Gentle storm | Thundering silence
Inferior force | Uncontrolled calm
Vital unlife | Logic/chaos/logic

The tone of which his birth ascend
The beat that of a heart descend
Repeating in the infinite
An insight made it clear
Order stormed the surface
Where chaos set the norm
Had there always been balance? Surely not
Therein lies the beauty

It was solid
Yet everchanging
It was different
Yet the same
So I starve myself for energy
It was solid
Yet everchanging
It was different
Yet the same
So I starve myself for energy
I starve myself for energy

The song around his soul will bend
The notes that in this hole will melt
Crawl out of science
A dreamland if you dare
Disorder clawed the boundaries
We're ordered to stand clear
Was it always different? Never the same?
Therein lies the beauty

It was solid
Yet everchanging
It was different
Yet the same
So I starve myself for energy
It was solid
Yet everchanging
It was different
Yet the same
So I starve myself for energy
I starve myself for energy

As there were no witnesses
There was nothing to be told
As nothing could be grasped
The story could unfold
Superimposed on the elements of anger
Fear, anxiety
Hate, despair, remorse

So break from all the fear holds fast
Exposed, now turn to all you lack
Let echoes be the answer
Return from all the screams
Wordless now, the last attack
So silent it hurts to listen
Was it always solid, to never change?
Therein lies the beauty

It was solid
Yet everchanging
It was different
Yet the same
So I starve myself for energy
It was solid
Yet everchanging
It was different
Yet the same
So I starve myself for energy
I starve myself for energy


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  • +2
    General CommentAntique philosophy. To be exact, Heraclitus' philosophy.
    He said "Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony."

    I KNEW philosophy class would be good for SOMETHING.
    CathodeRayNecroon January 03, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with afflicted, but I think it also has a meaning. As in, it's not just some "paradoxed ironic mess";).

    I think it could be something about how nothing is what it seems and how you have to have your own perceptions about things. (heh, I rhymed!)
    kataklysmon April 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't really find a meaning. It is a great song.

    I think part of the problem could be it's a Swedish band writing in English which is the problem with Scandinavian metal bands. They conform to English and songwriting becomes much more difficult.
    Necrophagus2Comingon September 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is about opposites. Acording to popular believes is the battle of opposites that sets the world in motion and therein lies the beauty.
    Aegipanon January 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMikael sings clear vocals surprisingly well
    Ddaduttaon February 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is a very controversial song/album for Dark Tranquillity. They seem to take it down a notch to a more melodic sound, with the softer lyrics of Mikael that add a sadness to each song. I think it's great that they decided to experiment with their sound but still returned to their amazing old sound in their post-Projector albums. CHANGE IS GOOD!
    metallica572on May 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think its about how change is good, and about looking back on things. This is my take on it, its good, but very contradictiing.
    Ixeson October 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's actually a possibility that this song is about how change is good. But yeah this song is definately a mess, i wonder if it was Niklas who wrote it.

    P.S. I don't think it has anything to do with them being Swedes, those guys speak english perfectly, its just they write lyrics in a very unique way, which is why i like em.
    Vasaon April 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song to me argues the constant battle between the religious and scientific point of view. It details the various perspectives of those of the religious faith against those of the evolution/scientifc side. The first three lines of the lyrics seem to suggest this diametric overview, with the rest of the body conveying the ever shifting quest for the meaning of "Where did we come from." We are a free card in the universe as it stands today.
    gruelurkson May 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it puts forth DT's views on Nihilism;
    "The tone of which his birth ascend
    The beat that of a heart descend
    Repeating in the infinite"

    This is talking about the endless cycle of birth and death, whether it means anything and whether there is a point to it all.

    This and the chorus are talking about how the fluid yet stable state of life, of population and of the human race has a beauty of it's own in that while constantly shifting, it remains the same.

    Towards the end, I believe it hints about the eventual destruction of all things- How in the end there will be nothing left of us but the immaterial emotions we left behind.
    s3phon May 26, 2007   Link

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