Outsmart the fever
And take us farther from
The killing life in capsules
A life that can't belong
If I wake up dead to the world
With the helm at my command
The reaching out of this
Oh, faced tomorrow
In the eleventh hour
Beckoned closer
Now as nightfall sends it's grace
Oh, cue to enter
The insatiable ideal
Slam it shut
But the portal pounding lingers
What it is; is time undone?
I cannot falter in the security of labour
Was I supposed to believe?

Where did I sign?
Did I miss
The auction?
Where my life
Where did I sign?
Did I miss the auction?

Went the half mile
Wondered when the resolution would come
Life became too solid
Diluted by the essence of denial
Caught in fire's eye
Oh, the self and the filter that is I
My lip was venom
Words formed in my mouth
And hid beneath the tongue
Never to be
Never to be seen

Where did I sign?
Did I miss
The auction?
Where my life
Where did I sign?
Did I miss the auction?

Was I supposed to believe?

Where did I sign?
Did I miss
The auction?
Where my life
Where did I sign?
Did I miss the auction?
Where my life
Where did I sign?
Did I miss the auction?
Where my life
Where did I sign?
Did I miss the auction where my life went by the club?


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  • +3
    General CommentI think this song might be about a person that has come to a "down" point in life and finds no strength in himself to overcome his weakness and that makes him feel even more passive and useless. Without direction and aims. Like lying on the lowest ground in life, where one feels like there's possibly no place to fall deeper, and still finding no strength to get up.
    But the song is one of the saddest i've ever heard. Really. And the guitar solo is one of those that i always rewind several times. So easy to play and still so effective.
    kristaps_kon July 24, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI have no idea what the heck this song is about, but man, I love the music...
    Imguamon February 15, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentFeeling tired of life, being like a puppet with no opinion for everyone ("Words formed in my mouth - And hid beneath the tongue - Never to be - Never to be seen" -> what he would say doesn't matter, no one would understand it). I guess the chorus speaks for itself. He never wanted to be controlled or used by others, so he asks where the auction was in which this happened, where his "yes" came for it.
    XCrusherXon June 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationFirst of all, Dark Tranquility is famous for their lyrics having quite strange lexical combinations which can make one find difficult to understand (especially if they are not native speakers, which I am), though it doesn't make their songs any less cool! :)

    So, as for me, I did not understand some lines at all, they just don't make any sense to me, but from what I DID understand is that maybe this song is about a person, who was summoned to war against their will to a certain death? I mean, if we look at the chorus of the song with the very name of it mentioned, it tells us that the person is confused/sad/angry with the fact that it was not him who decided his own fate ("Where did I sign? Did I miss the auction?" etc). He was simply robbed of any choice.

    Now about the lyrics:
    "If I wake up dead to the world with the helm at my command" suggests us that those who are sent "there", don't come back and considered dead, plus the phrase about the helm (helmet) strongly suggests that it's about war.

    "Oh, faced tomorrow in the eleventh hour beckoned closer" means that tomorrow at 11 he is to be departed to war, and this hour is approaching, though he doesn't want it obviously.

    "Went the half mile, wondered when the resolution would come" - I think he went only half a mile across the battlefield and expected that courage or confidence would come to him, so it suggests that it is a person who has nothing to do with war at all. Some young fella of 18 or something like that.

    "Life became too solid" - not quite sure, but maybe "solid" means "rough" or "hard", assuming the present environment he is surrounded by.

    "diluted by the essence of denial" - his senses become mixed and it is hard for him to face the reality.
    "caught in fire's eye" - he finds himself in the center of some warfare that has just begun.
    "my lip was venom, words formed in my mouth" - here, I think "venom" means "spite" or "malice". Maybe he wanted to say something or even curse, like "holy f**k"...
    "and hid beneath the tongue" - but he didn't. He didn't have time even to say something like that...
    "never to be, never to be seen" - because, well, at that moment, he died...
    Metallic_Anton July 23, 2014   Link

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