"Living a Lie - The Embrace That Smothers PART VIII" as written by and Mark Jan Jansen Adrianus Ad Sluijter....
Don't believe what you see
Believe in me and my reality
I am a man of God

God, can't you give that I am begging you

Don't believe what you hear
Believe in me and I will reappear
Salvation here at last

At last, I want you, answers all my questions

Is a desert running dry
Deep inside
You refuse to face the facts
But pray for life
Find salvation's in this phrase
We will wait for the day
You began ending a way

Don't believe what you see
Believe in me and my reality
Infinity in me

This is the end all and be our last hope

Is a desert running dry
Deep inside
You refuse to face the facts
But pray for life
Find salvation's in this phrase
We will wait for the day
You began ending a way

Domine Jesu,
Demitte nobis debita nostra
Salva nos ab igne inferiore
Perduc in caelum omnes animas
Praesertim eas, quae misericordiae tuae maxime indigent
In nomine patris, et filii, et spiritus sancti
Amen

Give me our lie
You and I will devour,
Our senses bring us to forget
Children, sons and you have seen
And our cross, it gives us hope

Is a desert running dry
Deep inside
You refuse to face the facts
But pray for life
Find salvation's in this phrase
We will wait for the day
You began ending a way
And we wait for the day
To discover there is no way
I can't wait and this play
Is the bitter way to wait to end this lie


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"Living a Lie - The Embrace That Smothers Part 8" as written by Mark Jan Jansen Adrianus Ad Sluijter

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    General CommentI think this song is another one by Epica commenting on corrupt religion is. Mark growls the lines by the 'man of God' showing how sinister and demonic the supposed figure of trust is.

    "Don't believe what you see, believe in me, in my reality"

    suggests that religion urges people to forget what they see (i.e - the way things really are) and instead believe in God. 'In my reality' shows that people who believe in God are in a different reality than the rest of us.

    The parts sung by the female choir represent the innocent people who cry out to God for genuine help, only to be answered by the lies of the Church, telling them to put all of their faith in something which doesn't exist.

    Simone is the voice of reason, telling these people that believe that they 'refuse to face the facts'. Alternatively (I haven't decided yet :P) she is telling those who don't believe that God clearly exists and they're just refusing to see it. They all wait for the day that God or Jesus will 'break out and reawake' although admit that their hope is waning, comparing it to 'a desert running dry'.

    The growls are back as the man of God mocks them with ‘lies!’

    Aside from “In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti, Amen” which I’m assuming means ‘in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen’ I’ve no idea what the Latin bit means, so I’ll just gloss over that.

    “I can't wait at this rate” suggests that the religious people have given up waiting for God, as he’s never going to come and save them.

    This is all just my interpretation of the song, I don’t mean to offend anyone who’s religious.
    NemoForevermoreon February 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe verse in Latin reads: "Lord Jesus, forgive us our trespasses, save us from the fires below, lead all souls into heaven, especially those that need your mercy most, Amen." It's apparently a common prayer, but since I'm not Christian I had to look it up.
    Dragoslavon March 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe Latin verse in this song is so similar to the one Mark Jansen wrote in Mea Culpa for After Forever before he created Epica, this song is the part viii of " The Embrace That Smothers " that Mark started in After Forever and continued in Epica that generally critisizes religions, or -in my opinion- the wrong things in religions...
    DarkPrometheuson April 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOratio Fatima

    DOMINE Jesu, dimitte nobis debita nostra, salva nos ab igne inferni,
    perduc in caelum omnes animas, praesertim eas,
    quae misericordiae tuae maxime indigent.
    In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    Fatima Prayer

    O my Jesus, forgive us our sins and save us from the fires of Hell.
    Lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.
    In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
    efkanon November 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow such a kick ass song by Epica ,
    phpSQLon January 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjust a small notice ,
    the correct word is "Domine Jesu" not "Domine Lesu"
    phpSQLon January 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is about a couple who are expecting a child. The doctors told them that the baby will die at birth. They dont seem to understand, they keep praying for live. After birth they go to a religious community and stay there, hoping that their child will re-awake. They just dont want to believe that their child never returns.
    Kootjeon May 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think its about Jehovah's Witnesses and how they disallow blood transfusions etc. within their religion.

    "Human sources will not save
    The power of faith heals us all."

    That's what I think anyway.
    Dark Artiston September 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe verse in Latin reads: "Lord Jesus, forgive us our trespasses, save us from the fires below, lead all souls into heaven, especially those that need your mercy most, Amen." It's apparently a common prayer, but since I'm not Christian I had to look it up.
    Dragoslavon March 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentEpica seems not to let go islam

    this song is about islam fundamentalism

    i'm muslim and i don't know if anyone can hear (Ashad ana mohammad rasul allah) at the end of this song

    this is an islamic phrase
    damason April 25, 2009   Link

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