"By the Pain I See In Others" as written by and Mikael Lars Akerfeldt....
Let me taste
Let me feel
I need to know what you keep inside

No need to speak
Just let it be
Carry out this wish for me let nothing interfere

Rise to submission
I'm still beneath in the soil

Discard your clothes
Let loose your hair
We're intertwined forever and has always been

Say the word
And I'll depart
Upon your lips dwells nothing but the meaning of my cause

And so comes the dark
Vibrant as ever before
Flowers already withered
In this endless winter of souls

Outside in the park
The days move along
And nothing ever changes

They have nothing on us
But we've always knew
That nothing ever changes

Rise to submission
I'm still beneath in the soil
This is ours alone
Feeding off the warmth
Lured out from the inside

Depending on the life blood

Silently
Whispering
Move in me and set me free


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"By the Pain I See in Others" as written by Mikael Lars Akerfeldt

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    General CommentI actually dont see any sex in this... and nothing about god or whatever.
    In my opinion this is about a demonic posession or the fight for sanity. It is about a man who is ruled by his dark deeds and his inner demon who took control of him. At first he fights him but then finally accepts his fate and agrees to it. He himself feels superior about the other humans around him. The most important thing in this song is the difference in the two or three voices that are used. But I'll point that out:

    The Inner Demon:
    "Let me taste
    Let me feel
    I need to know what you keep inside
    No need to speak
    Just let it be
    Carry out this wish for me let nothing interfere "
    -He gives the orders and commands the guy to do as he says with no interferance. He knows all the inner deeds and wishes of the guy and represents all the bad things that we keep in mind that eventuall consume us.

    The Guy:
    "Rise to submission
    I'm still beneath in the soil "
    -He fights for sanity, clinging to the false believe that this inner demon is no part of him. He says, that it is still him who is doing all the things and that he is not commanded by the demon.

    The Inner Demon:
    "Discard your clothes
    Let loose you hair
    We're intertwined forever and have always been"
    -Discarding the clothes means to reveal what the guy has beneath the sings you see from the outside. He orders the man to look at himself and take away all that hides his dark wishes and needs. The demon says that they - the guy and the demon - are one and the same person, just parts of his personality that he kept hidden.
    "Say the word
    And I'll depart
    Upon your lips dwells nothing but the meaning of my cause "
    -The demon says that he will leave if the guy wishes to, only to show him that the man actually does not want the demon to go away. With everything the man says he confirms the claims of the demon, that both are the same person.

    The Inner Demon:
    "And so comes the dark
    Vibrant as ever before
    Flowers already withered
    In this endless winter of souls "
    -The man has accepted his fate, his dark sides and seems to welcome him. For him and his sanity, or his humanity, the endless winter of souls has come to consume the warmth. "Vibrant as ever before" actually says that he, the demon, has always been there and will always be.

    The Man:
    "Outside in the park
    The days move along
    And nothing ever changes
    They have nothing on us
    And we've always knew
    That nothing ever changes "
    -The man who has now accepted his fate walks around and watches the other humans, looking down on them. Everything is as it should be, as it always has been

    The Man and the demon:
    "Rise to submission
    I'm still beneath in the soil
    This is ours alone
    Feeding of the warmth
    Lured out from inside
    Depending on the life blood"
    -Despite his knowledge he still clings to the believe that it is actually him which is, if you dont count the splitted personality, indeed true. Still the demon commands him to spill blood - see it metaphorically if you want to - because that's exactly what they both need. This dark deeds then have lured the demon out from the inside.

    The rest explains itself I think...
    The song and the album is actually not about a serial killer but about the crack in human minds. It is about dark deeds and splitted personalities, about all the failure in men which is already pointed out in Blackwater Park and then is continued in Ghost Reveries. Akerfeldt himself said in the end of an interview, that he always wanted to do something about demonic possession and how this refers to the personality of men, just like he explained in this song.
    The key to the song is in my opinion the changes of voices that stand for the man and his demon. The part with the clean vocals represents the unity between those two faction and how he has accepted his inner demon.
    This interpretation goes very well with the titel of the song, at least in my opinion...

    Over all I really love the song if you dont count the inversed part in the end of it.
    Nezgaron December 24, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI wonder if Mikael is a fan of Brian Lumley and the Necroscope series, because this song perfectly fits with book 1. In short, a vampire is captured and buried alive underground in chains of silver, he's given a second chance to live by luring a young couple to his burial site and using his psychic influence to get them to have sex. Since she's a virgin, she spills blood into the ground and he feeds on it, this also gives the vampire control over them. I dunno just a thought, great song, great books too :D
    mjbxon December 22, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat interpretation moonlapse, but I dont think any of the guys in Opeth are christian..
    correct me if I'm wrong
    Ddaduttaon June 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe "chanting" at the end, is the song Master Apprentices backwards. If you play that part of the song backwards it says this:

    Soothing trance
    Colors fade
    And disappear
    Ethereal light
    Showing me what I can do without

    Fading away
    And leaving
    Long for sleep
    Closer now
    Lead the way into death
    plajam10on February 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentPeople made so devoid of emotion only lust gives reason to live.
    GinkoSanon October 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationIt kinda feels like a romantic song. Very gothy like most of Akerfeldt's lyrics, but basically I feel like it's a romantic song about how the lyrical subject and his/her partner feel about everyone else. Basically sheep only "rising to submission" - to submit to anything just to get ahead in life, having no integrity, while the couple happily feed off of each other's "warmth" and watch people in the park as they do their boring things over and over (the literal "Pain I See in Others"
    chaplainDMKon July 25, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSex! It's about (very romantic) sex!
    psychoman364on April 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere IS some sex in this, yes, but hardly romantic. Just look at lines like "I'm still beneath in the soil." I think this song is about sex, but only in one small aspect...there's such a feeling of ominous DEATH looming over it, also.
    theothernesson July 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI wish they'd stop letting stupid interpretations get posted.
    EerieOompaLoompaon February 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPlease explain how those interpretations are stupid?
    evildaveon June 24, 2005   Link

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