"April Ethereal" as written by Mikael Lars Akerfeldt and Sven Peter Malcolm Lindgren....
It was me, peering through the looking-glass.
Beyond the embrace of Christ.
Like the secret face within the tapestry.
Like a bird of prey over the crest.
And she was swathed in sorrow, as if born within its mask.
Her candlelight snuffed, the icon smiled.
Emptiness followed by her wake.
I could clasp her in undying love.
Within ghostlike rapture the final word was mine.
She faced me in awe. 'twas a token of ebony color.
Embodied in faint vapor.
Wandering through April's fire.
Compelled to grasp and to hold the one that was you.
I will endure, hide away.
I would outrun the scythe, glaring with failure.
It is a mere destiny I thought, a threshold I had crossed before.
The rain was waving goodbye, and when the night came
The forest folded its branches around me.
Something passed by, and I went into a dream.
She laughing and weeping at once: "take me away".
I don't know how or why, I'll never know when.

Lyrics submitted by Idan

"April Ethereal" as written by Sven Peter Malcolm Lindgren Mikael Lars Akerfeldt

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  • +2
    General CommentI love this song. My favourite ever, truth be told.

    As part of the "MY ARMS, YOUR HEARSE" concept album, it's part of the ghost story told from the perspective of the ghost, and basically is about the first time the ghost haunts his beloved widow. She, however, doesn't see him as anything but a white mist, and only for a second before she runs away in maddened fear. So the ghost returns to the forest to wait out the rest of the season, pledging to endure and try to reach her again soon. The haunter is haunted himself by dreams of his loved one's face.
    6th_sadistic_sniperon May 12, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is one I can really relate to. When I was very young (about 3 years old so I can barely remember it) after my uncle died I saw him waving goodbye to me in the mirror. But then when someone very close to me died recently I had flashbacks of this image and really expected to see her face in the mirror, and at times I even imagined I did. But whenever I looked she was gone. So the first two lines are quite chilling.
    The way he describes his presence in the 3rd line shows he's hidden and can only be seen by actually LOOKING for him, and the 4th line 'like a bird of prey over the crest' is almost an early omen, a sign on things to come later in the story.
    This sort of haunting atmosphere continues into the song "...final word was mine", and in the 6th line where he says "the icon smiled", this refers to the narrator himself, describing himself as her icon. He believes that she loves him very deeply and would do anything for him ... this has other implications which also become apparant later in the story.
    He turns out the candle and tries to embrace her ... this reminds me of one other time when grieving for someone, I wasn't sure if I could faintly feel her outline in the air before me, and in the darkness I could almost see a mistly outline. I was completely awestricken by this, even though I'm sure it was imagined because I was so much in denial about her death at the time.
    Then it seems to show him running from the reaper (the scythe being the hook he carries), and upon hearing her ask him to "Take me away", he pledges to do just that and returns to the forest, hiding from his destiny and waiting for his chance to do this for her.
    MoonlapseVertigoon May 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has some great (but short) drum solos.
    doomsoldieron April 22, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis line alone sends chills up and down my spine:

    "the forest folded its branches around me.
    Something passed by, and I went into a dream."

    Having grown up in a very rural area, I have had moments when I have felt as if the forest were actually folding itself around me in an embrace.
    Tindaloson October 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like this song, but I generally think it should have kept up a heavy tempo and feel, instead of going soft half-way into the song.
    I mean, most Opeth songs do that, and this one could have been better off as a pure heavy song.
    Ddaduttaon June 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with ddadutta
    Hearseon September 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is taking over me
    Katatoniaon February 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSome people may disagree with this idea but to me, this song is a bit black-metal tinged, especially the riff this song charges in on. thats just my opinion.

    brilliant song though either way
    Opethfanatic89on May 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't believe their aren't more opinions on this song! The ending is one of the most powerful pieces of metal music you'll ever hear. Definitely my favorite Opeth album.
    el-duderinoon June 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is prologue...
    dt1x1treeon July 09, 2012   Link

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