"Lionheart" as written by and Hans Juergen/olbrich Kuersch....
Just let me out of here
Speak to me
It all would be easier
I want to talk to you
Who is that?
Do I hear a whisper?
Or do I hear a cry?
Across the brown land
The stumps of time

Oh turn the wheel and heal me
Since moonlights fade
I'm empty - heal me

I'm in search of the Lion heart
I am ashamed
I myself can't make it
Drown Ulysses
Drown here in the silence
Cause down to Hades I've gone
But I cannot get out

Down below
I can't free my mind
Soon I will fade away
Down below
I can't free my mind
Soon I will fade

"Tic Tac" is the message
And the lunatic fears
He is no more

Speak to me
It all would be easier
While I'm passing by
What's that?
Do I hear a whisper?
Or do I hear a cry?
Across the brown land
The ghost arrives

Pick up my bones and
Tell me
Is this the "Lake of Fire"?
Hell?
Please

I'm in search of the Lion heart
Nobody else
But the pure can save me
Drown Ulysses
Drown here in the silence
Cause down to Hades I've gone
But I cannot get out

Ruins rule my memories
I can't recall the signs
Invite the dead
Then silence struck my mind

Silence is madness
"Tic Tac Tic Tactic"
Says the clock

Just let me out of here
Speak to me
It all would be easier
I want to talk to you
Hear me

Welcome to this sad place
And hand me what is mine
I'm the Theban prophet
The dead and blind

And from the sea you'll feel me
Then you'll breath out gently
Leave me

I'm in search of the Lion heart
I am ashamed
I myself can't make it
Drown Ulysses
Drown here in the silence
Cause down to Hades I've gone
But I cannot get out


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"Lionheart" as written by Hans Juergen Kuersch Andre Olbrich

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  • +2
    General CommentWikipedia says it's about Ulysses and his travels to Hades. Makes sense, drown Ulysses is the souls trying to pull him down. Ulysses is a latin pronunciation of Odysseus, I'm pretty sure.
    humansRpepul2on January 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAlso, the "blind Theban prophet" refers to Teiresias, a dead soothsayer who Ulysses traveled to the underworld to speak with.
    toastybigginson January 18, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIts about Ulysses, but I have no idea why its called "Lionheart."
    Sherickon December 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI could see how this could be about Roland's journey beneath Lud.

    "Speak to me
    It all would be easier
    I want to talk to you"

    Could be Roland wanting to communicate with Oy as they followed the trail of Gasher and Jake.

    I guess maybe Jake would be the "Lionheart" that the song refers to.

    "Drown here in the silence" is probably referring to what would happen if Oy lost Jake's scent beneath Lud, how Roland would be stranded in complete darkness and silence.

    There are some references from the Odyssey in this song that don't really connect with The Dark Tower.
    robsturron January 30, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningRobsturr was correct, this is about Roland's journey beneath Lud to save Jake in "the Wastelands" (book 3 in Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" series). It does reference the Greek mythological hero Ulysses, but I think the comparison is that Roland is on a very long quest filled with hazards, pitfalls, and unexpected tragedies (Roland's eternal search for the Dark Tower, versus Ulysses's misadventures in trying to return to Ithaca after the Trojan War).

    In order for an analysis of this song to make sense, you need some background of the book. In "The Wastelands", Roland and his Ka-tet (a group of 3 people he is bound to by fate) are crossing a dilapidated bridge when a rogue known as usher kidnaps Jake to take him to a psychopathic warlord known as the Tick-Tock Man. The city they are in is just a shell of an old, technologically advanced city. A thousand years previously, a civil war broke out and over the eons the city fell into ruins. The Tick-Tock Man's lair is beneath the city, under tons of booby-trapped rubble. As Jake was being kidnapped by Gusher, his billybumbler pet Oy silently followed and was able to remember the location. Oy went back to Roland and got him to follow his lead to rescue Jake.


    //Speak to me
    //It all would be easier
    //I want to talk to you
    This can be a reference to Roland wishing he could communicate more easily with Oy, but I think it's actually referencing Roland not being able to reach Jake with his Ka. Since they are bound in a Ka-tet, Roland normally has mild telepathic abilities with Jake, but Jake is so shaken up and afraid that his mind is closed and Roland can't pick up very much from him.

    //Who is that?
    //Do I hear a whisper?
    //Or do I hear a cry?
    Roland is having a hard time reading Jake's mind, but he gets some snippets and worries that Jake is being harmed. Jake is taken to a room with double iron doors, and eventually ropalnd is able to make out Jake's voice from elsewhere in the tunnels.

    //Across the brown land
    //The stumps of time
    This is referncing a concept in the series, that time and distance are no longer standard, but are getting more and more distorted as the Dark Tower is in a more precarious position. In the book, Jake has a Seiko sports watch. Once he crosses over his his reality into Roland's world, his watch stops working correctly. It reads impossile times, like 90'oclock on both Friday and Saturday, an example of how time is breaking down in Roland's world.


    //Since moonlights fade
    //I'm empty - heal me
    Roland views Jake as a surrogate son, and his kidnapping has left the Gunslinger upset and worred.


    //I'm in search of the Lion heart
    //I am ashamed
    //I myself can't make it
    Jake is the lionheart in this instance. Even though he is a kid, Roland see's the braveness in him. Roland can generally get himself out of almost any bad situation, but in this case there was no way he could have navigated the rigged tunnels without Oy.

    //Drown Ulysses
    //Drown here in the silence
    //Cause down to Hades I've gone
    //But I cannot get out
    The boob-trapped and rubble stren tunnels of the ruined city are like hell (or Hades) to Roland. Physically, since it's literally an underworld, and metaphorically, because of the danger and the heartache Roland is in as he worres avout Jake. The "drowning in the slience" I think is the trepidation Roland feels in not being able to extend his ka and give Jake a message, or receive one from him.


    //"Tic Tac" is the message
    //And the lunatic fears
    //He is no more
    Again, Jake is in the hands of the Tick-Tock Man, and Roland wonders if he has already killed Jake.

    //I'm in search of the Lion heart
    //Nobody else
    //But the pure can save me
    Roland sees Jake as a form of redemption. As a Gunslinger, he oftentimes has to be unemotional and harm people. Roland finds Jake's childish purity a form of salvation for his soul.
    MaidOMetalon August 28, 2018   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThis is my favourite song from 'A Twist in The Myth'. Definitely something to do with Greek mythology, i'm guessing the tale of Ulyssess which is one i'm not familiar with so hopefully someone else'll elaborate.l
    Oriaxon October 10, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI thought it was about Final Fantasy 8 until I paid attention to the lyrics...now I have no idea lol
    hudsonboywonderon December 17, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General CommentLove the begining!
    Heroic Dragoonon December 21, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General Commenti belive it could be about king richard lionheart
    alex rayon March 20, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General CommentAs shown on the "A Twist In THe Myth" page of Wikipedia:

    "Lionheart" is about Roland the Gunslinger tracing Jake Chambers through a man-made labyrinth in the city of Lud and then into the sewers in order to rescue the boy from Gasher and his leader, the Tick-Tock Man. It uses metaphor of Ulysses and travel to Hades.

    From what book series these Roland the Gunslinger, and Jake Chambers characters are I have no idea.
    Daxunyrron February 12, 2010   Link

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