"A Simple Mistake" as written by and Daniel Cavanagh....
Think for yourself, you know what you need in this life
See for yourself to feel your soul come alive tonight
Here in moments we share, trembling between the worlds we stare
Out at starlight enshrined, veiled like diamonds in time

Time can be the answer, take a chance or lose it all
It's a simple mistake to make, to create love and to fall
So rise and be your master, ‘cause you don't need to be a slave
of memory ensnared in a web, in a cage

I have found my way to fly free from constraints of time
I have soared through the sky, seen life far below in mind
Breathed in truth, love, serene, sailed on oceans of belief
Searched and found life inside, we're not just a moment in time

Time can be the answer, take a chance or lose it all
It's a simple mistake to make, to create love and to fall
So rise and be your master, ‘cause you don't need to be a slave
of memory ensnared in a web, in a cage
In a web, in a cage
In a web, in a cage
In a web, in a cage

(Feel renewed inside
Feel the truth in life
See beyond the sky
Beyond our waking eyes
And when the night is long,
I feel I don't belong
And when the sky is grey,
you turn to me and say
"Love is all we are,
together or apart"
And then the light of day
calls you on your way
Feel renewed inside
Feel the truth in life

See beyond...
See beyond...
x4)

It’s never too late! (x7)

[Spoken words from "Defending Middle-Earth Tolkien: Myth and Modernity" by Patrick Curry:]
Despair is for people who know, beyond any doubt,
what the future is going to bring.
Nobody is in that position.
So despair is not only a kind of sin, theologically,
but also a simple mistake,
because nobody actually knows.
In that sense there always is hope.


Lyrics submitted by faithless_angel, edited by Octavarium64

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  • +3
    General CommentFor those who haven't picked up on it yet, the line "we're not just a moment in time" may be in reference to the opening line of Alternative 4 (as in the album), "we are just a moment in time".
    Amazonison May 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think it says about facing his (or someone's) difficulties and awful past.
    "you don't need to be a slave of memory ensnared in a web, in a cage" - there are so many things in the past that might let us down. We have to forget mistakes made in past and try to enjoy the present, try to take a risk, not to be afraid of new mistakes. They happen but they shouldn't be ensanred in our past. They're temporary.
    paranormalischon October 30, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song seem very personal to Vincent or Daniel (I don't know who's the lyrics author). Many of Anathema's songs are pretty nostalgic and they seem to deal with being trapped in memories, memories that make you sad, that don't let you live, this song speaks about how you must take control of your life and make sacrifices that may seem as "mistakes" but that will set you free from the memories that trapped you, all those thoughts that caged you. I say this song is so personal to them because it seems like they've been moving on from their problems, looking at the phrase "We're not just a moment in time" which oppose to what they said in the song Shroud of False, seems they've been changing their minds and finding some peace in their new beliefs.
    Icauson May 01, 2011   Link
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    General CommentYou forgot to put the female part in the second chorus:

    Feel renewed inside
    Feel the truth in life
    See beyond the sky
    Beyond our waking eyes

    And when the night is long
    Feel I don't belong
    And when the sky is grey
    You turn to me and say
    "Love is all we are,
    Together or apart".
    And then the light of day
    Calls you on your way
    Feel renewed inside
    Feel the truth in life
    See beyond...
    See beyond...

    It's never too late.
    Kustard1337on May 31, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIm really surprised no one made a comment about this song bcoz its an amazing song
    really a great one!
    DevilishAngel595on January 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesome lyrics, but I'm not really a fan of the background riff in this song.
    windowpane8902on January 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like the music
    Conspicuouson May 30, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJesus christ and all his jolly friends!
    Did you guys ever hear of this secret satanic ritual called "READING"?!
    “Despair is for people who know, beyond any doubt, what the future is going to bring. Nobody is in that position. So despair is not only a kind of sin, theologically, but also a simple mistake, because nobody actually knows. In that sense there is always hope.”
    ― Patrick Curry, Defending Middle-Earth: Tolkien: Myth and Modernity
    You know? Defending Middle-Earth?! Or need I say "Lord of the rings" !!!
    Words from that song were taken from there, "a simple mistake" refers to despair.
    I must say, I am disappointed in you guys
    Mr.BadassHeavyMetalon December 17, 2013   Link

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