"Coil" as written by and Mikael Lars Akerfeldt....
She told me why
She told me lies
I always take care of this
I told her how
I've always stayed
Always waited for nothing

When I get out of here
Will I leave you behind?
I found that the years passed despite

When I get out of here
Will I leave you behind?
I found that the years passed despite

And I can see you
Running through the fields of sorrow
Yes I can see you
Running through the fields of sorrow

When you get out of here
When you leave me behind
You find that the years passed us by

When you get out of here
When you leave me behind
You find that those years passed us by

And I can see you
Running through the fields of sorrow
Yes I can see you
Running through the fields of sorrow


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"Coil" as written by Mikael Lars Akerfeldt

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  • +2
    General Commentshe told me..pause.
    why she told me lies..

    if you can think of it in this way you can get the whole meaning.
    glenteron January 16, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLyrics are mostly right, but in the chorus, it's "riding", not "running". The code in the booklet, when translated, confirms this.
    6th_sadistic_sniperon June 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is an awesome song ! and the meaning behind the lyrics is so obvious,i think it's about a woman who left him to something else,and he is pretty sure that she has taken the wrong direction or sth like that (and i can see you, running/riding through the fields of sorrow) after he figured out that she deceived him somehow...
    hexwindon June 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about two people who leave eachother, and both end up unhappy because of it.

    Hence both 'speakers' saying they can see eachother running through the 'fields of sorrow'.
    appelsaon June 10, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think its about a bad relationship and by the time the guy realizes it, he looks back and is aware of all the years he's lost.
    DuskofCivilizationon September 05, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Memoryit is obvious to a point. "Always take care of this" means he is going to try and take care of the lies/some problem. like make them stop.
    The next verse talks about how he was waiting for it to stop, but they didn't. Otherwise why would he stay in a hurtful relationship? He wanted to solve the problem, but its two to have a relationship, and needs her help. Thus why he says, "for nothing"

    When he believes hes had enough he leaves the woman and realizes that he is still thinking about the woman. When he realizes this it is an implication that what he had done, the overreation of leaving, was a mistake. As time goes by while they are broken up he sees her in sadness knowing, that she is not with him.

    The woman responds within her own thoughts the exact same thing. Her first verse is about he is going to leave her and that she is well aware of how much she still loves her; she will keep being on his mind as time goes on without her.

    She also sees him in her life still after the breakup and sees the sadness in him.

    The ending is either about how she is also apologetic about her lieing to him, and that they both handled their problems people have in relationships in a bad way.

    Or, due to who it is written, when the woman says "you" instead of "I" like the man, it could mean that she recognizes his sole irrational mistake and because he left instead of compromising or something, they both will suffer missing out on eachother as the years pass them by.
    Riftyon September 07, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionPerhaps it's only because I'm the girlfriend of a soldier...

    But this to me reminds me of deployment or a soldier getting sent off to war. "When you get out of here, when you leave me behind..." and "I can see you, running through the fields of sorrow". That's just what it sounds like to me. My boyfriend gets deployed next year, so this song makes me cry :(

    It's so beautiful.
    clowdN9NE13on October 17, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI tend to think the first three lines are kind of one sentence or possibly 2, no? They're certainly not all individual sentences. It's something like this:

    "She told me why. She told me lies always take care of this."

    As in, she told him lies can cover for something, some problem. Especially since it's the same in the second verse:

    "I told her how I've always stayed. Always waiting, for nothing."

    So, she's trying to cover up something in their relationship with lies. Maybe she's saying, if they both ignore some problem it will just go away or stop being, i.e. be taken "care" of.

    His argument though is that he's always been there, "always stayed", "waiting" for things to get better, but nothing has changed.

    The rest of the lyrics then seem to confirm that there is no hope for the relationship. The "here" being the relationship. Once the guy, who is obviously the one being held in the relationship by the woman, finally decides to break free, he'll be able to see clearly and realise how long he has been in an, ultimately, fruitless relationship. However the "chorus", if it can be called that...

    "And I can, see you
    Riding through the fields of sorrow
    Yes I can, see you
    Riding through the fields of sorrow "

    This seems to suggest, since both singers sing it as themselves looking at the other person, that both will see the other as suffering from having left the relationship. Of cours emaybe they both just see what they want to see and can't admit for themselves that they're not happy out of the relationship, so they shift the focus to the other person's perceived misery. It's hard to say. :]
    skaryguyon November 01, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about a woman that cheats on a man. Pure and simple....
    sdw1000on July 09, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeautiful
    hobbes87on May 01, 2008   Link

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