Imellom buskene vi stirret paa de
som minnet om andre tider
og fortalte at haapet var borte
for alltid...

Vi hoerte alvesang og vann som
sildret

Det som en gang var er nu borte
alt blodet...
all lengsel og sorg som hersket
og de foelelser som kunne roeres
er vekk...
for alltid...
vi har aldri levd


Lyrics submitted by HungerForMore

Det Som En Gang Var song meanings
Add your thoughts

7 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +5
    General CommentIn English:

    WHAT ONCE WAS

    We stared through the bushes
    At the ones who reminded us of another time
    And it was said that hope was gone
    Forever...

    We heard the elvensong and the trickling water

    What once was is now gone
    All the blood...
    All that longing and grief that reigned
    And the feelings we could touch
    Are gone...
    Forever...

    We are not dead.
    We were never alive.

    If you are familiar with Varg Vikernes's worldview, it should be apparent what this song is about. If not, it refers to his belief that the best days of the Germanic peoples are behind them, and that all the things which made them great have been forgotten and can never be recaptured. This is more or less the whole "concept" of the 'Hvis Lyset Tar Oss' album, of which this track is the first.
    das blaue lichton November 29, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNordic people forgot their roots... and this generates in Varg, a strong feeling of nostalgy, rage and disappointed emptiness...
    DERSCHWARTZPROPHETon November 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDet Som Engang means (in English) "That Which Once Was".
    Kodos86on April 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentConsidered by many to be the best BM song ever. I think it drags on a bit, and their were better songs on the album of the same name(Det Som En Gang Var). But it's still a great song.
    Muzzyon April 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, probably the best BM tune out there.
    the atmosphere of this son is amazing.
    I somehow feel that the lyrics are about some supernatural beings, rather then the germanic people.
    epspecialy the first line and the breakdown.
    megacellon December 31, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of my favorite songs.
    Lemon Scentedon October 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionSadly,i do not understand German neither do i write very good English,but when it comes to trying to give an opinion about this amazing album and song,words can sometimes destroys the essence of what Mr.Varg wants to convey.And the message.
    Det Som Engang Var cannot be interpreted it nor it can be understood completely.Det Som Engang Var is what it is...Rather the album itself, a master piece a monumental archievement.
    toltecaazton February 01, 2015   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain