"The Illusionist" as written by Per Fredrik Nilsson and Henrik Carl Ohlsson....
As an outcast I paced defeat
Seeking comfort in this painful retreat
Made an oracle against my will
Word spread of miraculous skills

Premonitions call my name
I once doubted them all when they came
Now I embrace it and I'll never be the same

Transfixed in the desert sands
Take a look at my once empty hand
See the rose that appears so real
Just like the one you saw in your dreams

Those who call me avatar
Know not what they're looking for
They just feed their flames with miracles
Just so you know
If you bathe within my light
You diminish your own might
The illusionist in everyone

As an outcast I faced defeat
Seeking comfort in this painful retreat
Made an oracle against my will
Word spread of miraculous skills

Premonitions call my name
I once doubted them all when they came
Now I embrace it and I'll never be the same

Those who call me avatar
Know not what they're looking for
They just feed their flames with miracles
Just so you know
If you bathe within my light
You diminish your own might
Illusionist in everyone

What I say and what I do was once potential
Sprung from the infinite place that dictates the seen

Those who call me avatar
Know not what they're looking for
They just feed their flames with miracles
Just so you know
If you bathe within my light
You diminish your own might
Illusionist in everyone

In everyone!


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"The Illusionist" as written by Per Fredrik Nilsson Henrik Carl Ohlsson

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    General CommentAwesome song! Scar Symmetry have huge potential so if you haven't already check out their album!

    To me, this about religion. It sounds like a twisted version of Jesus' story where he is mocking those who believe in him. This is shown in the chorus. There are a few references in there that suggest this is Jesus' 'alternative' point of view. For example, in the first line he says about being an "outcast." Jesus was outcasted by the majority of society in his time. "Made an oracle against my will..." people saw the "saviour" in him...but apparently this wasn't intended. There's also a hint in "miraculous skills," "desert sands"etc. There's clues everywhere in there really.

    I think it's a really clever idea and definitely encourages people to be their own "avatars" and have faith in yourself not in some god.
    minus_zer0on May 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI do agree in some way, but I also see some parallels to Stephen King's "Dark Tower" within the lyrics.

    He sings about an outcast facing defeat and seeking comfort in retreat. I associate these lines with Roland Deschain seeing his home town being destroyed and later bringing death and destruction himself. He also feels most comfortable journeying alone, as death had been promised to those whom he calls his friends.

    There is also the rose the character in the song dreams of and that appears "so real". In "The Dark Tower" the rose represents the Tower in the world of Eddie, Susannah and Jake growing in a deserted court in New York.

    Would be interesting to know if the band (or at least the singer) have read the "Tower" novels.
    Flaggon July 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentArgh i love this song. Its awsome, and its impossible not to sing along to the chorus.
    Seriously KICKS ASS!
    EmmaExOhon August 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou can check out the video to this song if you haven't seen it already here:

    youtube.com/…

    Enjoy!
    minus_zer0on October 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYou can check out the video to this song if you haven't seen it already here:

    youtube.com/…

    Enjoy!
    minus_zer0on October 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh my god........the vocal range on this guy is incredible
    last-dodoon November 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentand btw i think its 'you diminish your own pride' rather than 'might'
    last-dodoon November 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo, it's might not pride.
    It's actually nice to.. buy the cd and look at lyric sheet.

    Great band, one of my favorites. I'm really surprised their work on here has so few comments.
    Egmineon January 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGreat band, just started getting into them. Flagg, I also saw the references to Dark Tower. In fact, I saw the video first, and when you see the red rose agains the black and white of the rest of the video, I immediatelym thought of Stephen Kings' Dark Tower books.
    supergump88on April 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is not the best Scar Symmetry IMO, but it is probably the most accessible.

    The lyrics talk of an oracle, someone with power and ability above everyone else, but the song finishes with "In everyone!". Like minus_zer0 said, it's like he wants people to have faith in themselves. I think the message is that we all have potential to succeed, it's "in everyone".
    JG234on July 19, 2007   Link

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