"Moonshield" as written by and Jesper Claes Haakan/gelotte Stroemblad....
Tried of dull ages, I walk the same ground,
Collecting the tragedies still
Hollow ambitions in a hollow mind
Carried my cross to the hill

And how I lust for the dance and the fire
Deep of the nectarine sunset to drink
Spill me the wind and its fire
To steal of the colors - I´m the moon shield

Shattered hope became my guide
And grief and pain my friends
A brother pact in blood-ink penned
Declared my silent end

Naked and dying under worlds of silent stone
Reaching for the moon shield that once upon us shone


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

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    General CommentI think I figure this one out (my previous comment failed pretty hard due to some weird symbols I used.)

    Tried of dull ages, I walk the same ground,
    collecting the tragedies still
    Hollow ambitions in a hollow mind
    carried my cross to the hill

    Discription of a stale life, an unwanted reality.

    And how I lust for the dance and the fire
    deep of the nectarine sunset to drink
    spill me the wind and its fire
    to steal of the colors - I'm the moonshield

    He longs for the good things in life, the beauty out of his reach. Where he says "to steal of the colours" he means to take something from this beauty where he could have nothing else. (a willingness to settle for less). "I'm the moonshield" describes his unwillingness (shield) to accept the subtle, but complete, beauty that is already in his life (the moon)

    Shattered hope became my guide
    and grief and pain my friends
    a brother pact in blood-ink penned
    declared my silent end

    First two lines describe the pain this way of living brings him. The following two lines describe his own insignificance through his unwillingness to let go of what is out of his reach.

    Naked and dying under worlds of silent stone
    reaching for the moonshield that once upon us shone
    Naked and dying under worlds of silent stone
    reaching for the moonshield that once upon us shone

    The pain of reaching for what is out of his reach causes him to turn back to the moon (that subtle beauty already in his life) but the shame of his mistake (his betrayal of the moon) is too much to bear. Through his desperation that suble beauty (his dignity) has left his life.

    And how I lust for the dance and the fire
    deep of the nectarine sunset to drink
    spill me the wind and its fire
    to steal of the colors

    Forgetting the moon again he reaches for what is out of his reach. In hopes for salvation, maybe even forgiveness.

    I am... I am... I am...
    I'm the moonshield...

    He has failed to regain his dignity and so he's stuck in a loop that is described in the first and second verse.

    What do you think of my analysis?
    Jester00000000000000on November 05, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"actually jesper did not have nothing to do with the lyrics here,the lyrics where collaborated by niklas sundin and anders friden in whoracle and in jester race.and in an interview sundin said that anders came up with the actual subject of the lyrics,he collaborated putting them in to words so anders does have the potential to write wonderful lyrics,i love this song exellent music and i do agree it wont be that great with out the lyrics."

    anders only came up with whoracle theme, he didn't write lyrics, and did absolutely nothing but sign on tjr
    Dreadnaughton May 10, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn Flames is better than your band.
    ArchEnemyon March 21, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song IMHO is the allusion to the battle between Paganism and Christianity,all in the mind of an ex-Viking berserker,now a doubtful Christian.

    *Tried of dull ages, I walk the same ground,
    collecting the tragedies still.*
    The dull ages are the years after the Christianization of Scandinavia,or the *Dark ages* in that Viking's thought. No more heroic sagas,no more tales of great deeds. The only things left are sorrowful and submissive bible pages of Christian martyrs.

    *Hollow ambitions in a hollow mind
    carried my cross to the hill*
    This refers to both his and Jesus' old ambition: to spread the voice of God (not Gods) across the land. Over time,the Viking character felt his doings were soulless,his passion for the new religion coming to an end,just like the death of Jesus. Do the *carried my cross to the hill* and the event at Golgotha ring you any bell?

    *And how I lust for the dance and the fire
    deep of the nectarine sunset to drink
    spill me the wind and its fire
    to steal of the colours - I´m the moonshield*
    Kind of obvious here. The man reflected on his past and yearned for his old glorious days,the days of fire,battles,the days of conquering the great sea. The moonshield could be the symbol of old hope as everyone has pointed out. But it could also be the image of the Round shield,the usual defense equipment of the Vikings. It symbolized his desire to take up arms and throw himself into heroic battle again.

