O darkness, if in thy arms I could rest
for a while, and with these earthly eyes
see thy dim smile.

Maid of twilight, lass of duskfall,
hang the Moon on the sky's arch.
Soothe the weight of a darkening day,
croon me into the slumber.

Rock here in the birch's lap,
swing in the manor of wind.
Lay down your weary head,
let the blue stars darken.

O silence, if in thy cradle I could sway
like a child, hear the amending song,
the sighing of the shades.

Maid of twilight, lass of duskfall,
serve thy goblet to me.
Let me drink to the last drop,
the sweet opiate of dreams.

Rock here in the birch's lap,
swing in the manor of wind.
Lay down your weary head,
let the blue stars darken.

Ours is the silence,
the echo of ageless night.
A gleam in the blackest of streams,
one fleeing moment.

For vain is all the toil and trouble,
vain is all the heartbreak.
In the end I'll find my solace
in an earthen cradle.

So good night.


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Down With the Sun song meanings
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  • +2
    General CommentThis song is definitely about killer guitar riffs.

    The lyrics are about going to sleep - either literally or metaphorically, which in this case would mean dying. The title "Down With The Sun" indicates that someone lies down as the night approaches, which again can mean either literal duskfall or the end of one's life.

    I guess the first idea - the literal sleep - is the more appropriate one.


    O darkness, if in thy arms I could rest
    for a while, and with these earthly eyes
    see thy dim smile.

    Maid of twilight, lass of duskfall,
    hang the Moon on the sky's arch.
    Soothe the weight of a darkening day,
    croon me into the slumber.

    Rock here in the birch's lap,
    swing in the manor of wind.
    Lay down your weary head,
    let the blue stars darken.


    These words say that the sleep is welcomed, it's desirable.

    And now:


    For vain is all the toil and trouble,
    vain is all the heartbreak.
    In the end I'll find my solace
    in an earthen cradle.


    Now these words might be about the solace that sleep brings - when we fall asleep, we are not aware of our problems. In this case, I would perceive the lyrics as the reproach for not trying and giving up easily, leaving all the problems behind and just going to sleep without trying to fix them.

    Just a thought.

    It's a great song from a great album, still, I think that 'Above The Weeping World' was more solid both lyrically and musically.
    Malborovon October 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThis song, I feel, represents the personification of the night. The writer here describes the night as a mother figure. It also tells us about the soothing we feel when we go to sleep.

    The last few lyrics rend me a little confused though. "In the end I'll find my solace in an EARTHEN CRADLE"... This could maybe mean death.
    Ashibon March 10, 2011   Link
  • -2
    General CommentIt's about committing suicide after losing the love of your life. The "earthen cradle" is a coffin, thought that much was obvious.
    therealbobon July 02, 2010   Link

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