"Karma" as written by Mikael Lars Akerfeldt and Sven Peter Malcolm Lindgren....
And as they say, grief is only able to possess.
The rotting body clad in ancient clothes
Is left behind with a wave of the hand.
I have gone away. The bed is cold and empty.

Trees bend their boughs toward the earth.
And nighttime birds float as black faces.
It was the hand reaching out through the mirror.
Unknown and scarred by life...

The luring eyes, you had never seen.
You have nothing more to find.
You have nothing more to loose.
The cold season drifts over the land.

They huddle in the brown corners.
Some would settle for less.
The castles were all empty, asleep.
Long awaiting their king.

Beckoning round the bend.
Amidst the forest one would hear that I had been there.
Draped within a fate I could not change,
And always welcoming Winter's EPILOGUE.


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  • +2
    General CommentYou need to buy My Arms Your Hearse, and read the lyrics. It's a concept album, so you can't judge what one song is about without hearing all the others. It's all one big story.

    But you're not far off... in this song, the ghost is describing how easy it was to leave the body in his coffin and return to haunt the house where he lived. However, he has now accepted that there is nothing here for him to gain or to lose. Finally he returns to the forest, the only place where he can be alone in his fate, and becomes a figure of local legend.
    6th_sadistic_sniperon May 12, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis might be my favorite song off of "My Arms; Your Hearse" Simply by virtue of the lyrical content, the verses paint a stark and beautiful picture of isolation, as if you can see yourself walking through a dark forest in the grip of Winter. It's almost as if the narrorator has stayed behind for so long that he witnesses his homeland being abandoned and turning into ruins over the centuries.
    Tindaloson June 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwell i guess its a little more positive. this is the turning point for the ghost, he realises that this is no longer his place, look at the songs before karma, do you notice how many times the word you is in it? in this song there is not a single you. meaning he has left the female person in the story, he is no longer around her anymore " i have gone a away, the bed is cold and empty"

    this is the song in wich the ghost finds comfort in his death and can go on into the afterlife , wich happens in the last song epilogue
    In the miston August 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIm always listening to old Opeth,and im seeing that back when their first 3 albums where released their songs always had to do with Forests and mist. This sounds like a corpse awaking and walking through the forest.
    Forest of Octoberon April 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe final riffing is so violent and frantic..
    Deadly stuff
    Ddaduttaon October 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe luring eyes, you had never seen.
    You have nothing more to find.
    You have nothing more to loose.


    He says you in this song
    Ddaduttaon October 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthaha ok ok you are right there

    but thats not about the you of the album, the girl.
    its about himself , like talking to himself you have nothing more to find, you have nothing more to lose.

    so those you's are about himself
    In the miston December 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn the last minute or so of the song, I seem to hear whispers in the background. Does anyone else hear them or is it just me?
    Distortioniston October 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, this is taking place in late autumn. Though I do agree with what sadistic sniper says, I think he not only haunts the forest but the villages too along with the castles that are scattered around it.
    Distortioniston October 09, 2009   Link

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