"Necropolis" as written by and Shannon Lucas Ryan Knight....
Father, I know that you've witnessed a darkness in me
'Twas spawned in shadows of the old gallows tree
I'm but a sad depraved reflection of our inhumanity
The warped exaggeration of the lost and darkest of dreams

Bring forth a wrath of cleansing fire
Here now in mankind's bleakest hour

Born of a casket I'm the heir to a corpse
I've eyes that see maggots through the thin flesh they bore
I shall bloody my hands 'til the last breath be torn from me
So blindly we walk the winds of these plagued streets
Dead, the once feeling part of me

Oh lord divine, please break this silence
Destroy your race of faceless liars

At the edge of existence
We the clays of intention have ripened in your image
Ah, the binds of tradition
Your archaic deception numbs our empty beings

City that stands on a million graves
In a world full of hatred to fear enslaved
Countless the dead slaughtered in your name
Not a utter of your voice have you once repaid

No above, no below, just a man letting go
When all my earthly desire is disowned
No screaming sirens should sound
No revelations profound

Simply lowered into the ground
That's just what I'll be dead in the dirt
So blindly we walk the winds of these plagued streets
Dead, the once feeling part of me

Bring forth a wrath of cleansing fire
Here now in mankind's bleakest hour
Oh lord divine, please break this silence
Destroy your race of faceless liars
Necropolis




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"Necropolis" as written by Ryan Knight Brian Eschbach

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    General CommentThis song seems to me like sort of.. an abandonment of religion
    "Dead the once feeling part of me"
    Like he's going through a rough time, and turned to religion, but god wont have a physical or verbal response to it
    "Father I know that you've witnessed a darkness in me"

    He seems to be angry at god for not being an active physical part of life
    "Your archaic deception numbs our empty beings"
    "Countless the dead slaughtered in your name
    Not a utter of your voice have you once repaid"
    Like he just wants a response from god for reassurance, and as a justification of the amount of people that have been killed in his name

    "No above no below just a man letting go
    When all my earthly desire is disowned
    No screaming sirens should sound
    No revelations profound
    Simply lowered into the ground
    That's just what I'll, be dead in the dirt"
    This verse seems to say that there's no heaven or hell, just him letting go of the concept of an afterlife
    And instead of going to heaven or hell when he dies, he'll just be buried in the dirt

    I think "Necropolis" is his vision of an afterlife, just a city of people buried.
    And there's no heaven and hell as he's lost faith in religion because of god's "silence"
    "O' lord, divine, please break this silence"
    Sort of like he doesn't want to lose faith in god, but because of his "silence" and physical absence he's slowly losing faith


    Such an amazing song
    Fantastic_Stuon September 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsick song, sick album.

    just can't wait for all the correct lyrics to come up!
    mast0d0non September 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt seems this song has sort of an atheist feel to it
    "No above no below just a man letting go"
    Like theres no heaven nor hell its just a man ceasing to be alive and once hes in the ground its done.
    My favorite off the new album.
    Barthalomauson September 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAs far as I know, none of the members of TBDM are religious, so I don't think it's because he doesn't want to loose faith in any god(s).
    sp00kon September 18, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationO' lord divine please break this silence
    Destroy your race of faceless liars

    key lines here, the person who is asking is obviously tired of war in the 'name of god'.

    Countless the dead slaughtered in your name
    Not a utter of your voice have you once repaid

    although so many people have died in 'his' name, he has not responded to one of their prayers. He has last his faith, the "Dead the once feeling part of me" is his faith.
    lathandienon March 19, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song could also be about a person who cannot pass on after his death. Who is trapped to journey the EArth for all eternity as only a shade of a man. And his Earth is a dead city (literal translation of necropolis) He became that way in the shadow of the tree he was buried under. Because of his torture of being a shade of a man he begins to lose faith and trust in God/other deity. However, he does ask for God to destroy our race, because of his chance to reflect on who we really are, and he sees up as a bunch of faceless liars. And after the apocalypse he will still be just a corpse buried in the ground.

    So I think Im either complete spot on with that, OR way off.
    SeanyFenson June 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIs God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent.
    Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent.
    Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil?
    Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?
    -Epicurus

    If there is a God, and indeed he does exist in the minds of the weak, sad, pathetic wretches that live for death and reject truth as a fantasy, that God is a total douche, weak, and simply man-made. We that control our perceptions are god and the only flawless thing is oblivion... and assorted depressive intoxicants 8D
    metalhead fcon November 18, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song, as Strnad said himself, is about "jesus not existing, and you will all be dead in the dirt an loving it". With that said, the song probably takes place in the crusades because of the line "countless the slaughtered in your name", which obviously refers to a holy war. The narrator seems to be a poor peasant who feels his bad luck is from God not being satisfied with his life. He decides to fight in the crusades, probably as a way to gain God's good will, with the promise "I shall bloody my hands 'til the last breath be torn from me". Fighting in the war only makes him feel more hopeless about life when he sees all the death and agony caused by the war. In desperation he cries out for god to end the war by destroying the enemy, who presumably believe in the false religion. Obviously nothing happens, and after witnessing people die in the name of his religion without any help of God, he loses all hope in his religion, saying ironically that the afterlife that he now looks forward to is his ultimate death in the ground, where he will join his fallen comrades in the "necropolis".
    HankHellon January 16, 2014   Link

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