"Tempest" as written by and Michael Francis Brooks Jackson....
These are not words, they're only feelings
There are no sounds that you can hear
There is no form that you can touch
There are no colors for you to see

The only sound is a distant thunder
A tempest rages so far away from me
I walked for miles and I started running
Towards the sound and storm where you might find me
Towards the sound and storm where you might find me

And I ran until I had the feeling
That the tempest I had heard surrounded me
Here my heart so filled with loving
Cried out and told of wonders that I feel
Cried out and told of wonders that I feel

Here my heart is so filled with loving

And I tell myself, I keep repeating
That your ways are bringing you to me
And I tell myself, I keep repeating
That your ways are bringing you to me

And I tell myself, I keep repeating
That your ways are bringing you to me
That I will find my true salvation
That these ways of mine are bringing you to me

That I will find my true salvation
That these ways of mine are bringing you to me
And I tell myself, I keep repeating
That your ways are bringing you to me, are bringing you to me

Because here my heart, so filled with loving
Crying out the wonders that I feel
Here I will find my true salvation
And my ways are bringing you to me

I tell myself, I keep repeating
That your ways are bringing you to me, bringing you to me


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"Tempest" as written by Michael Francis Brooks Jackson

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    General Commentconsidering this is my favorite song of all time, it means a whole hell of a lot. Makes you think a lot about the one you love most... but in a very depressing VNV Nation way. amazing song...
    arch_wraithon January 12, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe 'Darkangel' single came out only 2 days before a friend of mine was brutally beaten to death in front of her 2 year old child. It was this song that helped me pull through, eventhough I was at the darkest place imaginable. If I could I would thank Ronan and Mark in person, but I guess I will have to settle for this. This is ever since that fateful day - the most meanigful lyric I have ever heard.
    spookeyon April 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is the absolute "perfect rainy day song". A true work of Art. If only the clouds would gather more often...
    NobodyHereon May 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentSomeone commented about another VNV song that it made them feel like running into the middle of a field and singing it really loud up into the blue sky... (sorry if I butchered your quote) To me this song describes doing the exact opposite- slowly walking, then running into the eye of the storm and screaming up into the wind and chaos. I haven't been able to discern whether the song is religious in nature- about finding god, or whether it is another song written to do with a love type relationship- perhaps again referring to the girlfriend he had that died? It is such a mystical, mysterious song, such a dark feel to is- the line 'The only sound is a distant thunder.
    A tempest rages so far away from me.
    I walked for miles and I started running
    Towards the sound and storm..' evokes so much imagery. For whatever reason I imagine this one man, alone, in a desert, walking slowly toward a tornado or dust storm that is distant on the horizon. Wow. Writing these little analytical comments about the songs always results in me appreciating them a lot more!
    rynlee83on April 13, 2003   Link
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    General Commentyet another great VNV Nation masterpiece

    btw i think line 11-13 should be:
    "Hear my heart, so filled with loving,
    Cried out and told of wonders that I feel."
    KYAon April 24, 2003   Link
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    General Commentor maybe not...
    depends on what you want to see/hear
    KYAon April 25, 2003   Link
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    General CommentSince I have had this ID on Netgoth around the time VnV wrote this. I will always feel this is "my" song sure other people feel the same way about their favourite songs. So to me it's about the loss of myself to depression. It's about finding a home, somewhere to belong, a group of people of like mind and thoughts. Also about finding a soul mate someone who you can love and be loved in return no matter how much of a mess you are. First time I ever heard this I could do nothing but cry. Even now hearing it is cathartic and spell binding.
    Shardon November 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis was the second VNV Nation song I had ever heard. Ofcourse I fell in love with it, and with the rest of their music through this song. For me, I see it religiously, ironically that I'm not very religious.
    "And I tell myself, I keep repeating
    That your ways are bringing you to me." Follow God and you will get to heaven.
    "These are not words, they're only feelings.
    There are no sounds that you can hear.
    There is no form that you can touch.
    There are no colors for you to see. " I see this as a description of what a God entity is, simply feelings without any other proof or substance needed.
    Kenderkenon January 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYou know... no band has made me CRY so much as VNV nation has... Such brilliant lyrics...

    TO ME this song is simply about going through a severely bleak, depressing time in life... having nowhere to go, noplace to fit in, no one to call your love... and slowly getting it all.

    I think the song is really just about being loved after such a long, bleak, depressing period of not being loved...

    But I can see where it can very well be religeous.
    Kitsune_Tokkanon September 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is such a Hopefull song. I see him standing with his eyes closed and really focusing on what is going on inside him - hence the lines that you cant see/touch anything. The thunder that he is hearing is not a dangerous thing that one thinks hearing the word - it is a beacon, a mark... quite possibly radiating from his heart - Love! Arriving at the beacon he is filled with loving and feels all the wonders. Now I can not say if it is love for a woman/man or love for God. I guess it could be both at the same time... The ways of the person he loves will ultimately guide her in his direction - fate - his own path leads him to her as well.
    True salvation is finding true love - from God or a human alike, since love is the same substance everywhere.
    Peace and hope permiates the sounds and lyrics of this song. I did break a single tear - a tear of joy and hope, not sadness or bitterness.

    Ronnan, I love you man.
    LordMorningStaron March 04, 2006   Link

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