"Medusa and Hemlock" as written by Daniel Lloyd Davey, Adrian Paul Erlandsson, Martin F. Powell, Paul James Allender and David John Pybus....
Dim the lights, wrong the rites
Toss the puerile cross away
We are gashing from a venomous womb
Burning bright, dead of night
Pyres stain a milky way
Lust is splashing the dark side of the moon

In the Samhain mist
We lay in welcome by the western gate
With the five fold kiss
For every soul returning
From the fecund abyss
Where nature's travesties congregate
With a stone cold wish
To see the wicker man burning

The wind, she whispers
Through the graveyards of our hearts
Wreathed in dreams
As she weaves her witchcraft
We breathe, enamoured
Of the conquering dark

Medusa and Hemlock

Harvest past, fires cast
Ashen shades this Halloween
We are set now to Beherit the earth
Widdershins, death begins
To fashion fete to gallow scenes
Sprits rising to discredit rebirth

In the Samhain mist
We lay in welcome by the western gate
With the five fold kiss
For every soul returning
From the fecund abyss
Where nature's travesties congregate
With a stone cold wish
To see the wicker man burning

The wind, she flitters
Through the forest of our hearts
Wreathed in leaves
As she weaves her witchcraft
We breathe, enamoured
Of the conquering dark

I will trace the knot of serpents in your hair
Plot your face, then ascending marble stares
You shall pluck me, masked, from roses-in-despair
Tasting my blood
That runs from worming tongue like prayer

Under pagan veneer snakes a fear
That makes the stars
Grieve, just to be
Uncharted on this eve
When part of me chars a path
Through your heavenly constellations

Medusa and Hemlock

Back to black, hinges crack
Rituals call obscenities
Sheets of demons rush insanity skies
Tread the salt; the dead exult
Preachers beg our clemency
Seeking warmth in humanity's eyes

We who kept the candle by the vault
We who kept the candle on the cult


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"Medusa and Hemlock" as written by Daniel Lloyd Davey Adrian Paul Erlandsson

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    General Commentcan anyone please explain the meaning of this song?
    ^.^
    thanks in advance
    Lunastaron December 24, 2004   Link
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    General Commentmaybe it has no meaning.......
    walesroxon January 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm working on a complete word for word explanation.I think it's about the decadence of society and civilisation into witchcraft and paganism. Have some patience and i'll have it posted in the next few days. Medusa was a gorgon of greek myhtology who had snakes for hair and could turn people to stone by staring at them. Hemlock is a type of poison. More of an explanation in the next week. Love this song. Not a fan of Cradle Of Filth's old work, but on Nymphetamine they really produced something that i like.
    COBHATEBREEDERon January 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI have interpreted this song as the decadence of society and civilisation into witchcraft and paganism. It could also be a metaphor of today’s modern world, interpret as you wish. However, if anybody has a completely different idea, post it here and let me know cause I’m always interested in how other people interpret a certain song. I have set my song meaning out in a paragraph-by-paragraph format so you can see what part of the song it refers to. Enjoy!

    Firstly, I’d like to point out that I had to make a few tiny corrections in the lyrics posted. They were basically right but a few words were wrong. These are the lyrics(hopefully correct) from the Nymphetamine album with my interpretation of each verse;

    Dim the lights, wrong the rites
    Toss the puerile cross away
    We are gashing from a venomous womb

    Dimming the lights is making the world dark and evil, wronging the rites (religious or solemn observance or act) is going against all other religions. Puerile means immature. The “venomous womb” is the poisonous place of origination.

    Burning bright, dead of night
    Pyres stain a milky way
    Lust is splashing the dark face of the moon

    The funeral pyres of the dead are so many that the smoke stains the night sky. The lust for decadence is there, but hidden in the dark where it originated.

    In the Samhain mist
    We lay in welcome by the western gate
    With the five fold kiss
    For every soul returning
    From the fecund abyss
    Where nature’s travesties congregate
    With a stone cold wish
    To see the wickermen burning

    The Samhain mist has something to do with paganism and is the feast at the start and the end of the sacred year. I’m not sure of the significance of the western gate. The five fold kiss (feet, knees, womb, breasts, lips) is something to do with Wicca, the modern day religion of witchcraft. Every soul returning from the fecund (fertile) abyss is greeted with the five fold kiss of Wicca. Travesties mean imitations. A stone cold (long awaited) wish to see the wicker men burning is like the long want to be able to practice witchcraft.

