"Gyroscope" as written by and Jesper Claes Haakan/gelotte Stroemblad....
Geology is digging through my brain
A manta engulfing the world
To throw it up once again
To a guild of lifted daggers

Neo-wolf, but older again
Than the Lupus itself
Linked its fur to the Gyroscope of time
A collection of failures

A diabolical sequence of stabs
Written in cutting stone
From the fossilized den of thieves
Our lives die

Neo-wolf, but older again
Than the Lupus itself
Linked its fur to the Gyroscope of time
A collection of failures

I see the nursing all mother
Spitting out a trail of termites
In the mouth of her first born hope
With smog-filled rebellion

Apathy dressed in violence
White, insectoid legs
Curse her lips and her mouth receptive
Only to pain

Neo-wolf, but older again
Than the Lupus itself
Linked its fur to the Gyroscope of time
A collection of failures

Lyrics submitted by -L3tH4L-

"Gyroscope" as written by Bjoern Ingvar Gelotte Anders Par Friden

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  • +4
    General CommentFirst, understand that a gyroscope is a tool used to determine orientation (position and direction).

    The song contains alot of metaphor, so first I'm going to do a literal analysis of the lyrics then guess at what they probably mean.

    The song is told from the perspective of history itself, or perhaps from the perspective of "the gyroscope of time" as referred to in the chorus.

    " Geology is digging through my brain
    a manta engulfing the world
    to throw it up once again
    to a guild of lifted daggers "

    The first part is pretty self explanitory, human science is uncovering the memory of what has happened before our time. The part about throwing it up again implies that it wasn't intended for humanity to dig up these secrets. The guild of lifted daggers is the human race.

    I'll skip the chorus for now, I think it'll make more sense after I go through the other verses.

    "A diabolical sequence of stabs
    written in cunning stones
    from the fossilised den of thieves
    our lives die"

    I believe this is referring to evolution. The sequence of stabs would be each species (think in terms of "a stab in the dark"), the cunning stones referring to the fossils that the human race has found. The den of thieves is the earth. "our lives die" could be pretty ambigiuous, but I think it's saying that we're disgracing the lives of the inhabitants of the earth's past.

    "I see the nursing all-mother
    spitting out a trail of termites
    in the mouth of her first-born hope
    breasts ripe with smog-filled rebellion"

    The all mother is earth of course, the termites are humanity. The first born hope is probably life itself, or maybe the entity singing the song. The first born hope could also refer to humanity. The smog filled part could obviously refer to the industrialization of the earth that we as a race have done, but I think there's another meaning I just can't see.

    "Apathy dressed in violence
    white insectoid legs
    curse her lips and the mouth
    receptive only to pain"

    I think that this is referring to the human race's treatment of the earth again. The apathy part refers to the human race, the insect part is lost on me though. The last part refers to the earth.

    "Neo-wolf, but older again
    than the Lupus itself
    linked its fur to the gyroscope of time
    a collection of failures"

    The Neo-wolf is the human race, evolved from the original life form, represented by the lupus. Using the 'gyroscope', they've figured out where they came from and how they evolved. Since we are the most advanced and highly evolved race on the planet, and we've condemned ourselves by destroying the earth, the entire life process is referred to as a collection of failures.

    This is my first song interpretation, I'm sure there's some stuff that's not correct but I think it's fairly accurate, be sure to let me know what you think!
    skizzyon March 30, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe songs is about the failure of the world, of the system.
    Only a new beginning, a 'rebirth' of the world can make the world better. But it failes over and over again: a collection of failures. Our attemps of making the world a better place are in vane.

    Very good song, nice guitars, one of the better songs of in flames.
    ramorgon August 25, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe gyroscope is a metaphor for unwilling to change
    Robotnik33on November 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"I'm gonna take you to the green album. The one we call Whoracle. This is 'Gyroscope'."
    --- Anders' introduction to the song on The Tokyo Showdown.
    samwaltonon August 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love the explosive sound like 20 secs into the song, truely awesome
    skim2livon May 09, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy favorite metal song ever :D
    and yea i agree with ramorg
    acidbombon July 03, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpimp song, saw them last ngiht in chicago and i highly suggest seeing these guys live, they are amazing.
    Use My Third Armon July 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentToo right! I can't wait to see them again. They played this song too, it was awesome!
    markieon May 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my favourite IF songs.. A shame that so few people comment on it.
    The album version is much better than the live version though.

    The chorus is not about actual wolves.
    It contrasts the new (Neo-Wolf) versus the old (the Lupus).

    The first and second verse are closely related:
    Both deal with "knives and stabbing",
    while the third and fourth verses are also related:
    they describe the "nursing all-mother" (who btw also appears in several other IF songs, like Artifacts and Hive).

    The "knife" verses are generally about the world being thrown into chaos and death.

    The "all-mother" verses are about natures relation to mankind, and how we are polluting and destroying,
    and how nature pretty much reacts by sending tornadoes and hurricanes and shit our way.

    The general theme of this song is how mankind is abusing the rest of the planet, and how we are simply mortal and NEED THE EARTH to SURVIVE !

    Political fatcats and stockowners dont seem to realize this. Raping the earth just so THEY and maybe THEIR ILK can live well during their own lifetime is probably the most selfish thing you can do.
    When the world finally collapses, what will people say about their forefathers?
    Ddaduttaon November 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agre with ddatutta all the way. did anyone notice this is on both black ash inheritance and whoracle?
    Lord_Hypnoson January 14, 2006   Link

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