Into the trees past meadow grounds
And further away from my home
Baying behind me I hear the hounds
Flock's chasing to find me alone

A trail of sickness leading to me
If I am haunted then you will see

Searching the darkness and emptiness
I'm hiding away from the sun
Will never rest, will never be at ease
All my matter's expired so I run

A trail of sickness leading to me
If I am haunted then you will see

There falls another
Vapor hands released the blade
Insane regrets at the drop
Instruments of death before me

Lose all to save a little at your peril, it's justified
And dismiss your demons as death becomes a jest
You are the laughing stock of the absinthe-minded
Confession stuck in your mouth and long-gone fevers reappear

Nocturnally helpless, weak in the light
Depending on a prayer
Pacing deserted roads to find a seed of hope

They are the trees
Rotten pulp inside, never well
Roots are sucking, thieving from my source
Tired boughs reaching for the light

It is all false pretension, harlequin forest
Awaiting redemption for a lifetime
As they die alone with no one by their side
Are they forgiven?

Stark determination
Poisoning the soul
Unfettered beast inside
Chiming sovereign control

And now the woods are burning
Tearing life-crops asunder
Useless blackened remains
Still pure smoldering

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Reverie/Harlequin Forest Lyrics as written by Mikael Lars Akerfeldt

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  • +4
    General CommentWhenever I hear it, I think about the Forest of Suicides from Dante's Inferno.

    (from Wikipedia)
    In this ring are the suicides, who are transformed into gnarled thorny bushes and trees. They are torn at by the Harpies. Unique among the dead, the suicides will not be bodily resurrected after the final judgment, having given their bodies away through suicide. Instead they will maintain their bushy form, with their own corpses hanging from the limbs...
    "They are the trees, rotten pulp inside and never well, roots sucking, thieving from my source, tired boughs reaching for the light

    It is all false pretension, Harlequin forest, awaiting redemption for a lifetime as they die alone with no one by their side, are they forgiven?"

    ...The other residents of this ring are the profligates, who destroyed their lives by destroying the means by which life is sustained (i.e. money and property). They are perpetually chased by ferocious dogs through the thorny undergrowth. (Canto XIII)
    "Into the trees, past meadow grounds, and further away from my home.
    Baying behind me I hear the hounds, flock's chasing to find me alone."
    apolyonnon March 24, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentharlequin comes word from Old French word Hellequin; a demon.. so that supports the theory that it is the protagonist being chased through the forest by demons/ satan whatever
    rude_ridimson December 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMike uses the word Harlequin as both the meaning that rude_ridims describes and as a joker. He sees the trees as idividuals with independent thought. The character portrayed throughout the Ghost Reveries record is suffering from dillusions for many reasons. Particularly because he is in a state of panic since he's been charged with murder.

    The trees have faces to him. The devil is basically contacting the character through them to persuade him to cause an increasing amount of self-loathing as a pathway to other hatred, whether it be on himself or other entities.
    BakerStreetAcousticon January 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionThis song is heavenly good.
    otseon January 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song.

    Is it about being an outcast? I'm never right about these things.
    AnotherBrickon December 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOK now I am convinced it is about being stuck in limbo and then finally ending up in hell.

    If I am right about this then this song is brutal.
    AnotherBrickon December 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think being a part of the whole concept or theme, that this song is about the people of his town chasing him away, he has the hounds attacking him, but he escapes, but not with out being injured

    i think later on, hes urged to kill, again, or to kill himself, but im pretty sure that its someone else, maybe the person that sent him to exile

    then he goes back to the town and burns it

    im more than likley wrong, im just the first to offer and explination for this song
    the-drapery-fallson January 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think drapery got it not sure if the hounds are the villages or satans....i think theyre satans but it looks like he is killing more here, but i think the burning is the forest
    fozzymandiason March 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the narrator trying to escape from not only satan, but the wrong doings he has done himself. It also goes in to the characters beliefs of other people..
    lacerateon April 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt seems no one has taken into account the name of the song. Reverie/Harlequin Forest. No one is taking it in a literal sense. You're all probably right about a guy being exiled from his home, but I think that the guy was exiled to a "haunted" forest around his home. And Reverie, to my knowledge anyway, means a good dream, or a soothing dream of some sort.
    im_a_pirateon June 20, 2006   Link

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