    The wind, she whispers
    Through the graveyards of our hearts…
    Wreathed in dreams
    As she weaves Her witchcraft
    We breathe, enamoured
    Of the conquering dark

    Wreathed=surrounded or hidden by. Enamoured means inspired by love or liking, so this verse is basically about converting people over to the dark side.

    Medusa and Hemlock

    I’m still not sure of the significance of the words Medusa and Hemlock but I think, since Medusa was a gorgon of Greek mythology and Hemlock is a type of poison taken from a fern like plant I think this sentence is referring to the paganistic use of mythology and poison potions.

    Harvest past, fires cast
    Ashen shades this Hallowe’en
    We are Set now to Beherit the earth

    Harvest past, fires cast means the passing of the years. Beherit means the opposite to inherit so it kinda ties in with the next verse about widdershins.

    Widdershins, death begins
    To fashion fete to gallow scenes…
    Sprits rising to discredit rebirth

    Widdershins is the reversal of magic, therefore turning good to bad. Fete, when used in the right context can mean the day of a saint. There is no need for rebirth because the spirits are rising up.


    In the Samhain mist
    We lay in welcome by the western gate
    With the five fold kiss
    For every soul returning
    From the fecund abyss
    Where nature’s travesties congregate
    With a stone cold wish
    To see the wickermen burning

    Same as above.

    The wind, she flitters
    Through the forest of our hearts…
    Wreathed in leaves
    As she weaves Her witchcraft
    We breathe, enamoured
    Of the conquering dark

    Basically the same as above.

    I will trace the knot of serpents in your hair
    Plot your face, then ascending marble stares
    You shall pluck me, masked, from roses-in-despair
    Tasting my blood
    That runs from worming tongue like prayer

    This verse is the description of Medusa. Medusa had snakes for hair. Marble stares is a great pun because legend has it that Medusa could turn people to stone by just looking at them and marble is a stone and stairs is written as stares.

    Under pagan veneer snakes a fear
    That makes the stars
    Grieve, just to be
    Uncharted on this Eve
    When part of me chars a path
    Through your heavenly constellations

    Stars are seen in Astrology as being able to tell the future so if they go back to being uncharted, the earth goes back to having no future.

    Medusa and Hemlock

    Same as above.

    Back to black, hinges crack
    Rituals call obscenities
    Sheets of demons rush insanity skies

    Back to evil, doors open. The new rituals go against everything old and good.

    Tread the salt, the dead exult
    Preachers beg our clemency
    Seeking warmth in inhumanity’s eyes

    The dead exult (rejoice) because they now walk the earth. Preachers beg our clemency (mercy) because they represent Christianity and are now outnumbered by their foe. They seek warmth(acceptance) in inhumanity’s eyes. Inhumanity is the evil darkness.

    We who kept the candle by the vault
    We who kept the handle on the cult

    We who kept evil locked away have now released it upon the world!
    COBHATEBREEDERon January 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commentbloody hell! how long did that take you?!
    walesroxon January 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwell fuc*ing done
    thanks a bunch :]
    Lunastaron January 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's cool. It was a labor of love(or hate). Metal 4ever!
    COBHATEBREEDERon January 10, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyea. thanx.
    walesroxon January 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWOW, COBHATEBREEDER! That's all I can say.
    You are absolutely brilliant!
    You broke down the whole song for all those morons out there who just assumed that this song had no meaning... Congratulations, you've just enlightened a society of idiots... Now they'll think before they ever again suggest that Dani would actually write a song with no meaning!
    mrsdanifilth73on January 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThanks mrsdanifilth73. I know what you mean. For a while i asumed it had no meaning but then i didn't think Dani would write something just for the sake of writing it.That guy is a genius.
    COBHATEBREEDERon January 17, 2005   Link

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