"Wreath" as written by and Mikael Lars Akerfeldt....
Falling inside again
This nightmare always the same
Still never enough
Halting at the brink of discovery

Moving into the darkness
Leaking inside to cover up
Dragging me down and under
Entangled and undone at once

Old memories
I'm not in need but wish to know
What are the tragedies
The history behind the walls

Pacing further down
Familiar children's laughter
Dissonant and out of time
And they're eyes are dead

Watching myself in a pool of water
Wearing the mask of a ghost
Smeared all across my skin
Rotten earth and insects

Endless night
Always preserving the calm
Movement behind

Bleeding animals in a field of fire
There is no absolution
Death is but a fairytale
They are mere visions
They are afraid of me

Clear insight
A smoke is rising nearby
Dust covering my coat
Blend together to spell my name

Pale, covered me with sweat
There are no words left
Sole provider of death
Distorted faith in myself

Human harvest burning
Blackest pages turning
Twisted perception come true
Captured in dreams connected

Staring right back
Spiritual decay - Still seeking
Frozen in time
Mourn this departure - All watching

Calling me back
Closure to bleak matters- I'm leaving
End of a search
Coming of morning

Calling me back
Closure to bleak matters- I'm leaving
End of a search
Coming of morning - Returning


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"Wreath" as written by Mikael Lars Akerfeldt

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    General CommentThis song is definitely about someone who is constantly faced by depressing thoughts, confusion, fear, nightmares, haunting memories, etc. It could all be happening while that person is asleep or awake. All of the thoughts act as an endless cycle of repeated dismay, hence, the reason behind the song's title ('wreath').

    Near the song's end, it seems that the individual's soul-searching is bringing some sort of relief unto him.. or it could just be a false sense of security brought by the new day that is beginning, simply a way to shield the fact that the nightmares could start up again at any time...
    DethAndNoncentson December 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Deliverance" is as past Opeth albums. "Still Life" and "My Arms Your Hearse" are concept albums with innertwined lyrics. I also have observed that Mikael's lyrics have more than one meaning. In this case I agrre the title "Wreath" is metaphorical in it's own context, however according to the theme the Wreath refers to Jesus's crown of thorns. The someone is definetly proceesding through a painful predicament such as cruxifiction. But he is not afraid of his demise and he promises to return in the coming of the morning.
    moonlaspe_vertigoon July 29, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think its about something like a person who is within a nightmare and has a "journey through his soul" like he looks back on his memories of childhood and he sees what his feelings "look like".

    pretty hard to explain
    In the miston September 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMoonlapse, kindly GTFO.
    pestriddentacoson December 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFalling inside again
    This nightmare always the same

    a wreath is a circle, and the nightmare repeats.
    Ddaduttaon February 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVery hard to decipher. He seems to be afraid of the night. For what reason, I don't know. He could be having nightmares, or he could be genuinely afraid of night. I'm not sure.

    Also, pestriddentacos, why be so rude to Moonlapse? You yourself didn't even attempt to interpret the song, so don't be an ass to others who attempt but you happen to not agree with.
    Anilandon August 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbout psychological trauma. Character is suffering. He attempts to recall the events that started this, and upon success nearly loses his mind, but fights back and makes another day.
    What he had done confuses me. He burned "human harvest" of some kind. Insignifigant?
    GinkoSanon October 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSince it might be Gods harvest as much as his, I theorize he accidently set fire to nature (animals are mentioned) somewhere.
    GinkoSanon October 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that this song is about someone who kind of goes insane at night. "Falling inside again
    This nightmare always the same" this could be when he is going to sleep. "Endless night" also supports the sleeping idea."Halting at the brink of discovery Moving into the darkness Leaking inside to cover up" He might be trying to recall some sort of horrible event in his past, this part also seems to point at this: "Old memories I'm not in need but wish to know What are the tragedies The history behind the walls Pacing further down"
    "Closure to bleak matters - I'm leaving
    End of a search
    Coming of morning - Returning" this is when he wakes up from this 'nightmare'
    DuskofCivilizationon February 17, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe entire song takes place in a recurrent dream (more precisely, a nightmare.) The dreamer is searching, trying to discover some meaning in this. The "old memories" could mean that the dream is rooted in some repressed, traumatic event from his past.

    He hears the the distorted laughter of familiar children -- they seem to be dead. He sees his reflection in a pool of water; he is covered with "rotten earth and insects", like he's been dead and buried.

    "Bleeding animals in a field of fire" -- some serial killers started out with things like torturing and killing animals or starting fires before they moved on to killing people. This could be the dream of a serial killer. It would explain how tortured his mind is to have these tormenting nightmares.

    In the end, the morning comes and he wakes up.

    If this is a concept album, this could connect with the next song, Deliverance, which seems to center around the character drowning someone.
    spiralingouton November 26, 2010   Link

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