Herodias and I have led a phantom cavalcade
Through veiled and pagan history where superstitions reigned
And Christendom sought to pervert, but poets of my name
Sang of penumbral victories that sorcery had claimed
The Graal and mighty Caliburn as votive offerings
To an England rearisen under vast majestic wings

These are the shores whereto my soul
Blood drenched and unredeemed
Shalt seek solace in secrets told
Through the whispers of a dream

From the woods Pendragon-born, I rose Arcturius
A proud, audacious King mantled in the
vehemence of lust
Death and destiny undaunted me, I drew a throne divided
In awe of the glorious battles won, my dark Goddess provided
Then treachery, a wingless beast, came crawling to my court
And now I lie at cursed Camlann, from wounds a traitor wrought

I fear the Augean light
is sweeping through Camelot
How bittersweet my triumphs seem,
now Autumnal leaves succumb to frost
Morganna art thou near me?
Languid, I wend my path to grave
Cast my sword to the sulphyd grasp
Of the naiad neath the silvered lake
When waters stirred lay silent

Mistress let the mists descend
Thy tears cannot thaw Death's cold heart
His sombre gaze defies legend
More so than thine, else thy dew-lidded eyes
Art for the Banshees song
Or our souls entwined like vein upon
The haunted shores of Avalon

The haunted shores of Avalon

Bury me in velvet dream
Lest I unduly wake
And seek to reconcile my thirst
With the cowardly tailors of my fate
Unleash mastiffs of snarling night
To overthrow, plague and burn
As slumber lures me 'mongst the dead
To scheme of my return

Archaic ghostly echoes breathe like thunder of the storm
A tempest fools miscall divine as they crouch awaiting dawn
Their ignorance has forged for me over
centuries a sword
Burnished to flash like lightning on the precipice of war
The wolves are dead in Albion whilst the
passive flocks roam free
This my penetrant spearhead shalt pierce these foul,
trespassing breeds


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Haunted Shores song meanings
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  • +1
    General Commentthis is the War Speech...

    I have awoken from the past
    Glenfully with the shadows over England's bitter skies
    I prize mine wounds in a soil sweated drink
    Remember me as king when I cradle hell to stars
    Like lovers in my arms, nestled vipers to my breast
    Venom forces workthius arts of devil's and priestess
    Thus I shall rule anew through the sinews of a song
    Played upon a storm
    By the ghosts of Avalon
    And all in league will bow to me, from death they shall ascend
    To whisper weals of war to stir the dark o nce in men
    The principle black metal masterplan
    Dying_In_Vainon April 23, 2003   Link
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    General CommentLove the song & the band, I agree with Nevermortal
    River Wolfon February 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHerodias was a Jewish princess who first married one uncle only to divorce him and then marry another uncle, who possessed higher social status and wealth. Apparently the act of marrying the brother of your living ex-husband went against Jewish law and customs of the time and this offended not only the Jewish constituency but also John the Baptist, who Herodias is said to have played a leading role in the execution of.


    However, I think what the lyrics are referring to is the figurehead of the Cult of Herodias, which was based on the same person as the historical Herodias (outlined above) but also associated with Diana, the virgin godess from Roman Mythology that remains important in Wicca.



    Graal is the French version of Holy Grail and Caliburn is old english for Excalibur.

    So, the first verse is written from the perspective of King Arthur. Arthur is portrayed as a pagan English king that Christianity perverted.

    Also I think it is possuble to read into the first verse the possibility that Arthur is either dying or loosing a battle and offers Excalibur and the Holy Grail to the gods in return for victory/survival. This is supported by the second verse which basically talks about the shores being the place where Arthur's soul will rest.

    Uther Pendragon was the name of King Arthur's father.


    Arcturius I presume to be some kind of perversion of Artorius the latin word for ploughman from which Arthur is originally derived.


    Camlann is the place where Kng arthur's final battle took place.


    Quite cleverly Dani personifies Mordred as a snake "Then treachery, a wingless beast, came crawling to my court" when the battle of Camlann was supposedly caused by a knight drawing his sword in order to kill a snake, which went against the terms of the truce.

    Ok basically I think this song is clearly from King Arthur's perspective as he lies dying on the field of battle on Camlann, as his life flashes past him. I think more than anything hetwists the tale of King Arthur by pointing out the obvious pagan components of the Arthur legend such as Moganna

    anyway I'll post more latter...
    Dressed2Depresson August 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCronos from Venom guests on this song.
    samwaltonon July 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about the classic Arthurian legend.

    Awe inspiring lyrics by the master, Dani Filth.
    Nevermortalon April 24, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe strings intro is amazing.
    erudite strangeron March 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe classic story twisted somehow.
    Aegipanon December 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentUm.. am i the only one who CAN'T TELL THAT HE IS SINGING???
    For all I can tell he could just be screching into a mike.
    Sounds coo, but you gotta be insane to et the lyrics by ear
    Sea_Of_Faces90on May 12, 2007   Link

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