"Omerta" as written by Anders Nystrom and Jonas Petter Renkse....
Come by you have come far
All I had I lost in the flood
Come sit with me at the bar
Tell me of progress strengthen my blood
No one here knows my name
I have traded my memories for things
But I remember you clearly
Do you remember that I used to sing

Why have you waited so long

Come by you have come far
Long since I saw you so how have you been
Come sit with me at the bar
How long since they told you that they had found him
No one here knows my name
I gave up my worries for one good thing
But I remember you clearly
Do you remember that I used to sing

Was it because I never told you
I was going away
That you waited so long
Was it because your fucking dreams
Meant nothing to me
That you waited so long

It runs from the top of my fingers
Into my hands
What is it I have been drinking
I do not understand
I thought I'd lost you my brother
I'm so glad you came
My regards to the ones that I love I miss them
Tell them I love them I miss them


Lyrics submitted by Disposition_987, edited by Mandragore

"Omerta" as written by Jonas Petter Renkse Anders Nystrom

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  • +8
    My InterpretationYes, this one is definitely about mafia, and someone who broke the omerta. Think about it. The entire song, every single sentence, could have some kind of meaning behind it. It's rather cinematic in my eyes.


    Come by you have come far
    All I had I lost in the flood

    He meets an old acquaintance, probably from the Mafia. An old companion, I assume. He informs said ex-companion that he has lost all he once had (could be his former life, and could be what he had since he left it)

    Come sit with me at the bar
    Tell me of progress strengthen my blood

    Quite simple. He's polite and friendly, since this is an old friend, and he still has feelings about his former life, wanting to know how the family and business goes. If they're happy news, it "strengthens his blood", making him feel better.

    No one here knows my name
    I have traded my memories for things
    But I remember you clearly
    Do you remember that I used to sing

    He has moved to a place where no-one would recognize him. "Traded my memories for things" is a direct metafor for informing the police, getting some kind of payment or perhaps getting out of a punishment for telling on someone else. He also keeps up the polite-ness, remembering his old friend clearly, and exchanging some old memories.


    Come by you have come far
    Long since I saw you so how have you been
    Come sit with me at the bar
    How long since they told you that they had found him

    More polite, friendly talk, but the subject inevitably changes to what he has told the police (or other enemies of the mafia), as evidenced by "How long since they told you that they had found him".

    No one here knows my name
    I gave up my worries for one good thing
    But I remember you clearly
    Do you remember that I used to sing

    More evidence to support him breaking the omerta, giving up all worries and the danger of mafia life for 'one good thing', which I assume is some kind of new life, moving to a new, safe place far away from the mafia.



    Was it because I never told you
    I was going away
    That you waited so long
    Was it because your fucking dreams
    Meant nothing to me
    That you waited so long

    He wonders why it took so long time for them to come for him. He has always known that he was going to be found and murdered, but he thought it would happen sooner. Was it because he left unexpectedly, they simply didn't know how/where to find him?

    But the second half, "was it because your fucking dreams~", indicates that he tells this old friend about why he did it, why he broke the omerta. Their dreams of expansion, and their methods, never appealed to him.


    The last part is about his death, and final words. His companion must've put some kind of poison into his drink, slowly killing him (the poison runs from the top of his fingers, into his hands). His final words indicate that he regrets telling, and asks his old friend to inform everyone he ever knew and loved back home, that he still loves them, and that he has always missed them.


    Incredible song. I apologize for the long post, but I've been thinking about this one for quite some time.
    Mellanslageton January 16, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOmerta means a code word for silence in certain circles of organized crime. Add that to the rather unsettling way that the song abruptly ends as if with the final words of the narrator (not to mention the referrence to a numbness and something in his drink) and it becomes apparent that the song is about someone having been poisioned to death.
    Tindaloson April 19, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits funny cause on the official Katatonia message board we always get threads from noobs saying asking "Omerta cuts off, is there something wrong with my copy of VE?" ....
    Disposition_987on April 20, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agreed with mellanslaget but actually I think Omerta ends up a whole history told in the album since the beggining: I don't know exactly what history, but something envolving a big crime, an escape, guilt, an arresting and a 2nd character (besides the narrator) who have a strong relationship with the main narrator, maybe a friend, a partner, a lover or a brother.

    i don't know why but i really think that none of the songs have a woman as a character so i guess the whole album deals with men's relationships of trust, fellowship and maybe love.
    lcarvalho03on March 04, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment...exactly what i thought. it makes perfect senes now.
    Silhouette1on May 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI find that most (modern) Katatonia songs have a "European mafia" feel to them. It's like a world of concrete buildings and gang loyalty.
    Viroon June 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat's an interesting interpretation. Thinking about it just now; "Nerve" and "For my Demons" have the same kind of dark mood.
    Tindaloson October 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always though Omerta meant Death... so this song might not be about organised crime... just the murder of an old "friend".
    Pocketon January 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always though Omerta meant Death... so this song might not be about organised crime... just the murder of an old "friend".
    Pocketon January 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHahahahah. Some hilarious comments in here.
    lycanthropicon March 17, 2006   Link

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