"Lord Hypnos" as written by and Jesper Claes Haakan/gelotte Stroemblad....
I lie in your soother arms, lord Hypnos
Your garment alive with your song
I lie in your soother arms, lord Hypnos

Steep the spiral to your far abode,
In the wake of slumber, on visions I rode
And fell like history through the chasm of ages
Into the charged, forbidden zones

How I have searched
Through a million worlds and faces
Yet unaware, I have not found
My own true face, traceless and profound

So, find me in these grandiose halls
Where long ago summers eternally fall
And tune the strings of truthful longing
To the frozen music of gods

Hypnagonia's lucid horizons
Play with the yearning I've quelled
As I strike towards the Pantheon
And what therein is held


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"Lord Hypnos" as written by Bjoern Ingvar Gelotte Anders Par Friden

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    General CommentThis song is difficult to comprehend because of it's vagueness. I assume that's why no one has bothered to decifer it yet.
    Lord Hynpos is the Greek god of sleep.
    The speaker seems to find it difficult to fall into the deep type of dreams, (Steep the spiral to your far abode / in the wake of slumber, on visions I rode) the kind of dreams a god would inspire you could say. I suppose these are the kinds of dreams where you see everything imaginable... (fell like history through the chasm of ages / into the charged, forbidden zones) although I do not understand "charged" means.
    The speaker says he has searched these millions of zones yet cannot find his true self. I make a generalization here that no one is really who they want to be. However, everyone can dream of who they want to be. The speaker might be searching for who he wants to be but he cannot find something so deep or 'profound' inside of his mind.
    I believe the 'grandoise halls' are the same 'forbidden zones' which are the memories in his mind of which he dreams about. I call them memories because each time they are mentioned in the song they also mention the past. 'Tune the strings... / ... frozen music of gods' does not seem to make any sense so I've disregarded it right now.
    'Hypnagonia' does not exist in the real world, meaning the band must have created her character. I understand her to be Hypnos' wife. although that is just my understanding, which isn't going very far. It is difficult to understand what 'horizons' means in this context. It has to be a boundry of some sort, most likely of knowledge or experience. This doesn't make sense though when followed by, "play with the desires I've surpressed / as I strike towards the Pantheon / and what therein is held". The Pantheon would be a temple devoted Hypnos and Hypnagonia among other gods.
    All in all, this song makes very little sense to me, and I probably make even less sense to you. If this song were about death and how "your life flashes before your eyes", then the Pantheon could be considered an afterworld and yearning could be a desire which was regretibly surpressed. I don't know, I just got my ass kicked by a poem.
    Dravon March 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentTo understand Lord Hypnos you must understand the band behind the song.(this song is sort of part 5 out of a 20+ song epic story about trying to fathom existence). (lunar strain - jester race)
    However Lunar Strain Starts where Jester race Ends, which means they kind of Terrintino'd It and wrote it out of order.

    1.Lets start with Jester Race(album)because it is the first part. The first Song is Moonshield. This is an extremely abstract song, and how the story begins. A Man is sacrifeced and with his last moments of life stares at th heavens. The shield/moon represents what is just beyond his understanding. The shield now broken, than man yurns to go back to the joys of life again but he cannot. ( his body is buried under rocks)

    2.Artifacts of the black rain - best lyrics, Digging through the earth making friends with the soil(sums it up) (the man is still burried underground)

    3. Graveland... Pure death. The man is no longer part of our world.

    4. LORD HYPNOS- Finally a resting place for the man. Nothing can touch him he is safe inside this intoxicating slumber. Inside this dreamworld the universe is simple, Time and Space become non existent.
    The Mans soul feels no pain as he dives into the dimensionless infinity.

    5. Dead Eternity - What was once a Man is no more. Maddening Emptiness. And abastract entity remains in the mans place.
    6. Jester Race - The realization that we are all fools. The human race is a joke when looked down upon from. The Entity mocks mans ignorance and is disguted by the shell of its former self.

    That is most of what I get out of The jester race. The story continues to get bigger and bigger and more abstract. The enitity feels every emotion fathomable from agonizing pain to euphoria multiplied by infinity, the purest fires engulf the entity "In Flames" His soul now sits upon a throne beyond all time existence and relevence. The entity is now god completly trancended , It simultaniously feels nothing and everything and has no will, only answers.
    metal3790on April 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis and Gyroscope are my 2 favourite i flames songs. This is soooo deadly!!!
    doomsoldieron September 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentBah, look at all those spelling mistakes... I feel even worse now than I did when I made all that nonsense up.
    Dravon March 09, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI'm not familiar with Hypnagonia, but the structure of the word and its usage suggest that it's a place (the kingdom of Hypnos?) rather than a person. A Pantheon is a temple to all the gods of a polytheistic belief system, hence it also refers to the belief system's gods as a whole. Pantheon could simply mean the abode of the gods, or refer to a godlike state. There's a story by H. P. Lovecraft called Hypnos which this song seems to have little to do with, but it is rather reminiscent of some of his Dreamlands writing. gizmology.net/… for more information.
    Azzathothon June 28, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti think the song is about a girl that dances ( "I lie in your soothing arms" ) with a man. the song is written from the perspective of this girl. she finds this man amazing and calls him "Lord Hypnos" because the man takes her with the dance in his own world:

    "Steep the spiral to your far abode
    in the wake of slumber, on visions I rode
    and fell like history through the chasm of ages
    into the charged, forbidden zones"

    "How I have searched
    through a million worlds and faces
    yet unaware, I have not found
    my own true face, traceless and profound"

    there the girl says that she searched this person shes dancing with "through a million worlds and faces". perhaps she is in love with the man, but she knows she never can get him.

    "So, find me in these grandiose halls
    where long ago summers eternally fall
    and tune the strings of truthful longing
    to the frozen music of gods"

    while shes dancing with him she feels saved "in these grandios halls"
    the next lines could say that the dancers had a great relationship long time ago, and the girl still wants to be in this relaionship, but knowing that its over.

    "Hypnagonia´s lucid horizons
    play with the yearning I´ve quelled
    as I strike towards the Pantheon
    and what therein is held"

    the last phrases are difficult.

    the pantheon is a building in which great men find their last peace. i think the relationship went wrong because the man found new friends.
    Cruperon December 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentisn't this a cover of a metallica song?
    didn't metallica do a song with a very similar name?
    Ddaduttaon September 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHypnagonia´s lucid horizons
    play with the yearning I´ve quelled
    as I strike towards the Pantheon
    and what therein is held"

    the pantheon is the temple where statues of the gods were set up to be worshipped.
    (s)he is coming with Lord Hypnos to the home of the gods, (s)he will sleep eternally.
    I don't think this song is about a relationship.
    judging by the fact that it is an IF song, it's possibly much more straightforward than you might think.

    Someone might be dreaming, Hypnos meaning sleep.
    The singer is describing the pleasure of simply dreaming in a metaphorical manner, Lord Hypnos simply representing dreaming.
    The singer wishes to dream forever.
    Ddaduttaon September 21, 2005   Link
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    General Commentno sorry, the metallica song I was thinking about was Phantom Lord..
    Ddaduttaon September 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAnyone know what they are whispering in the solo? Between the "Frozen music of Gods/Hypnagonia's lucrid horizons" parts. I just can't make it out.

    About the song, it strikes me as a kind of lullaby, IF style, but I don't know the meaning.
    Varulfon September 30, 2005   Link

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