"The Obsessive Devotion" as written by Adrianus Ad Sluijter, Markus H J Mark Jansen, Adrianus Ad Sluijter and Markus H J Mark Jansen....
Don't you ever blind me
Don't be a foolish thief
Am I?
Don't you ever bring yourself to grief

Don't you ever blind me
Don't ever trick my mind
Did I?
Don't you think that you can lie to me
Did I lie?

Fortuna exprimitur artibus falsis
Et mendacem memorem esse oportet

If he is your moon, I will be your earth
To which you can return, safely or injured.

I feel only misery for myself when I
Look through the eyes of someone else

Don't you choke and bind me
Don't be a bleeding heart
Am I?
Fold then walk away or play your cards
Let us play!

Fortuna exprimitur artibus falsis
Et mendacem memorem esse oportet

If he is your moon, I will be your earth
To which you can return, safely or injured.

I feel only misery for myself when I
Look through the eyes of someone else
I can't even recognize the path which has to be
Taken to enter infinity.

Don't you dare me
I dare you
You don't care about me
I care about you
Don't you touch me
Liar

Fortuna exprimitur artibus falsis
Et mendacem memorem esse oportet

Adoratio permanebit
Quotiens me eges, adero

I prefer to be unhappy with you,
rather than being depressed without you.
I belong to someone, I'm dedicated to
Nothing lasts forever but you, you do

I prefer to be a lair just like you
To fulfill my deepest desires
I belong to someone, I'm dedicated to
But all that I desire is you

One thoughtless moment passes in slow motion
As I lie down, I realize that
All I wish is to get rid of this Obsessive Devotion

Venia ad vitam aeternam
Non mibi, non tibi, sed nobis

Hit me as you can
Beat me as you wish
Liar

Fortuna mutual coniuncti
Per tota saecula futura

I have raised myself for you
But now I regret

Venia ad vitam aeternam

This is the end


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"The Obsessive Devotion" as written by Mark Jan Jansen Adrianus Ad Sluijter

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    General CommentI absolutely love this song. Definitely one of my favourites by Epica... I think it's about feeling a deep obsession towards someone that you love, but who doesn't return the feeling... about the impossibility of trying to get rid of this person...
    Injuryandinsulton June 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThanks for the translation Niels, really appreciated!

    In fact, your translations made me consider the fact that this song might also be about someone with a faith in God that they want to abandon but can't, since they've believed for so long. It's about this but it's in the guise of a song about a relationship, similar to Never Enough. What do you all think?
    Dark Artiston October 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyone know what the latin words mean? This is a very good song by the way.
    pcnateon January 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about letting go of someone that you love. Even though this person is abusive and unfaithful, you love them anyway obsessively.
    Towards the end, that line is "I effaced myself for you."
    And at the end, he lets go and says 'this is the end, I've had enough'. I'd like to know what the Latin parts mean again.
    Dark Artiston January 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentLike most people have said it's about a relationship. An unhealthy one where both people are very much in love with each other, but do not trust one another so there for no relationship can be had.
    Fi-scion June 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm not sure about this, but I think the Latin means this:

    Fortuna exprimitur artibus falsis et mendacem memorem esse oportet = Fate is enforced by misleading tricks and one must be aware of the lie

    Adoratio permanebit. Quotiens me eges, adero = Adoration will continue its existance. As long as you long for me, I will appear

    Venia ad vitam aeternam, non mihi, non tibi, sed nobis = Come to the eternal victory, not for me, not for you, but for us

    Fortuna mutual coniuncti per tota saecula future = Borrowed destiny and future generation are fully interconnected

    Venia ad vitam aeternam = Come to the eternal victory

    As others said, the song is about not being able to leave the one you love and hate at the same time.
    Nielson June 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentisn't this song about a married woman who feels much stronger love to someone else but cant let go of her marriage - her "obsessive devotion"?

    "If he is your moon, I will be your earth
    To which you can return, safely or injured" - who is he talking about if not her husband?

    "I prefer to be a lair just like you
    To fulfill my deepest desires
    I belong to someone, I'm dedicated to
    But all that I desire is you" - she's saying she rather lie to her husband and be with him.

    it sounds like, throughout the song, he's trying to convince her to leave her marriage and be with him but she's not convinced in how true his love is.
    edenelon September 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentniels - thank you for the translations! the latin adds so much to this song.

    such an awesome combination of vocals, guitars, and orchestra.
    SawyerSpaldingon May 16, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti really want to chuck this song at this one guy's head.
    SawyerSpaldingon May 16, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dont think that this song is about love or something like that
    most of epica's song are about religion and also about fighting the fundamentalism especially ''the embrace that smothers parts''

    so i think ''dark artist'' is right
    TheInnocenceThatSmotherson January 01, 2011   Link

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