"My Sweet Shadow" as written by and Jesper Claes Haakan/gelotte Stroemblad....
I'm selling heavenly sketches
A world out of my mind
Ready to explode in purity to fill the holes inside

An ever moving stream with glowing rays of light
Emotions tied to pass lies and I know I should let go

Tamed with confidence of a brighter future

I found a flame in the burnt out ashes... burn out, burn out!

Fueled, these new shores burn, dark past lies cold
Shadow, my sweet shadow, to you I look no more

Another dawn collapses
Do I need to be reminded
A glimpse of my safe home
A path to hide all anger

I found a flame in the burnt out ashes... burn out, burn out!

Fueled, these new shores burn, dark past lies cold
Shadow, my sweet shadow, to you I look no more

In circles I catch
A torch carried by the immortal
From depths that I created
In vain echoes fade

Burn out!

Fueled, these new shores burn, dark past lies cold
Shadow, my sweet shadow, to you I look no more

Fueled, these new shores burn, dark past lies cold
Shadow, my sweet shadow, to you I look no more

Fueled, Dark past lies cold
For you I look no more


Lyrics submitted by Aerion

"My Sweet Shadow" as written by Bjoern Ingvar Gelotte Anders Par Friden

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  • +2
    My OpinionWhen he says "in vain echoes fade".. it fades and echos. now that is some brilliant song writing right there.
    yalla_3adon April 02, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn Flames is a great band, I love all their stuff but what I particularly like about this song is the way they make it sound, it has a really sincere sound that when you listen to it you feel like your connecting with it. I don't know if anyone else feels the same way but it's a great song all together.
    my_plague47on February 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is absolutely incredible. My personal favorite on the album. It's about fear of the past, the way I look at it. The past grows constantly and the writer is hoping that better days are ahead.
    Aerionon April 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is about a past relationship, the emotional baggage of the breakup is still with him. He is trying to move on, and in looking back he is motivated to change.

    The best songs on this album-it is driving the way the music and lyrics blend together.
    SDMFBLSon April 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI Also think it is about the past and moving on, but think it is also about drugs. I think its about adiction, and even after one quits a flame can still rise up out of the ashes. Hes saying adiction never fully goes away...
    bsmith201on May 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think it has to do with drugs really.. I think it's about him starting over as a new person and doesn't want to look back, but In Flames song really doesn't have a real definition, one interpret it as one wants.

    cheers, Toxik.
    Toxikon October 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like the sound of the new album, especially this song. It motivates by saying 'move forward!' (though "In Flames" never made happy enough music to bring out this message authentically) but primarilly screams out pain, such as "The Quiet Place" does. I can't refuse to scream with him in the refrain... I adore this incredible singer.
    Neutraloon February 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it is about someone who has been a cynic their whole life, and only facing the dark things in them, thinking this was the only way to escape emotional anguish. Until they finally discover a glimer of love, or faith, but need to make the choice, to take a chance. To stop hiding behind the shadow, the veil. With no more depression, or addiction, or whatever it is that used to speak to them, and taking the new path. Or continue living, and eventually die trapped in their hatred and darkness.. unscathed and uncelebrated. And also, after making that choice, if they are strong enough to have escaped the hollow hole, the shadow they used to cherish, for good, or if it will just swallow them again, when they've only a glimpse of what lies elsewhere... And that that fear will always exsist.
    MidnightEchelonon September 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is probably Anders best singing to date.
    Ddaduttaon September 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFirst: Great song.
    To me the singer is in a situation , where he is being abused or something, at least he is not happy with the situation (IF are often quite general). Still, he holds still, "Tamed with confidence of a brighter future ", he tells himself and maybe is told that he has to bear the situation now, then everything will become good (" I'm selling heavenly sketches
    A world out of my mind "). But then, one day, he realices (hope i spelled it correctly...) that he has to do something, that the hope he has is based only on lies he was being told/told himself ("Emotions tied to past lies
    And I know I should let go ").
    Another dawn collapses
    Do I need to be reminded?
    A glimpse of my safe home
    A path to hide all anger

    I cant help, but i just see the singer sitting on a hill or something, staring at the sun in the early morning, knowing that he has to do somthing, seeing "A glimpse of my safe home ". But as soon as the sun is up, he falls back into his every-day routine, although he knows he just like"missed a chance" ("Another dawn collapses
    Do I need to be reminded? ").
    I dont know whether there is this saying in english, but in german u can say that someone is only a shadow of himself, meaning that he is not quite himself anymore, less active, happy, healthy, in general changed in a negative way. this would fit with "Shadow, my sweet shadow ". he was only a shadow of himself all the time, but he still feels in a way attracted to this status, since it is easier to hold still and "Tame [yourself] with confidence of a brighter future " than to stand up against the grains, against the odds ;) and change something.
    By the way, noticed the similarity between "Emotions tied to past lies " and "Dark past lies cold "? I dont know what to do with this , but still, very nice^^.
    Ade1on October 20, 2005   Link

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