"Stengah" as written by Marten Hagstroem and Tomas Haake....
Lacerating pains of degeneration speed through your trembling mind
Still, in machine-like strife, you gain another mile
The temporary, elusive goal; to reach the solace, to feed once more
Upon the synthetic reaper of loss, no matter the outcome, the cost

Cold and stinging needs tearing through the halls
Of your defile, flesh-made temple, with its closing walls
Still you claim the worshippers pose and you bow, you kneel

Control, once superior, now a docile pet at chaos' feet
Pulling the leash as it trails the scent to where all hurt recedes
Your past, a blurry patch in mind, your future once; now thin dreams filed
Toward the lights of need you strive to drink into your vein the shine
Beaten to the unforgiving ground, lashed into submission
By the inner starving demon, by its unrelenting hand
Still, you claim the worshippers pose and you bow, you kneel to the syringe

Answering only to authorities of sedation, their calls the only ones heeded
A worn out soldier touched by their contagion, a battered drone at their feet
You're the one betrayed, an outcast set afire by your inner war
Your burning self so far astray, a combustion fanned from within your core


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"Stengah" as written by Marten Hagstroem Maarten Hagstroem

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    General CommentDrug abuse? Naaaaaahh
    adamizeron March 31, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI don't know much about Meshuggah, but I think this song is about the overuse of medication. Espessially when there's a big scare about a new desease so everyone just takes as many meds as they can and get ill from that instead. But like I said, I don't Meshuggah very well, it might be to do with a personal issue or something, I dunno what he normally sings about. I like the way he writes though.
    GruntFucK-GrinFucKon August 17, 2005   Link
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    General Comment...and what the hell is a "Stengah," anyway? If I may be so frank (or ignorant) to ask, that is?
    theothernesson November 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentStengah means "half" in Malay
    Bloodhawkon January 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about addiction to heroin. The lyrics all make sense in that context.

    Lacerating pains of degeneration speed through your trembling mind
    Still, in machine-like strife you gain another mile
    The temporary elusive goal. To reach the solace to feed once more
    upon the synthetic reaper of loss. No matter the outcome the cost
    ----The first line describes the feeling of the drug itself, while the rest describes the endless cycle of reaching that elusive high.

    Cold and stinging needs tearing throught the halls
    of your defiled. fleshmade temple with it's closing walls
    still you claim the worshippers pose and you bow. You kneel
    ----One word: withdrawal

    Control: Once superior now a docile pet at chaos feet
    Pulling the leash as it trails the scent to where all the hurt recedes
    Your past a blurry patch in mind. Your future once: now thin dreams filed
    Towards the lights of need you strive--to drink into your vein the shine.
    ----The addict is a slave to the drug. "Shine" is a nickname for heroin.

    Beaten to the unforgiving ground. lashed into submission--
    by the inner starving demon. By it's unrelenting hand
    Still you claim the worshippers pose and you bow. You kneel to the syringe
    ----Once again, withdrawal

    Answering only to the authorities of sedation. Their calls the only ones heeded
    A worn out soldier touched by their contagion. A battered drone at their feet
    You're the only one betrayed. An outcast set afire by your inner war
    Your burning self so far astray. A combustion fanned from within your core.
    ----Describes how a long period of addiction demoralizes and breaks down one's spirit and fuels anger at onself.
    Slayer21394on April 12, 2009   Link

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