My life suffocates
Planting seeds of hate
I’ve loved, turned to hate
Trapped far beyond my fate

I give, you take
This life that I forsake
Been cheated of my youth
You turned this lie to truth

Anger
Misery
You’ll suffer unto me

Harvester of sorrow
Language of the mad
Harvester of sorrow

Pure black, looking clear
My work is done soon here
Try getting back to me
Get back which used to be

Drink up
Shoot in
Let the beatings begin
Distributor of pain
Your loss becomes my gain

Anger
Misery
You’ll suffer unto me

Harvester of sorrow
Language of the mad
Harvester of sorrow

All have said their prayers
Invade their nightmares
To see into my eyes
You’ll find where murder lies

Infanticide

Harvester of sorrow
Language of the mad
Harvester of sorrow
Language of the mad
Harvester of sorrow


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  • +3
    General CommentI've always inferred that this song was about someone who's suffered horribly and perceives themselves as being wronged and even persecuted on all sides. As a result, they become bitter, unable to feel compassion for other humans, and lash out angrily and even violently. This resembles certain schizophrenia-type mental disorders (note: scizophrenia =/= multiple personality disorder), where the sufferer becomes paranoid and perceives themselves as being persecuted on all sides. The song's lyrics and its emphasis on violence, alienation, and emotional blunting best matches the development of clinical psychopathy.
    katryna669on July 22, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm thinking this is either a generalized Grim Reaper/Final Judgement song like Metallica is so fond of, or a bloody-justice teenage revenge anthem. I'm leaning towards the latter. Why you ask? I'll explain.

    The song clearly indicates a strong feeling of victimhood and unjustified abuse. A person of formerly pure intentions ("Planting Seeds of Hate, I've Loved, Turned to Hate, Trapped Far Beyond My Fate") has been driven into vengeful bloodlust by a lifetime of mistreatment ("I Give, You Take, This Life That I Forsake, Been Cheated of My Youth, You Turned this Lie to Truth).

    The person in question is now motivated only by pure rage and pain ("Anger, Misery, You will Suffer unto Me", Distributor of Pain, Your Loss becomes my gain" etc.) and he proceeds to exact bloody payment ("All Have Said Their Prayers, Invade Their Nightmares, See into My Eyes, You'll Find Where Murder Lies) on those who planted the seeds of hate in his heart, pushed him beyond his normal limits of morality, took from him when he did nothing but give to them, and robbed him of his innocence.

    He has become the Harvester of Sorrow.

    So basically, take your average school shooter's life story and make a song out of it, and this is what you get.
    Bullzeyeon June 21, 2004   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThis song is definitely about a parent who tries to escape their misery through drugs and alcohol and eventually takes it out on his family by beating and killing them. Here is my interpretation of the lyrics for each of the 3 verses in the song:

    Verse 1:
    My Life Suffocates
    Planting Seeds of Hate
    I've Loved, Turned to Hate
    Trapped Far Beyond My Fate

    I Give
    You Take
    This Life That I Forsake
    Been Cheated of My Youth
    You Turned this Lie to Truth

    -- This is giving a historical view of the Harvester of Sorrows' life. It explains how he became the Harvester of Sorrow. It's pretty straight forward, no need to go into detail here.


    2nd Verse:
    Pure Black Looking Clear
    My Work Is Done Soon Here
    Try Getting Back to Me
    Get Back Which Used to Be

    Drink up
    Shoot in
    Let the Beatings Begin
    Distributor of Pain
    Your Loss Becomes My Gain

    -- This verse explains how he thinks about himself and how the Harvester of Sorrow deals with it. He attempts to "get back which used to be" by abusing drugs and alcohol. Which results in him becoming violent. At this point it does not indicate that he is violent towards his family. The Harvester of Sorrow could just be getting in fights at bars or places he gets drunk and high at (like when people get drunk at bars and start fights ... get it?). Essentially, he gets drunk/high and takes his anger out on others.

    3rd Verse:
    All Have Said Their Prayers
    Invade Their Nightmares
    See into My Eyes
    You'll Find Where Murder Lies

    Infanticide

    -- This is the verse that indicates that the Harvester of Sorrow has finally snapped and beats and murders his children (indicated by infanticide ... which has nothing to do with abortion BTW). He has finally become the Harvester of Sorrow.
    MasterOfLyricson June 22, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentjust listen in sorrow and awe to the skill of the drummer in the first 1.17 minutes.. this song is really a chellenge for any respectable drummer and Lars seems to to give the best of himself here... It is a song dominated by anger, frustration and sorrow. The heavy guitar riff and the Bass drum rolls confirm this... i believe that if you take away the lyrics from this piece, the song will loose none of its prowess, and will still express the true pain and feeeling put in the treated subject.... Lars rules, and though technically he may not be at the skill of such drummers as Mike Portnoy, or Danny Carey, he is still my favorite drummer cause he has the ability of transmitting all his wrath and passion through his pounding... He knows music is expression of feeling and soul...
    Thanks for reading my humble opinion
    UnforgivenIIon January 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti always thought this song was about the reaper,because if you think about it,some of the lyrics match it;death brings anger and misery,your loss of life has become his gain of soul,all say their prayers before they die,he invades your nighmares because many fear death,if you look into his eyes,murder may lie there,he plants seed of hate,leading up to possible killing,etc.,but then i looked at all these comments and saw abortion,drug/alchohol and i was like "huh,never thought of that". i still kinda like it if it's about death,im kinda goth.who knows?maybe it is.
    nightmareXIIIon August 27, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningOK, why hasnt anyone ever brought up what happend during WWII? The Harvest of Sorrows, it was when the russians when to a city where their were a bunch of farms, they made the people harvest their crops and give it to them. for years the russians came back and took all their crops, causing the people living there to die of starvation. "Planting seeds of hate". Obviosly these farmers who were planting the crops knew where they were going to, so they hated planting them becuase they knew the russians were gunna take it. "I give, You take" this explains that the people gave little crops at first, then the russians got greedy a took it all, this isnt a song about
    SeekandDestroy1667on September 20, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt tells the story of a drunken and drugged man who torments his family before cracking and murdering them.
    Prodigalon May 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song can have two meanings. Listed above is one. Think about this one:
    the song talks about abortion. The lyrics support this idea also.
    "My life suffocates" -embryo being killed
    "Planting the seeds of hate" -abortion pill or unwanted sperm
    "Been cheated of my youth" -can't live out childhood
    "You turn the lies to truth" -mother makes reality of abortion
    bassman2kon September 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentInfanticide- the killing of an infant
    bassman2kon September 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNever thought of it that was, bassman. Puts a good twist on it for me.
    EvilLawyeron October 14, 2002   Link

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