Who are you? Who am I to you?
I am the antichrist to you
Fallen from the sky with grace
Into your arms race

Lucid lovers me and you
A deal of matchless value
I was always quick to admit defeat
Empty statements of bones and meat

And my heart it shook with fear
I'm a coward behind a shield and spear
Take this sword and throw it far
Let it shine under the morning star

Who are you? Who am I to you?
I am the antichrist to you
Fallen from the sky with grace
Into your arms race

One for my heart and two for show
Three tears for all the souls below
One day we made them into figurines
Burned them all with all my favorite things

Who are you? Who am I to you?
I am the antichrist to you
Fallen from the sky with grace
Into your arms race

Who are you? Who am I to you?
I am the antichrist to you
Fallen from the sky with grace
Into your arms...


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I Am the Antichrist to You Lyrics as written by Kaoru Ishibashi

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  • +7
    My InterpretationThis song pretty closely tracks the common understanding of the war between Lucifer and God, in the Christian tradition, and because of that it's not unreasonable to interpret the 'voice' in this song as being Lucifer himself.

    Lucifer - also known as 'the morning star' - was the brightest of angels, and he fell from Heaven into a war with God himself. He, as are other angels, is variously depicted with weaponry. Many of the lyrics support the singer as being this character:

    "Lucid lovers me and you"
    Both God and Lucifer are known for seeing things clearly, and having deep emotional commitment to the world. 

    "Three for all the souls below"
    Literally referring to the human race.

    "One day we made them into figurines
    burned them all with all my favorite things"

    This refers to the war in heaven; where all was turned into pieces on a chess board and great destruction was wrecked.

    I could go on; almost all the lyrics in this song support the Lucifer/God conflict. But what makes this interesting is that the last line omits the word 'race' in "I fell into your arms race." This turns the interpretation on it's head and rather than being a typically discussion of Lucifer's fight with God, it reveals that this was a struggle full of love. Lucifer's initial disagreement with God has to do with God's not showing love like Lucifer expects. And, in the end, the forgiving God creates a place for Lucifer in the world regardless of his rebellion: Lucifer falls into his arms, despite all else.

    And so Christian symbolism aside, this comports to lyrics that have a profound understanding of the human condition: that most conflict arises from love - and the most opposed conflicts (akin to Lucifer and Gods') most definitely arise from love and differing views of what that means. And that despite these conflicts, and despite who wins, in the end they encompass us; when we fall, we fall into their arms. It is inescapable and beautiful and sad and uncomfortable all at the same time, as the tone and words of this song imply.
    EgoWumpuson February 27, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI've always seen this song as a dialogue between two people who love each other but can't be together for whatever reason, because it would be destructive. Makes sense in my head.
    kmo801on September 27, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBEAUTIFUL song, very poetic. I'm surprised that mine is the first comment.
    MaxSe7enon October 05, 2012   Link
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    General CommentMaxte7en is quite right. Beautiful song. A tough nut to crack lyrically, however. My interinterpretation is that Antichrist does not mean evil-- for example, a Hitler-like figure-- in this song like the word is typically used.

    I think these two lines are key:

    I was always quick to admit defeat
    empty statements of bones and meat

    I get the impression to that these lines suggest he is bodilly pleasure and she is spiritual wisdom. She is superior to his physicality and he is "defeat[ed]" by her spirituality. However, in spite of her superiority she needs the physical pleasure that his physicality can afford her and even though he "falls from grace" -- that is, even though what he offers is inferior to her loftier, nobler gift-- "into [her] arms"-- that is, his inferior gift of physicality nevertheless meets a profound need for her though it is not as a profound a need as the need for Christ and spiritual wisdom.

