Let me taste
Let me feel
I need to know what you keep inside

No need to speak
Just let it be
Carry out this wish for me let nothing interfere

Rise to submission
I'm still beneath in the soil

Discard your clothes
Let loose your hair
We're intertwined forever and has always been

Say the word
And I'll depart
Upon your lips dwells nothing but the meaning of my cause

And so comes the dark
Vibrant as ever before
Flowers already withered
In this endless winter of souls

Outside in the park
The days move along
And nothing ever changes

They have nothing on us
But we've always knew
That nothing ever changes

Rise to submission
I'm still beneath in the soil
This is ours alone
Feeding off the warmth
Lured out from the inside

Depending on the life blood

Silently
Whispering
Move in me and set me free


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By the Pain I See in Others Lyrics as written by Mikael Lars Akerfeldt

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    General CommentI feel this song(& whole album) is about the fight between the ego and the soul. By ego i mean who a person thinks he is, he's personal pride & self absorption, & by soul i mean the vital core, the part of you that knows right from wrong, regardless of society or laws.The part of you that hurts. I also believe this album is in reverse chronological order, as if you read the last song first and so on it paints a story.the thing that gave me a clue to this is how the end of this song is in reverse. I am going to interpret all the songs on this album so you should read my coments on the other songs to realy see what i mean. their order in reverse is - By the pain i see in others, Masters apprentices, For absent friends, A fair judgement, Deliverance , Wreath.

    "By the pain i see in others"
    The first clue is in the title, The person in the song see's all the pain in others and wonders what is the cause for so many people to be so unhappy, even the people who seem to have it all, like fame or money, are no happier than the rest .

    "Let me taste
    Let me feel
    I need to know what you keep inside
    No need to speak
    Just let it be
    Carry out this wish for me let nothing interfere"
    This is the persons soul talking to him.It is telling the person to let it free, to let it have control.

    "Rise to submission
    I'm still beneath in the soil"
    The soul is again saying the ego must surrender as it is still under its control.

    "Discard your clothes"
    The soul is telling the person to discard he's subtefuges(clothes),to stop hiding.

    "Let loose you hair"
    This line is telling him to stop trying to control everything

    "We're intertwined forever and have always been"
    this line is pretty self explanatory

    "Say the word
    And I'll depart
    Upon your lips dwells nothing but the meaning of my cause "
    This is the soul saying that the ego has complete controll over it.

    "And so comes the dark
    Vibrant as ever before"
    Then something bad happens to the person to make him drive he's soul even further down.

    "Flowers already withered
    In this endless winter of souls"
    the flowers signify happiness & it is a winter of souls as everybody ignores there soul.

    "Outside in the park
    The days move along
    And nothing ever changes"
    This is simply a description of how things stay the same, it may also be a reference to the song Blackwater park.


    "They have nothing on us
    And we've always knew
    That nothing ever changes
    Rise to submission
    I'm still beneath in the soil
    This is ours alone"
    The plural is used here as both the ego and soul make up the person and how this life is theirs alone.

    "Feeding off the warmth
    Lured out from inside
    Depending on the life blood"
    This is explaining how both the ego and the soul rely for life from the person, they need he's warmth and life blood.& they arise from inside the persons mind to control that mind.

    "Silently
    Whispering
    Move in me and set me free."
    This is the person saying he doesn't want hes soul to be restrained anymore, but he is whispering it as he is unsure ,he's ego has made him doubt himself.

    perderaboon March 23, 2009   Link

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