Voice of the shadow of beauty
Voice of the shadow of darkness

Shadows play
In my wilderness' mindscape
(they seek)

One spiteful and wicked
One humble and meek
A windswept pale landscape
Of edified (thought)

Two frictional forces
A triad have brought

A soft breeze whispers slowly
Within me
In the valley of my mind
The aerial mist sink falling
And its breath both foul and holy
Is like the deer to a dying hind
Slowly traversing the atmosphere

Wordless, yet in soul so true
Nameless, yet it lives in you
Shapeless like the purity of pain
Lawful when all fear is slain

One shadow of beauty caressing the flowers
The paleness of winter reflects in her eyes

Deity of stardom

Enticer of stardoom
So soft and so silent
Maternal - eternal
Serenity fades
Blinded by visions of sunlight
With the darkening of skies

One shadow of darkness
A shade of deep hate
A wanderer's spectre with fury ablaze
In sheets of sharp silver
Laid youthful to die
Reborn into vengeance
Dark flames dance in grace
Dark flames dance in grace
In the grace of storms

One shadow of beauty
One shadow of darkness
Sailing free on the seas within my mind

Surging dark oceans
Perpetual waters
Creator of life
And reclaimer of (souls)

Mother Ocean!
Watching the deep fjords uneasily moving
Whipping the white waves towards the cold air
Rising like swans in a scarred, sudden motion
A cascade of lost feathers
Adrift on the sea

A serenade in the tongue of the wind

The sighs of the centuries, so sonorous in the bower
Hovering further athwart a leafy cower

A shelter for those whose time's wind make them wither
And therefore they chose to guide this time-wind hither

Alas, in tune with the tide of time
I was, but I'm not
Nor I'll be with its pride

Yes, aeons have flown
But more is to come
For I know time (but time is not eternal, their lifestars not immortal)
A friend that I greet with open arms (setting souls can never)
A brothersoul of deadly harm (pass through the pearly portal)
(No bliss be given)

And joy (nor joy)

Flowing down the gates of hell
I cry for you...
Don't spill your tears for me
But for your kit and kin
My scions of light?
Deprived of the lust and the treasure of pleasure
Which is the fuel for life
And glory

Silent your dark desires within entirety's light

Sanctum (tranquility)

Hear me
You who hold the fate of stars in hand
Before creation's eye I stand
My soul set free
In summerland

Mighty the strand of the universe

A chaosvoid tomb of dead worlds
Divinity flows in your heart
Cast it alight, the seed of all art
Slowly reborn from a sunless state of mind

Silent, you fool!
A cradle of roses
Embedded in stillness and shade

Silent, you fool!
Thine words are untrue
Remember Endymion's crestfallen tears
Serene art the gods, yet pain is their way
He touched by the heavens
His hellfire nears

A silent divinity, [..................]
Free now your heavenly body of air

Come bathe in the rays of the all-seeing one
Holding the fate of all life in both hands
Breathing life-force
Like gold made from sand

My winged steed of moonlight
Black stallion of thunder
We rode above the greenish earth
And tore the green asunder
But what you left bleeding
Destroyed a soulforsaken world
And your deeds of sharp silver
Decoyed a mindforsaken herd

A duet of shadow
(a duet of shadows)
A duet of thoughts (a duet of thoughts)
Of beings we feed
With the dust of our thoughts
Residing within us
The two-fold wheel of life
Of insight created: a triad of jewels

(A thin leaf of the life-tree's truth)

Lyrics submitted by Day_Walker9

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    General CommentAnders Friden of In Flames sings on this one, together with Niklas Sundin himself.
    Ddaduttaon February 20, 2006   Link
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    General Commentsry i was misinformed.. Mikale Stanne and Anders sing together, not Nikky Sundin
    Ddaduttaon February 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDeity of stardom
    Enticer of stardoom
    So soft and so silent
    Maternal - eternal
    Serenity fades
    Blinded by visions of sunlight
    With the darkening of skies

    best moment in all of DT's song alltogether
    Ddaduttaon September 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful song lyrics, written by Niklas Sundin, the genius of dark tranquillity. They are outstanding since the beginning.
    Anyway, these are the best lyrics ever written by DT, it's a very long song (7 minutes), in the course of which Stanne (voice of Beauty) and Friden (voice of Darkness, here he shows himself really a growler, not like in In Flames albums post-Whoracle) alternate to speak about the two cores of the world: the beauty, associated with life, light, and the darkness, friend of death, destruction...
    It's a oriental oriented vision, as to me it's very similar to the concept of yin and yang, of the eternal switching between these two forces in our universe.
    The two singers act like death and life, day and night, darkness and light, the sky and the air...
    But, as the final part remembers, in the end they are just the two parts inside us, inside our world, in the eternal course of the universe
    dankeyon September 30, 2006   Link

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