Belladonna and aconite
Give to me the gift of flight
Take me up, airborne in the night
In a dream, across the sky
A hundred-million miles high
Take me ever onwards in the night
Dark sisters join my night flight
See how far you can climb
Holt’s with us on this bright night
Ride with him ‘cross the sky
As a screaming horde
We cut the scape
The Devil’s Apple exacerbates
To the sabbat on a demon steed I ride
Across the astral plane we race
The universe my fingers trace
And I am lost forever in my mind


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Belladonna and Aconite song meanings
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    General CommentIt seems to me that the song is about a journey through the astral plane. Hallucinogenic substances are sometimes used to aid in rituals to do so.
    Brackon June 13, 2005   Link
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    My OpinionThe song is about the legendary flight to the Sabbat that Witches in the Middle Ages were supposed to do. The historical records show that the herbs mentioned in this song were used in "flying potions" which Witches would use to "fly" to the "Sabbat." In reality the supposed "flight" was a psychonautical voyage to the astral plane (as stated in the lyrics) where the celebrant might receive gnosis (ineffable knowledge) at the Sabbat (or state of ecstatic union with the higher self, or the forces of nature. The herbs mentioned are all extremely poisonous, so as one commenter put it, stick to wacky tobbacy or, I might suggest, Shrooms. All in all, the song is simply about having a Shamanistic experience. Its not about getting stoned or promoting the use of poisonous plants. The lyrics are meant to be evocative and dramatic. Not literal.
    Menanderon July 20, 2017   Link
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    General CommentThere's also a chorus at the end that goes:

    Hemlock, Henbane, Acone... Belladonna
    Opium, Thornapple, Cinquefoil... Mandragora

    I've never heard of most of these herbs... anyone know what they are?
    freakishfaeon April 25, 2003   Link
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    General CommentHemlock - Conium maculatum, member of the parsley family, used to kill Socrates
    Henbane - Hyoscyamus niger
    Aconite - Aconitum napellus, commonly "monkshood"
    Belladonna - Atropa belladonna, commonly deadly nightshade
    Opium - distilled from the juice of the poppy
    Thornapple - Datura stramonium, commonly Jimson weed
    Cinquefoil - Potentilla reptans
    Mandragora - Atropa mandragora, commonly mandrake

    Most of the above are HUGELY poisonous, and should not be fooled with. They are commonly regarded to be ingredients in so-called flying ointment used by witches. Applied topically in a grease base, the chemicals in the herbs would induce a hallucinogenic effect. I hope modern witches know better than to mess with this stuff and stick to pot.
    wendywitchon June 09, 2003   Link
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    General CommentEach of these herbs produce a hallucinogenic effect with out the combining with the others. Combinine any of these herbs together can cause dangerous effects, and at times death. It's not suggested to ever use them in any potions. Also, some are illigal
    lumierdenuiton February 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOpium is the only illegal one, I believe.
    bugmenoton February 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commentdoes anyone know what is meant by the Devil's Apple? I sorta get the rest, but that one is puzzling...
    stealtheharmonyon July 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDatura also known as Devil's Apple, Angel Tulip, Green Dragon and a whole host of other names. Related to Belladonna and just as dangerous...
    phrozen_hearton September 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe primary meaning of the song is: "hallucinogenic drugs are ok!"
    But not necessarily the named drugs!
    imrazoron June 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes anyone know who Holt is?
    amethystrose82on March 17, 2015   Link

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