"Umbra" as written by Andrew Goddard, Jonathan Stockman, Ian Kenny, Stephen Judd and Mark Hosking....
Me in your own way
Colour my eyes
See what feelings I hide

No-one knows why
No one can forgive
Second thought
Why do I care?

I'll hide from subtleties while
I try to face my kind
And you call this feeling
It's not enough
Come again another day
Now that my world feels at least
I'll follow you home

Wake me with a bottle 'cross the head
I'll sleep 'til it's over and I'm sober again

Well I don't feel so safe here
Imagine that everything's affected by a cause
In this game you call luck
(There's nowhere to go)
Well I don't feel so lucky, no
(Lie to yourself)
And just when I think I've worked it out
These pieces move and I'm back to the start

Wake me with a bottle 'cross the head
I'll sleep 'til it's over and I'm sober again

It's nothing that you'd understand
I promised you maybe

Do you think it matters?
(Here I will stand)
Do you think at all?
(Here I will fall)
Do we complicate it?
(Organized recovery)
Do we know it all?
(I'll always go)

I don't want to
(Here I will stand)
I just have to
(Here I will fall)
I don't need it
(Organized recovery)
I just want it
(I'll always go)

And lay this troubled sinner
With a gun in your hand
Now you live for no-one
Knowing what you held in your arm

Wasted promise
Set in stone and blood
Hold your promise
Save your cheap remarks, just leave me here alone

Lyrics submitted by sawyejr, edited by NourSherif, fedecocheo, Jaydenmac8484

"Umbra" as written by Ian Kenny Andrew Goddard

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  • +11
    Song MeaningWhile travelling down the path to freedom, Simple Boy enters a depression due to his new worldview. those around him no longer understand him, and he risks further alienation should he not pretend to be one of the slaves. However, he finds the limited feelings and emotions of the slave to be too confining.

    Being awake amongst millions of comatose people. Lots of people choose to escape back to the lull of unconsciousness. Simple Boy tries (I'll sleep till its over and I'm sober again), but he knows too much now. eventually, you wake back up and you're right where you used to be. Unfortunately, the more you learn about how the world works, the more you realize how little you truly know.

    Thankfully, this depression doesn't last long, and Simple Boy decides to make a stand. He begins to write down his understanding (All I know), which will soon become his personal law.
    TobyTheSlaveon September 20, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General CommentDarker than the melancholy shadowing the House of Usher, more brooding, crestfallen, and agonizing in mood than the development of Reverend Dimmesdale, "Umbra" has a textural beauty about it that makes the song serene amidst the tenebrosity that constitutes its namesake. The boys of Karnivool adorn a tale of addiction and intervention with a superb arrangement which complements everything about it. There's such a grandoise build-up in the bridge, and the last stanza adds to its power. It'll strike you in the face and make you crave another listen (strange for a song hinting at a common vice). Once again, the song lends itself towards many interpretations, which I love. Especially in a song about addiction, "Umbra" has the potential to be identifiable to those experiencing lows with whatever demon they are battling. That is something the Vool boys should take pride in. What a modern-fucking-masterpiece...

    mephiticaon July 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentnow that my world feels out of place ** ? maybe
    AidanBon June 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think this song is about someone entering a depression either due to life stress in general, how messed up the world has become around them or chronic illness / pain and his depression has made him feel isolated from everyone else around him. He becomes so aware of his alienation that he can't seem to find a way out. An umbra is a shade or shadow, and this person feels like hey have a big dark cloud hanging over them they can't get out from under. (Wake me with a bottle 'cross the head
    I'll sleep 'til it's over and I'm sober again) this is the person begging for someone to help them out from under the umbra they are stuck beneath. All they know is depression and suffering and all they can seek now is a map or a plan of action to release them from their personal hell.
    EternalTearsOfSorrowon November 25, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song screams depression, the word umbra can mean shadow world, a region of shadow, many things, but always shadow is the common factor. The singer is confused and just feels like giving up, lyrics such as "No one knows why, no one can forgive, Second thought, why do I care" and "Hey, it's nothing that you'd understand" and talk about sleeping till sober again. Constant contradictory and negative lyrics imply that the singer doesn't believe anything is working and this is shown again by the lyrics "And just when I think I've worked it out, These pieces move and I'm back to the start"
    Payph0neon June 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyone else think that "(organised recovery)" sounds like it could be "(Don't ask me probably)". The question in the lyrics is "Do we complicate it" and is then answered by "Don't ask me probably" which in turn completely answers the question...
    I wondered this when I saw them live this year and heard the backing vocals. Ive always heard it as that. Just wanted to see what your thoughts are?
    nathandublyaon August 16, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric Correction"Now that my world feels out of place" instead "Now that my world feels at least"
    CapBlahon May 23, 2012   Link

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