Come in out of the rain thou sayest-
But thou ne'er step'st aside,
And i'm trapp'd,
A distance there is.
None, save me and the bodkin,
Pitter patter on the roof.
Behold! 'tis not the rain;
Thence me it has to be.
I will not drink thy vintage wine, my dear.
Thou hast heed'd that I am of innocence,
Yet thou let'st thy lass into peril.
Thou let'st me be parched.
My heart is of frailty, my pale skin is hued damask.
When thou thy tears hast hidden,
"Come back!" thou sayest,
There I soon am to be,
But how am I to run when my bones, my heart.
Thou hast me bereaft,
But run thou sayest, I run.
And there and then i behold that a time will come when I again dead will be.
Thou tell'st me to leave without delay.
I leave with my bodkin and my tears in my hands;
Lo! the shadows, the sky descending;
So by a dint of smite I gait ere I run and melt together with dusk.
In my mind in which is this event, but it seems as if naught is to change anyway?
After all these years thou left'st me down in the emotional depths.
The sombre soaked velvet-drape is hung upon me.
Turning my feelings away from our so ingorant world,
All the beautiful moments shared, deliberately push'd aside.
A distance there is.


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  • +1
    General Commentthis song is basically about a female in a relationship thats not going well.
    ''Come in out of the rain thou sayest-
    But thou ne'er step'st aside, '' - her male lover is asking her to return to him,but he still does not want to change his ways. the same ways that made her leave in the first place

    ''And i'm trapp'd,
    A distance there is '' - she is so confused,trapped,becus they r stil apart

    ''None, save me and the bodkin,
    Pitter patter on the roof.
    Behold! 'tis not the rain;
    Thence me it has to be. '' - i am alone, i have to fend for myself. i come knocking at ur door

    ''I will not drink thy vintage wine, my dear.
    Thou hast heed'd that I am of innocence,
    Yet thou let'st thy lass into peril.
    Thou let'st me be parched. '' - she expresses that he sees her weakness, and he exploits it. yet he claims he loves her

    ''My heart is of frailty, my pale skin is hued damask''
    - frailty - moral weakness

    ''When thou thy tears hast hidden, Come back!" thou sayest, " - she thinks to herself that after he realizes the pain he put her thru ( he sheds tears ), he calls her back

    "There I soon am to be,
    But how am I to run when my bones, my heart.
    Thou hast me bereaft,
    But run thou sayest, I run. " - she thinks ''how am i supposed to come back to u, when u have left me unhappy. but al the same i return to u becus i love u

    "And there and then i behold that a time will come when I again dead will be.
    Thou tell'st me to leave without delay.
    I leave with my bodkin and my tears in my hands;
    Lo! the shadows, the sky descending;
    So by a dint of smite I gait ere I run and melt together with dusk. " - she knows she will still be unhappy becus he wil never change his ways. she will leave him crying yet again. ' so by a dint of smite i gait' (meaning - by the force of being attacked i run)gives the imression that he abuses her.

    "In my mind in which is this event, but it seems as if naught is to change anyway? " - all this is being played out in her thoughts, in her mind. but in reality, she cannot pluck up courage to leave him

    "After all these years thou left'st me down in the emotional depths.
    The sombre soaked velvet-drape is hung upon me.
    Turning my feelings away from our so ingorant world,
    All the beautiful moments shared, deliberately push'd aside.
    A distance there is. "
    - in reality, she is miserable. she lays there reminising on their past, the good times they shared, and how they have been thrown away. they are together in person but spiritually apart. a distance there is.
    baetaon May 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhen she says "bodkin" she means "needles", and it's metaphor of rain: The raindrops (the "needles") make a "pitter-patter" sound on the roof (like tapping).

    Now, I don't know if this is right, but I think the decissive verse is the "sombre, soaked velvet drape" which hungs upon her, I mean, if it's soaked, is she outside in the rain? I kinda thought the "drape" thing was a black umbrella ("velvet" and "sombre") and she's like in the rooftop thinking what'd be like to be brave and tell him all the crap he's been doing, but she later decides it'd be the same (he'd ask her forgiveness and she'd comply 'cause she loves him)... or, maybe she guess that if she tells him, he'll finally end up killing her somehow. "By a dint of smite I gait, before I run and melt (al)together, with dusk", implying she was hit violently, what she's probably walking away of, to finally fall and lay there "melting and running with dusk".

    And, saying other thing, she actually says "...I gait BEFORE I run and melt together...". The only difference though, is only phonologycal, 'cause "ere" means "before" anyways.
    garts92on March 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta distance there is between an unreqiuted lover and her object of desire
    philo187on July 09, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh... I like this song so much but I can't really understand what it says (Old English... am I wrong?)
    Elarienon May 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentguys, can someone explain to me why the song mentions a 'bodkin'. does it mean a weapon or something else? does it have to do with something particular in the song context? i just still can't make it out
    mephistorinaon October 25, 2008   Link
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    My OpinionMeh the song is superb its about a women who is having relation ship problems as you can tell
    that part where she says im "Pitter patter on the roof.
    Behold! 'tis not the rain;" i think she's talking about her tears oh well thats my opinion XD
    doc105on January 08, 2009   Link
  • -2
    General Commentwell i think tis song is about a girl whoz bin betrayed in some way by sum bloke,well i cant fukin belive dat im the 2nd person to write sumfin bout it...anyway TOT r wicked
    metal_messiahon September 23, 2004   Link
  • -4
    General CommentTHIS BAND IS SO BAD, SO WHY IS THIS SONG SO GOOD?



    but archaic language is so unnecessary and stupid.
    GravityAlwaysWinson February 23, 2006   Link

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