You are sleeping unhampered by guilt
Comes the morning you shut down
The devil's breath is a disease on your lips
Reaching out for your loss
You prey on your flock

Seeking out the weaker hearts
With eternity in your grip
And on a lifelong throne of sub-religion
They will eat from your head

With the moon above and the sun below

I can't remember the sun upon my skin
Slave to a sorrow that is whispering within
I'm always waiting for you before I sleep
There is no comfort in the distance that we keep

In a river of grief I am drowning
And your grip is surrounding my heart
Balancing on the edge of failure
And relieved, should I fall
Scattered dust upon my eyes
A winding road taking you nowhere
A winding road taking me home
And my home is my grave

Waiting for a day when there is nothing left to say

Voices of despair is a familiar friendship
A society in your head holds the code to destruction

Dying fast
Summer dying fast
And this can't last, as nothing ever lasts
In a forest of flesh
There is a need to sever myself away from happiness

Still no drifting sun
Black upon the earth
Still the air is dry
And the locust wait

There is no help in the wake of our needs
There is no help to dispel the pain
There is no help yet some cling to a phantom
There is no help, only circles on the water

Only circles on the water

Lyrics submitted by Passenger146

Moon Above, Sun Below Lyrics as written by Mikael Lars Akerfeldt

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    My InterpretationThere is a 'you' and an 'I' in the song. One feels no guilt, the other (I) is drowning in sorrow. One could take the song literally and say that the narrator is a vampire, but I think this is more a description/metaphor for separation and despair.

    Stellar song and musicianship.
    offhandon September 06, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis is the story of an unbeliever.
    The song can be divided in 3 parts:

    1- The unbeliever denounces a priest/false prophet, who takes advantage of his devoted followers.
    "You are sleeping unhampered by guilt... ...with the moon above and the sun below"

    2- The unbeliever isolates himself from this corrupted community, believing it is the right thing to do. However, there is one problem with his choice: his beloved one chooses not to follow him. Thus, he lives a lonely, sorrowful life and waits for his death.
    "I can't remember the sun upon my skin... ...there is a need to sever myself away from happiness"

    3- The unbeliever laments his existence. He neither found peace within the community nor without. There's no hope in his life, and he is bound to suffer.
    "Still no drifting sun... ...only circles on the water"
    farchangeloon January 21, 2016   Link

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