Uneasy feeling, burning out my eyes
I hope the end is less painful than my life
I stand on trial before the gods
On judgement day
A blink of an eye between
The cradle and the grave

One last look at visions of flesh
The last best hope of man on Earth
Pontius Pilate still washing his hands
The world don't want to be saved
Only left alone

Elysian Fields...
We are storming the heavens
We raise the swords and shields
We ascend to our destiny
To the Elysian Fields

Soaring to the sun
With blood upon their wings
Superstitious dust left twisting in the wind
Man still has one belief,
One decree that stands alone
The laying down of arms
Is like cancer to their bones

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    The song has a religious meaning to it.

    One last look at visions of flesh The last best hope of man on Earth Pontius Pilate still washing his hands The world don't want to be saved Only left alone

    This is when Jesus was on trial. Pontious pilot washed his hands before deciding to put Jesus' life to an end.

    It's also about destiny. The elysian fields is heaven.

    We are storming the heavens We raise the swords and shields We ascend to our destiny To the Elysian Fields

    It can also have the meaning of war. How fighters fight for their land and freedom and most of them die in battle and go to the elysian fields which is heaven.

    rust in peaceon July 05, 2005   Link
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    I know the Elysian Fields as the place un Hell where the heroes and the virtuous go to rest for eternity, in Greek Mythology. But I like how every meanings here are different, yet really interesting.

    OrgasmicPotatoeon September 14, 2010   Link
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    I think it is a kind of mix of ideas.

    The Elysian fields isn't exactly heaven, it is like the greek/roman heaven, but not. If I'm not mistaken, it more heavily rewards heroism in war. which makes it perfect for the premise of this song, which is that humans are violent by nature and reject salvation from christ.

    The first verse illustrates how humanity has rejected god and instead chosen sin. The second verse paints a picture of humans charging upon heaven to bring war to against god, as if we could take our salvation instead of earning it. It is a kind of lyric that highlights our stubbornness. That if we would just live good lives, we could eliminate so much pain and suffering, but humans instead tend to want to fight and resort to violence and sin.

    I know it is an incredibly christian message, and that this is before Dave was oficially born again... but to me this song is obviously saying these things... I think it was a sort of precursor to Dave turning into a Bible Banger.

    jon1097511on December 26, 2022   Link
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    Christianity says Jesus was sacrificed for man's sins. A sacrifice for a new begining. I think the song dipicts how man still sins against man, hence "the world don't want to be saved" verse. Very deep song which to me is describing how man continues to defy God.

    dmarsdenon September 20, 2005   Link
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    Its about It is in Men's nature to fight, and wars will never be ended. And because of this when men is accepted into heaven it will try and take over heaven

    Metal_Up_Ya_Ass_Jayon December 19, 2005   Link
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    General Comment

    elysium fields are a place of green fields of tranquility where people go when they die if they've been good in life, according to roman mythology!

    flaminmofoon February 15, 2009   Link
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    Song Meaning

    The Elysian Fields, or the Elysian Plains, were the final resting place of the souls of the heroic and the virtuous.

    AllHailDioon November 30, 2009   Link

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