"Demon Of The Fall" as written by Mikael Lars Akerfeldt and Sven Peter Malcolm Lindgren....
Silent dance with death.
Everything is lost.
Torn by the arrival of Autumn.
The blink of an eye, you know it's me.
You keep the dagger close at hand.
And you saw nothing.
False love turned to pure hate.
The wind cried a lamentation,
before merging with the grey.
Demon of the fall.
Gasping for another breath.
She rose, screaming at closed doors.

Seductive faint mist forging
through the cracks in the wall.
I shan't resist.
In tears for all of eternity.
She turned around and faced me for the first time.
Run away, run away.
Just one second, and I was left with nothing.
Her fragrance still pulsating through damp air.
That day came to an end.
And she had lost in me, her credence.

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"Demon of the Fall" as written by Sven Peter Malcolm Lindgren Mikael Lars Akerfeldt

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  • +4
    General CommentSupplanter, I think you're wrong. I've read a few interviews with Mikael Akerfeldt and Martin Lopez, and in them, they said that the general theme of My Arms Your Hearse was that the man dies and comes back immediately after, and that his widow is not with another man, but just doesn't want to be haunted by him or taken to her grave. So his hauntings are fruitless and eventually he returns to the forest, alone, to face eternity in limbo alone.

    This song, however, is clear: his hauntings have frustrated him to a point where he wants to make his presence forcibly felt, and thus begins making life hard for her, scaring her terribly, with poltergiest activity and so on. She runs around, scared out of her wits, holding a knife, and when she turns around and finally comes face to face with his ghost clearly for the first time (in April Ethereal and other songs, she saw him, but only briefly) she runs away screaming, and the anger leaves him as he realises that he's not in love with him any more, considering he's scaring the crap out of her.
    6th_sadistic_sniperon May 12, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe entire album "MAYH" seeminly is a conceptual series telling the story of a man who dies, and comes back to find not only is his love with someone else, but she is happier with the new man. He rises up, and is determined to kill him and take her back to the world of souls with him. The track "Demon Of The Fall" seeminly is the point were he is trying to kill her :) Opeth fuckin rules! Hails. \m/
    Supplanteron May 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is waaaay hardcore.

    Can't believe anyone could make sense out of those lyrics. The little acoustic part is cool, but the voice in the beginning is friggin awesome.
    SenselessNoiseon May 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought that the girl died and he was morning her death. I guess because I didnt read all the lyrics and didnt really know what half of the songs were saying. Thanks for clearing it up Supplante.
    led_linkon December 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is cool... and levyb, if you have nothing worthwhile to say, shut up please. Everyone loves cheese. you are in no way unique or special.
    Emmelstoneon March 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my favourite opeth song
    blackorchidon March 11, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlol Emmelstone. I agree life has very sad people in it.
    pollockon June 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me this song represents corruption. Someone who first is in love, then realizes that things are not all that good, thus is corrupted by his own anger or hatred.

    Now the end of this song... WOW. Fucking AWESOME melody. It's so brutal I cream my pants every time i hear it.
    Necrothon June 20, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPerhaps it is also referring to the season of Autumn as being somehow evil or terrifying, since during the fall a lot of living things die. So the Fall is basically the season of death, cold, and rot.
    simiankolyaon April 15, 2004   Link
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    General CommentActually, you know what? I think you are more right than I thought, Supplanter. Looking again at The Amen Corner, I see that there IS another man - the line about "taking solace in the words I despise" - but there's no real evidence that she's with this other guy, it just seems the other guy wants to be with her and is consoling her to get close to her.

    And, "to reap the harvest that was mine", also from The Amen Corner, does lend credibility to your idea of the ghost wanting to kill her. But otherwise I think I'm right; he haunts her, chases her and scares her, but doesn't kill her. I think he realises at the last moment that forcing her to love him, and hurting her in the process, is wrong, and that it is better to have an eternity alone - thus atoning for his mistreatment of her, and resolving the issues that leave him on earth. Which is much like the movie "Jacob's Ladder", where the main character can't ascend to heaven until accepting the fact that he must leave his living relatives behind.
    6th_sadistic_sniperon May 12, 2004   Link

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