"The Moor" as written by and Mikael Lars Akerfeldt....
The sigh of summer upon my return
Fifteen alike since I was here
Bathed in deep fog, blurring my trail
Snuffing the first morning rays

Weary from what might have been ages
Still calm with my mind at peace
Would I prosper or fall, drain the past
The lapse of the moment took it's turn

I was foul and tainted, devoid of faith
Wearing my death-mask at birth
The hands of God, decrepit and thin
Cold caress and then nothing
I was taken away from my plight
A treason bestowed to the crowd
Branded a jonah with fevered blood
Ungodly freak, defiler

Pale touch, writhing in the embers
Damp mud burning in my eyes
All the faces turned away
And all would sneer at my demise

Outcast with dogmas forged below
Seared and beaten, banished from where I was born
No mercy would help me on my way
In the pouring rain nothing is the same

Vows in ashes
I pledge myself to no-one
Seethed and spiteful
All shudder at the call of my name
If you'll bear with me
You'll fear of me

There is no forgiveness in these eyes
For any of you but one
Dispel the mist for now
Melinda is the reason why I´ve come

She is waterdrops over the pyre
A thistle in my hands
Stained and torn, aged and brown
Virtous shell with kindred innocense

I awoke from the miasma
Passing swiftly through the moor
This is here, waters stir
And in the distance all that was lost
If you´ll bear with me
You´ll fear of me
You´d never leave me to
A fate with you


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"The Moor" as written by Mikael Lars Akerfeldt

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    General CommentBoth of the your views make perfect sense. However, when looking at the lyrics to the album "Still Life", you'll notice that there is a story in the lyrics. "The Moor", track 1, is basically chapter 1. This song describes how he was banished from his village because of his religious beliefs and everyone was disgusted in him. However, he is returning, and he has no forgiveness for anyone except for the one girl he loves- Melinda. He has come back for Melinda.
    Disposition_987on August 30, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentBy the way the "chapters" (songs) of this story are as follows:

    *1) The Moor
    2) Godhead's Lament
    3) Benighted
    4) Moonlapse Vertigo
    5) The Face of Melinda
    *6) Serenity Painted Death
    *7) White Cluster

    Go to the tracks with the * in order to read my explination of the story.
    Disposition_987on August 30, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLISTEN UP.

    A moor is a swamo.

    He was banished to live in the swamp.


    I awoke from the miasma
    Passing swiftly through the moor
    This is here, waters stir
    And in the distance all that was lost
    If you'll bear with me
    You'll fear of me
    You'd never leave me to
    A fate with you
    Ddaduttaon July 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song was very difficult to make meaning out of, but here's what I got from it...
    In the first 3 verses it sounds like he's describing a beast that has come back from the dead and is now realizing how he died and where he is now. In verse 4 he begins his search for his Melinda (the only one he has forgiveness for; verse 7) and how the people reacted to seeing him in contrast to they acted when he died so long ago. In verses 5-6 he speaks of what he vowed to the townspeople or the people that killed him, and how they reacted to his return. The people now think of him as a legend or mythical person that arised from long ago; a martyr that they are frightened by. In verse 7 he describes why he has returned (for Melinda), and how he has no mercy for anyone other than his Melinda. In verse 8 he describes Melinda as powerful (She is waterdrops over the pyre). He tells of how she still hurts him after they are both dead and forgotten (A thistle in my hands; Stained and torn, aged and brown). She is innocent and always has been, he is the opposite and that is why he can't be with her (Virtuous shell with kindred innocense). I guess the last verse describes how he fell asleep from poisonous fumes, then awoke and started his search over again. He continues his quest to find his love, but he knows he won't find her, and his fate is sealed until he does.
    This could be either a very accurate view of the song, or a very stupid one. For me...I think it's wrong, but I always do.
    Filthon May 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought it may be refferring to Shakespere's tragedy "Othello".

    Othello is a well respected military commander in the play, but is usurped and back stabbed because he is a black man with power. I know that "Moor" means swamp, but in the play, people refer to Othello as a Moor as a derogatory term about his skin colour. In relation to this, the first two verses could be Othello's return from battle.

    This verse:

    "I was foul and tainted, devoid of faith
    Wearing my death-mask at birth
    The hands of God, decrepit and thin
    Cold caress and then nothing
    I was taken away from my plight
    A treason bestowed to the crowd
    Branded a jonah with fevered blood
    Ungodly freak, defiler"

    Could be Othello taking a subjective look at himself, how the common people think he is a freak and ungodly, of lesser blood, the "death mask" perhaps being his skin.

    It's just an idea, I myself don't believe this but I can kind of interpret it as this.
    justinga3on July 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is greeeat, i hope i can go see these guys when they come. Quality
    Penixon April 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdisposition 987 is completely correct
    Seraphim Belialon April 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell seeing as how this is my FIRST posted message on this thing for the first opeth song i ever heard i just wanted to say whats up to all the opeth listeners out there who seem to be rare to come across but yeah this song is legendary from the surface of the lyrics to the deepness of its meanings by the best band ever
    auxotropic cannabison May 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the Moor is the best song i have ever heard. i think it is about a man returning to his hometown in search of his one true love, Melinda. he is returning because he was banished 15 years ago. i think he was banished because of his love for melinda. melinda is described in the song as a thistle in my hanbs. i think this means that he loves her but she causes him pain by being who she is. maybe she is from a well thought of familly and he is just a peasant? anyway, when he does return, the people of the town still fear/dislike him. i think that godheads lament follows on from the moor. he doesnt get his melinda in the moor and i think the evil guitar work in the begining of godheads lament signifies the emotional pain that he is feeling. just waht i think anyway. Opeth Rule!!!!
    steemonkeyon February 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe Moor is the most powerful, overwhelming song ever created. It is beyond description. I play this song at least three times every day.
    MetalTrooperon December 28, 2005   Link

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