Hush, child, darkness will rise from the deep,
and carry you down into sleep, child.
Darkness will rise from the deep,
and carry you down into sleep.

Guileless son,
I'll shape your belief,
and you'll always know
that your father's a thief.
And you won't understand
the cause of your grief,
but you'll always follow
the voices beneath.

Loyalty... Loyalty... Loyalty...
(only to me)

Guileless son,
your spirit will
hate her.
The flower who married
my brother the traitor.
And you will expose
his puppeteer behavior,
for you are the proof
of how he betrayed
her loyalty.

Loyalty... Loyalty ... Loyalty...
(only to me)

Hush, child, darkness will rise from the deep,
and carry you down into sleep, child.
Darkness will rise from the deep,
and carry you down into sleep.

Guileless son,
each day you grow older,
each moment I'm watching
my vengeance unfold.
The child of my body,
the flesh of my soul,
will die in returning
the birthright he stole.

Loyalty... Loyalty... Loyalty...
(only to me)

Hush, child, darkness will rise from the deep,
and carry you down into sleep, child.
Darkness will rise from the deep,
and carry you down into sleep.


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Mordred's Lullaby song meanings
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    General CommentI actually wrote a paper in my college psychology class over this song, how the influences of an 'authority' figure affect the events in a child's life and that child's personality and characteristics in life.

    Mordred has basically brought this guilelss son up to be her revenge against those who have wronged her.
    Melodystaron November 14, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is told by Morgana, half sister to King Arthur. Her hatred for Arthur derives from the previous generation, where Arthur's father killed Morgana's father, robbing her of her parent. Arthur, later, while married to Guinevere, was attracted to the wife of King Lot sexually, and deceived her into believing that he was her husband, later to find out that she was actually Morgana. She became pregnant with Mordred, and resented him for a long time, because of the fact that he's a result of incest between half-siblings. Mordred was an antagonist, who hated his father for his sin of adultery and incest, and wanted to seize the thrown.
    "Hush, child, darkness will rise from the deep,
    and carry it down into sleep, child."
    This for me, for some reason is the hardest line to interpret. I think it's metaphorically speaking that, the darkness, being his hatred for his father and those sins (and because he actually acted on that hatred, rebelling against his father), would lead to the downfall of Arthur, making everything right in her mind.

    "Guileless son,
    I’ll shape your belief,
    and you’ll always know
    that your father’s a thief
    And you won't understand
    the cause of your grief,
    but you’ll always follow
    the voices beneath. "
    So, this is also a bit difficult to say exactly what it means. Obviously, the beginning means that she's going to make Mordred believe that his father is purely evil in every sense of the word. She wants Mordred to hate Arthur, because she wants Mordred to punish Arthur. The second part means that, although Mordred will never truly understand why he's supposed to hate his father, he'll always listen to what his mother says, because that's all he's ever known, and because his mother resented him, which made him always crave love from her more than anyone. 'The voices beneath' is Morgana brainwashing Mordred.

    "Guileless son,
    your spirit will
    hate her.
    The flower who married
    my brother the traitor."
    This refers obviously to Guinevere, because of her affair and untrustworthy relationship with Arthur. She was in another relationship with Lancelot while married to Arthur, which makes her an easy pawn for Mordred. Destroying the marriage between Arthur and Guinevere would make it easier for Mordred to steal the thrown, because Morgana has brainwashed Mordred into believing that Arthur doesn't deserve it. Guinevere is the only obstacle keeping Mordred away from royalty. (Guinevere is childless, meaning the only heir is Mordred, the son of Arthur.)

    "And you will expose
    his puppeteer behavior,
    for you are the proof
    of how he betrayed
    her loyalty."
    This obviously means that she's looking forward to when Arthur's affair with Morgana will be exposed to everyone, showing everyone what a sinner he is. Arthur basically raped Morgana, which was incest and adultery (on Guinevere), and nobody would respect him as King if they found out, which is exactly what Morgana wants.

    "My only son,
    each day you grow older,
    each moment I’m watching
    my vengeance unfold.
    The child of my body,
    the flesh of my soul,
    will die in returning
    the birthright he stole."
    Depending on the version of the story, this could mean a lot. It really just refers to the fact that Mordred is living proof of what a terrible man Arthur is. Mordred will be the one that shows everyone how sinful the well-worshipped king is. In some versions, Morgana believes she should be at the thrown because Arthur's father killed hers. However, this doesn't make much sense because she's not technically royal. Her father was the duke, not the king. She's kind of just a bit crazy, and I'm not exactly sure why she believes she should be at the thrown. She just does.
    vreiceaion October 15, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentObviously, it's Mordred from the King Arthur legends singing to her son. Some of the lyrics are incorrect (the child of my 'vibe' should be 'body')... But all in all, it's a great, Celtic-ish chant.
    nevercryon September 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFirst off, I love this song. The lyrics, the music, the voice, everything.

    Second, when I first heard it, I thought of Final Fantasy VII. Specifically, Jenova's relationship with Sephiroth, Kadaj, and Hojo.

    "My only son, I’ll shape your belief, and you’ll always know that your father’s a thief. And you won't understand the cause of your grief, but you’ll always follow the voices"

    My only son = Sephiroth
    Your fathr's a thief = Hojo is a thief. A creepy thieft.
    Sephiroth follows what Jenova, "the voices", tells him to do

    Of course, that's only the way I hear it.
    Lynxieon September 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPsst, nevercry -- it's *Morgan le Fay* singing to her and Arthur's son, whose name is Mordred. ;)

    It's a lovely characterization of Morgan and, indirectly, Mordred. The repeated "loyalty" blended with so much bitterness reminds me of T. H. White's The Once and Future King, in which Mordred's mother was actually Morgan's sister Morgause and twisted all of her sons' emotions to be loyal to her no matter what.

    Anyway, great song. A lot of intensity to the lyrics behind the pretty, soothing melody.
    themediocregatsbyon December 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhile I'd definitely agree that the song is more directly from the King Arthur legends, the verses

    "The flower who married
    my brother the traitor.
    And you will expose
    his paltaple behavior,
    for you are the proof
    of how he betrayed
    her loyalty."

    and

    "My only son,
    each day you grow older,
    each moment I’m watching
    my vengeance unfold.
    The child of my body,
    the flesh of my soul,
    will die in returning
    the birthright he stole."

    remind me strongly of Hamlet. Overall, a very mystical, entrancing song. Really intense.


    strawmanargumenton November 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyou're both wrong
    It's Morgan's sister Morgaus (though I have no idea how to spell it)singing to her and her and half brother, Arthur's son, Mordred.
    xSpicaXon February 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentFew wrong lyrics...
    not 'my only son' it's 'guileless son'
    'carry you down into sleep'
    'voices beneath'
    'And you will expose his puppet behaviour'

    Mordred is King Arthur's son, and also son to Arthur's sister 'Morgan le fay'. He ended up killing his father.

    Great song and amazing historical meaning behind it.
    xxBryhoneyxxon March 01, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"It's Morgan's sister Morgaus"

    Okay, I was all poised to correct you there, but apparently what happened is that in all but the oldest versions of the legend, Morgaine LeFay and Morgause were combined into a single figure, under Morgaine's (Morgan's) name, or so Wikipedia tells me. But I can still correct your spelling, as there's a 'e' on the end of it.
    OmegaX123on January 23, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthe lyrics r wrong, it says guileless son, not my only son
    ellipseon June 11, 2010   Link

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