"December Flower" as written by and Jesper Claes Haakan/gelotte Stroemblad....
Towards the rich archaic heavens; towards the lack diorama
You are the artist of the texture
That plays with the mantle of the earth

When the bleakest of powders
Lie rooted to the starched stones
And roots that feed the peaking trees
Embrace the sleeping shores

Archaic pearls of sleep and death
The voice of December losing its breath
And the flower yard of white and grey is haunted

White as the down of flaking snow,
The heroic emblems of life

Green is the color of my death
As in winter-guise I swoop towards the ground
Green is the landscape of my sorrow filled passing

We are 'In Flames'
Towards the dead archaic heavens
We are the mantle and the texture
The alters the mantle of the earth

Lyrics submitted by -L3tH4L-

"December Flower" as written by Bjoern Ingvar Gelotte Anders Par Friden

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    General Commenti get chills every time i hear the solo in this song. my life is better with In Flames in it
    aaronjson November 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnyone know what this song is about? I think it's about nature or something.
    megafuryon June 02, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree that this song is about the beauty and power of nature. I also believe that it speaks of living beings transition back to the Earth and nature when they die, thus in the last verse In Flames referring to us as the "mantle and the texture of the earth"; meaning that when we die and decompose back into the earth, we now form part of its structure.

    The first verse is speaking from a living point of view (i.e. "YOU are the artist of the texture") and slowly transgresses to speaking about oneself (replacing YOU with WE) Theres quite a few lyrics in this song which may undermine my point of view regarding the meaning of this song, but I think in general I'm pretty close to understanding what its about..
    ScHiZoTyPaLon June 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentRegardless of what it's about, this one of the most kickass metal songs of all time.
    Jester24on August 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI Believe this song is about the nature of the Earth, and cycle of life...Refering to us as a very important part of this cycle. The lead in this song is incredible...In flames kicks ass...
    Sykotic323on August 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI analyized this song a few years back in my grade 11 english class. Basically everything I concluded has already been stated. Circle of life is seen through the roots, trees and mantle. The song focuses more on death however, which is apparent in the title.
    One section that just baffles me is, "White as the down of flaking snow, the heroic emblems of life." If I ever figure out what that means then my life will be complete.
    The concept that you and the earth are made up of the same substance is what I enjoy most... aside from the guitar solo which I find pleasing as well.

    Dravon August 30, 2002   Link
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    General CommentJust Saw InFlames live for the first time last night ... i dont know if i've ever seen men so majestic in my life ...
    They were like Kings.. i was right in front .. i wish you all could have seen them.

    Regarding Drav's post ... i remember Grade 11 english ..
    we were taught that white represented purity.
    Heriosm and emblems may have something to do with virtues and moral codes. if you tie this in with the concept of 'purity' then one may conclude that this verse may stress the importance of living a 'moral' or 'heroic' life in the service and aid of others.

    Maybe the character in the song regrets not having lived this way as he dies since the song hints at mortality.
    Biploson September 06, 2002   Link
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    General CommentFurthermore if you consider the 'flaking snow' .. snow flakes are short lived but memorible .. possibly similar to many kind deeds which are preformed daily.
    Biploson September 07, 2002   Link
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    General CommentJesus Murphy you have it Biplos!
    The floweryard of white and grey is most likely refering to a graveyard. I still don't understand what "ancient pearls of sleep and death / the voice of december losing its breath" means.
    They are associating December, or basically winter with death; hence, "December Flower."
    Later he says, "green is the colour of my death," meaning that once he's decomposed, as stated above, he will now be the soil which feed the plants. Just as the roots feed us, we soon feed the roots. I bet you never realized how old the particles that make up your body really are.
    Anywho, I was at the same concert I believe, it was on the 4th of September.
    Dravon October 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentRegardless of what this song means, it's a fucking great piece of metal.
    caireyon May 06, 2004   Link

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