"The Raven" as written by and Alan/woolfson Parsons....
The clock struck midnight
And through my sleeping
I heard a tapping at my door
I looked but nothing lay in the darkness
And so I turned inside once more
To my amazement
There stood a raven
Whose shadow hung above my door
Then through the darkness
It spoke that one word
That I shall hear forever more
Nevermore
Thus quoth the raven, nevermore
And still the raven remains in my room
No matter how much I implore
No words can soothe him
No prayer remove him
And I must hear for evermore
Quoth the raven, nevermore
Thus quoth the raven
Nevermore


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"The Raven" as written by Eric Norman Woolfson Alan Parsons

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    General CommentAnother in a series of songs based on Edgar Allen Poe stories- or, in this case, poetry. This song certainly does the poem justice, it's great-- although the pace (of the lyrics at least) is a lot faster than that of the poem.
    justdigon May 27, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI absolutely love the voice effects in this song. They are the really really cool.
    Anomaly57on March 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commentanother tribute to the genius of Alan Parsons Project
    jessyon March 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think that the Raven personifies Doubt. The way that it is ever-present in the background, yet always shrouded with nets of shadows, strengthens this claim. Doubt is also removed only by our own actions, thus the line, "no words can soothe him, no prayer remove him." When the Raven speaks of "Nevermore," he is saying that the opportunities to rectify past doubts are long-gone, and that there is nothing that can be said by any man to soothe the what-ifs of our past.
    BlckDethon January 15, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"The clock struck midnight
    And through my sleeping
    I heard a tapping at my door
    I looked but nothing lay in the darkness
    And so I turned inside once more"

    The protagonist is still mourning for the loss of his wife, so while in solitude, he continues to hope he will see his wife again. Whenever he hears something, he rushes at the door, but he keeps getting disappointed (which he knows will happen, he's torturing himself because he is becoming insane).

    "To my amazement
    There stood a raven
    Whose shadow hung above my door
    Then through the silence
    It spoke that one word
    that I shall hear forever more"

    The raven is a metaphor for the protagonist's madness that is trying to devour him. Still mourning and nearly insane, he hopes the mystical raven that descended upon him is some sort of sage of god, so he asks the deity, the raven, if he will ever see his wife again. The raven is his last hope of recovering. Unfortunately, the answer he "shall hear forever more", because the answer is so painful for the protagonist and makes him insane.

    "Nevermore
    Thus quoth the raven, nevermore

    And still the raven remains in my room
    No matter how much I implore
    No words can soothe him
    No prayer remove him
    And I must hear for evermore"

    The raven will not leave his room, whatever he tries to make him do so. In other words, his madness will not go away, he is forever lost.

    "Quoth the raven, nevermore
    Thus quoth the raven
    Nevermore"

    No doubt the climax of the song, the word 'nevermore' echoes through our ears, just like it does through his ears for eternity. It is too late, all is lost. This song is about loss and regret, not being able to deal with your inner demons. Truly a wonderful song.
    Mattmerizeon April 03, 2011   Link

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