"Atonement" as written by and Mikael Lars Akerfeldt....
Cleared the fog that was veiled around me
And blurred my sights
Suddenly, I'm no longer aching
To honor my plights

Rising moon and my skin is peeling
Past undone
Suddenly, I can't justify
What I had become


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"Atonement" as written by Mikael Lars Akerfeldt

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    General CommentThis is a great song off the new album.
    I dont know what its about, it could be about death, but that doesnt suit the mood of the song
    Shadow of Oblivionon September 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWell I didn't know what it meant at first. But I looked it up off dictionary.com and it said its expiation, or "The reconciliation of God and humans brought about by the redemptive life and death of Jesus.
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    metalhead777on November 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthe realizes that his turn to evil was wrong. he killed his mother and turned to satan. read my post on ghost of perdition
    fozzymandiason March 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commentsee my post on "beneath the mire..."

    Here, in trying to commit suicide, he no longer feels the inmpulse to carry out satans will.

    He attempts to end his life because he cant justify his actions...
    lacerateon April 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHe decides to not serve Satan anymore, thus atoning and repenting, but in the very next song, Reverie/Harlequin Forest, Satan wreaks his revenge upon and chases him through the forest.
    The terror that the devil puts him through leads up to Hours of Wealth, in which he returns to Satan,
    which culminates in The Grand Conjuration.
    Ddaduttaon September 04, 2006   Link
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    General Comment...werewolf...?
    percussivemassacreon May 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFirst verse seems like he's come "down to Earth" ("Cleared the fog that was veiled around me and blurred my sights") and realising what he was doing was wrong. He doesn't feel the need to carry out what he promised to do for Satan ("Suddenly I'm no longer aching to honor my plights"). For those of you who don't know, a plight is a promise of some kind (I think...).

    Although in the second verse, as percussivemassacre said, it seems to relate to a werewolf. Hmm.
    Crujebsulon July 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAtonement. He's redeemed from whatever bad things he did. It's just poetically written.
    cashionatoron June 05, 2008   Link
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    General Comment" Suddenly, I can't justify
    What I had become" just doesn't fit in.
    It says I CANT justify what I had become.
    Which to me seems like a bad thing... right?
    Thundermaneon October 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis relaxing for an Opeth song... Opeth is the best Death Metal band eva
    (HALO)on February 18, 2009   Link

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