    Very subtle and wise comments here. However, my opinion is that a man who penetrates his lover in an act of love and pleasure is just as holy and noble as a priest transubstantiate the Host into the body of Christ in a Eucharistic service. In fact, I would say the lover is even holier and nobler because the need he meets is so much more intense than the need of the worshipper at the Eucharistic mass. I wonder what others will say about this. No bigee if you disagree I just thought I would put this out there.
    aumchordon October 22, 2012   Link
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    General CommentMaxte7en is quite right. Beautiful song. A tough nut to crack lyrically, however. My interinterpretation is that Antichrist does not mean evil-- for example, a Hitler-like figure-- in this song like the word is typically used.

    I think these two lines are key:

    I was always quick to admit defeat
    empty statements of bones and meat

    I get the impression to that these lines suggest he is bodilly pleasure and she is spiritual wisdom. She is superior to his physicality and he is "defeat[ed]" by her spirituality. However, in spite of her superiority she needs the physical pleasure that his physicality can afford her and even though he "falls from grace" -- that is, even though what he offers is inferior to her loftier, nobler gift-- "into [her] arms"-- that is, his inferior gift of physicality nevertheless meets a profound need for her though it is not as a profound a need as the need for Christ and spiritual wisdom.

    Very subtle and wise comments here. However, my opinion is that a man who penetrates his lover in an act of love and pleasure is just as holy and noble as a priest transubstantiate the Host into the body of Christ in a Eucharistic service. In fact, I would say the lover is even holier and nobler because the need he meets is so much more intense than the need of the worshipper at the Eucharistic mass. I wonder what others will say about this. No bigee if you disagree I just thought I would put this out there.
    aumchordon October 22, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis song is beautiful. I believe it's about a relationship in which he pulled her in and she fell in love with him, but he couldn't reciprocate so he crushed her.

    "Who are you? Who am I to you?
    I am the antichrist to you
    fallen from the sky with grace
    into your arms race"

    The "antichrist" reference is because the antichrist is beloved by all people and rises to power only to bring destruction. That is what he is doing to her, leading her on by being in the relationship, only to crush her heart in the end.



    "And my heart it shook with fear
    I'm a coward behind a shield and spear"

    He can't reciprocate the love to her because he is afraid, probably from a past tragedy. He's built a wall around his heart and is scared to let anyone in.
    deerhoofson December 03, 2012   Link
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    My Interpretationnvm i think its abt a destructive relationship

    “Who are you? Who am I to you?
    I am the antichrist to you
    fallen from the sky with grace
    into your arms race”

    The “arms race” is basically the fuel of their fire for fighting. She is constantly arguing with him ‘cause she’s upset over something he did or didn’t do. Shes building her arms/weapons because of him.

    “Lucid lovers me and you
    a deal of matchless value
    I was always quick to admit defeat
    empty statements of bones and meat”

    Their love is empty, yet somehow they are a good match. Basically their experience together has lead, what could have been a good relationship, to turn into ashes, despite having so much in common. He admits defeat because he doesn’t want to fight anymore. He says what he can to make her feel better and/or shut up.

    “And my heart it shook with fear
    I'm a coward behind a shield and spear
    Take this sword and throw it far
    Let it shine under the morning star”

    He’s a coward because he never told her the truth and never told her how he felt. He just sat down and took the beatings. She disarmed him, basically. “Let it shine under the morning star” says to me that a new morning is coming.

    “One for my heart and two for show
    three tears for all the souls below

    One day we made them into figurines
    burned them all with all my favorite things”

    This is the only part I’m confused by a bit. I took it as he really loved the girl that he’s in the relationship with, but he gave up on her and left. Finding other women didn’t please him, though. He was still in love with her. He burned (or got rid of) all the things that reminded him of her (photos, etc).

