"Death, Come Near Me" as written by Johan Ericson, Anders Jacobsson and Andreas Karlsson....
By day I sleep, at night I weep!

O Death, come near me!
Be the one for me, be the one who stays.
My rivers are frozen, and mischosen,
and the shadows around me sickens my heart.

O Death, come near me,
and stay (by my side). Hear my silent cry!
In sadness I'm veiled, to the cross I am nailed,
and the pain around me freezes my world.
My cold world...

In life I've failed,
for years I've wailed.
Frozen in time... left behind...
The rapture of grief is all to find...
The rapture of grief is all!

Behind the shadow of life the lost hopes are grieving.
I seek the night and hope to find love...
So I drown in the silence of lifes short eternity.
The tears fills the void in my heart astray...

Embrace me now, delightful ease!
Give me a world of wonderous peace!
Calm the desperate scream in my heart!

O Death, come near me,
save me from this empty, cold world!
O Life, you have killed me,
so spare me from this couldron of misery!

In life I cry, away I fly...
Chosen to fall within these walls.
The rapture...
The rapture of grief is all!

Oh, shed a tear for the loss of innocense,
for the forsaken spirits who aches... in us.
Cry for the heart who surrenders to pain,
for the solitude of those left behind!

Behold the pain and sorrow of the world,
dream of a place away from this nightmare.
Give us love and unity, under the heart of night.
O Death, come near us, and give us life!

I this world of pain I am better of dead!
Give me love, or give me... death!

O Death, come near me!
I have summoned you!


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"Death, Come Near Me" as written by Andreas Karlsson Anders Jacobsson

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  • +2
    General CommentI'm kinda into death and thrash metal... I really wasn't into gothic from the very beginning (though I'm starting to enjoy post-punk artists XD), but for these artists I've always done an exception. And that song symbolizes everything I like about them... The wonderous, heavy atmospheres they convoy, the vocal artists (especially the female one ._.), the absolute cure for the harmonic enviroment of every song... and last, but not least, their poetical talent, which is the matter that counts most, when talking about the meaning of their songs.
    First of all, the song is a symbolistic hymn to death. It's a poem dense with sorrow and melancholy. The protagonist is not clear: we don't know if it's a man or a woman, we don't know if there's just one or a whole group. In my opinion, that alone gives the idea of universality of a certain pain. There's no distinction, as long as one's capable of coming in such a situation, when someone gets to befriend the same painful demon that's slaughtering his emotions ("...The rapture of grief is all..."). Melancholy is hereby pictured as a feeling so immense and deep that captures every single one of us and links everyone into this suffering and, eventually, into death ("...Death, come near us and give us life..."). Death is then pictured, in an existencialistic manner, as a Saviour from the pain that stems from living. On the other side, that's a feeling that isolates someone from the world and makes he feel like he's a vagabond, a man with no country ("...in my heart astray... For the solitude of those left behind..."). Love is very important too. As much as one yearns for love so deeply and becomes aware of the void inside him ("...the tears fills the void in my heart astray..."), he's got nothing to but to hope for love to come ("...I seek the night and hope to find love..."). That feeling, however, is so bewildering that the protagonist loses his faith ("...the lost hopes are grieving..."), his hope ("...Oh, shed a tear for the loss of innocence...") and wants to come to a final resolution with Death herself ("...Give me love or give me death... Death come near me, I've summoned you...").
    A beautiful artwork, entwined with excellent poetry and strong emotions. Everytime I get to listen to this, I get trapped into its charming, melancholical spiral... Withering inside the burning pessimism I often come to assume, when I gaze in the world and ask myself if there's still love left for me... If my dedication and my trust in love is just going to waste...
    Anyway... It's plainly Art.
    Hirowon March 26, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBeautiful song.
    Night Sanctuaryon January 05, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionOnly 3 comments? Come on! this is such a great song!

    In life I've failed,
    for years I've wailed.
    Frozen in time... left behind...
    The rapture of grief is all to find...
    The rapture of grief is all!
    TkrBon August 31, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentUh, this part isn't even in the song:

    "I this world of pain I am better of dead!
    Give me love, or give me... death!

    O Death, come near me!
    I have summoned you!"

    Asides from that, I love this song. I think the meaning is fairly straight forward. It's a person/s who want to die because life has given them nothing but grief. There's nothing good to live for, and death is the 'hero', I guess.
    fd0gon April 11, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh, shed a tear for the loss of innocense,
    for the forsaken spirits who aches... in us.
    Cry for the heart who surrenders to pain,
    for the solitude of those left behind!

    Behold the pain and sorrow of the world,
    dream of a place away from this nightmare.
    Give us love and unity, under the heart of night.
    O Death, come near us, and give us life!

    I this world of pain I am better of dead!
    Give me love, or give me... death!

    O Death, come near me!
    I have summoned you!

    Simply owns.. Sadness
    DT_Animason December 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Oh, shed a tear..." probably the best part of the song. I love it to pieces but it is really depressing.
    underpaid_vampireon June 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI do agree with previous comments, but for me this song is simply a quite poetic description of depression. Every line of these lyrics say perfectly how depressed people feel.
    lindencaton April 10, 2014   Link

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