"Alternative 4" as written by and Duncan John Patterson....
It's killing you, you're killing me,
I'm clinging on to my sanity,
All I need is a short term remedy,
Come and hide me from this terrible reality

Dreaded memories flood back to me,
But there's still a willful mind behind these cold,
Psychotic eyes,
Now I tread this path so differently,
I've opened my mind and darkened my entire life.

I'll dance with the angels to celebrate the holocaust,
And far beyond my far gone pride,
Is knowing that we'll soon be gone,
Knowing that I'll soon be gone


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    General Commentwhy nobody has commented on those intriguing actually? is it that obvious? or anathema lovers just dont like to comment but rather keep it to themselves?
    anyways i am clinging on to my sanity
    patatonicon July 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwell, this lyrics are very criptic to me. not obvious in any way... I think this is about a planned suicide -because of the name and the line "And far beyond my far gone pride, Is knowing that we'll soon be gone, Knowing that I'll soon be gone..."
    nevermorealexon October 28, 2008   Link
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    General Commentsorry urd, i didn't mean to reply to your particular comment, i'm still getting used to the site
    hitrenon November 30, 2008   Link
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    General Commentas usual, anathema's lyrics are very cryptic and beautiful at the same time
    to me, this song is about someone going insane
    it really fits with "there's still a willful mind behind these cold psychotic eyes"; there's a very traumatic experience in the person's life: "dreaded memories flood back to me / come and hide me from this terrible reality", and the result is that they go insane
    after all, what normal person would dance with angels to celebrate the holocaust?
    i also think the music itself suggests insanity
    but, that's just what the song means to me and i'm prefectly aware that it can mean different things to differnt people; great art rarely has a unique interpretation
    hitrenon November 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is not a normal person's lyrics. Far from shocking though. I mean thats wt i expect from anathema. It's about basic criminal instincts. I love it!
    Conspicuouson May 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentHe is fighting with his addiction, heroin in this case. A friend of mine, luckily he has escaped from that hell, cried when he listened this song for the first time.

    "It's killing you, you're killing me,
    I'm clinging on to my sanity,
    All I need is a short term remedy,
    Come and hide me from this terrible reality

    Dreaded memories flood back to me,
    But there's still a willful mind behind these cold,
    Psychotic eyes,
    Now I tread this path so differently,
    I've opened my mind and darkened my entire life."
    darwinismon February 19, 2017   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about sex...mainly because of the lyric "I've opened my mind and darkened my entire life."
    i think it's about a couple deciding to take a different approach during sex.they decide to let other ppl in..hence Alternative 4....
    in the end it doesn't quite turn out ok though...which is why his life has darkened.
    what do you think??could this be what they mean?

    (damn i meant to post it as a comment instead of posting 5 replies...sorry guys)
    urdon November 13, 2008   Link

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