"Brave" as written by Anders Nystrom and Jonas Petter Renkse....
If you didn't know
All the moments
When I lose myself
I would tell the world

I'm catching flies by now
Speaking to someone
Breaking the windows
This house is dead

The sound of falling
When the pictures are moving
Between the memories

The sound of falling
When the pictures are moving
Dead in time

Brave, try the meaning of loss
I know your smile is deadly at this point
Wherever you are I am not

If you didn't know
All the moments
When I lose myself
I would tell the world

I guess I should know
The limits of the world
There are moments I find myself
Not breathing at all


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"Brave" as written by Jonas Petter Renkse Anders Nystrom

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    General CommentMy first attempt at a song. Katatonia is my favorite band, but not the most difficult band to understand lyrically.

    "If you didn't know/All the moments/When I lose myself"

    This line says that if you cared, or if I meant something to you like you say, you should know that something wrong. 'When I lose myself' means when I hurt. Probably talking to a woman, but 'you' you could mean 'I'.

    "I would tell the world/I'm catching flies by now"-Suicide. 'Catching flies' is something corpses do

    "Speaking to someone/Breaking the windows/This house is dead"-things are happening, but it's all unimportant and he is jaded to the world. Talking, violence, whatever...everything around him is dead. Or, 'house' is him.

    "The sound of falling/When the pictures are moving/Between the memories"-It's what he pictures of his own accord in his thoughts that matter. The actual memories are hazy and, to him, worthless. The 'sound of falling' is him becoming jaded.

    "The sound of falling/When the pictures are moving/Dead in time"-'Dead in time' because it happened, and he can't let it go. It is not specified (betrayal, death, heartbreak, etc...)

    "Brave, try the meaning of loss/I know your smile is deadly at this point/Wherever you are I am not"-I'm not cool because of how I act. I act how I do because I hurt. Your smile is deadly because you plan to betray, so I will distance myself from you. You are a fake person...aimed at multiple people. Not just a girl. So called 'friends', women, family, whoever.

    "If you didn't know/All the moments/When I lose myself/I would tell the world"-Setting up to tell the point of his lyrics in this song

    "I guess I should know/The limits of the world/There are moments I find myself/Not breathing at al"l-He complains and writes lyrics, but he knows that life is full of pain. And he no longer cares. 'Not breathing' is not being effected; being jaded. He said all this, but realizes that, in reality, he doesn't give a damn...death is fine. Pain is fine. Who cares?
    Apotheoseon September 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeautiful, powerful song. My god, he holds his roar on "not" for 18 seconds. That's insane.
    6th_sadistic_sniperon January 31, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPossibly the best song by Katatonia. Great vocal and killer riffs.
    Kyneson March 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the best songs there is and the best thing is that it's Mikael Åkerfeldt that sings not the regular Katatonia singer.
    osten89on January 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love Katatonia.
    Anilandon May 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentKatatonia with Mikael Åkerfeldt was the best collaboration i've ever heard!
    If you didn't know all the moments
    when I lose myself I would tell the world"
    MY GOD!
    Engie259on January 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHaven't listened death metal for such a while, this is my coming back - the Brave Murder Day is on. Great guitars, thick distorted sound, simple beat. Absolute metal hit!
    hjackalerton October 06, 2012   Link

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