Let the horizon lead
On through the ether of the night
Dragged across the burning heavens
Flying homeward like a burdened soul

Shattered into a million brighter stars
We fragile, naked, rare
Scattered across forever
Out from creations core
An end beyond compare
Iridium

Now is the time to leave
We lie awake, we stand afire
At the edge of the world
Above, mirror of light
Below, the mantle of the stars
And strangely they fall

Shattered into a million brighter stars
We fragile, naked, rare
Scattered across forever
Out from creations core
An end beyond compare
Iridium

Shattered into a million brighter stars
We fragile, naked, rare
Scattered across forever
Out from creations core
An end beyond compare
An end beyond compare
Iridium



Lyrics submitted by forever smacked

"Iridium" as written by Daniel Antonsson, Mikael Bengt Stanne, Martin Brandstrom, Anders Jivarp, Niklas Bo Sundin, Martin Henriksson

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  • +2
    Song Meaning:Mikael Stanne:

    "I accept the idea that on cosmic level nothing can stay forever. There is an end to everything, nothing's eternal. Even the small particles in the atmosphere will disintegrate and nothing will be left of them. I think it's a perfect ending for the album."

    Source: Bulgarian "Pro-Rock" Magazine, #67, March 2010
    [Since the article was in Bulgarian, this is my translation, not his exact words in English, but you get the meaning.]
    ChesterBon April 24, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation:"Shattered into a million brighter stars
    Each flare unique and rare
    Scattered across forever
    Out from creation's core
    An end beyond compare
    An end beyond compare
    Iridium"

    The end beyond compare, I suggest, is being scattered across forever. Like there is nothing worse.

    Anyways, I'm glad people care about the meaning of songs. I'm new, so could you tell me if there is a way to see if there is a new comment here?
    SassuWunnuon March 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Someone please tell me what this song is about!
    forever smackedon February 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Let the horizon lead
    Onto the ether of the night
    Draped across the burning heavens
    Flying homeward like a bird of the soul



    Shattered into a million brighter stars
    Each flare unique and rare
    Scattered across forever
    Out from creation's core
    An end beyond compare
    Iridium

    As SassuWunnu suggested this seems to be about the "big bang" up until the line "Iridium". Which is a metal of rarity and similarities too Plutonium. The only thing that doesn't fit in is "An end beyond compare" as most of this part talks about a beginning if indeed it is written about the "big bang".

    Now is the time to leave
    We lie awake, we stand afire
    At the edge of the world
    Above a myriad of light
    Below the mantle of the stars
    And strangely they fall

    Here, its confusing because usually the "mantle of the stars" is above us. So it seems he is talking about something between the stars and a infinite light/lights. (Myriad being an infinite source or large number of what its talking about). "Strangely they fall" suggesting that the stars fall from under where this person is positioned, or could be that they are moving upward away from them, causing the stars to have a "falling" effect.

    Shattered into a million brighter stars
    Each flare unique and rare
    Scattered across forever
    Out from creation's core
    An end beyond compare
    Iridium

    Shattered into a million brighter stars
    Each flare unique and rare
    Scattered across forever
    Out from creation's core
    An end beyond compare
    An end beyond compare
    Iridium

    Or it could be about a large meteorite that was shattered into a million pieces which race across "forever (universe)" landing in different parts causing it to be a rarity (as mankind sees it anyway). I don't know, just trying to spark ideas haha
    forever smackedon March 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation:"Shattered into a million brighter stars
    Each flare unique and rare
    Scattered across forever
    Out from creation's core
    An end beyond compare
    An end beyond compare
    Iridium"

    The end beyond compare, I suggest, is being scattered across forever. Like there is nothing worse.

    Anyways, I'm glad people care about the meaning of songs. I'm new, so could you tell me if there is a way to see if there is a new comment here?
    SassuWunnuon March 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation:"Shattered into a million brighter stars
    Each flare unique and rare
    Scattered across forever
    Out from creation's core
    An end beyond compare
    An end beyond compare
    Iridium"

    The end beyond compare, I suggest, is being scattered across forever. Like there is nothing worse.

    Anyways, I'm glad people care about the meaning of songs. I'm new, so could you tell me if there is a way to see if there is a new comment here?
    SassuWunnuon March 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation:Hey, another idea: what if it's separated like this:
    Above: a myriad of light below the mantle of the stars. And strangely, they fall.
    So, above the person is a myriad of light, but those lights are below the mantle of the stars (mantle being the outer layer of the star). And, strangely, these stars fall.
    SassuWunnuon March 18, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Song Meaning:Sattlelite collision?

    "Iridium 33" & "Kosmos-2251" Collided

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    jeanjacque666on April 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I think its about the meteor that kills the dinosaurs - the iridium anomaly in some parts of the earth crust fits as proof for that. here's the link for that: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…

    Now is the time to leave
    We lie awake, we stand afire
    At the edge of the world
    Above a myriad of light
    Below the mantle of the stars
    And strangely they fall

    Shattered into a million brighter stars
    Each flare unique and rare
    Scattered across forever
    Out from creation's core
    An end beyond compare
    Iridium

    especially when i read this parts i must think of an event, when one meteors kills a thousand of lives. the album contains a few other songs that deal with the subject death, so think, maybe he pick this one to finish the whole theme off.
    unholymistresson May 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My Opinion:have you read the book Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov?
    It's about the fall of a galactical Empire, and the rise of another one.
    Iridium is a main resource, which the Empire need.
    The Foundation lies "at the edge of the world" and conquers the galaxies.

    the idea came up by reading the book, and the element name iridium was so familiar from this song title, and after checking the lyrics i think there may be some reference. dont you think?
    seldonateon June 07, 2010   Link

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