    *Shattered hope became my guide
    and grief and pain my friends
    a brother pact in blood-ink penned
    declared my silent end

    Naked and dying under worlds of silent stone
    reaching for the moonshield that once upon us shone*

    But then he realized everything has passed away,leaving him grieving over the old time. Christianity has prevailed,and the old Viking stays there silent with his dead hopes.

    The instrument interlude of this song also sounds very *oceanic*,referring to the sailing days of Scandinavians.
    Rotenon November 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI was reading the lyrics with a friend, and, we came up with an interesting interpretation of the lyrics, even though I slightly doubt it was the original intent... Do not take it too religiously, we simply thought it up because it reminded us of the story of Lucifer as we have been told it, we are not trying to print a religious undertone to this song.

    Our interpretation consists of the lyrics telling the story of how Lucifer became the devil (or whatever you want to call it);


    [ Tried of dull ages, I walk the same ground,
    collecting the tragedies still
    Hollow ambitions in a hollow mind
    carried my cross to the hill ]

    In here you find out that the narrator character (in our case, lucifer) is 'tired of dull ages', and 'walking the same ground', which we interpret for repeating the same actions always, not enough to his taste. He has ambitions greater then what he can attain currently, and the last line could be a ref. to martyrism, or to completing an arduous task by duty.


    [ And how I lust for the dance and the fire
    deep of the nectarine sunset to drink
    spill me the wind and its fire
    to steal of the colours - I´m the moonshield ]

    Obviously, this indicates a will to possess or experience something (lust, etc). All the images used here are warm and full of life, dance, fire, nectar, sunset and wind. They could represent life itself, a greater status in it, the one whom God occupies and that Lucifer wants. The last line (although that is far fetched) could be about stealing the 'colors', colors representing life once again (whereas a gray image is dead, colour elightens and gives it life), and the possession of it.



    [ Shattered hope became my guide
    and grief and pain my friends
    a brother pact in blood-ink penned
    declared my silent end ]

    After a failure to get what he wanted, he becomes a fallen angel (silent end), with a 'pact' done with 'grief and pain' (his own desperation).

    [ Naked and dying under worlds of silent stone
    reaching for the moonshield that once upon us shone ]
    Naked and dying, could be a metaphor for naked, powerless, and dying, losing hope etc. Reaching for the moonshield, where moonshield would be the sun, that represents life, so, reaching for the life that once shone upon him.


    In that interpretation though, 'I am the moonshield' does not make any sense.

    Anyways, just a few thoughts. That is it.
    eliseasdfon January 31, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti think the moonshield is earth. it shields the moon from light "fire and wind" that it drinks. so the earth steals color. its is talking of Humanity as a whole not a specific person. his brother pack signed in blood being technology. what will eventually destroy us. and now that we have turned our back on the earth in spirituality we are all "Naked and dying under worlds of silent stone
    reaching for the moonshield that once upon us shone " under the stones we made and reaching for that old natural spirituality that is primal in all of our cultures. almost shamanism and the idea of earth being our mother or giver of life, that at one point showed humanity the way.
    Vorgothon September 24, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis is by far my favourite In Flames song. Incredible lyrics make this song great.
    apepsicanon July 26, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthe lyrics are only half of it. the music is so powerful. this is one of my favorite songs ever.
    staleph1shon August 16, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti agree the music is has much greater power then the actual lyrics. this song is right wicked but hey what in flames song isnt
    sic n twistedon August 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is truly amazing. However, upon listening to it, one will find that it's a bit hard to hear them.. as if the background instruments and music is almost too powerful. Nonetheless, the lyrics top it off, making it one of my favorite songs by In Flames. Pity that not many people have commented - the lyrics are so beautiful and expressive.. I adore how they use personification to explain the torment of whoever the song is aimed towards ["Shattered hope became my guide / And grief and pain my friends."] Extremely deep, it shows a despair that has lasted for many years, and a yearning to be set free of this agony and suffering. I could go into more detail, but I'll let others take a stab at it.. see what they think.
    ~kat
    _kat_on April 26, 2003   Link

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