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    General CommentI sort of get a "drinking" vibe from this..
    Its like he's raising his cup (or chalice) and dedicating this drink to "absent friends"..

    Musically speaking I would say these absent friends are guys like Dimebag and Cliff.
    Ddaduttaon October 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAs this song does not have lyrics I can't really piece it apart as well as the other songs, but it basically sounds peaceful and sad. I think it's one of songs that would put you to sleep if you listened to it in the evening. Kinda reminds me of elevator music too, lol.

    But anyways.. what it is about? I think it's about friends who are not longer here with the person, thus absent (no, really). The person is standing on their knees and weeping about it for hours nonstop.. just quietly mourning their friends' absence.

    It also makes me think that the person is remembering old, happy memories. They remember good times, something like them and their friends in various scenes.. One friend running in a field of dandelions, and another laughing with them

    But then, images of the friends dying in slow motion.. I watched too much anime.
    Konetzinon March 24, 2005   Link
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    General Commentmoonlapse, I think you're trying a little too hard to tie this entire album to Jesus. I don't see why Opeth would focus an entire album on Jesus seeing as how none of them are Christian, nor are they radically anti-Christian from what I know.
    Into the Nighton October 29, 2005   Link
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    General Commentim not sure about this but i hear that a lot of opeth cds are concept albums, and in another song they mention something about absent friends on this album, in i think masters appretntice. So it may just be like a peice of whatever they are trying to put through in this album. It may also be just a tribute to some other musical friends and family like, but like i said im not sure about any of this
    ZionsVillageIdioton December 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIn the booklet that came with the album it says that Peter Lindgren thanks "all [his] precious friends, present and absent." I think that this song is dedicated to all of the friends of the members of Opeth that they cannot be with while touring and righting kick ass music.
    deathcloudon January 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwriting*
    deathcloudon January 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think those friends are absent because they are no longer alive... I see it as a song dedicated to those who are no longer in this world...
    VoiceOfWisdomon May 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentVoiceOfWisdom I agree with you 100%.
    Neon Blackon September 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIs the fact that 30 years before Deliverance there was a Genesis song of the same name coincidental, or is Akerfeldt alluding to it?
    T_D_Phoenixon February 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think its about a person who's sits down to drink all alone and is nostalgic about an "absent" person... Absent could be ; not present , dead , long gone , etc.

    I agree with Ddadutta about the drinking vibe...
    isdxon June 28, 2009   Link

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