Darkness is ignorance
Knowledge is light
Fight only with yourself
Or the shadows of the night

For this life will break you
Years will wear you down, wear you down
And every day you die a little
Until the shadows will take you, shadows will take you

Dying doesn't make this world dead to us
Breathing doesn't keep the flame alive in us
Dreaming doesn't make time less real for us
One life, one chance, all ephemeral, ephemeral

Darkness is ignorance
Knowledge is light
Fight only with yourself
Or the shadows of the night

All the pain and suffering will dispirit or feed you, dispirit or feed you
For each and every time your failures will craft you
When the fear of them is gone, fear is gone

Dying doesn't make this world dead to us
Breathing doesn't keep the flame alive in us
Dreaming doesn't make time less real for us
One life, one chance, all ephemeral,

We stumble and hover at the edge of the world
One life, one chance – that's all we have, that's all we have

Never walk away
Turn your back on yourself
One life, one chance – that's all we have

Dying doesn't make this world dead to us
Breathing doesn't keep the flame alive in us
Dreaming doesn't make time less real for us
One life, one chance, all ephemeral, ephemeral


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Ephemeral song meanings
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    General CommentIt's about how no matter how hard life gets, no matter how many hardships and tragedies you face, life never loses the value you give it.
    cikyston February 07, 2014   Link
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    General CommentEphemeral isn't a word many know (including myself, before I looked it up). The definition is something that lasts a very short time. Pertaining to this song, life itself is being referred to. This is actually a surprisingly motivational song.

    In regards to the chorus:

    "Dying doesn't make this world dead to us": Inevitable future death doesn't mean this world should be dead to you. Don't focus on the eventual end, focus on the journey.

    "Breathing doesn't keep the flame alive in us": your dreams aren't just going to be handed to you on a platter. Seek them out. Kindle your flame.

    "Dreaming doesn't make time less real for us": Time is an inevitability. It's real. It's ticking. And it's short. Dreaming about your goals won't change this.

    "One life, one change, ephemeral": You only get one life, one chance. Life is very ephemeral--very short. So take advantage of the time you have.
    DasCheeseon May 07, 2015   Link
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    General CommentWhat Insomnium wrote in their booklet :
    We did have a lengthy discussion whether to include this song to the actual album or not. In the end we decided to make some tweaks, brought up by our producer slash recorded Teemu, and re-cord it. And I think it was really good decision as we managed to do some things bit better this time. The song itself is really simple but then quite catchy as these thins often do go hand in hand. Easy piece to band your head with. Lyrics are probably the most positive ones I've ever written. But I guess you need to let these things out of your system sometimes. The you can be all dark and gloomy again.
    V. Friman
    cyruskh666on June 10, 2015   Link

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