"The Leper Affinity" as written by and Mikael Lars Akerfeldt....
We entered Winter once again
Naked, freezing from my breath
â??Neath the lid, all limbs tucked away
This coffin is your abode from now and onwards

Your body is mine to avail
Such a tragic sight you are
Slave under my creed
Spurring me with those tears

I am beyond death
Midst a dreaming affinity
Saving strength now, faint whispers
Come erotic communion in its splendor

Fever mirrored ghosts
Night-time consolation, cross the line
Draw murder into art
Sleep inside through days

In the wake of this relief
Shivering, longing for more
Insanity at its peak
Love me to my death

Lost are the days of Spring
You sighed and let me in

Keep the beast inside
Shackled within my hide
Screaming out too late
Losing to my hate

Grew together with your skin
And paced the trails of sin

Your gaze, covered with virgin snow
Rigid featuresâ?¦.
It's the shallow deeds who's to blame
Deafening shrieks pierced the night

A step from oblivion
Moving into the dim lights
Hiding within a reverie
It was worth it for the wait alone


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"The Leper Affinity" as written by Mikael Lars Akerfeldt

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  • +5
    General CommentOk Ok Ok... I created an account just for this song. I've listen to this so many times and saw the lyrics even more often. First of all YES ! it's about rape and murder NO there's no leprosy in this. A leper is also and outcast which is the case here. The last sentence confirm it "It was worth it for the wait alone". Is a way to say, it's my vengeance to the world. Ok lets take the lyrics part by part.

    "We entered Winter once again"
    Keep in mind that's the first lyrics of the album, it means we forgot the happy ending of still life : this is gonna be raw and cold, like winter.

    "Naked, freezing from my breath"
    Have you ever felt the breath of someone in your neck ?

    "Neath the lid all limbs tucked away
    This coffin is your abode from now"
    He's above, she can't move

    "Your body is mine to avail
    Such a tragic sight you are
    Slave under my creed
    Spurring me with those tears"
    This is were insanity begins, feeling all powerful makes him bursting in madness

    "I am beyond death"
    A lot of murderers, rapists etc... felt the same when they commited their crimes, feeling like god because you play with the life of someone

    "Midst a dreaming affinity
    Saving strength now, faint whispers
    Come erotic communion in its splendour
    Fever mirrored ghosts"
    She lost strength and resigned to fight, she let him do the dirty job, he fucks her

    "Night time consolation, cross the line
    Draw murder into art
    Sleep inside through days
    In the wake of this relief
    Shivering, longing for more
    Insanity at it's peak
    Love me to my death"
    He kills her, obvious enough : night means death, "cross the line" "Insanity at it's peak"

    "Lost are days of Spring
    You sighted and let me in
    Keep the beast inside
    Shackled within my hide
    Screaming out too late
    Losing to my hate
    Grew together with your skin
    And paced the trails of sin"
    I can pretty much see the scene clearly. His madness stoped, he stand amazed, got scared. Then he talk to her, yell, and tell her it's her fault. MAAAAN i can almost see his eyes, in a mix of surprize, fear and anger.

    "Your gaze covered with virgin snow
    Rigid features
    It's the shallow deeds who is to blame
    Deafening shrieks pierced the night
    A step from oblivion
    Moving into the dim lights
    Hiding within a reverie"
    He now looks at the body, starting to get covered by fresh snow, the beauty of the white constrast with the horror of the murder. He feels like in a dream, unreal.

    "It was worth it for the wait alone"
    Like a cry against sociaty that made him an outcast.


    This song is perfect and very vivid
    thechopeuron May 09, 2011   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningI think the obvious interpretation is that the narrator is a necrophiliac. Whether he kills them or not is pretty ambiguous but he's definitely performing sexual acts on a corpse.
    MetalNickon August 05, 2016   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe more I read the lyrics, the more I think it is nature itself, talking to somebody who has died and been buried: "We entered Winter once again, naked, freezing from my breath. 'Neath the lid all limbs tucked away, this coffin is your abode from now and onwards. Your body is mine to avail."

    This, to me, is nature or the earth itself speaking. The "breath" of the land is the wind, freezing the ground and all below it. The earth now avails, or uses, the body to its own advantage. The soil itself is nurtured by the corpse, and the decomposition causes the body to return to nature - dust to dust, you know? These lines seem to fit that: "Grew together with your skin, and paced the trails of sin. Your gaze covered with virgin snow; rigid features."

    All that suggests somebody dead and buried under the cold winter earth. Yeah, I can see it being a metaphor for human failings - it could even be an analogy for a controlling or smothering relationship, in a sick sort of way. But in a literal sense, I believe it's about death and the eternity of burial.
    6th_sadistic_sniperon February 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think its about Nosferatu taking someones life.
    Crestfallon February 07, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it is made to get us to think it's about rape at first, but I think it's not. My guess is that theres only one character, mutilating himself.

    "Lost are days of Spring
    You sighted and let me in"
    Could be a kind of mental disorder speaking to its victim?

