"Swansong for a Raven" as written by Daniel Lloyd Davey, Paul James Allender, Adrian Paul Erlandsson, Martin F. Powell and David John Pybus....
Forgive the day's
Last serenades
Her skies they bruise like Nordic women
Deep crimson stains
That Death would claim
His robes of office swim in

As would I
For his dark eye
Has fixed, a basilisk, a scythe
On charred remains
With shared disdain
For those I chose to mortify

Their cries
Have paralysed
And the smoke has choked these vistas
But still I lie
Though tears have died
On the grave of my Clarissa

A verse for her whispered to the earth
(A lover's curse is a see-through coffin)
Praises her curves so oft concurred

Though she wasâ?¦
No Snow White on the night she died
Her shadower's boon when the moon glazed over
Lipped with blood and secrets pried

For on and in they spread her wide
That seraph bride
The Devil's pride
Shalt soon avenge with swift reprise

But they would writhe
For my dark eye
Bewitched, was fixed like Mordecai's
On Esther's reign
And in this vein
I saw their lust still stain her thighs

Their cries
Have paralysed
And the smoke has choked these vistas
But still I lie
Though tears have died
On the grave of my Clarissa

Beneath these trees where the mist enwreathes
Her spirit flees, seeing chains of torches
A fleeting kiss stirring leaves of poetryâ?¦

I wasâ?¦
No dark knight, breaking men like ice
I was like a lycanthrope until the moon glazed over
Lipped with blood and last goodbyes

Now I dream
Enwrapt in pure clouds of the sweetest oblivion
Where beauty streams
Freed from the teeth of those beasts that had come
To tear out her spells
In red lettered cells
Wherein even the crown prince of Hell
Come out of his arrogant shell
Would falter to better

But her face soon dispels
And as black feathers fell
From heaven's smoke
So I woke to insanity
Her exquisite corpse
Found fit for their sport
Of course
Would burn on the morrow with meâ?¦

And there on this night
Strung up in my sight
Naked she sways
Displayed for their vulgar delight

I scream through my bars at the stars
That for these crimes of mine solace me
I will fear not the flames
That to passion are tame
Not nearly the same searing pain
(I pray) As held sway upon losing her
Nor the mettle of roars
That will settle like ashes and scores
As with our ghosts in the fog
When we both turn no more

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"Swansong for a Raven" as written by Daniel Lloyd Davey Adrian Paul Erlandsson

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    General CommentDude! This is the sequel to Her Ghost In The Fog!
    I love this damn song. It's cool. The meaning, as with nearly all CoF songs, is pretty much there. You may have to do some research, but in the end it'll make you a Hell of a lot more enlightened.
    Later, Georgie.
    060606on October 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt is definitley crucial to listen to A Ghost in the Fog before this. This reiterates what happened in that song, but adds a new twist to it. In the end, you find out that he never avenged "Clarissa" by burning her attackers. It was merely a dream of revenge had by him in his jail cell. I am guessing that he was there when Clarissa (his lover) was raped and murdered, and was taken into custody so both of them "would burn on the morrow". Amazing lyrics. Especially the end. Damn.
    fadetoflasheson November 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI agree, when I first heard this song and looked at the lyrics I was like.. this sounds liek her ghost in the fog and it is. THis might be my Favourite song off Nymphetamine, I really like Absinthe WIth Faust to.
    CrypticWntrMoonon December 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI LOVE Cradle of Filth! I think I get the whole story when I hear "Her Ghost in the Fog," BUT I WAS WRONG! This band is the GREATEST!
    mrsdanifilth73on January 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis isn't the sequal to her ghost in the fog. this is a brand new semi-trajic epic from the cradle. i know i told mrsdanifilth that you cant restrict interpretations in my comments on gilded cunt, but her ghost in the fog is a different story!!! her ghost in the fog sees his lover killed and avenges by killing the murderers an their followers and ends with him in the embrace of her ghost. this is simular as it has a lover lost and an avenger but this closes with the hero about to be burned by the villains along side her corpse, but in the madness he admitted to,couldn't be happier, and is glad that they will remain together.

    But i will admit that it is very simular to her ghost in the fog. Its a bit like a shakesperean love/trajedy, isn't it?
    erudite strangeron February 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentVery good interpretation.
    It does remind me of a Shakespearean love/tragedy...
    mrsdanifilth73on February 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI still think it's the sequel to Her Ghost in the Fog...
    mrsdanifilth73on February 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentUnderstandable. So which do you preffer? Her ghost in the fog or swansong for a raven? you have to choose!!
    erudite strangeron February 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI prefer "Swansong for a Raven."
    I don't know why.
    I guess it's because a video for "Her Ghost in the Fog" already exists, and even though it's awesome, I think it could've been better.
    "Swansong for a Raven" has not disappointed me yet.
    So, I guess that's why...
    mrsdanifilth73on February 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHow would you have done the video for her ghost in the fog? I think they should have used the eirie Gothic forest that they used, but should have followed the actual story of it. I'd rather they didn't make a video for swansong. they could really mess it up.
    erudite strangeron February 28, 2005   Link

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