"Idle Blood" as written by and Anders Nystrom....
You there
Bringer of my despair
You are stagnation of hope and will
O you personify loss and remorse
And you hide until my fears reappear

The love for life once bright
(Out of sight)
A burning fuse
The only flame I have
Fate's spiral down this curve
(Shall only serve)
The seeds growing my misery
These wounds kill time
My struggle sublime
Idle the blood
A black state of mind
All dreams left behind

You claim to be my long absent friend
You are the cancer that just moved in
You come with the dark night of the soul
But I am turning my back on you
You know I do


[Repeat x2]
Idle the blood
A black state of mind
All my dreams left behind

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  • +2
    General CommentIdling the blood could be referring to quelling or suppressing anger and despair. It's obvious that this song deals with some sort of betrayal, and I would guess that it's a betrayal by another individual since there is the line 'O you personify loss and remorse'.

    The narrator viewed a certain person one way, but that person turned out to be "the cancer that just moved in", whether it's literally or figuratively moving in. It also could be that the narrator never viewed the individual in a positive light because of some information that he was privy to,yet the antagonist has an unhealthy attachment to the narrator.

    "You come without the dark night of the soul"...This is an interesting line because 'dark night of the soul' is a phrase that I've seen/heard several times, the first being on Fear Factory's "Timelessness". I'm not sure exactly what it means, but for me it connotes the darkness that creeps into one's psyche as a result of experience. Added knowledge and insight has its own brightness, but with that radiance is a long-lasting darkness. You can equate it with the loss of innocence. This narrator appreciates the antagonist's innate goodness, naivete, etc. but he/she has also hurt him.
    Ambivuouson April 27, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSounds very much like Opeth, indeed, but that's a good thing.

    This is probably my favorite Katatonia songs. One of the most beautiful songs I've heard in a long, long time.
    ToSiriuson August 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentreminds me of opeth
    mattlololon January 25, 2010   Link

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