Found a way to rid myself clean of pain
And the fever that's been haunting me
Has gone away

Looking through my window
I seem to recognize
All the people passing by
But I am alone
And far from home
And nobody knows me

Never heard me say goodbye
Never shall I speak to anyone again
All days are in darkness
And I'm biding my time
Once I am sure of my task I will rise again

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Hours of Wealth Lyrics as written by Mikael Lars Akerfeldt

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    General CommentAgreed 100% with likescarrots. I never even remotely linked this song to the thoughts of suicide.. that's just looking WAY too deep into the lyrics. I like this song's message, and there are quite a few people out there who have drifted off somewhere alone for a while to "renew" themselves, find their purpose and come back fired-up.
    Ultimately I think this song is about burning-out, finding some sort of solace, having an epiphany, and coming to the realization that he has to step out of his comfort zone and make some serious adjustments to his life to bring some light back into it. Hours of Wealth = Serious Productive/Constructive alone time to help better your life, no more beating around the bush, and kicking old bad habits.

    I honestly can't see how you could derive religion from a song like this. I used to be religious once, until I did my homework and found out it was nothing but mythical-storytelling bullshit. Take care now.
    animalon April 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOh god...
    So many people dig to deep finding emotions that aren't really there.
    First of all, look at it literary.
    He's run away from his "village" and he was hunted by hounds, villagers and the feeling of the devil inside him.
    Now he's fought off the feelings of satan in away, closing himself in, by fleeing.
    From the people he knew.
    Finding a place where he can rest and think.
    As it states:
    "but im alone
    and far from home
    no body knows me"
    Literary Guys!.
    Opethvinceon June 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think you people are looking the wrong way at the words. and as i said in the ghost of perdition topic this is not a concept album , read what i said there.

    you all see this song as a very negative one , but its actually a very positive song. its about getting out of an depression. its like a V shape. its pretty hard to describe in english but ill try.

    you should see depression as a V shape. a person slowly goes down the V meaning he feels worse and worse. than he hits rock bottom, the bottom of the V. after that he goes op de V again, meaning he feels better and better. this song is about that point after rock bottom the first point of getting out of the depression.

    i hope you understand what i mean. just look at the title hours of wealth, by that alone you can see that this is supossed to be a positive song
    In the miston August 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think its about suicide.
    metalhead777on November 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNarrator commits suicide he knows he is going to hell, "all days are in darkness
    and abiding my time" before passing on to the next realm, he will stay restless and do the devil's work "once i am sure of my task i will arise
    XxMalevolentxXon November 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song just shows how well they can sing.
    COF4evaon January 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think if it was only about 'suicide', the guy would have been more explicit. Its deliberately ambiguous. The song title itself, 'Hours of wealth' implies something positive; so even if its about suicide, it sure as hell got nothing to do with the devil; really dunno wat u guys are on about.
    My two cents: the song's bout escape, figuratively speaking. Running away from the things that cause him pain; 'fever' is disease caused by external influence. I like to think that its escape from the norm; people and their habits. He hides behind windows; tries to 'recognize' people instead of merely speaking to them.; he doesn't want to be a drone anymore. Also, he is in darkness, because people have become so addicted to habits that when they finally find themselves alone, they realize how empty they actually are.
    But he will find purpose again. He will 'rediscover' himself, and arise once more.
    I mean come on. Suicide? Devils? Satan even? So pessimistic. Song has a real jazzy feel as well, arguably, to help supplement that feeling of escape.
    likescarrotson March 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commentactually it IS related to satan...its part of the concept of the entire album.

    Its not about suicide, its the character accepting what he is, so he isolates himself from the ones he loves as not to hurt them, and when he is sure of his purpose, then he will once again become the devil's servant
    lacerateon April 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnot really taking this song in context of the album but it sounds like it's about me. damn.
    PinkFloydrulezon June 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about depression. Plain simple

    Realizing that you have no one and not knowing what the purpose of you living is
    moptehon July 27, 2006   Link

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