In a house where no one never sleeps,
lays a man who sees more with his eyes
Picturing the past before him,
in a bed, alone, with clothes on
Paying for a service he doesn't really need

With his eyes, he sees more love and lust
more tears, far too much to handle
Can't tell a soul, not this time, they'd lock him right up
Too much of burning bushes too much for his weak soul

In his mind, oh so jaded, he's gone too far behind
Of all the visions seen, this one makes him scream

He cannot live neither die in this world
Burning sensation inside, you know how that hurts?
Making up for the crimes of your life
With scythe as your sword,
you must fight 'till the end of time

Don't look behind, or you will fall through the time
Only time can make you see behind of the curtain hiding
the secret. Your time is up when you see the light

You can live as a noble man but when time,
You won't be left behind

With the sound of time ringing in his head,
He leaves the house where no-one never sleeps
Job well done knowing that at least one will be pleased

Hiding is always useless, pictures will fade with time

Seeking for a winner of the day, prize of life is here
Of all the visions seen this one makes him scream


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    General CommentIt's about prostitution.
    ThePythonon April 13, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIt's about prostitution.
    ThePythonon April 13, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti think it's about the reaper and death. all the lyrics seem to basically fit that. think about it
    xJotunxon May 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about something traumatizing that happened in the guys past (abuse maybe?)
    Dante135on May 24, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think it's about a religious man,some kind of prophet.(Too much of burning bushes too much for his weak soul)this refers to Moses' encounter with God.
    ledacianon July 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI could almost swear that Sonata Arctica made this song about my future self XD It's about someone who's been through a very abusive, traumatising life.

    "In a house where no one never sleeps,
    lays a man who sees more with his eyes
    Picturing the past before him,
    in a bed, alone, with clothes on
    Paying for a service he doesn't really need"

    Here, the guy is in a club, or a brothel (basically a place where you can pay for sex), thinking about his past. Although he doesn't really need sex to make him feel better.

    "With his eyes, he sees more love and lust
    more tears, far too much to handle
    Can't tell a soul, not this time, they'd lock him right up
    Too much of burning bushes too much for his weak soul"

    He sees the girl as a woman more than just a whore and it hurts him to know that is how he sees the world and it really hurts him. But he can't tell anyone, otherwise he'd be hauled away to a mental house, or jail. The last line metamorphizes "burning bushes" as maybe lust from both men and women and it's too much for him to handle. Stating that men who rape and women who prostitute themselves or have sex a lot really weighs heavy on his mind, this stemming from a past trauma.

    "In his mind, oh so jaded, he's gone too far behind
    Of all the visions seen, this one makes him scream"

    He thinks too far back and has a flashback of when he was raped probably and screams.

    "He cannot live neither die in this world
    Burning sensation inside, you know how that hurts?
    Making up for the crimes of your life
    With scythe as your sword,
    you must fight 'till the end of time"

    The first two lines here show that he can't live in the world, but he can't leave it either. Everything he's been through and sees tears him up inside. The next few lines speak to him directly, telling him that to make up for the trauma that has happened to him, he has get out there and make a difference in people's lives.

    "Don't look behind, or you will fall through the time
    Only time can make you see behind of the curtain hiding
    the secret. Your time is up when you see the light"

    The singer continues to speak to the person, telling him he shouldn't focus on the past, and that time will heal the wounds of life. The last line is basically just death.

    "You can live as a noble man but when time,
    You won't be left behind"

    He can live as a good person, helping out and stuff and when his past comes back, he won't dwell on it anymore, for he's gotten over it.

    "With the sound of time ringing in his head,
    He leaves the house where no-one never sleeps
    Job well done knowing that at least one will be pleased"

    With his past still haunting him, he leaves the house, feeling somewhat satisifed that at least the girl is pleasured.

    "Hiding is always useless, pictures will fade with time"

    It says that hiding from your past is useless, time will heal the wounds.

    "Seeking for a winner of the day, prize of life is here
    Of all the visions seen this one makes him scream "

    "Winner of the day" basically means which girl he'll fuck today. "prize of life" means that basically what currently yearns, but doesn't really need is sex with girls. And of course the last one is about his flashbacks and how they haunt him.

    Yeah, that sounds like me when I get older...
    Ninji-Xon September 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics remind me of Panic Attack by Dream theater somehow
    Stoneywagneron April 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe guy is Judas.

    "In a house where no one never sleeps,
    lays a man who sees more with his eyes
    Picturing the past before him,
    in a bed, alone, with clothes on
    Paying for a service he doesn't really need"

    He has gone to a brothel to do something, try anything, to help him forget his past. But he ends up thinking about it anyway.

    "With his eyes, he sees more love and lust
    more tears, far too much to handle
    Can't tell a soul, not this time, they'd lock him right up
    Too much of burning bushes too much for his weak soul"

    He is remembering all the love and compassion Jesus had and is comparing it to the lust (love of the silver and his self interest) in himself. He experienced God's love firsthand and it is to much for him to think about - the fact he was so weak to betray a love like that.

    "In his mind, oh so jaded, he's gone too far behind
    Of all the visions seen, this one makes him scream"

    He has done terrible things in his life, likely in anger at being cursed or to help him forget the curse at least for a little while. He knows his acts are wrong because he was once 'good'. Yet he convinces himself he is justified. While he may be able to deal with the bad things he does surrounding his curse, there is one thing which he will never come to terms with...

    "He cannot live neither die in this world
    Burning sensation inside, you know how that hurts?
    Making up for the crimes of your life
    With scythe as your sword,
    you must fight 'till the end of time"

    Like I said, he is cursed to live forever. The guilt will never leave him. And his punishment is to wrestle with it until the end of time.

    "Don't look behind, or you will fall through the time
    Only time can make you see behind of the curtain hiding
    the secret. Your time is up when you see the light"

    He trys to make himself stop thinking about his act or it will consume him entirely. He just has to move on with his life somehow knowing he will eventually die. But he will only be saved when he 'see the light", or when Jesus returns.

    "You can live as a noble man but when time,
    You won't be left behind

    With the sound of time ringing in his head,
    He leaves the house where no-one never sleeps
    Job well done knowing that at least one will be pleased

    Hiding is always useless, pictures will fade with time

    Seeking for a winner of the day, prize of life is here
    Of all the visions seen this one makes him scream"

    He is trying to convince himself that he can get around his curse by being 'noble'. He took no pleasure in the sex, so he believes he sacrificed himself to make someone happy. Shouldn't that count to lessen his sentance? He can't escape his fate, but maybe he can make it easier. It seems like he starts to forget, but then immediately he is brough back to the day he took the silver for the betrayal. He thought he was on top of the world with a lot of money. But then he recalls what it all meant in the end, and he is consumed once again with his agony.
    adjuncton January 25, 2011   Link

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