"The Chosen Pessimist" as written by Bjorn Gelotte, Anders Friden and Jesper Stromblad....
Tell me which side I'm on
Approaching constant failure
Tell me which side I'm on
Who is friend of foe?
Approaching constant failure

[Chorus]
Between love and hate
Which path to follow?
How can I keep balance in this race?
Come faith, I'm dying...

Slowly

In many ways I'm the burden
That divides us from the light
In many ways you're the halo
That keeps my spirit alive

Temptation,
Play the good or evil part
With me, you evoke the dark
Erase the free will watch me heal

Tell me which side I'm on
Approaching constant failure

[Chorus]

Amused by the trials and tribulations
If I survive I fly from here
But as the chosen pessimist
I carve my name in stone
I carve my name in stone

How can I keep Balance in this race?
Come faith, I'm dying... Slowly


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"The Chosen Pessimist" as written by Bjorn Gelotte Anders Friden

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    General CommentI think this song is simply about himself and his two halves. His dark depressed side and his brighter more optimistic self.

    "In many ways I AM the burden that divides us from the light
    In many ways YOUR the the halo that keeps my spirit alive"
    (He is looking in a mirror and realizing he controls his own damnation or his own salvation)

    "If I survive I fly from here,
    But as the chosen pessimist,I carve my name in stone"

    You can choose to survive and take flight, or you can be the CHOSEN pessimist and carve your own tombstone.

    This song is about battling depression. Terrific song.
    aztekkon August 23, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think its about someone having problems in life in seeing no solutions wants to run away from them all. They don't see a path to follow so and they see things as a pessimist would, because thats the view they chose. And so they call out to God to give them faith so they can continue and find a way through it all.
    GrayLanderon April 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentImo this song is about some person, that cant make a right chose. Somebody who's between two fires. And his soul, conscience, honor fighting inside him with necessity...

    maybe even about someone who needs to make a choise between happiness of his family and feeling of duty

    it m8 sound strange, but that is what it for me
    Qpe.ruson April 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe actual lyrics in the end are;

    "Amused by the trials and tribulations
    If I survive I fly from here"
    henk__on April 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgood song, different from what they usually do though... i like the new album but just seems easier and not much time put into the music anymore :(. no more real wicked solos and guitar work and such... but still good i must omit.
    forever smackedon April 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentForever smacked, my thoughts exactly. This song isn't um... Too bad, but something old like December Flower beats it hands down.
    Eli Bedlamon April 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment@DreamersDisease
    Word, man - exactly how I feel.

    Best part of this song is the final build up to the heavy section - there's so much passion in Anders' voice, and it's great to see him delivering an amazing clean performance in addition to his growls and screams.

    I think the lyric sounds like "Cut my name in stone" but I could be wrong.
    Joe_Dullon May 17, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe first part is explained several times in the comments above me: a person who can't make the right decision about which side to choose (not sure what is meant with the 'sides', but there you go) and is losing faith in if he is ever going to make this decision. ("I'm dying, slowly"). He's obviously pessimistic about the current state of society and finds it hard to fit in.

    Then the last part. He finds it interesting how many 'trials and tribulations' there are to be able to make the mentioned decision. (This also makes the decision harder, I think)
    The person is not convinced that he will make the right decision, but if he does, he must be a chosen person (pessimist in this case). He must be THAT special, that he would want his name carved in stone. So it's apparently very hard to get out of his current state.

    English isn't my mother tongue, so I couldn't quite say it like I really feel about it, but ah well.
    Cailechon May 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI listened really slow and it's clear that in chorus says:
    I'm used by the trials and tribulations
    If I survive I Fly from here
    but as the chosen pessimist
    "Amused" doesn't make sense to me by the way XD
    azrawon June 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttook me like 30 secs, why don't u just look up the lyrics inside the cd cover?
    "Amused by the trials and tribulation"
    the lyrics posted for this are correct.

    A different song for In Flames, still like it though. I'm usually not used to bands changing their sound, I actually hate it, but In Flames is still awesome. At least they wern't like Atreyu and went from 100% screaming from the main vocalist to mostly singing when Alex isn't the greatest at it, and the music isn't as good anymore either. In Flames still has it.
    Kate_Gigion June 23, 2008   Link

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