"The Clouding" as written by and Jon Schaffer....
As I awake I have no memory of this
Who I am, where I'm from, why do I exist?
This strange beauty surrounds me
But where I am confounds me
I see others who appear the same as me
A look of loss in their eyes, adrift aimlessly
What's the point? What does it all mean?
Who am I? Show me a purpose please

Take this sense of wonder
Make it go away
Please tell me I am not alone and lost here
That there is something that's made me feel this way
Take this sense of sadness
Make it go away
Please give me something that's familiar
A friendly touch, a memorable embrace

I try to speak but empty eyes stare back at me
Twisted tongues segregate, factions are forming
I'll stay with those that resemble me
To survive this harsh reality
As the days pass most have gone their own way
Nomadic tribes discover life
On a world that seems so strange
But still I want answers
What's the point? What does all this mean?

Take this sense of wonder
Make it go away
Please tell me I am not alone and lost here
That there is something that's made me feel this way
Take this sense of sadness
Make it go away
Please give me something that's familiar
A friendly touch, a memorable embrace

Lies, the human core is lies
We wiped their minds, cleaned the slate
The Clouding did divide
Fate, we sealed human fate
Now they're ours throughout all time
To manipulate

Never trust in the motives of man
They failed to evolve in Mother Nature's plan
And though they seem safe
In this early clouded state
The nature of their heresy
Has proven quite innate

Pain, mankind will know pain
For their crimes on our kind
They'll never be the same
Death, they will know death
Suffering for centuries
At war with every breath

Never trust in the motives of man
They failed to evolve in Mother Nature's plan
And though they seem safe
In this early clouded state
The nature of their heresy
Has proven quite innate


Lyrics submitted by RoC, edited by cringer284

"The Clouding" as written by Jon Schaffer

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    General CommentThis song is actually more like two songs in one.

    First half is mankind being "Clouded" and is going through what our society nowadays calls "depression" and is "questioning his life and origins". "
    Take this sense of wonder
    Make it go away

    Take this sense of sadness
    Make it go away"


    The second half is about the Setians planning out their vengeance on man for their attempted onslaught against their own kind.

    "Pain, mankind will know pain
    For their crimes on our kind"

    And you can actually relate to this following transaction because this is what the human race is capable of doing.

    "Suffering for centuries
    At war with every breath"

    What makes this album so perfect: The fact that you can relate to every song in some form.
    AreYouMetalEnoughon December 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWell, I have quite a literal take on this song, but it's so beautifully written and has such a calming tune to it..

    Sounds a lot like someone who is going through a lot of depression trying to find themselves inside, asking a lot of questions about life and what it means. They lost trust in all mankind and something happened to make it that way. They feel that nobody is worthy of their thoughts except those very close.

    I'm new to Iced Earth, but I'm loving every minute of 'em
    Something706on October 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song i part of the whole Set Abominae story. It tells how the Sethians wipe the memories of humanity.
    IQon October 26, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Framing Armageddon: Something Wicked Part 1 tells the story of the Setians, who were the original inhabitants of Earth, and are directly descended from the "Great Architect". They are said to have nearly omniscient knowledge. Humans, who have developed space travel, invade Earth in a bid for "ultimate power and ultimate knowledge", killing all but ten thousand Setians (Invasion, Motivation of Man, Setian Massacre).

    The remaining ten thousand go into hiding in the mountains in the east (A charge to keep). The Setian High Council, which consists of the twelve Elders and the High Priest, make a plan to get revenge on the invading human race (Reflections, Ten Thousand Strong, Order of the Rose). They plan to initiate "The Clouding", which involves brainwashing all the humans and making them forget their origins (Cataclysm, The Clouding). Once completed, the Setians will manipulate history by creating religions--Christianity, Islam, Judaism, etc.,--to further divide the humans (Infiltrate and Assimilate, Retribution Through the Ages, The Domino Decree, Framing Armageddon). Once human kind is sufficiently divided, after ten thousand years, the Setians will await, as the prophecy told millennia ago, the birth of the Antichrist, Set Abominae (When Stars Collide, The Awakening). Set Abominae will destroy all of the human race and execute the revenge the Setians have long awaited.

    Framing Armageddon tells the story from the prophecy to the events right before the birth of Set Abominae." - wiki
    RainbowDemonon November 19, 2008   Link

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