I gave you my love, though crystallized
I sent you a rose with nevermore
So many years, so many hours
And only thistles on my shore

For all that it's worth
The blood on my hands is the blood of divinities
And all that is lost, sound or unsound
Only bonds between you and me

If I go will you follow
Me through the cracks and hollows
And I would be your Cain
If you would be here now

The mother-of-pearl
Handcrafted by God
You're the tower they built to reach the sky
A White Falcon beauty
My mark on your skin
Follow me down the stairs when we die

Your soul is in heaven
Your body in hell
It doesn't matter much to me
In the night of the unborn
Sound or obscene
Only bonds between you and me


Blessed be our Lady Nuit
Guide us to Ra-Hoor-Khuit
In your night we find shelter
Before the Helter Skelter

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    General CommentAs disorderly already mentioned it's a song from the soundtrack of Vampire the masquerade: Bloodlines.

    As I see it, the song is about a vampire (not Cain) trying to convince a mortal (most likely a woman) to join him and become a vampire.

    In the first verse he explains how he sent her his love and a "rose with nevermore" (possibly a reference to the band?), but after "so many years, so many hours" his efforts have been unsuccesful, as there are "only thistles on my shore".

    In the second verse he renews his efforts, explaining how the blood on his hands is divine and "all that is lost" (by her becoming a vampire) will only make the bond (love) between them stronger.

    In the chorus he asks if she will follow him and if only she "would be here now" then he would be her Cain, meaning her sire, as Cain is symbolic in this manner (being the biblical father of all vampires).

    In the next verse he kind of sings her praise, comparing her to the tower of Babel (as Feytalist already spotted) and a White Falcon (which is a type of Guitar). Then "my mark on your skin" is obviously the bite wound she would bear after her siring and "follow me down the stairs" is a another emphasis that she will die (reference to descending into the underworld).

    In the final verse he assures her that though "your soul is in heaven" (possibly she was a virtuous person in life) and "your body in hell" (just by being with him?) it doesn't matter much to him, since "sound or obscene" (no matter what), they will be together.

    In the bridge at the end he calls upon "our Lady Nuit", goddess of the starry sky (night) and asks her to guide them to "Ra-Hoor-Khuit", whose philosophy ties in well with vampire life ("There is no law beyond Do what thou wilt.") and he mentions they will find shelter in his night, before the Helter Skelter (probably the uproar of the vampiric life).

    *Note: everything above expresses only my personal opinion of the song's meaning - I am by no means an expert and I encourage anyone with a different interpretation to post theirs*
    Liselle Morrowon May 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAm I the first to comment on this incredible song? Wow.
    I must admit, this one has me stumped. There are some definite Biblical connotations ("Cain" itself and "the tower they built to reach the sky" is the tower of Babel). The names at the end are apparently deitic figures in Thelema, the religion/magic order that Aleister Crowley started. I have no idea how this ties in anywhere...
    Feytaliston March 17, 2007   Link
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    General Commentits kinda vampiric... and cain was the first vampire... but idk, this song rocks though!!!
    bitexmexpleaseon October 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt seems to me like this is about like a vampire (dare I even say Drac himself) going though his siring process. Asking his mate "if i go will you fallow" trying to bring her to the vampire world as well. Or perhaps he (non drac) is talking to a vampire after siring another. "Your sould is in heaven, your body in hell"
    lostsnake1134on January 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIts clear what this song means because it was written for the Vampire the masquerade bloodlines sound track. It's about the first vampire Cain.
    XdisorderlykillrXon April 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYes, but what does "And I would be your Cain
    If you would be here now"? Could it mean that "I would Embrace you"? It really has me stumped
    erwtason May 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt was hardly written "for" Bloodlines... the album came out more than a year before the game. It just seems so shallow to attribute the song to a white wolf legend; sigh, I don't know.

    If I remember correctly, nevermore is another name for a poisonous plant, deadly nightshade perhaps. I doubt its a reference to te band.
    Feytaliston September 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFor those whom cannot figure out what this song speaks of then you obviously are blind.
    djcalamityon March 16, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationThe problem for me was, that there is a lot of possible connotations: referented to the common sens, to the Bible, to the vampiric legends an so on. I don't think, it's the greatest song of Tiamat both for text and the music.
    Thanks to Liselle Morrow for her interpretation: it seems to be the most closest to the reality.
    Just one repark then: what are "cracks and hollows" on the vampire's way? I see noany. It's so poetic to find anything difficult is something easy :)
    This position of lyric hero enerves a litle, as I should sing this song in a band %)
    Yasusanon February 13, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think you can toss the whole vampire stuff out honestly. No fangs, coffins, blood bleh bleh bleh....

    The Crowley Thelemic references are what drives the song in my opinion. Nuit and Rahoor Khuit are the female/male counterparts/ god/goddess that when united within the soul unite one with the godhead. Cain is the shadow side of the journey the dark side of the tree of life. One can learn of God through traveling to the light or by the paths of darkness. Will you follow me through the cracks and hollows? " Cain" asks his partner "are you the one to follow me on this journey?".
    Leichenwagen13on August 03, 2019   Link

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