"As We Speak" as written by Peter Leo Rickard Wichers and Bjoern Strid....
As we speak
The stable table turns
As we speak
I should have known we're burned
And I guess I'll never never learn which of those faces
Who makes it all turn
As we speak
I'm going deeper down
As we speak
With a terrible sound
A feeble holy bastard son
Has it only just begun?

[Chorus]

I turn away fading out alone
Was a lifetime worth it all?
Fading out fading out alone
Ass we speak we turn to stone

As we speak
A young man looses his mind
As we speak
He kills what's next in line
A broken down mother ask herself why
Is this the end of her precious time?
As we speak
A conscience leaves without a trace
A silent departure to a silent place
What do we know about the anger that starts to grow

Don't despair, time will heal your torment
Don't you dare, spend your days in hell
So beware, faith will bring you treason
While you stare oh!

I turn away fading out alone
Was a lifetime worth it all?
Fading out fading out alone
As we speak we turn to stone [Repeat]
As a lifetime turns to stone


Lyrics submitted by Blindwish, edited by MetallicaToTheEnd

"As We Speak" as written by Bjoern Ove Ingemar Strid Peter Leo Rickard Wichers

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    General CommentAlright, everyone who made no comments about the lyrical meaning needs to shove a pencil into their right eye as hard as they can. Seriously people, this is NOT MusicIlike.com or GenresIDoNotLike.org

    Getting back on topic, I think this song is about how time always seems to flow forward despite how bad things go. No matter how painful an event may be, time isn't going to wait for you to recovery. It will simply go on carrying everything with it.

    It also tells us to keep moving with time, because even if we are hurting or mourning, everything will eventually heal with time. They also seem to be saying that time spent mourning or cowering is wasted time that all adds up in our lifetime.

    Lastly they ask themselves aswell as everyone else;
    Was all the mourning and time we spent pitying ourselves worth the time we lost in our life?

    When they say: As we speak we turn to stone, I think its referring to how once things have happened they cannot be changed, therefore written in stone.
    XaviarCraigon October 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTo actually put comments on WHAT THE SONG MEANS (after all, this is SongMeanings.com, NOT "SongsYouLike.com" or whatever)...

    I think this song is a sort of sociological look at the world around us, "as we speak."

    One line that particularly gets to me is "As we speak a broken-down mother asks herself why/ Is this the end of her precious time?" This is just one thing happening in the world around us.

    "As We Speak" also has something of an epic feeling, because "as we speak, we turn to stone." I take that as meaning that as time goes on, people die, people are born, and ultimately, people become like stones: forever in existance, just in one form or another.
    theothernesson July 04, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always thought of the 'As we speak, we turn to stone' part of the lyrics as -

    As we discuss things more and more, instead of solving them we gradually feel less and thus become lifeless - stone.

    But yeah, that's just me probably :)
    Necro-Nekoon October 25, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is looking around the world at an exact moment. As we speak (at this moment), all these things are happening. The "As we speak we turn to stone" line means that this moment is carved into your memory forever.
    Luinroson August 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI took the song to mean as life goes on we loose the innocence we once had as children.
    And to the part where the mother wonders if its the end of her precious time. It's not only about our own innocence but those around us. The kid went insane and killed someone and is therefor without innocence anymore.

    And the chorus says it right there. As we speak in relation to time. (the saying I'm sure you've heard) And without innocence we have a "stone" heart.
    Stu326on July 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo I take it no-one else else noticed this -

    Ass we speak we turn to stone

    Check the lyrics again.
    ac666on January 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentActually, you idiot, 'overthestars' mentioned that about seven thousand posts back.
    boxpiloton April 28, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationI see this song differently than most of the other commenters. I interpret the song as a statement about mental illness, particularly depression.

    "As we speak
    The stable table turns
    As we speak
    I should have known we're burned.
    [...]
    As we speak
    I'm going deeper down"

    I take this as meaning that stable people just continue on with their lives, while those suffering from mental illness are "burned", or forgotten.

    "As we speak
    A young man looses his mind
    As we speak
    He kills what's next in line
    A broken down mother ask herself why
    Is this the end of her precious time?
    As we speak
    A conscience leaves without a trace
    A silent departure to a silent place
    What do we know about the anger that starts to grow"

    This is about how a young man looses his mind, while a mother looses her son to mental illness. The "precious time" is the time with her son, who has sunk into "a silent place" somewhere inside his own head.

    "Don't despair, time will heal your torment
    Don't you dare, spend your days in hell
    So beware, faith will bring you treason
    While you stare oh!"

    Notice that this verse is in a different voice, as if everyone else is saying to him to not worry about it, because it will go away with time and a little bit of faith.

    The phrase "As we speak we turn to stone" is about the way society turns it's back on people with mental illness while they suffer through it alone.

    When you interpret it that way, this is a terribly sad song.
    aaron987on May 18, 2013   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis is a beautiful song. Soilwork deserves much more credit than they get. Listen to Natural Born Chaos and you will never look at music the same way.
    ElementOfOneon July 19, 2002   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI want to see the video for this song. Has anyone seen it?
    hardkore_foreveron August 10, 2002   Link

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