"Hessian Peel" as written by and Mikael Lars Akerfeldt....
Will their children cry
When their mother dies
And in the autumn of their lives
Will they feel the same?

[reversed lyrics 2:03-2:22]

The longing for me
Comin' down like hail
Why did you leave me?

Come here inside
And tell me how
How in my final days
You found around

Your concern
The signal for us to end our lives
To wipe beneath the watches
And you wait forever

The night comes high
Your weakness
Storing trace on your eyes
So I left you alone
We all left you alone

[reversed lyrics 7:21-7:24]

Lock the children away from harm
They'll lock all your reason why
Seeking (?) with a dagger
Skin is blocked by the years of trial

You felt abandoned in the fog of flesh
Sitting in place from the dead
Awaiting the face of the moon to ascend
You follow the siren in your head

In your head


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"Hessian Peel" as written by Mikael Lars Akerfeldt

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    General Comment'Seeking (?) with a dagger'

    I think the question mark stands for 'tenderness' isn't it?
    PixieOfPoeon May 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHoly crap. If you listen to 2:03-2:22 in reverse, it sounds like he says:

    "Out of the courtyard, come back tonight,
    My sweet Satan, I see you..."

    Possibly a reference to the infamous reversed message in Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven?"
    b8ton May 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentReally good :D
    Anilandon April 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is sweeet, and relaxing. It's my favorite song from Watershed. I can't get over the guilt of having listened to the leak, though...
    Haha, I can't imagine Opeth putting satanic hidden reversed messages in, but who knows.

    Does anyone else dislike the song titles on Watershed? "Hessian Peel", "Hex Omega"... a bit odd, no?
    codorniz42on May 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentNot sure what this song means, but it's no doubt my favorite song on the album!

    can anyone figure out what Mike is saying in the second reversed section (7:21 - 7:24)?
    ColonelClaypool_00on June 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSome corrections:

    Her longing for me coming down like hail
    Why did you leave me
    Come here inside and tell me how
    How in my final days I'd find the rhyme

    And:

    You felt abandoned in a flock of friends
    Singing praise for the dead
    Awaited the face of the moon to ascend
    And followed the sound in your head

    The rest I'm not sure of, but the above was confirmed via the code in the lyrics booklet.
    6th_sadistic_sniperon June 06, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis would be the son/daughter observing the faults of his father who dead. He left his children in the mess that he left behind with his murders, because he says he was alone, and abandoned truely. He suggested the children should have died with him, because he left them in a world of disgust, which was probably his burden.
    Bloodyteaon June 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe backwards "satanic" message is obviously a joke. Akerfeldt is probably making fun of the hysteria that surrounded Led Zeppelin's "backwards satanic message".
    Akerfeldt probably got the idea from Tool (a band he is a self professed fan of) because they're always making tounge in cheek references to satan.
    doorknob666on June 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'm surprised nobody is asking about the Hessian reference. The Hessians, of course, were the German soldiers who fought in the American Revolutionary War...one of which lost his head in the New York town of Sleepy Hollow, from a stray cannonball...and later inspired a certain story...
    theothernesson July 27, 2008   Link
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    General Commentits not they'll lock all your reason why. Correct way is: They're no long your reason why....got this from the code inside the liner notes.
    And I'm still not convinced he says tenderness at the (?) part.
    peter_lindgrenon September 03, 2008   Link

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