I shivered
in the warmth of their god
Yet this mansion
is haunted by romance
His servants heal my scars
Anointing me with oil
I am naked and silk on this eve
His body will cradle his bride's
in frailty as I await his kiss
mortality ebbs from me
The pendulum sings
Twelve times it rings
I sleep with the emperor

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    General CommentI think this song is speaking of Christ's return. "His body will cradle his bride's
    in frailty as I await his kiss
    mortality ebbs from me"
    This, to me, is most definitely talking about the rapture and/or the second coming of Christ.
    theillusionaryon November 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree that it expresses an individual's longing for God.

    At the same time, I don't think any expression of a certain doctrine (as you descibed) is intended... it has a lot more to do with emotions.
    patryxdethon January 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'll have to disagree with this.
    From reading interviews about this, I'd have to say that the song is about something completely different.
    It's about being tempted and going astray.
    'I shivered in the warmth of their god' gives the idea that no matter what promises the idols out there give, they pale in comparison to the one true God.
    Roufuson September 07, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationI shivered, in the warmth of their god:
    Their(not the singers) god, is warm, but makes the singer shiver, terrified, perhaps.. So

    His body will cradle his brides:
    She seeks for more human, more real warmth, naked in silk in the romance filled mansion, with someone called the emperor

    Mortality ebbs from me:
    this seems open to interpretation, perhaps whoever she's in the mansion with isn't just a human being after all.. some say jesus is the second tree of paradise, the one that gives eternal life.. or is it satan..

    The pendulum sings, twelve times it rings, I sleep with the emperor:
    Who ever the emperor is.. Twelve strokes of the clock.. Midnight, and/or a Hard condemnation/judgement.
    EuropeanJazzon December 29, 2010   Link

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