"Punishment Divine" as written by and Andre/kuersch Olbrich....
It's warm and tender
But very soon it turn cold
Shadows stare down from the walls
Out of the mist
It's coming closer now
It never rains
It pours on me
So let the saints
Set up the courtyard
The unpleasant cage
The obvious point is I'm insane
Was I aware
Whom I had slain
I fear I was the faceless
The Nameless
The bush set on fire
No one ever dared to speak
"Shame on me
I don't believe
The here and now
Is all we're living for"

Joyful it seems
But then suddenly
By one false move
It's blown away
Joyful it seems
But then suddenly
Their voices cease
It's gone away

Vanished
To the point of no return
Vanished
To the point of no return

Witness my last breath
I do not regret
A word I've said
The strong will survive
The weak must die
And out of the mist
It's coming closer now
Sinner and saints
The grateful slaves

Nature's law instead of god in heaven

From far beyond
I can hear them sing
I hear angels sing
Songs of innocence
I hear angels sing
Despite the facts are clear
It cannot be
What we can't see
I must admit
It sounds so sweet

Joyful it seems
But then suddenly
By one false move
It's blown away
Joyful it seems
But then suddenly
Their voices cease
It's gone away

Vanished
To the point of no return
Vanished
To the point of no return

Angels sing I hear Angels sing
Can hear them sing
Far beyond I hear them sing
"It's true, it's true
We don't exist"
Far beyond I hear them sing
"It's true, it's true
We don't exist"

Well we all know
There's no other side
It's good and evil
I know right between
There's no borderline
This is the punishment divine

Surrounded by night
I've been offered insight
There is none but the sin of pride
Am I wrong an I right
Am I losing my sight
Abandoning the superior mind

Joyful it seems
But then suddenly
By one false move
It's blown away
Joyful it seems
But then suddenly
Their voices cease
It's gone away

Vanished
To the point of no return
Vanished
To the point of no return

Right away I will be gone
Gone I will be gone

Through the valleys grey
Through the shapeless land
I walk alone
I'm left alone

Through the deepest void
A blackened paradise
I walk alone
I'm left alone


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"Punishment Divine" as written by Hans Juergen Kuersch Andre Olbrich

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    General CommentYep, Nietsche.
    Insanity.
    'Was I aware whom I had slain' (Got ist Tot)
    'The strong will survive, the weak must die' (will to power)
    'Natures law instead of God's' (one of Nietzsche's primary concerns was to knock down Christian morality, because of it's false basis)
    'It's good and evil, I know right between there's no borderline' (Nietzsche realised that all contemporary concepts of morality were false, and he seemed to suffer from that realisation)
    Darwin may have been tortured by his discoveries, but he didn't visualise their consequences are darkly as Nietzsche.
    nickwebon May 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche who for his whole life was a devout atheist, until around the time of his death when he began to talk to angels. It's about his struggle to keep his sanity and stick to what he's believed for his whole life.
    ICreepXTheLandon September 04, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Survival of the Fittest" of also Nietzsche's opinion, but you are right, it's also possible that it refers to Darwin
    IQon January 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt definitely about Nietzsche. The line

    "Was I aware whom I has slain, I fear I was"

    does not leave any doubt to me.
    leumanon March 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt definitely about Nietzsche. The line

    "Was I aware whom I has slain, I fear I was"

    does not leave any doubt to me.
    leumanon March 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI say Charles Darwin.

    And Btw. Something's wrong here.

    Was I aware whom I has slain, I fear I was:
    The faceless
    The nameless
    The bush set on fire
    No one ever dared to speak
    "Shame on me, I don't believe
    The here and now Is all we're living for"

    It should be

    Was I aware whom I haD slain, I fear I was:
    The faceless
    The nameless
    The bush sAt on fire
    No one ever dared to speak
    "Shame on me, I don't believe
    The here and now Is all we're living for"
    Oldedaon December 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's defenitly Nietzsche. The last years of his life he turned insane and was taken to a mental hospital
    Omnia_faeceson June 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt does seem to match Nietsche much better than Darwin. I tried to read Will to Power. I almost went insane as well... XP
    Sabazeuson September 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely about Nietzsche. Darwin wasn't an atheist, even calling him an agnostic would be pushing it a bit. Nor did Darwin think his work had any bearing on religion in terms of the existence of god. 'Survival of the fittest' in Darwin's view definitely did not equate to 'only the strong survive', it's a fairly meaningless phrase without context in the sense of Darwin's usage. He was using it to express adaptability in terms of speciation. Darwin also never recanted his theories or hypotheses as described in the song, he was a serious scientist to his death.

    'Well we all know there's no other side
    It's good and evil
    I know right between, there's no borderline
    This is the punishment divine'

    Nietzsche described 'good and evil' as simple human abstractions which were fundamentally irrelevant in his view of the world and fairly frequently described god as a useless concept to modern man.

    There's also the simple fact that Nietzsche died in extremely poor mental health after suffering several strokes, Darwin died fairly peacefully and completely sane.
    scrumtralescenton February 08, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningNietzsche it is, there's no doubt. While some parts might fit Darwin or others, the whole picture is clearly showing us the old walrus-moustached German.

    And it is a rather superficial interpretation of his thoughts, and certainly a Christian one; the survival of fittest / natural law, God killing, the intriguing thought about God/Heaven, sweetly singing angels etc...these don't really tell what Nietzsche's about, if you go deeper into his thinking. But then again, I guess the song's meant to be more about his mental breakdown than his core philosophy.
    hiidenkirnuon December 20, 2010   Link

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