Out on the road there are fireflies circling
Deep in the woods, where the lost souls hide
Over the hill there are men returning
Trying to find some peace of mind

Sleep my child

Under the fog there are shadows moving
Don't be afraid, hold my hand
Into the dark, there are eyelids closing
Buried alive in the shifting sands

Sleep my child

Speak to me now and the world will crumble
Open a door and the moon will fall
All of your life, all your memories
Go to your dreams, forget it all

Sleep my child

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Death Whispered a Lullaby Lyrics as written by Steven John Wilson Mikael Lars Akerfeldt

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  • +3
    General CommentIt's pretty straightforward - it's about Death (ie the reaper) coming for somebody on their death bed, but taking them in the gentlest way possible. Basically soothing them into death, telling them that it is a soft and sorrowful but necessary transition.
    6th_sadistic_sniperon September 27, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song makes me want to listen to it while it thunders and sitting in the dark listening to the rain and a tree branch tapping the window and its all quiet except for teh song ....not sure why kinda strange what music does and can make you feel......
    sleeping_sun07on March 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI also believe that this song may be about a child serial killer. My interpretation:

    Verse1: The fireflies circling could be the souls or spirits of the dead that cannot leave this world. The lost souls that hide are the souls of the children that were buried in the woods. The men returning trying to find some peace of mind is the search party for the missing children. They still cannot find the children.

    Chorus: This could mean simply, sleep my child all will be fine. And then he'll kill her once he reaches the woods. Or this could mean sleep as in an eternal sleep, or simply Death.

    Verse2: The shadows moving under the fog could be the usual stir of animals and nightlife in the woods at night. The killer tells the child not to be afraid and take their hand.

    Or, this could describe the ghosts of children who were murdered previously which supports my interpretation of the second half of this verse.

    Into the dark there are eyelids closing. This could mean that the children's spirits do not want to witness what they had to go through themselves. They cannot do anything to protect the child, for they have already been buried in the sands (quick sand perhaps?) so they try to ignore the horrible scene.

    2nd Chorus: This could mean the same as the first. Or this could mean that the killer is now doing the terrible act telling the kid to simply accept death. This supports my interpretation of the next verse.

    Verse3: Speak to me now and the world will crumble could mean that the killer will be reminded of previous children he/she has murdered and it could prevent them from finishing what they've started. If the child is freed or escapes the killer's world would crumble cause they would be recognized and hunted. Idk, but that's my thoughts on that line...?

    Open a door and the moon will fall could represent how if the child just accepts their death the moon will fall and sunshine and happiness will be back to greet them again, eternally?

    The ending is difficult for me.

    So, the killer tells them to go to their dreams and forget it all. Does this mean the child is killed, or set free cause the killer realizes how evil he/she is?
    God_of_Drumson January 22, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentGRT2891: That might be remotely plausible if Mikael actually wrote the lyrics for this song. Steven Wilson, the producer did. This is also shown on the previously mentioned DVD, though I have not spotted the interview you claim to have seen.
    Virginbornon August 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis lyric is written by steven wilson by the way. their producer while recording the damnation record.
    In the miston September 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentangel of death is inviting his victim for death gently, sleep my child=die my child...
    Burakon May 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentreally amazing slow opeth song...
    sounds a lot like a fairytale or a bedtime story always good stuff
    paperxwristson May 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnever read the lyrics before this post, but by listening to it i thought it was about some war veteran(s).

    now im lost
    dualimeron June 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentopeth is the best band ever
    Xbrainwashing/uXon October 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with sniper
    SIXPOUNDERon August 05, 2006   Link

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