"Face Of Melinda" as written by Chris Fehn, Craig Jones, Michael Crahan, Corey Taylor, Nathan Jordison, Paul Gray, Sid Wilson and Mickael / Thomson....
By the turnstile beckons a damsel fair
The face of Melinda neath blackened hair
No joy would flicker in her eyes
Brooding sadness came to a rise

Words would falter to atone
Failure had passed the stepping stone
She had sworn her vows to another
This is when no-one will bother

And conceded pain in crumbling mirth
A harlot of God upon the earth
Found where she sacrificed her ways
That hollow love in her face

Still I plotted to have her back
The contentment that would fill the crack
My soul released a fluttering sigh
This day fell, the darkness nigh

I took her by the hand to say
All faith forever has been washed away
I returned for you in great dismay
Come with me, far away to stay

Endlessly gazing in nocturnal prime
She spoke of her vices and broke the rhyme
But baffled herself with the final line
My promise is made but my heart is thine


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"Face of Melinda" as written by Mikael Lars Akerfeldt

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    General CommentI love this song so much, the first time I heard it I was listening to it on my head phones, and I met the most awsome chick ever!!!! I asked her her name and it was melinda, and she has black beautiful hair. And it was like the song was about her, and we are together now. Very special song to me.
    twilight_samon June 21, 2004   Link
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    General Commentmelinda is 'taken' because she's a nun now, "a harlot of God upon the earth."

    this fits in much better because the main character was outcast under religious pretense, thus causing the main character to hate God, yet the woman he loves believes firmly in God.

    melinda certainly reciprocates his love, as she wouldn't go to bed with him and abandon her covenant as a nun if she didn't. unfortunately she is killed by the townspeople in serenity painted death after this occurs.
    returnsandexchangeson March 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commentbeautiful song
    akerfeldt says in the booklet of the Still Life digipack re-release:
    "As Peter was working on his leads I sat down and finished the lyrics. Back home I had been writing a short story about religious beliefs contra atheism and how it would have affected someone in the old or even ancient days. The main character was a religious man who somewhere down the line started questioning his faith and eventually would lose it. He was to be banished from his village by "the council" and would only return years later for his then past love, Melinda, who was scheduled to be unwillingly married through family pressures. Yes, quite romantic at times but overall it was a pretty dark affair that I'm still quite happy about today."
    Marous91on November 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about the man coming back to his old love, Melinda. He is unable to deal with the fact that she loves someone else now.
    IanoDublinon June 24, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI disagree. surely the line "My promise is made but my heart is thine" says she still loves him? They were lovers, he went away, she was forced into another marriage, and now when he returns, although the feelings remain, there is nothing either of them can do. O the angst! Seeriously though, I love this song.
    Strange_Childon April 16, 2004   Link
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    General Commentto get this song you have to listen to the whole album from start to finish. it is one story about a man banished from his town, and comes back for his true love, melinda, who is 'taken' . listen to the whole album and this song's lyrics will make complete sense. same deal with 'my arms, your hearse'
    deliverance1983on November 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI just checked out Opeth news and Mikael Åkerfeldt's wife gave birth to a healthy baby girl. And Mikael named her Melinda. I wonder if there is a story behind the name?
    hiddenpoet_82on February 22, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyep... Mikael named his daughter melinda... ... well, a great track and a great album nonetheless..
    musrocon February 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commentreturnsandexchanges (Follow his View ;D)

    Her new love is god.
    And he doesn't love god.
    But she still loves him as much.
    So she is devided by - "Her promise...".
    But she also clearly states that - "...my heart is thine."
    Opethvinceon June 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commentby returnsandexchanges on 03-04-2006 @ 06:55:25 AM
    melinda is 'taken' because she's a nun now, "a harlot of God upon the earth."

    this fits in much better because the main character was outcast under religious pretense, thus causing the main character to hate God, yet the woman he loves believes firmly in God.

    melinda certainly reciprocates his love, as she wouldn't go to bed with him and abandon her covenant as a nun if she didn't. unfortunately she is killed by the townspeople in serenity painted death after this occurs.
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    you are probably one of the few people who really get this album, except for the town part. its more loggical he is banished from his country ofcourse and not townspeople kill melinda but the soldiers of the cross
    In the miston September 15, 2006   Link

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