Can’t you find something better to do
Point the finger, slow to understand
Arrogance and ignorance go hand in hand

It’s not who you are it’s who you know
Others lives are the basis of your own
Burn your bridges build them back with wealth
Judge not lest ye be judged yourself

Holier than thou
You are
Holier than thou
You are

You know not!

James Hetfield: guitar, vocal
Lars Ulrich: drums
Kirk Hammet: lead guitar
Jason Newsted: bass guitar