"Advent" as written by Mikael Lars Akerfeldt and Sven Peter Malcolm Lindgren....
It was all true
A parlour strode, and the night sets forever
I stray in the quiet cold
And you gird me when I dare to listen

Elastic meadow, endless arms of sorrow
Lips try to form "because"
Trying to adapt to the wilderness
Where even foes close their eyes and leave

We are inside the glade
Every now and then I wipe the dust aside
To remember.

How I drape my face with my bare hands
The same that brought me here
But you were beyond all help
The folded message that wept my name

Shadows skulk at my coming
We survey the slopes
In search for the words to write the missing page
The tainted dogma

Time grows short
As the piper plays his time
We are almost there

You are beyond all help
Dancing into the void
We are almost there


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"Advent" as written by Sven Peter Malcolm Lindgren Mikael Lars Akerfeldt

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  • +4
    General CommentThis song is confusing, like most Opeth. But I think the song is obviously about the death of someone. The speaker of the song is trying to deal with the death of someone.

    "It was all true
    A parlour strode, and the night sets forever
    I stray in the quiet cold
    And you gird me when I dare to listen"

    The speaker is realizing the person is dead and that the night sets forever for them, and he feels like he's alone in the cold, and when he does listen to someone, they make sure they don't say anything wrong due to the state he's in.

    "Elastic meadow, endless arms of sorrow
    Lips try to form "because"
    Trying to adapt to the wilderness
    Where even foes close their eyes and leave"

    Perhaps a funeral setting, or just in general everywhere he goes people are giving the speaker comfort and trying to make sense of the loss. He's trying to adapt to this new life without this person and not even the people that dislike him are messing with him.

    "We are inside the glade
    Every now and then I wipe the dust aside
    To remember..."

    Glade a metaphor or the vast memories the speaker has with this person, and sometimes he thinks hard and "wipes the dust" aside to remember the memories.

    "How I drape my face with my bare hands
    The same that brought me here
    But you were beyond all help
    The folded message that wept my name"

    Here's where I'm thrown. Perhaps the speaker killed this person, literally or physically. The lines suggest there was no other option but to do this.

    "Shadows skulk at my coming
    We survey the slopes
    In search for the words to write the missing page
    The tainted dogma"

    The speaker is lower than shadows for killing this person (literally or figuratively) and the speaker and this dead person think of all the things they would have done (missing pages) if it weren't for the dead person's untimely fate (tainted dogma).

    "Time grows short
    As the piper plays his time
    We are almost there"

    Now maybe the speaker is killing himself, or dying due to the loss of this person. Once again, literally dying or emotionally dying.

    "You are beyond all help
    Dancing into the void
    We are almost there"

    The speaker is continuing to die or lose himself, and together the speaker and the dead person enter the void.

    That's kind of what I get out of here.
    BRUNO AFHon August 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about someone who suffers the loss of a friend who has taken his/her own life. There are clear parallels between Advent and The Night and the Silent Water.
    katharoson May 30, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit would be great if someone explains instead of simply praise the song.
    has9on February 25, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs by opeth. I find the lyrics easy to follow. The narrator has a friend/lover that has fallen into a depression or extreme sadness. The void/wildeness is a metaphor for that. The narrator follows the friend in an attempt to bring them back. He doesn't realize that the friend is too far gone to come back from this place.

    The lyrics "you are beyond all help, dancing into the void" perfectly illustrates the friends descent into darkness forever. That phrase is a metaphor for death. But the narrator is still trying to pull the friend out not realizing that the attempt is futile. Which is the last phrase of the song "we're almost there". In the end the narrator is dragged into the same darkness with his friend never to return.
    ALoOFMindon April 09, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhile I do like the song, I prefer Nectar. Advent does fucking rule though \m/
    NothingManon April 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthey just because no one comments doesn't mean that they are jackasses you fuckin waste.
    toolapcon December 05, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is definatly the best song off of morningrise although Morning rise is the best opeth cd in my opinion...this song is just so freakin awesome its got crazy crushing guitar, melodic guitar and voice and all the parts are different but relate somehow in my opinion its a masterpiece
    plagueon April 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe sliding bass part in this song = teh sex. Johan > Mendez, even though Mendez is a great great bassist as well
    vashts80on December 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI LOVE THIS SONG!! *clings to Martin Lopez*
    cabhanon February 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah its great man. Fuck yeah.
    KDon March 31, 2006   Link

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