When I blacked out in the winter months of Capricorn
I had a strange dream that I lived a thousand winter’s gone
A thousand winter’s faded gray and shuttered by the wind
To tell the tale of Lydia, her legacy begins uprising
Unveiling the absurdity in the tragedy of man
And it’s hero the all seeing worm

The pain is born from memory of pleasures unparalleled and pure
In velvet sleep I live the past again
There is no chance to release me, no answer to bring peace
Some people conjure dreaming, sanctified electric karmic burn through

The pigs, they marched from under to pull down the moon
And summon the bringer of doom
Now sullen the demons fade away and summon their final call
Lydia slayed them all

The pain is born from memory of pleasures unparalleled and pure
This is the psalm of Lydia
Oh my sweet Lydia the others have told me it is not your time to leave
It is not your time, you’ve so much more to see


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    General CommentCan't say much about the meaning of the song; I can, however, point out the the last three lines of the first verse seem to be based on a poem by Edgar Allan Poe, named "The Conqueror Worm" (my favorite poem of his, actually [: ) particularly the last verse of which. (Look it up)

    Actually, now that I think about it, one could draw comparison between at least some lines in the song and Poe's story "Ligeia" (Ligeia? Lydia?), in which the aforementioned poem appeared, as recited by it's title character...
    Or might be I'm way wrong. Still...
    Banekeeperon December 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLydia is a church mode, but like all the church modes they were named after Iron Age city-states. Ionia, Dorian, Phrygia, Lydia, Mixolydia, Aeolian, and Locrian. I don't think this song is in a Lydian mode because the Lydia mode is major and this song is far from major.

    Lydia is not in Western Europe. It is the western portion of Turkey. It was also landlocked because Ionia held the sea to the west. I think song must be about the land area of Lydia.
    JaredCOBHCon September 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIn my humble opinion Banekeeper can't actually be more right, I wouldn't say this song it's exactly like the poem but it's about it for sure, I mean Allan's Poe poem: The Conqueror worm it's a metaphoric verse about human mortality taken away by the inevitable course of death and it's told withing other story called Ligeia (which is very similar to lydia with the difference that Jeff may have changed because he's so related to music field that he might have found very cool to make an subtle reference to Lydian mode) which is also about a girl who is dying and writes the poem which is narrated by her husband, not so different than jeff loomis song which is narrated from someone else perspective, specially in the part: 'The pain is born from memory of pleasures unparalleled and pure This is the psalm of Lydia', another important fact that strengthens this theory is that Poe's poem and jeff's song shared certain words and similar sentences to the point that one of legeia verses tells the following: While the angels, all pallid and wan, Uprising, unveiling, affirm That the play is the tragedy, "Man,"
    And its hero the Conqueror Worm. As you can see many of those word were used in the psalm of lydia. But just as Banekeeper said already we can be all wrong! however there's a huge reference to Ligeia's short story. So you can read the story and come up with a clever conclusion.
    theguitarcriticon January 19, 2012   Link
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    General Commentone word : REVOLUTION!!!
    blink182suxon September 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthrmm could you explain a bit more i dont see any meaning in this song or maybe i should just reread the lyrics?
    cryptica9323on September 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt tells the tale of "Lydia", upon first reading, it appears to be some woman (Girl on cover of album perhaps?) but knowing Nevermore, it probably goes way deeper than that.
    FlamesofNibelheimon January 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhen i first read the title i thought lydia sounded like some really foreign country in the middle east or somehting, but theres a lydian scale in music, so one of the guitarists mustve come up with the title since its one of the modes all musicians should know, especially if youre playing music like this

    im not sure what the song itself means though, but its a good song
    Ruin22on April 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThree words: Jeff. Is. GOD.
    buggie92on May 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt is the Psalm or "song sung to harp" or in this case guitar and also "religious song" of Lydia a historic region of western Europe, also was a kingdom, and it is talking about how Lydia had slain these demons and how this guy sees this to tell the tale... it probably has a deeper meaning, but in all literal(not sure how to spell it) sense it is what i said...
    BladeRazoron May 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is rather deep and has loads of possible meanings, but I don't really understand it very much.

    I only listened to it at first becuase my name is Lydia =]

    But I like it and would be very grateful if someone could explain it to me?

    Thanks,
    Lydia
    little-deetzieon September 09, 2007   Link

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