I hear you breathe so far from here
I feel your touch so close and real

And I know my church is not of silver and gold
Its glory lies beyond judgment of souls
The commandments are of consolation and warmth

You know our sacred dream won't fail
The sanctuary tender and so frail
The sacrament of love
The sacrament of warmth is true
The sacrament is you

I hear you weep so far from here
I taste your tears like you're next to me

And I know my weak prayers are not enough to heal
The ancient wounds so deep and so dear
The revelation is of hatred and fear

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"The Sacrament" as written by Ville Hermanni Valo

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  • +1
    General CommentFirstly, let me say that Burton is GOD.
    Secondly, this song is a true exhibit of what Burton is capable of as a pianist.
    Thirdly, this is an amazing song. It flows so beautifully, and the lyrics make me catch my breath.
    But it is Burton's intro that makes this song so beautiful, makes me listen to it, on repeat, as often as I can, and makes me lose what little sanity I still have, what little sanity has not been taken up by teenage fan-girl-like behaviour.
    I love everything HIM stands for, but I love Burton more.
    BeyondRedemption616on August 31, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"I hear you breathe so far from me
    I feel your touch so close and real"

    "I hear you weep so far from me
    I taste your tears like you're next to me"

    I always think that whereas a person who believes in a god of whatever sort believes strongly that their god is always with them, it's not a physical being that you can see or touch or hear, etc. (and I love that he used the play on the senses - 'hear', 'touch/feel', 'taste' - to show that), but a force that's always with you, always around you, keeping a something good going strong within you as long as you believe in it strongly enough. I don't think it's actually a person being referred to, but as a 'religion of love' and living by it as you would a god, it's a power you can't reach out and touch, but one that you can sense is always there with you in some form or another.

    "My church is not of silver and gold,
    It's glory lies beyond judgement of souls
    The commandments are of consolation and warmth"

    A lot of churches of organised religion are more or less run as businesses, which isn't a religion at all. Ville has mentioned in interviews his dislike of organised religions and the money making aspect of it, and the silver and gold reference always makes me feel it relates in that way. The money grabbing churches are complete bollocks, and as a lot of the people running them are sinning by their own standards, I think it's sort of a stated point on the matter that living a life of something worth believing in brings you what you need rather than following a religion that contradicts its own rules. It's hollow and empty, and love is so much more rewarding with comfort. Also, thinking about it, 'Its glory lies beyond judgement of souls' could also be another poke at business run churches if you use a different definition of the word 'lies'.

    And the sacrament in general is usually something innocent and pure and beautiful. It might not end well, but does it really matter while its present? Or, referring to an actual someone, also a huge compliment, I would say.

    Well, there's my tired, rambling opinion of the lyrics to pass the time.
    DeadxLikexMeon February 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYet again, another great ballad by HIM. Burton has a very nice piano solo that introduces the song and plays through out the entire song. This is definitely one of the best songs off of the Love Metal album.
    Razorblade_Metalon May 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdude burton's intro kickass, that song is one of my favorites. the words, kinda make it sound like valo's religious but he's not.
    drshaggypitton June 17, 2004   Link
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    General Commentits pretty much saying there are things greater than the judgement in the afterlife,for example love...i saw them in concert in vegas and he said he was with a women and a mormon person came knocking on his door and he got pissed,the story did make sense to the song and after the song,he announced the story was bs and that he was still waiting for prince to come knocking on his door.He is being a tad bit religous in this song,but not on a big level.hes just relating things
    Ateron September 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like this song.
    jENNY_on September 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyet another masterpiece
    quigon_chowon October 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGenius.
    Shinyponyon October 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDefintley one of my favorites. It's such a beautiful song
    CaughtInTheSun14on November 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI love it.. ti really is beautiful. 'Sacrament' its important,beautiful,holy..to tell soemoen that they are the scarament means has great depth.It really means something to me.
    droWning_lesSonsxxon December 02, 2004   Link

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