    “Who are you? Who am I to you?
    I am the antichrist to you“

    A lot of people who go through failed relationships view the other person as a horrible being. Usually that’s all they see while in the relationship. She’s making him out to be something he’s not, but he doesn’t know how to portray himself differently ‘cause he doesn’t have the courage.
    Raphaeliteon February 01, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think this song goes something like this:

    We are of ultimate concern to each other (Who are you? Who am I to you?)
    Fate had me come to you (fallen from the sky with grace into your arms race)
    Our amazing relationship will be righteous and awesome all the way until the end,
    At the end I will fully disappoint you and ruin everything (I am the antichrist to you)

    We are amazing together, a perfect match (Lucid lovers me and you, a deal of matchless value)
    I put all the power and the important aspects of our relationship into your hands.
    (I was always quick to admit defeat empty statements of bones (power) and meat(important aspects))

    I was always afraid that I would hurt you (And my heart it shook with fear)
    I am a coward for not coming through in the end, it was because I was afraid to tell you of my feelings (I'm a coward behind a shield and spear)
    I wish you could take my cowardice that ruined our relationship and make it disappear (Take this sword and throw it far)
    Then the beauty of the real us, and what should have always been us, could shine on perfectly with brightness and love (Let it shine under the morning star)

    One tear shed for my heart that was unable to overcome my cowardice, two tears shed to truly show how tragic this story is, three tears shed for all of the hurt that this caused, and all of the greatness that was lost.
    (One for my heart and two for show, three tears for all the souls below)

    In the prime of our relationship we had so many beautiful and wonderful things going for us.
    I threw it all away, along with everything else that was good in my life when I didn’t come through for you in the end.
    (One day we made them into figurines burned them all with all my favorite things)

    I think the fact that he does not say race at the very end of the song, not only represents his inability to finish an amazing thing (in this case, literally an amazing song. in the case of the song, his inability to come through for his love in the end), but it also represents his massive regret for not coming through in the end, the song and his story will always feel incomplete.
    sultesch21on October 24, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationStumbled across this song recently. Did not pay much attention to it until I heard it again and thought I heard something about the Antichrist.
    So, I searched for the actual lyrics to this song and boy!
    For those who care to know the meaning of this song and why one has such a mesmerizing feeling when listing to it well this is my take.
    The lyrics are extremely profound and whoever wrote it must have been inspired by something out of this world.
    “The song starts off with the chorus:
    Who are you? Who am I to you?
    I am the antichrist to you
    fallen from the sky with grace
    into your arms race”
    The line starts off with a question by none other than the devil himself or antichrist or any of the other name's he has gone by throughout the ages.
    Fallen from the sky with grace into your arms race
    Is telling of when Lucifer was thrown out of heaven because he led a rebellion against God with 1/3 of all angels in heaven. He did not fall down from heaven with grace but rather was thrown out and came crashing down to earth where he strives to cause all manner of strife and terror for mankind.
    He hates man and can’t stand the fact that we were created in the image of God and initially he had to serve man.
    The first stanza:
    “Lucid lovers me and you
    a deal of matchless value
    I was always quick to admit defeat
    empty statements of bones and meat”
    Talks about the relationship man has with the Devil, how through sin and lies the Devil has tried to make a deal with the souls of man to turn against God and follow him.
    A deal of matchless value, - to trade ones soul for the things the Devil has to offer.
    I was always quick to admit defeat, statements of bones and meat - is talking of how easy is it for most men/women to fall for the lies and tricks of the devil and follow him.
    The next stanza has multiple meanings,
    “And my heart it shook with fear
    I'm a coward behind a shield and spear
    Take this sword and throw it far
    Let it shine under the morning star”
    And my heart shook with fear, - tells of how fearful the Devil really is despite all of the show and masquerades he portrays.
    I am a coward behind a shield and spear, seems to be talking about how the Devil hides behind war and defense.
    To take this sword and throw it far, let it shine under the morning star - seems to be referring to the AntiChrist who will one day shine for a brief time, with demotic power from the Devil himself.
    By the way, the Devil was once called “morning star, son of the dawn”
    The chorus repeats itself. Then the next stanza:
    “One for my heart and two for show
    three tears for all the souls below”
    Is referring to the fact that man consists of 3 parts Spirit, Soul and Body. And that the Devil is after the souls of men for himself his heart. The fact that the other 2 parts are just for show tells you his contempt for mankind.
    The final stanza:
    “One day we made them into figurines
    burned them all with all my favorite things”
    Its a very brief summation of the history of mankind.
    One day we made them into figurines, tells of how God made man in his own image in the beginning to have dominion over the earth and rule it. Of how sin entered the earth because of the tricks of the Devil convinced man to disobey against God and as a result a separation between man and God exists.
    Of how some 1 – 2 thousand plus years from now God will destroy the earth and everything in it and create a new heaven and a new earth.
    The chorus repeats itself twice then ends.
    So that’s my interpretation of the meaning of these lyrics very profound!
    prophetic1on July 04, 2020   Link
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    General CommentWho are you? Who am I to you?
    I am the antichrist to you
    Fallen from the sky with grace
    Into your arms race

