Sitting in the empty black
The last slivers of dusk have passed
Accept the dawn to ease the fear
One day I will not be here
Death she comes and with her thread
Upon me ties a mask for dead
Its tears of blood begin to seep
And bleed the sky

Descend the shades of night
Death shines her golden light
Across a blackened sky
All our hate is a product of a world
We created

Ashen clouds obscure my brain
Doubts begin to turn to shame
Insecureness tears at bliss
I hate me for this weakness
Faith drives me to carry on
And take the road less traveled on
Resentment swallowed means to drown
The poison down
The shades of night descend

Descend the shades of night
Death shines her golden light
Across a blackened sky
All our hate is a product of a world
We created

Scream with me
Bleed with me
Seethe with me
Sing with me

Free me
Free me
Free me

Descend the shades of night
Death shines her golden light
Across a blackened sky
The shades of night descend


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Descend the Shades of Night Lyrics as written by Dave Mcclain Robert Flynn

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    General CommentThis song is definitely about death and the inevitability of death. We are all going to die and as it says "death shines a golden light" means that death is the peaceful ending to our horrible lives here on earth. I love the line, "All our hate is a product of a world, we created". I have several interpreations for this line. First it is saying that we choise to hate/be angry with our lives. It is saying that if we are miserable, it is because we choose to be so. The other meaning that it has is that we humans create the society that we live in. We might be unhappy with how things are in our lives but it is the world that we have created and therefore cannot changes things unless we change the world we have created. Either way, I love this line because it puts the blame squarely on ourselves. Its says that if you are unhappy, it is because you make yourself unhappy.

    I also love the solo part of this song because it is about relating to other people and sharing common experiences or feelings. To me this is what music or the arts is about, sharing emotions, human emotions. It says that we are all humans and we feel anger, we need to express ourselves, we have emotions, we feel pain, and we are all scared to die. We are all in the same boat, and eventually that boat will sink, its a fact of life.
    metalandolpon April 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyup, its an 8 min lamentation on death! death sucks and we all have to die.
    CreepingDeath86on January 11, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"I also love the solo part of this song because it is about relating to other people and sharing common experiences or feelings. To me this is what music or the arts is about, sharing emotions, human emotions. It says that we are all humans and we feel anger, we need to express ourselves, we have emotions, we feel pain, and we are all scared to die. We are all in the same boat, and eventually that boat will sink, its a fact of life."

    you deserve a medal for writin that
    Kevnon September 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really like this song, it's kind of hard to tell what Robb Flynn is really saying in this one.
    My best guess is that death comes to us all, so we can either sit around and wait for it, pissed off at al the bad in the world, or we can use the time we have now to make a difference.
    quiffpornon May 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentProbably one of the best Machine Head songs.
    RedFactoryon June 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI watched Machine Head a few weeks ago (the fucking dominated once again) and Robb Flynn refered to this song as "an eight minute lamentation about death".

    And I agree with RedFactory, this is one of the best songs Machine Head have ever written.
    quiffpornon July 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, this and Imperium are the best on the new album.
    Disposition_987on October 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYea, I agree with disposition, this song is great.
    RagingLunatixon December 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno doubt one of machine heads best pieces. totally agree with the whole death thing.

    peace out
    fortysixand_toolon May 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat a spine tingler, the solo and harmonies in this own to fuck, proper emotional song this.

    Love this album to bits!

    Saw them at Manchester Academy last year, sound engineering was shit but they ruled :P
    Charlehon June 30, 2005   Link

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