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The new aristocracy
The world is on the march
Why shouldn't we turn too?
It's the vision of numbers
We are moving towards the spirits

It's hard for me to be certain
It's the voice of the [?] what I say
Not knowing how to express myself without using [big?] words...

I prefer to remain silent
I prefer to remain silent.

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Gnosis song meanings
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    General Commentthis song is one of the most beautiful i have ever heard - wholly enveloping.

    while i am not translating the text myself, i believe the second stanza reads:

    It's absolutely certain
    It's the voice of the oracle -- what I say
    Understand, and
    Not knowing how to express myself without using pagan words,
    I prefer to remain silent.

    i think of depeche mode - "shake the disease" - in which martin gore writes of the pain of being misunderstood, and "sacred" in which they communicate the importance of words when i hear the last line disintegrate into the music and beats of "gnosis."

    it seems here that garm as he sings is agreeing with rimbaud...there exists something so great - 'the Spirit' - that can't be comminicated without becoming defiled...both would rather not attempt the expression.
    strangestangelon April 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI actually got it in an entirely different way.

    I heard:
    Not knowing how to express myself without using pagan words,
    I prefer to rebel silence.

    And I thought that pagan words refer to the Black Metal Trilogie Ulver did first, and this is quite a regretful song. From a recent interview Garm stated that once, he kind of hated his past for making that black metal trilogy, but now he's gotten over it. And somewhere else I read that the period around Perdition City was the time he felt most discomforted by his past.

    So, to me actually the whole song is about regrets of the past and progress over that. The song name probably refers to a gnosis they had while doing black metal.
    Jarion February 26, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI think that strangestangel hit the mark on the correction.

    Also, if any of you Ulver fans have read anything by Derrida; I wonder if you caught any connection to how the song states the inability of the speaker to convey his thoughts effectively so he decides not to say anything at all rather than be misunderstood. Derrida speaks of the same when he talks of the Father (Author) being separated from the Son (piece of writing). Once this occurs, the intention of the father/author is lost by the separation of the son/work. The son in effect kills the father, and this is where the defilement that strangestangel talks about comes in. The beauty of the speaker's understanding of the sublime cannot be conveyed without corruption. Oh, and whole bit about science in the beginning is about how science is a false ruler that tells us that 'the spirit' doesn't exist, and our reliance on it hinders our ability to understand it.

    Especially since "Gnosis" translates into Knowledge, I think that this point of view fits particularly well.

    And Strangestangel, the song is not just agreeing with Rimbaud. The entire song is reworked from his poem "A Season in Hell". I think that You may have known that already but it was not clearly expressed and it should be known for other readers.
    Pharmakon23on February 14, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThere is'nt much that i can add to that, but i just want to say that Ulver is a F"ing AMAZING band, almost as great as the almighty Tool. This song is fantastic
    GodHatesACowardon May 29, 2002   Link

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