Through vast valleys I wonder
To the highest peaks
On pathways through a wild forgotten landscape
In search of God, in spite of man
'til the lost forsaken endless. . .
This is where I choose to tread

Fall. . .so shall we fall into the nihil?
The nothingness that we feel in the arms of the pale
In the shadow of the grim companion who walks with us

Here is the landscape
Here is the sun
Here in the balance of the earth
Where is the god?
Has he fallen and abandoned us?

As I'm stalked by the shadow of death's hand
The fire in my heart is forged across the land

Here at the edge of this world
Here I gaze at a pantheon of oak, a citadel of stone
If this grand panorama before me is what you call God. . .
Then God is not dead

I walked down to a river and sat in reflection of what had to be done
An offering of crimson flowed into the water below
A wound of spirit from which it floated and faded away

. . .like every hope I've ever had. . .
. . .like every dream I've ever known. . .
It washed away in a tide of longing, a longing for a better world
From my will, my throat, to the river, and into the sea. . .
. . .wash away. . .
. . .fade away. . .

Here is the landscape
Here is the sun
Here at the edge of the earth
Where is the god?
Has he fallen to ruin?

As I'm stalked by the shadow of death's hand
My heathen pride is scarred across the land


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  • +7
    General CommentAs other have said this song seems to be about their pantheist beliefs and disillusionment in humanity. The character is seeking a higher meaning and finds it in nature. This realisation and his misanthropy leads him to commit suicide.

    I am unsure what "In The Shadow Of Our Pale Companion" means though. The lines "In the shadow of the grim companion who walks with us" and "As I'm stalked by the shadow of death's hand" suggest that it is death and that his mortality and the ultimate futility of life contributed to his depression. It is quite ambiguous though so I am not at all sure.

    More interpretations please!
    skogenshamndon February 07, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General Commenti kind of took this song to be about nature, and seeing nature as god, hence the lines
    "Here I gaze at a pantheon of oak, a citadel of stone
    If this grand panorama before me is what you call God. . .
    Then God is not dead." this makes me picture standing on top of a mountain (the citadel of stone) and staring down at a vast forrest (the pantheon of oak). he then realizes that humans are destroying this and decides to kill himself, either out of guilt for being associated with mankind, or simply because he can't bare to see nature destroyed
    daverisimoon November 05, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree. The Mantle is such an awesome album, but this is the standout track for me. 15 minutes of captivating, amazing music.
    hermanator05on February 03, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJohn Haughm said that this song has a theological meaning in one interview.
    The whole concept of the album is about the death of human kind, and in this song, the existance of God is questioned and the "character" in the song appears to find the truth.
    I wonder if the person this songs talks about dies at the end, or if he is the same person who appears in the whole album.
    Grey_Metalon May 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is by far one of Agalloch's best songs in my opinion. Woohoo first one to post in here!
    faget_of_a_clownon December 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow. sweet never knew that grey metal...anyhow, awesome song awesome band!
    Sandman3987on January 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis will sound kind of stupid, but this song reminds me of Phillip Pullman's Amber Spyglass, in the world of the dead... I mean it's like an exact description. Weird.
    hotsoupwomanon June 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHotsoupwoman, I completely agree. That is an amazing book and this is an amazing song. I wouldn't necessarily think that they wrote the song around the book, but I feel a connection in it.
    Jadenon July 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeautiful song. beautiful album really.
    J3R3M7on December 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDefinitely a great song to compliment an amazing band.
    What is a, "nihil"?
    greywindexon December 06, 2006   Link

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