There's an old town wrought
With mystery of Tom
The poet and his muse
And the magic lake
Which gave a life
To the words the poet used

Now the muse she was his happiness
And he rhymed about her grace
And told her stories of treasures
Deep beneath the blackened waves

'Till in the stillness of one dawn
Still in its mystic crown
The muse she went down to the lake
And in the waves she drowned

And now to see your love set free
You will need the witch's cabin key
Find the lady of the light gone mad with the night
That's how you reshape destiny

The Poet came down to the lake
To call out to his dear
When there was no answer
He was overcome with fear
He searched in vain for his treasure lost
And too soon the night would fall
And only his own echo
Would wail back at his call

And when he swore to bring back his love
By the stories he'd create
Nightmares shifted endlessly
In the darkness of the lake

And now to see your love set free
You will need the witch's cabin key
Find the lady of the light still ravin in the night
That's how you reshape destiny

In the dead of night she came to him
With darkness in her eyes
Wearing a mourning gown
Sweet words as her disguise
He took her in without a word
For he saw his grave mistake
And vowed them both to silence
Deep beneath the lake

Now if its real or just a dream
One mystery remains
For it is said
On moonless nights
They may still haunt this place

And now to see your love set free
You will need the witch's cabin key
Find the lady of the light gone mad with the night
That's how you reshape destiny

And now to see your love set free
You will need the witch's cabin key
Find the lady of the light still ravin in the night
That's how you reshape destiny


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    General CommentThe song has to do with Alan Wake that's correct.

    It's actually the story of the game's antagonist Barbara Jagger and the game's (secondary?) protagonist the poet Thomas Zane. The magical lake was actually a place that Zane brought Jagger (his muse) to get away from the world. They lived in the very cabin that Wake finds with his wife. Zane used his muse Jagger to write poetry in Bright Falls until one day "in the waves she drowned" and gone was Barbara Jagger under Cauldron Lake.

    Zane eventually realized that he could use the magic of the lake to "write" his muse back to life. However when he revives her she brings the darkness hidden in the lake with her and he "saw his grave mistake". He writes them both into the purgatory under the lake.

    The "lady of the light" described in the song is the woman at the end of Alan Wake who helps Alan in his quest. She has been preparing for Alan's arrival to the "Well-lit Room" since Zane wrote the "clicker" into existence for Alan to use. Her name is Cynthia Weaver and she was actually in love with Thomas Zane, and was manipulated by him into keeping Bright Falls safe from the darkness.

    The end of the chorus "that's how you reshape destiny" points to Alan Wake's ultimate goal which is to reach the typewriter room at the bottom of the lake and write his own love Alice out of the lake.
    Kuszhon September 11, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI feel lucky to be the first one to comment. The song has a very deep meaning. If we listen and hum the song, it feels more like a narration of a story of a couple where the muse drowns herself, selfishly, and the poet who is deeply in love is now left alone. And as he lives his life, trying to get over her but couldn't really get over her, he feels that the only way to really get over it is to know the reason exactly caused her death. So he thinks of a witch, who must have pulled his love to drown. But one day, he sees his love and she takes him by the lake and since both are in love very much, the poet drowns himself too. The actual meaning is about getting over a relationship, which is extremely tough. And there are at times you think so much about it that even in dreams you see or meet your ex, I have seen my ex so many times... But she is very much alive and seeing someone else. I get super J. Wish there was a lake where I could drown myself and realize she was the witch!
    ritwikon August 04, 2011   Link
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    General CommentWell, really deep interpretation, but actually, the lyrics mirror the backstory of the game which the song was written for; Alan Wake. In the game, this song was made by two rock brothers and serves as a clue for solving the mystery.
    I'm not saying ritwik's interpretation is wrong at all. Maybe that's what the game is all about as well?
    dondonzon August 07, 2011   Link
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    General Commentsorry to say but ritwik interpretation of the song is totally wrong and it does'nt have to do anything with ex's, death or broken heart so i simply dont agree with him. dondonz is right that the song helps solving the mystery. The song is based on Microsoft Game Studio and Remedy's most popular Title Alan Wake which is a fantastic Psychological Thriller game. The song lyrics are based on the story of Alan Wake and this song helps Alan to find the lady of the light who then takes Alan to the Well Lit Room where he find's the Clicker where the Darkness cannot enter. Amazing Game Amazing Song.
    gamerboyon October 07, 2011   Link

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