"Still Day Beneath The Sun" as written by and Mikael Lars Akerfeldt....
There is a light that hits the gloom around
Shows the footprints round this grave
Dried up roses scattered on the mound
Honoring the one engraved

Will ever the morning
Carry away
The souls of those for whom we cry?

Leaving, grieving
Seeking, meeting
Binding, unwinding
Sighing "You"

Still day beneath the sun
Asking you who is the one
And when the day is late
We know who must forever wait

Black procession through the narrow aisles
Another's gone for all to see
Near the site for one who lost his trials
Sleeping 'neath the ground is me

Will ever the morning
Carry away
The souls of those for whom we cry?

Leaving, grieving
Seeking, meeting
Binding, unwinding
Sighing "You"

Still day beneath the sun
Asking you who is the one
And when the day is late
We know who must forever wait


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"Still Day Beneath the Sun" as written by Mikael Lars Akerfeldt

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    General CommentNo one would believe me for waht I've typed below:


    This is the only track from Blackwater Park that I hadn't heard...and the day I was listening to it, in fact, it JUST came on and my mom came into the room weeping and hugged me and told me that Grandma had just passed away...

    Both of us were just there, arms in arms and this track was going on in the background...After a few days, when i cam e to my senses, I checked out the lyrics for this track....Freaked the shit outta me...

    Till day, as soon as the song comes on, I start getting goosebumps...

    Fuck man...
    CaNn1b4LCoRpS3on May 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentSimple song to decipher. It's about watching loved ones die one by one and waiting for your turn.

    "Still day beneath the sun
    Asking you who is the one"

    A person asking "god" oe wondering who will be the next to leave.

    "And when the day is late
    We know who must forever wait"

    After receiving no answer the only thing they know is who is left behind to wait to see who is next. Everyone else.
    Dumachumon May 02, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song is referring to the death of someone and the thoughts which accompany their passing.

    "The light that hits the gloom around," is the light from the presence of their life as it fades away. A light extinguished.
    "The footprints 'round this grave," are the paths of men who have walked along these roads before. Perhaps in reference to the road of life.
    "Dried up roses scattered on the mound," refers to the fact that even the symbolic plants intended to honor of one's life dry up and are carried away by the wind themselves. This life and their remembrance too shall pass.

    "Will ever the morning carry away, the souls..." is one pondering the meaning of this existence. If the souls of those remembered transcend the bounds of this earthly mortality, or fade into nothingness.

    "Binding, unwinding," binding their life into one's memory, until the passing of time unwinds the memory until it is but a shadow of the vibrant image it once was.

    CHORUS: "wondering who is the one," another question of existential angst. Who among us will be the next to depart from this life? "And when the day is late," is in reference not to the cycles of day and night, but the lateness of one's life. Others can often see a person's embarkation upon the road of demise and the eternity or lack of in which will soon be their destination.

    And the final melody is mostly a literal declaration of a funeral service, except for the final line, "sleeping 'neath the ground is me." This is the final reference to one's own melancholy existential worries. Although at this point in time one is only observing the body of another in the grave, he/she knows that soon it will be them lying there.

    The sad and beautiful guitar melodies serve to accentuate this overall theme. A combined feeling of sadness, beauty at the light shined upon the gloom from a life, acceptance of one's own temporary state of being, and the worry and questioning surrounding the nature of one's death. A true work of art.
    Fell_on_black_dayson March 31, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow no one has commented on this song yet. ha dont i feel special to get that first remark in. well this is a very pretty song i think, with more clean vocals then usually is put out from the group. reminds me of funeral services. i think it could then be taken in so many ways; because i think it could then represent any part of life leaving, or waiting for something that may never come. friends, family, emotions, thoughts.
    ScaredOfHimselfon December 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about a funeral, and the possibility of the afterlife.
    6th_sadistic_sniperon March 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think tis is sort of an honour song, honour to the dead. honour to the people you have lost. and its also about life goes on (still day beneath the sun) so mourn for your loved ones and honour them but then go on with your life
    In the miston August 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAgree with all comments there...

    Beautiful song, indeed. One of my favorites.
    Elarienon December 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthese coments all make sence, but i wana share my point of view even though its kinda the same....
    i think this song represents a lost spirit... a close one, a loved one too..... it shows the feelings that a person might feel when he/she has lost someone soooo close....how ppl live in his/her own sad, griefing and melancholic world after loosing someone so special....... a song for a dead person... when my b/f died i dedicated this song to him in the radio...... also "to bid u farewell" for opeth.... may he RIP.... and the person who opeth wrote this song for......

    \m/
    metal is forever...
    someday metal will be all that there is....
    LUMA a.k.a the metal goddess, princess of darkness and the ruler of all that is evil....
    Luma.Odaton April 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt could be in reference to a person who had died in the midst of a fight, and who's death had sort of, ended it, could be how the title came to be. The line "Asking you who is the one?" would suggest a spirit not quite yet realizing that he is dead. The part where he says, "Near the site for one who's lost his trials" might also suggest a convict found guilty. This line also gives off a 16'th century kind of vibe, with gallows and all that. But maybe that's just me.
    im_a_pirateon June 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI believe that it's talking about the relationship between the dead and those that love them. You would think it would be the dead who would wait forever, but for the living, the time it takes them to finally die and join their love seems like it lasts an eternity. It's basically about how much harder it is for the living to go on after someone dies that they love.

    BTW, because of the spelling of site, It is probably referring to a monument or a headstone.
    Megalodon2112on August 21, 2008   Link

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