"Heir Apparent" as written by and Mikael Lars Akerfeldt....
Long days
Slow waste
Sew lies
Sow hate

So many years to clean the slate
Endless despair within its wake
His touch soiling what used to be clean
His gaze burning on the edge of our dreams

No more
Cold pace
Slow days (?)

And again he rides in
It's September and he covets the gullible
Skeletal wish, hunter
A thousand lies
Cast from the throne of secrecy

Hear him spewing forth a meaning to miserables lies
See the twisted hand of doubt seal the affair
The insect trust, believer
Your body a vehicle to

Pearls before swine they are nothing but blind
Submit to nothing and swallow my spit of scorn
Invisible king, dying
Procession of woe, struck down by sorrow

A burden so great
Weighs heavy on old and withered beliefs
The swift solution crumbles
Beneath the mock notes of a masterpiece
Death in his eyes, waiting
Spiraling judgement, provoked in the rains

This futile test drowned in the levee of deception

In the year of his sovereign
Rid us of your judgement
Heir apparent


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"Heir Apparent" as written by Mikael Lars Akerfeldt

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  • +2
    General CommentI had the same thoughts about the abusive father.
    Man, "Watershed"-lyrics are so damn cryptic, I've had never before so many problems to interpret Opeth songs...
    DreamingInTheÆtheron July 24, 2008   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI am an English teacher and once i used this in the lecture and tranlated word by word and students were almost cried they mentioned that "this song is very touchy" eventhough they didnt know that was opeth they thought that was an ordinary song.

    Long days
    Slow waste
    Sew lies
    Sow hate

    (here he is in the prison and time doesnt pass and he is being wasted slowly)

    So many years to clean the slate
    Endless despair within its wake
    His touch soiling what used to be clean
    His gaze burning on the edge of our dreams

    (clean the slate refers the story (one father and one son..and son always breaks his friends hearth and day father wants to give lesson to his son and gives hundreds of nails and says" when you break someones hearth nail to slate" and when son has nailed 100 times to slate as a result of 100 heartbreaking he comes to see father again. Father asks to take the nails out and he starts immediately. But there are 100 holes on the slate. So followingly he tries to clean to slate but he discovers holes are still there. Saying that" so many years to clean to slate" refers that i think.)

    His touch soiling what used to be clean (again same story breaking hearts killing people, the reason of going to prison.... so he is fulled with dirt and when he touched something he soils.

    His gaze burning on the edge of our dreams

    (he is prison so behind the fence he is looking)

    No more
    Cold pace
    Slow days (?)

    (here he decides to kill him self no more steps he puts forward no more cold steps)

    And again he rides in
    It's September and he covets the gullible
    Skeletal wish, hunter
    A thousand lies
    Cast from the throne of secrecy

    (he captured in september(autumn) and in the prison he covets he gullible people in the daily life with dying wish but in the end he realizes eveything is lie. And there are no people to talk to he keeps all secrets to himself.

    Hear him spewing forth a meaning to miserables lies
    See the twisted hand of doubt seal the affair
    The insect trust, believer
    Your body a vehicle to

    (behind the fences he is loosing his mind and speaks by himself, because of dirt, everywhere fullfilledd with insect)

    Pearls before swine they are nothing but blind
    Submit to nothing and swallow my spit of scorn
    Invisible king, dying
    Procession of woe, struck down by sorrow

    (again here some paraphrasings from bible and thoughts in the prison)

    A burden so great
    Weighs heavy on old and withered beliefs
    The swift solution crumbles
    Beneath the mock notes of a masterpiece
    Death in his eyes, waiting
    Spiraling judgement, provoked in the rains

    (here burden is something that he made wrong before and the reason he is in prison now, He knows he is going to be killed, executed...death judgement already been given. And he is waiting inside the cell while raining)

    This futile test drowned in the levee of deception

    ( here he thinks he is in prison unjustly but he knows there is no escape..he know he is fooling himself)

    In the year of his sovereign
    Rid us of your judgement
    Heir apparent

    in the last stanza writer mentions that the times when he was free he did everything he wished as if he was a HEIR APPARENT.
    Warmasteron March 08, 2017   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBrutal. Absolutely brutal.
    6th_sadistic_sniperon June 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentamazing song. same calibre as morbid angel's god of emptiness.
    much more epic, wanton and hateful though.
    heart of darknesson June 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThese lyrics sound spot on.

    But are these the official lyrics?

    Because when I bought the special edition with the bonus DVD there were no lyrics present in the album booklett, unless they strangely appear in the booklett of the regular edition.

    At any case, thanks for this contribution.
    N07LUFon June 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics are there, but there's a code that has to be deciphered, first. The guys from Opeth's official forum did that (ultimatemetal.com/forum/opeth-23/)

    (In other words: Yes, these are the official lyrics)
    pestriddentacoson June 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe Heir is still angry about the departure from the woman many years ago, and is still feeding his rage by slaying people in war, for power, and is likely to become king, and does.
    He kills everyone because he sees humanity for their flaws, and is dissappointed by humanity.
    Bloodyteaon June 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlol...no

    Mike said the lyrics for Watershed were personal ;)
    pestriddentacoson June 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso, that doesn't mean the cd is his personal story. it's just that the lyrics reflected some of the woes he's had in his life.
    Bloodyteaon June 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn an interview with roadrunner, he said that Watershed is a concept album -- but not a fictional one, like MAYH, SL or GR.

    gg.
    pestriddentacoson June 09, 2008   Link

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