"Serenity Painted Death" as written by and Mikael Lars Akerfeldt....
Returned from a hibernal dream
Voices fell like marble
No longer by my side
Gone all that would linger

Ripped from my embrace
Melinda reflected in shafts
Red line round her neck
Met the earth in silence

White faced, haggard grin
This serenity painted death
With a halo of bitter disease
Black paragon in lingering breath

Saw here fading, blank stare into me
Clenched fist from the beautiful pain

Darkness reared its head
Tearing within the reeling haze
Took control, claiming my flesh
Piercing rage, perfect tantrum

Each and every one would die at my hand
Choking in warm ponds of blood
At last, weak and torn, I went down
Drained from strength, flickering breath

Came with the moon
The wayward in conscious state
Flanked and barred in destiny's end
Underneath with hope in laches

Swathed in filth, any would betoken
Starlit shadows on the wall
Finally there to collect me
From the bowels of sin


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"Serenity Painted Death" as written by Mikael Lars Akerfeldt

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    General CommentTo be honest, I'm more to think that Melinda has become a nun. "a harlot of god upon the earth." as said in FOM.

    Since she has disgraced her status as a nun to be with the returning protagonist, she has been murdered, our protagonist is captured, and sentenced to death, as in White Cluster.

    But different interpretations are always good. :)
    Supplanteron September 06, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSupplanter and Kodos86 are correct.

    Also, her throat was slit - she wasn't decapitated.
    6th_sadistic_sniperon March 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat does this song mean to me!? Not a hell of a lot in a lyrical sense... But i sure love it, like the rest of Opeth's music. We've had some good times together!
    MobBarleyon March 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song would represent the mourning peroid in which death brings upon people. Somebody close: it is suggested 'melinda', had died and the speaker talks about their struggle with the pain of losing a dear one and their hatred for life. (Darkness reared its head
    , Took control, claiming my flesh) .Most people feel hurt and anger, questioning the very purpose of life. But this feeling is only temporary, just as 'flickering breath'. This song is not, only very well played but the lyrics are also beautiful. Im not sure if thats close to the meaning (if one) but its still an awesome song, probably one of the best i've ever heard. If you havent developed an ear to listen to this quality of music, you are missing out on something great.
    replicaon May 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"If you havent developed an ear to listen to this quality of music, you are missing out on something great."

    So very true.
    Jester24on August 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is chapter 6 in the "Still Life" story. Still Life is a concept album that tells a story. The previous chapters told of how this man was banished from his hometown because of his lack of faith. He won't ever forgive the people that abandoned him, but he has returned to confront the one girl he loves, Melinda. In the previous "chapter", "The Face of Melinda", he confronts her. However, he learns that she has become married.

    "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"

    In this passage at the end of "The Face of Melinda", Melinda states that she is married but her heart belongs to the man who has returned. And this passage from "Serenity Painted Death"-

    "Returned from a hibernal dream
    Voices fell like marble
    No longer by my side
    Gone all that would linger

    Ripped from my embrace
    Melinda reflected in shafts
    Red line round her neck
    Met the earth in silence"

    I believe that Melinda has just commited suicide because she is married to someone she doesn't truly love. The narrator then goes into a state of anger and vows to kill all of the people who had banished him. Which leads to chapter 7, "White Cluster"...
    Disposition_987on August 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    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
  • 0
    General CommentAnother possibility is that while the narrator and Melinda are together, the town comes and kills Melinda. The narrator tries to kill the townspeople, but is eventually overwhelmed and captured.
    Kodos86on April 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that explanation makes the most sense to me, but I could be wrong.
    simiankolyaon April 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Red line round her neck
    Met the earth in silence"

    The townspeople cut her head off.
    Silver_Roseon November 03, 2004   Link

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