There is a voice calling for me
There is a light coming down on me
There is a doubt that is clearing
There is a day that is dawning

There is a wound that is healing
There is a season waiting for me
There is a road that is turning
There is a fire still burning

A sickness in me
Constant pace towards the end
The need is stronger
This time the need is deeper

There is a peace I am searching
There is a freedom I'm depending on
There is a pain that's never ending
There is a rain falling only on me

There is a dream I am living
There is a life I'm dreaming of
There is a death I'm awaiting
There is a home I am deserting

I hold my breath in wait
Only moments remain
Movement for departed hope
Effect for absent friends

Sever the faith from my body
Leave me begging for more
Take what I have and deliver me
Into everlasting sleep

Soothing trance
Colours fade
And disappear
Ethereal light
Showing me what I can do without

In a motionless scene
There is only me
I take what I can
Controlling you to get ahead

Fading away
And leaving
Long for sleep
Closer now
Lead the way into death

Every wretched dream
I've left behind
Every waking hour
I lie in wait

Sucked inside by will
Gone into the flood
All my questions unfurled
As I was put to the test

Once I'm below there's no turning back

Plunging into the deepest void
Departed shell left drained behind

Pacing roads unknown
Searching for a new home
Desert in my eye
Barren lands inside

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Master's Apprentices Lyrics as written by Mikael Lars Akerfeldt

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  • +4
    My InterpretationHonestly, I think it's about the act of a suicide from start to finish, most likely by poison or some other slow acting means.

    The first part of the song reads like a suicide note, descibing circumstances that have led to this decision. Around the lyric "I hold my breath and wait" is when the act is actually committed - perhaps the character begins hallucinating with the line about the colors fading and the ethereal light. The third part of the song - "Every wretched dream" - seems to be a kind of acceptance and embracing of the end, while the last part of the song could be seen as the physical end of life and the beginning of the journey into the beyond, whatever it holds for the character.

    Whatever it's about, it's one of my favorite Opeth tracks.
    Jurivaon April 07, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI would say that it's about the transformation of a once-caring person who's been screwed too many times, into an emotionless user.
    Perfect Weaponon April 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI obviously think this has to do with a out of body experiance,or like,a acid trip or something.I cant really tell what he's signifying
    Forest of Octoberon April 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI would say that it's about the slow transformation of a person who has been screwed too many times, into an emotionless user of others.
    Perfect Weaponon April 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with you to an extent perfect weapon. i think that he is on his deathbed or had a near death experience, and then realised how much the world has screwed him over.

    then he becomes the emotionless user who is awaiting death
    deliverance1983on November 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe person turns their back on faith. At the end of his life he is "put to the test/ once i'm below there's no turning back/ plunging into the deepest void". Guess who is the master?
    Dravon April 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust thought I'd throw in a dumb fun fact, this song was named after an Australian Progressive band, one of the obscure bands Mike has in his collection.
    Frances-The-Toolon December 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti personally think that this song is about someone awaiting death. Im guessing there is more to it from the posts above but verses like "there is a death im awaiting" and "fading away" or "lead the way into death" are hinting to me that someone is definitely dying or is going to die in a short time.
    great song
    ZionsVillageIdioton February 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about star wars, Master's Apprentices, I mean, come oooon!!

    There are also several other things in this song which points to events in the star wars movies.
    Gintaon February 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttrying to see the whole piece as a whole and not nit pick and categorise every word / phrase...

    the section that knocks the shit out of me has to be the transition between the dissonance and clean melody... right about when michael sings "in... to... death"...

    the simple chords with an ebow feedback are truely amazing. there's so much dispair and hopelessness in them... its so eerie and tense. boy, what songwriting skills!
    heart of darknesson April 23, 2006   Link

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