"Forest Of October" as written by Mikael Lars Akerfeldt and Sven Peter Malcolm Lindgren....
The memories that now rests in this forest
Forever shadowing the sunrise of my heart
Wings leave their nest at my coming
Swaying away unto the cold glowing sky

Dreaming away for a while
My spirit sighs in peace
Gazing unto the stars
Please, take me there

I am so alone, so cold
My heart is to scarred to glow
I wish the sunrise to come
Take my soul (away)
From this cold, lonely shell
I am free

From the eternal sea I rose
Veiled in darkness on either shore
Lost my pride, lost its glow
For me the sun rose no more

The forest of October
Sleeps silent when I depart
The web of time
Hides my last trace

My blaze travel the last universe
Like the sights of magic
Wrapped in aeons
My mind is one with my soul
I fall alone
While leaves fall from the weeping trees


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"Forest of October" as written by Sven Peter Malcolm Lindgren Mikael Lars Akerfeldt

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    General CommentI recommend Opeth to every one. Especially fans of rap.
    Disposition_987on April 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I don't see this song having to do with the devil at all. Depression seems more accurate imo.



    "The memories that now rests in this forest
    Forever shadowing the sunrise of my heart"

    Maybe thinking of all the bad memories in this guy's life.

    "Wings leave their nest at my coming
    Swaying away unto the cold glowing sky"

    It seems like no one likes him and even birds want to get away from him. Also, describing the sky as cold would also show that he's really depressed.

    "Dreaming away for a while
    My spirit sighs in peace"

    He's dreaming of a much better life and feels at peace at the time.

    "Gazing unto the stars
    Please, take me there"

    He looks up at the sky/stars and wants to go up with them so he can get away from himself.

    "I am so alone, so cold
    My heart is to scarred to glow
    I wish the sunrise to come"

    Obviously saying he's depressed. The sunrise could represent the dream he was having.

    "Take my soul (away)
    From this cold, lonely shell
    I am free"

    He wants to escape. The part about him being free means that he started dreaming again.

    "From the eternal sea I rose
    Veiled in darkness on either shore
    Lost my pride, lost its glow
    For me the sun rose no more"

    This part is during his dream. The eternal sea signifies his life as it is, with darkness and depression all around him. He felt like he could never get away from it.

    "The forest of October
    Sleeps silent when I depart
    The web of time
    Hides my last trace"

    Still during his dream: The forest of October is the earth, which is no different (sleeps silent) now that he's gone to a better place.

    "My blaze travel the last universe
    Like the sights of magic"

    Still during his dream: He travels around to every universe. Everything is so joyful and seems like magic to him.

    "Wrapped in aeons
    My mind is one with my soul"

    Still during his dream: He finally feels one with himself; like all the separate parts of him that were scattered on the earth because of his depression are together now.

    "I fall alone
    While leaves fall from the weeping trees"

    He wakes up and snaps back to reality. Describing the trees as weeping would show you again that he's back to being depressed.



    So that's my interpretation. Could be wrong, but makes sense to me. Nevertheless, There's some great guitarwork in this song.
    Turboguitaron July 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm going with the Damien route as well. I think this is about the anit-christ rising onto earth.

    "The memories that now rests in this forest
    Forever shadowing the sunrise of my heart"

    The "now rests" part makes me think that these memories are now stored there. And he must roam through this forest while these memories keep him from happiness. "forever shadowing the sunrise of my heart"

    "Wings leave their nest at my coming
    Swaying away unto the cold glowing sky
    Dreaming away for a while
    My spirit sighs in peace
    Gazing unto the stars
    Please, take me there"

    Birds flee as he walks by, perhaps sensing his evil. He day dreams of his soul being in peace. Peace his soul has never had, nor ever will. He is forever tormented, like the Devil.

    "I am so alone, so cold
    My heart is to scarred to glow
    I wish the sunrise to come
    Take my soul (away)
    From this cold, lonely shell
    I am free"

    More description of his pain and torment. His sense of being alone and deserted in this world. Forsaken like Lucifer was by God. He is almost begging for forgiveness.

    "From the eternal sea I rose
    Veiled in darkness on either shore
    Lost my pride, lost its glow
    For me the sun rose no more"

    This is why I think its the anti-christ. The first two lines "from the eternal see I rose, Veiled in darkness on either shore" Are very similar to the rising of Damien...the anti-christ.
    The original line goes "From eternal sea he rises, creating armies on either shore, turning man against his brother, till man exists no more"

    Its not exactly like it, but its VERY close. So either he is the anti-christ, or he thinks he is. And those past memories are memories of his mortal life. Perhaps as a man in the military, or a hit man, serial killer, or whatever else is surrounded by death and bad things. And because of this, he will never find peace. "For me the sun rose no more"

    "The forest of October
    Sleeps silent when I depart
    The web of time
    Hides my last trace"

    I don't know what he is trying to get at here with the Forest. I'm lost there. But the October month, or fall, has something to do with it. Perhaps since October is in the Fall, the season in which everything dies, is why its named this way. A forest of death if you will. Kinda sounds like Hell. He travels through time, as God or any angel/fallen angel can (I think), and his evil doings are hidden in his ability to manipulate time.

    "My blaze travel the last universe
    Like the sights of magic
    Wrapped in aeons
    My mind is one with my soul
    I fall alone
    While leaves fall from the weeping trees"

    The "blaze" could be the after-math of his wraith. And it travels to the "last universe" Which could essentially be hell. Since hell is suppose to be the farthest place away from God and his love, which is why its such a dark and evil place. Perhaps the bit about falling is in reference to Lucifer's fall from Heaven.

    So yeah, thats the way I see it.
    Predatorian234on August 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is fantastic! What a great ending. I definitely suggest this to anyone who is even a marginal fan of Opeth.
    doomsoldieron March 07, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentObviously this song's 'bout a man that finally found his freedom in death.%)
    open_veinson May 07, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis song is one of the best of Orchid, which, in my opinion, is their best album. Every song on it is fuckin amazing, although not recorded as good as it should've been.
    STEREOTYPE VOXon June 23, 2003   Link
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    General CommentTHE FOREST OF OCTOBER~

    when he growls that its awesome. i also like that crazy solo after the mellow acoustic part near the middle.
    returnsandexchangeson March 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat riff at 3:33
    Ddaduttaon July 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyou could sum this song up in one word: depression

    not death, not suicide, just the depression itself
    In the miston September 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentits actually pretty clearly about the devil rising to the earth (perhaps he exists in this forest). "From the eternal sea I rise, veiled in darkness on either shore" the antichrist rising, this poem is in the bible somewhere its somewhat in the movie "the omen" too
    RedIce08on December 11, 2006   Link

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