"A Trace of Blood" as written by and Pain Of Salvation Daniel Gildenloew....
Touching ground Going home to those I miss
Safe and sound Weeks of exile turn to bliss
But there's something in her voice When she is calling me
A trace of blood to lead me
Through roads of agony With blood taste in my mouth
And clouds before my eyes
I kneel beside the bed Where my bleeding dryad lies

Three young souls in misery

Hitting ground Nausea wakes me up at dawn
Hopes are found
Dissected, turned and then
Withdrawn
A chair of steel and wire Her legs are open wide
Helpless in myself I stand there cold beside
The doctors stay away Leave us with this dismay
To see the colours of a miracle Fade and turn to gray

Then a cry and rivers of blood Flow so sadly
bringing you
Our dreams pour into a cold tray Two young souls in misery
Missing you

I never knew your name but I will miss you just the same
I was to live for you I lost the will to live at all the day you came
It'll never be the same but I will love you just the same
You were to be the first, how wonderful
Now I will always fear to hope again

The irony Of seeing me whispering through her skin
So joyfully To our child there deep within
Or of when she called to me To tell me cheerfully
That she had seen your shape On a hospital screen
And of nurses being concerned That you never moved or turned
Too late we see the warnings Too late we learn

I never saw your face and now you're gone without a trace
Except the trace of blood that's deeply scarred into my eyes To fill your place
It'll never be the same but I will love you just the same
I was prepared to be your father How can I ever prepare for that again?

Still I follow that trace of blood Always leading back to you
Hollow years of damming that flood Two young souls in misery

Missing you... missing you...


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"A Trace of Blood" as written by Pain Of Salvation Daniel Gildenloew

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    General CommentOh my god, I've only noticed just today that this song isn't just about her having a miscarriage. He's directly RESPONSIBLE for the miscarriage. I don't know how I didn't notice this before...

    "Touching ground Going home to those I miss
    Safe and sound Weeks of exile turn to bliss"

    The 'weeks of exile turning to bliss' is sexual inactivity due to the pregnancy. They decide to be passionate for the first time in weeks even though she is pregnant.

    "But there's something in her voice
    When she is calling me
    A trace of blood to lead me
    Through roads of agony
    With blood taste in my mouth"

    The 'calling me' is her crying out in pleasure, but he notices that there is also something wrong. He notices the trace of blood coming from her, and he has the taste of blood in his mouth due to cunnilingus.
    Anilandon August 26, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about a miscarriage and the father's thoughts afterwards
    Angel of Metalon December 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI totally agree and it's a sad song but is Remedy Lane a concept? Fandago talks about a lonely dude and a slut and everyone knows some stds don't help births very much if you know what I mean.
    The Hollow Soulon February 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentRemedy Lane is a concept album, it's about how love and sex, and how the two can be tangled up in one another.
    Girdagon July 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my favourite song with Pain of salvation, it's so sad.
    Socoldon April 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is based on daniel's experiences, during the recording of entropia ('97 or '98), his wife suffered a mis-carriage, so daniel wrote this song...and since it fit with the theme of the album, he used it
    demon_of_the_fallon October 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commentin addition, the dryad he refers to in the first verse is the 'dryad of the woods'...in other words, his wife.
    demon_of_the_fallon October 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about a baby, getting born dead;
    "I never knew your name.."
    Even before they had thought out a name for it, it was dead already.
    Sietsevon January 27, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"During the recording of 'Entropia' (our first album) me and my wife had a miscarriage and it was very hard on us. It was one of the worst experiences of my life. It was not the loss of a tiny organic something, to me it was the loss of several lives - the child and the life he/she would have had and the lives me and my wife would have had. History took a sharp turn for us that day and I cannot leave it behind altogether. That mix of joy, grief and anger is also found in the music and the lyric of the song I think. A struggle."
    brdy724on December 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely my favorite PoS song. I love how Daniel combines lugubrious lyrics with an upbeat melody. And the guitar solo is simply wonderful.
    Aghoraphobicon December 13, 2008   Link

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