"The Baying of the Hounds" as written by and Mikael Lars Akerfeldt....
I hear the baying of the hounds
In the distance, I hear them devouring
Pest ridden jackals of the earth
Diabolical beasts and roaming the forests
In wait and constant protectors
Calling you to sit by his side
Your self loathing image in his flesh
A revelation upon which you linger

His words are flies
Swarming towards the true insects
Feasting on buried dreams
And spreading decay upon your skin
His eyes spew forth a darkness
That cut through and paralyze
Casts light upon your secrets
Forced to confront your enemies

His mouth is a vortex
Sucking you into it's pandemonium
Fools you with a helping hand of ashes
Reached out in false dismay
His body is a country
The cities lay dead and beyond despair
Friends turned enemies unable to come clean
In a rising fog of reeking death

Everything you believed is a lie
Everyone you loved is a death burden
So you take comfort in him
And you are receptive to stark wishes
No longer struggling to declare your stand
You would inflict no harm to others
They are unaware of you
And in a loop of futile events
You are everything, they are nothing

Drown in the deep mire
With past desires
Beneath the mire
Drown desire now with you

Lined up verses on dead skin
"The tainted lips of the stranger
Resting upon hers"

And I embrace bereavement
Everything beloved is shattered anyway
I would devote myself to anyone
I would accept any flaws

I am too weak to resist
Tension vibrating with horror
Finding the outcast in my eyes
Pushing nerves on a puppet
Endless poison in my veins
Clean intent now tainted with death

And so, cold touch now inhumane
Every waking hour
Awaiting a reverie to unfold
And now they are calling me
Louder by the minute
The baying of the hounds
Calling me back to my home


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"The Baying of the Hounds" as written by Mikael Lars Akerfeldt

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    General CommentUhh . . . You forgot the last two verses:

    I am to weak to resist
    Tension vibrating with horror
    Finding the outcast in my eyes
    Pushing nerves on a puppet
    Endless posion in my veins
    Clean intent now tainted with death

    And so, cold touch now inhumane
    Every waking hour
    Awaiting a reverie to unfold
    And now they are calling me
    Louder by the minute
    The baying of the hounds
    Calling me back to my home

    I see this track as being the magnum opus of Ghost Reveries, I can hear influences from their entire musical career in this track alone and that theme also extends through the entire album.
    Tindaloson December 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is a description of the devil. Simple as that.
    DTNon December 31, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think it is about someone who let the devil take control over him or her

    In wait and constant protectors
    Calling you to sit by his side
    Satan says he will offer you protection andcalls you to sit by his side (but you are a slave atfer all)

    Everything you believed is a lie
    Everyone you loved is a death-burden
    So you take comfort in him
    And you are receptive to stark wishes
    No longer struggling to declare your stand
    You would inflict no harm to others
    They are unaware and in a loop of futile events
    You are everything, they are nothing

    everything you believed wat was good is a lie
    (cause the devil tells you it is a lie)
    everyone you lvoed is a dead burden
    (everybody is dead already)
    So you took conformt in him
    (you take comfort in satan)
    and you And you are receptive to stark wishes
    (satan promisses a lot but he will neve
    make it true in the end, you are somehow having false desires)
    No longer struggling to declare your stand
    (you no longer need to show what you stand for)
    You would inflict no harm to others
    (you say you won't)
    They are unaware and in a loop of futile events
    (they think you are good, but when they don't suspect it you strike/fight them and in a loop of futile events/fights)
    You are everything, they are nothing
    You think you are everything, what can they do about you ? you can't be touched/matched)

    Drown in the deep mire
    With past desires
    Beneath the mire
    Drown a desire now with you

    you will find out that satan will not make his words come true and you drown along with your false desires

    And I embrace bereavement
    Everything beloved is shattered anyway

    you give yourself more to him cause everything you loved is already broken and good for nothing so why not go all the way then ?


    I am to weak to resist
    (you can't resist the grip of satan by yourself)
    Tension vibrating with horror
    Finding the outcast in my eyes
    (you are starting to feel frightened)
    Endless posion in my veins
    (satan has poisoned your mind)

    And now they are calling me
    Louder by the minute
    The baying of the hounds
    Calling me back to my home

    he keeps calling you to come back and it gets stronger and stronger cause it feels like your home (you feel that you belong to satan)
    Whenon January 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSome of the things you say are somewhat correct, but the lyrics are just describing what the devil does/how he works.
    DTNon January 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentRead the song lyrics for Ghost of Perdition and this song makes sense, warning of the things that happen by taking comfort in Satan. Especially the line
    "And I embrace bereavement
    Everything beloved is shattered anyway
    I would devote myself to anyone
    I would accept any flaws"

    After the death of his Mother, the Son is lost, and takes comfort in Satan.
    PraiseRaon January 30, 2006   Link
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    General Commentafter the murder* of his mother.
    read my post on ghost of perdition.

    why would he go to satan if she had just died? he goes to satan because he murdered her
    fozzymandiason March 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commentgoing on the concept i explained earlier...

    this is about the narrator hearing the calls of satan. He is trying to depict satan in this song, but no matter how much he despises it, its where he belongs..
    lacerateon April 14, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Your self-loathing image in his flesh"

    I believe that the main character on Ghost Reveries is in fact the son of the Devil, who has now in this song been outcast by society, but is reluctant to ally himself with the Devil.
    Ddaduttaon June 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmikael explained in an interview the meaning of this song. (and btw this is NOT a concept album, read what i said in the ghost of perdition thread)

    this song is about how negative things can be positive for people. its about why people choose for "satan" (in the entire album except the grand conjuration the devil is not really the devil like in a religious way. its just a way of talking about the dark and bad side of life)

    but back to the meaning. people often do negative things to get a positive result, for example doing drugs: you know its bad for you but it makes you feel better so you choose for a bad thing to make you feel good.

    it are things people do all the time in their life. so being put simple this song is about how and why people devote themself to the bad things in life
    In the miston August 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm extremely sure it IS a concept album, especially seeing as the songs are set up to form a chronological story about this guy being born and chased through the forest etc.
    Ddaduttaon August 07, 2006   Link

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