"A Fair Judgement" as written by and Mikael Lars Akerfeldt....
Losing sleep, in too deep
Fading sun, what have I done
Came so close to what I need most
Nothing left here

Cut the ties, uncovered disguise
Left behind all intertwined
Lost control, moved out of the role now
Nothing's left here

Leave it be
It was meant for me
Soul sacrifice
Forgot the advice

Lost track of time
In a flurry of smoke
Waiting anxiety
For a fair judgement deserved


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"A Fair Judgement" as written by Mikael Lars Akerfeldt

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    General CommentSounds like this guy was having sex but forgot the condom... " Losing sleep, in too deep"

    "Fading sun, what have I done "
    He ejaculates and realizes he's missing his condom

    "left behind, all intertwined"
    well..you get the idea

    "Forgot the advice, Lost track of time"

    Hey, you never know...
    KDon January 18, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think KD is right; I once read this interview with Åkerlund, and he said:

    "A Fair Judgement is probably one the most enjoyable songs to play live. It's about once 6-7 years ago, I was on Istedgade in Copenhagen (Denmark, edit.) and Peter was already wasted as we've been drinking. I felt pretty lonely, so I went outside and rented some nice looking prostitute.
    Back in the appartement we were pretty good going, but the intercourse went to 'helvete' as we say in swedish. The lyrics pretty well sum it up. It was so embarassing, and I had to grow this weird-James Hetfield moustache from not being recognized again in Istedgade. Sieg Heil"

    There you see

    Great song btw, one of my Opeth favourites.
    MardyAsson February 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt sounds to me like a person who made a big mistake and now hes paying for it. Although I think I am wrong :-S
    twilight_samon June 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about someone who did something wrong, but just failed doing so. They were caught, sent to prison, and finally executed. Anyway, this is quite possibly the most beutiful song I've ever heard.
    psychoman364on June 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about someone who regretted something they did in their life, and are punishing themselves with shame and self-inflicted pain.
    AnarchistSuperstaron June 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentKD, im sure thats not what its about, i think its about the end of times, just like 444 said above
    Painkilleron January 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI win
    KDon March 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthanks to me
    MardyAsson March 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah....right.....Åkerlund said that....whoever he is. I should email Mikael ÅKERFELDT and ask him if its true or not. I dont know if you know this or not, but mikaels married...i doubt he'd write a song about someone he screwed while he was married..
    LP444everon March 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMy interpretation is that it's about the battle between Nature and Man.

    "Losing sleep, in too deep
    Fading sun, what have I done
    Came so close to what I need most
    Nothing left here"

    He is speaking as if being all of Mankind, and after destroying so much of earth, the sun seems like it is fading, and nothing is left, since we destroyed it all in the pursuit of satisfying our greedy desires. Now, we can't rest, for we know the end is too near...

    "Cut the ties, uncover disguise
    Left behind all intertwined
    Lost control, moved out of the role now
    Nothing's left here"

    This is another part of this story on a more individual level: it's about how individuals (esp. world leaders) cause destruction and then cut him/herself (/themselves) off from it to not take any blame- an average human action. So many have done this, and now there's no going back...

    "Leave it be
    It was meant for me
    Soul sacrifice
    Forgot the advice
    Lost track of time
    In a flurry of smoke
    Waiting anxiety
    For a fair judgement deserved"

    Our souls have been sacrificed, and from everything destroyed (due to us not looking at how quickly the end could come), there is smoke and nothing left, only an inevitable end. We deserve to go with what we destroyed. This is a fair judgement by nature. No god caused it; we did it to ourselves.
    komplexnouson April 09, 2005   Link

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