    I think it’s about the biblical story of god and Lucifer, but more abstractly it’s about the classic tension between people and how true understanding is difficult to ascertain, especially in romantic relationships.

    “Who are you? Who am I to you?”
    Gives me the feeling of paranoia or anxiety. There’s a question and based off the song title and the directed questions we can assume there’s some interaction between two people and at the bare minimum-understanding, there are questions between them.
    I think after we get the context from the other lines and repeated chorus we can also extend this to be metaphorical as in, disbelief that this is a question in their head in the first place. Questioning the depth of their relationship and how they viewed the reality of it. How something seemed one way and now isn’t. “Who are you?”

    “I am the antichrist to you”
    Is an important line here to follow with. The previous line was confused whether genuinely or metaphorically it is a question without an answer. Then the narrator says he’s the Antichrist. Answering the question for the other person, which would only be possible if these people
    knew each other. I think the word Antichrist is really important and deliberate. Devil and other synonyms have extended connotations and meanings, but Antichrist is literally just the opposite of Christ, Anti and Christ, like antimatter or antithesis, it’s not passive or left with interpretation. It’s just the opposite of whatever we or they define as Christ. I think we can assume that Christ has some “positive” or “just” connotations and within the reference of a discussion, as a descriptive word the meaning is clearly “correct”. Because the narrator is the Antichrist in reference to this conversation, they would be in the wrong. “I am the Antichrist to you” or “I am in the wrong to you”. It’s a big statement, the narrator is saying that the other person is equivalent to Christ and whether this is through the narrator’s eyes or the other person’s it points to an inherent tension: they are opposed. Christ and Antichrist.

    “Fallen from the sky with grace
    Into your arms race”
    I think this is one of the most cementing ideas in this song. In the narrator’s eyes they were accused as being in the wrong or Antichrist. Now the narrator says they came from the sky or “heaven” with grace. I think this alludes to the narrator’s personal feeings: he was in the right. He is not the Antichrist. He is not wrong.
    Now the “arms race” I think can most easily be defined as war or conflict. Or literal arms race. It’s the only realistic meaning and continues the idea of the narrator thinking they were in the right “with grace” and that they fell into the “arms race” or war of the second person in this dialogue: “your arms race”. Really solidifies this tension of ideas that people have. Right and wrong in this possible argument or discussion. The idea that you can love someone so much and find out you’re so far apart at the same time. How can the Antichrist be good and bad? How can two people feel opposed and justified in their beliefs?

    The rest of the lyrics drive home the metaphor of the struggle of god and satan and how Lucifer fell from heaven or grace. It still brings a sense of romance with the reference to “loves”, “we”, and the fact that the narrator is talking to or about a specific person. The last chorus omits the word “race”. Falling into someone’s arms is a classic romantic metaphor. Countless movie scenes depict lovers falling into each other’s arms. The idea of closeness and physical touch. Why is love so perfect and so fragile?
    Kyle Greyon July 10, 2021   Link

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