Visions come
Visions come
In a sickroom bed
There's something left to learn
Pass them on
Let it show
Let the rich meet death
Confront our own concern

See us sleep behind the glass
Unaware of crime
will you Wake us up before it is time

The red circle holds the only light
Break down my perspective
And notify everyone when the time is right
My mouth remains inactive

So when you let me in
You let me justify my only war
You put your hands on me
And I learn the words I didn't know before

I am ice
I am clear
Let the world be cold
Our deliberation
Pass them on, let it show
Let the words come slow
Your constant decondition

Repeating cycle of light / no light
There's nothing in the airspace
There's no one in the airspace
Repeating cycle of love / no love


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Deliberation song meanings
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    General CommentI think this song has something of a political meaning, commenting on the nature of those in power. It makes sense that the song is about revolution and how, while starting off idealistically, corruption sets in while in power, leading to the point where another revolution begins, shown in the line:
    "Repeating cycle
    Of light/No Light."

    The corruption becomes cyclical. Also those in power slowly become more hardened and brutal, making the world suffer as a result:
    "I am ice
    I am clear
    Let the world be cold."

    The line "Let the rich meet death" may be an allusion to revolutions in which the poor rise up to kill the wealthy.

    The line:
    "You put your hands on me
    And I learn the words
    I didn't know before."
    May refer to prisoners suffering at the hands of those in power, being innocent of any crime but interrogaters "lay hands" on them, beating them into confessions of non-existent crimes (like under the Soviet regime in Russia)

    Well that's my thoughts. Interested to hear your thoughts.
    sanguine18on April 30, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWho cares? The music kicks! I believe this song is about de-evolution in some ways..
    Lateralus518on February 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFrom my point-of-veiw, I think it can relate to people who were called terrorists after 9/11 being taken for questioning,"you put your hands on me,and i learned the words i didn't know before" maybe symbolizing a person taken and now knows what america is about. I don't know...... I need to stop blazing it.
    ZTFlameson October 19, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song is about someone approaching the end of their life

    //Visions come
    //Visions come
    //In a sickroom bed
    //There's something left to learn
    //Pass them on
    //Let it show
    //Let the rich meet death
    //Confront our own concern

    In Western societies, death is sanitized and shoved out of sight, out of mind. By removing ourselves from the spectre of death, we don't have to think about our own dying.

    The narrator is dying, and comes upon some revelations regarding the meaning and value of life. The societal veil of death is also lifted; unlike most healthy people, death is something that he can no longer shrug his shoulders an avoid. These verses are him lashing out at people who would prefer to look past his dying and pretend it's not happening, because to accept the death of a loved one means to contemplate one's own death. He is trying to intentionally remove their comfort zone and make them confront it.

    //See us sleep behind the glass
    //Unaware of crime
    //Wake us up before it is time
    This is the narrator's way of stating that we know about death, but we don't *know* it, nor do we want to. We are like dreamers, sleeping behind a transparent barrier, purposely ignorant of death. We don't want to confront it until it's time for us to go.

    //The red circle holds the only light
    //Break down my perspective
    He sees death coming and is losing consciousness

    //And notify everyone when the time is right
    This is what happens when a person finally dies; friends and relatives are notified.

    //My mouth remains inactive
    This goes with the first stanza. Initially, he wants to lash and scream and break their comfort zone, to tell those around him about death and the meaning of life, but as he slips further into death something in the afterlife transfixes him.

    //I am ice
    //I am clear
    //Let the world be cold
    The narrator has finally died and is beyond the cares of the mortal world, but a part of him still remains. the part that remains doesn't view life as previously, being dead, everything is more clear, less complicated, less emotional.

    //Our deliberation
    //Pass them on, let it show
    //Let the words come slow
    //Your constant decondition
    In the wake of the narrator's death, his loved ones are forced to examine death and their own inevitable demise. Because it is an uncomfortable topic, the "words come slow". the process of accepting the loss of a loved one and finally facing the reality of one's own death deconditions a person from the societal constructed ignorance of death discussed in the first stanza.
    MaidOMetalon September 30, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesome song. Video was a bit dissapointing though.
    Bloodhawkon June 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it is about teeth operation
    it is one of my favorite katatonia songs
    gE3kon May 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAccording to me, the video is quite good actually.
    ChesterBon June 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHaha, I don't know what I was thinking in my comment. Anyway, I just picked this album up and I think this one is pretty cryptic. I can't make any connections to 'the red circle' but reading further into these lyrics, I think it has to do with a higher power (quite possibly). Pretty cold song.
    Lateralus518on July 24, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Visions come
    Visions come
    In a sickroom bed
    There's something left to learn
    Pass them on
    Let it show
    Let the rich meet death
    Confront our own concern"

    maybe this is about realising something from a near death experience?

    "You put your hands on me
    And I learn the words I didn't know before"

    he learns more from touch then words?
    thecameronatoron April 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's a cryptic and deeply political song about the inevitability of our civilization coming to an end.

    "notify everyone when the time is right"

    rampant apathy... the overwhelming triviality of western consumerism... the growing disconnect between government and the proletariat... breakdown of language and the poisoning of culture...

    it's intelligent and very dark stuff.
    savengeron April 14, 2012   Link

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