Old is my moon - Circle is complete
Long has been the way - The day is giving in
The dusk is thickening, cold engulfs the shore
I hear across the stream as Charon blows the horn
One more summer I ask for, I crave
One more autumn just to finish my song

Grant me this wish, bestow this gift
Ye noble gods I pray
When all is done, I'll go down with the sun
And welcome the twilight that falls

I know its in vain
For it's my time
There is no delay
Last light will hide

Hearken now to the trumpet call
As it echoes in the dark (whirls through the night)
Time has come to say the farewells
Step down into the shades

I scrape the sand that's running out, slipping away
Dripping now through this weary hands
Vanishing into thin air
All I ask is one more day to redeem it all
Then gladly I will pass and welcome the silent world

With no sound, upon the calm stream
The black boat moves, like mist on the waves

Slowly Charon rows, slowly sky turns
Stars fade away, we enter the shades

But a wanderer I am on the heaths of night
On this shore now ends my prolonged path
I am home at last
Tonight my dust is being gathered here
And brought before my father
Set before his throne, I am home at last

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    General CommentWhat Insomnium wrote in their booklet about this song :
    This one I co-wrote with Niilo. Niilo came up with the first riff with his strange synth tracked demos and I wrote the rest of the song around that. I decided to take a path through mid 90's death/black metal. The band we used to listen back then (and still listen) include Dissection, Diabolical Masquerade, Dark Tranquillity, Amorphis etc. Naturally, all these influences can be heard on this song. Besides being first collaboration with Niilo it's also a groundbreaking song for me because I actually did the first clean vocal demo for it myself. And I don't normally sing at all. unless I'm in a karaoke bar and have already had 10 beer. M. Vanhala

    The starting riff is already a couple of years old and not it finally found its place. Markus took my strange trackers demos and built the rest of the song around this one riff. Seamless co-operation! I have to give some credit to Sweden for the lyrical side as the idea to this text came from a poem by Carl Michael Bellman. I've used some characters from Greek mythology before (Medeia) and in this song we have Charon, the ferryman of Hades. This is the kind of composition that you just have to sing about the river of death. So very death metal. N. Sevanen
    cyruskh666on June 07, 2015   Link

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