"Empty Me" as written by Mikael Bengt Stanne, Martin Brandstrom, Mikael Niklasson, Anders Jivarp, Niklas Bo Sundin and Martin Henriksson....
What night never abandoned
In shallow darkness dwell
The evidence in pools of black
Light cannot penetrate

Have you come for my forgiveness?
There's nothing left to give
No response to your repentance
This empty me

Lifted from the living days
To be bent right out of shape
Let blades and satisfires
Cut and lick these wounds
In reversal of repentance
This bastard son of lies
To bring meaning to it all

Have you come for my forgiveness?
There's nothing left to give
No response to your repentance
This empty me

Take now from this body
A coward's heart
And a soul beyond repair
Empty me

Between insecurity and reason
Self deprecation as a means to the end
Out of reach but never closer
A cure that searches for the cause
Cause of chaos

Drawn from memories the fragments linger
On ages of thought and seconds of sleep
What is it here that tempts the night
To stab the day and kill the light


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    My OpinionI think that this is a song about a personal confrontation between one's ignorance and one's knowledge of themself. The shadow is a part of the unconscious mind which houses fears, shortcomings, and failures. While understanding the shadow can help one to understand themselves, and to consciously combat their fears, it is also dangerous for a person to explore to much of their inner self, as they can see their downfalls clearly when they do this. E.G., here's the opening:

    "What night never abandoned
    In shallow darkness dwell
    The evidence in pools of black
    Light cannot penetrate"

    The night would represent the shadow as it exists throughout the universe. A sort of embodiment of all of life's downsides, though not really an entity itself. When sentient thought came into existence, reason should logically have prevailed and removed things such as violence, jealousy, and hatred from our world. However, all the negativity in the world could not simply disappear, so it separated itself into each living mind, so that it is not so easy to detect. However, with introspection it is still possible to detect the shadow, and to understand it.

    "Lifted from the living days
    To be bent right out of shape
    Let blades and satisfires
    Cut and lick these wounds
    In reversal of repentance
    This bastard son of lies
    To bring meaning to it all"

    This is about the discovery of one's own confrontation between the good and evil that exists within yourself, and how they each bring a purpose to the other. Without one, there would be nothing to contrast the other two, and it would exist without a meaning. This is probably the peak of benefit that can be found among introversion.

    "Between insecurity and reason
    Self deprecation as a means to the end
    Out of reach but never closer
    A cure that searches for the cause
    Cause of chaos"

    As the person digs deeper, they begin to understand more, but in turn are riddled with more questions, "Out of reach but never closer." An attempt is made to understand the nature of the shadow in its completeness, but it's more or less pointless: "Cause of chaos."

    "Have you come for my forgiveness?
    There's nothing left to give
    No response to your repentance
    This empty me"

    The chorus, again, I think is introverted. At this point, the person is beginning to break. In an attempt to understand the shadow in its entirety, s/he found out more than was perhaps meant to be known. S/he tries to forgive himself, but as it say, there's nothing left to give.

    "Take now from this body
    A coward's heart
    And a soul beyond repair
    Empty me"

    Empty me seems to be different here than in the chorus. The obvious difference is that empty is used as a verb here. However, I think it's also a request, as opposed to a description. The introvert is not being emptied, but rather asking to be emptied. "A coward's heart," which could not bear the weight of the knowledge it was carrying.

    "Drawn from memories the fragments linger
    On ages of thought and seconds of sleep
    What is it here that tempts the night
    To stab the day and kill the light "

    The mind has a way of removing scarring information from a person's mind. Perhaps not so strong as total amnesia of an event in most cases, but lines will be blurred, and details crossed out. What are left are what could be described as fragments of a memory. The introvert reflects upon the dedication s/he once had to asking a simple question. Lines have been blurred, however, and the introvert has trouble remembering exactly what it was that could tempt the night to stab they day and kill the light. And so it is a topic once again delved into, perhaps ending similarly, perhaps not.
    Saturday Sainton August 25, 2009   Link

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