    "Keep the beast inside
    Shackled within my hide
    Screaming out too late
    Losing to my hate
    Grew together with your skin
    And paced the trails of sin"
    Looks like someone who hates himself for whatever sin he has (or thinks he has) done and harms himself as a punishment, no?

    Well, my two cents!
    VoiceOfWisdomon May 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've another possible meaning: the one we think is a rapist is in fact leprosy itself. It could be the illness speaking in the way of a character.
    VoiceOfWisdomon May 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI personally share VoiceOfWisdom's interpretation. It could certainly be the voice of leprosy, speaking about how it enjoys claiming its victims.

    "Neath the lid all limbs tucked away
    This coffin is your abode from now"

    Evidently the victim of leprosy has died and been buried.

    "Your body is mine to avail
    Such a tragic sight you are
    Slave under my creed
    Spurring me with those tears"

    The disease is basically talking about how it now owns the victim's body, and is looking over it and saying (Kind of ironically) what a tragic sight this person is.

    "Sleep inside through days
    In the wake of this relief
    Shivering, longing for more
    Insanity at it's peak"

    This is probably a different victim. These certainly sound like symptoms of fever or sickness; perhaps the disease is claiming another victim?

    "Keep the beast inside
    Shackled within my hide
    Screaming out too late
    Losing to my hate"

    The change from Mikael's growls to clean vocals suggest that maybe this is changing to the point of view of the dying victim. He knows that he is dying, and that nothing can be done to save him now ("Screaming out too late"). He also wants the disease to stay with him and not claim any more innocent people - "Keep the beast inside" and "Shackled within my hide" (ie Kept inside his body).

    "Grew together with your skin
    And paced the trails of sin"

    I have a feeling this might be the second victim, now dying of leprosy, speaking to the first victim, who may have been a loved one, and was also who he caught the disease from. "Paced the trails of sin" suggests that maybe the first victim was careless, which led up to them catching the disease. That would certainly give the song the "lost love" undertones that many Opeth songs have.

    "Your gaze covered with virgin snow
    Rigid features"

    This is back to the disease, looking over the second victim this time. The "virgin snow" may refer to the frozen gaze of the dead person.

    "Deafening shrieks pierced the night"

    The second victim's body has been discovered.

    "A step from oblivion
    Moving into the dim lights
    Hiding within a reverie"

    This is the second victim passing on into the afterlife.

    "It was worth it for the wait alone"

    I have a feeling that this can apply if it were spoken by both the disease and the victim. From the disease's point of view, it would mean that the disease has enjoyed waiting to claim the victim. From the victim's point of view, it would have been worth dying, because of the wait for death - in other words, life - or possibly the second victim's wait, after the first victim had died, to be with them again in the afterlife.

    Well, that's my input. The whole "rapist" thing sounds highly unlikely, and I personally think that this interpretation that the speaker is the disease is far more likely. ;)
    Dragoniumon September 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Your body is mine to avail
    Such a tragic sight you are
    Slave under my creed
    Spurring me with those tears
    I am beyond death"

    That doesn't mean that he's some girl, it can also mean that he's seeing himself in a mirror or maybe having a split personality.
    clericmarshallon September 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentVampires man, its about vampires lol

    We entered Winter once again
    Naked, freezing from my breath
    Neath the lid all limbs tucked away
    This coffin is your abode from now---Old Folklore of them sleeping in Coffins

    and onwards
    "Your body is mine to avail
    Such a tragic sight you are
    Slave under my creed
    Spurring me with those tears"--The attack of a woman
    I am beyond death--Vampires are immortal
    Midst a dreaming affinity
    Saving strength now, faint whispers
    Come erotic communion in its splendour
    Fever mirrored ghosts
    Night time consolation, cross the line
    Draw murder into art
    Sleep inside through days---vampires cant come out durning the day

    In the wake of this relief
    Shivering, longing for more
    Insanity at it's peak
    Love me to my death
    Lost are days of Spring
    You sighted and let me in --- you have to invite vampires in to your house

    Keep the beast inside
    Shackled within my hide
    Screaming out too late
    Losing to my hate
    Grew together with your skin
    And paced the trails of sin
    Your gaze covered with virgin snow
    Rigid features
    It's the shallow deeds who is to blame
    Deafening shrieks pierced the night
    A step from oblivion
    Moving into the dim lights
    Hiding within a reverie
    It was worth it for the wait alone
    Shaman464on October 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn this song I believe, first of all, the first person character is a sadist
    "Spurring me with those tears"

    Has anyone ever considered that the seasons described (winter and spring) refer to chronology surrounding the event of the song, rather than literal seasons?

    The song definately has sexual connotations to me, being perhaps about a rape and murder or necrophilia, but I also thought that the first person character repents or at least realises what he is doing is wrong,
    "Such a tragic sight you are
    Slave under my creed" and

    "Keep the beast inside
    Shackled within my hide
    Screaming out too late
    Losing to my hate" suggests maybe the character realises what he is doing is wrong, or maybe doesn't want to do it but is overtaken by his impulses? Just ideas people.

    Feel free to drop me a PM, I love to talk about music

    Fantastic song, though I prefer Still Life as an album =D
    Vivalarevolution16on September 26, 2008   Link

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