How do you guys interpret Hours of Wealth? Do you see it being depressing or uplifting? I think Mikael left it ambiguous on purpose, so I'm not expecting a "right" answer, but I'm more curious on peoples opinions. Here's is my take on the song. I think this song is about escape. An escape that takes root because of fear and insecurity, but leads up being beneficial and developmental to the character. found a way to rid myself clean of pain and the fever thats been haunting me has gone away The character has been really hurt by something, and finally found something to ease the "pain". Although it's impossible to tell what the exact source of the pain is, I think it's fair to say that it has something to do with society because the character finds comfort in being away from the norm. looking through my window i seem to recognize all the people passing by but im alone and far from home The window line I find being used as a metaphor, which would be that the character is hiding behind something and viewing the world from the safety of the hiding spot, whether it be a house or whatever else is irrelevant. no body knows me never heard me saying good bye never shall i speak to anyone again This line hints at suicide, but I don't think that is the case simply because the rest of my views do not support this. I think the good bye is instead meant to reflect when the character went into this hibernation, and his belief that no one noticed his absence. Never shall I speak to anyone again sounds like anger from the disparity of the situation. all days are in darkness and abiding my time once i am sure of my task i will arise again I think this is the key part of the song, and ultimately what leads me to believe this song is more uplifting than depressive. "All days are in darkness and abiding my time" I think has two meanings - One is that this solidute may seem like an escape, but the comfort is just an illusion, and he feels more alone than ever. The second way is just "darkness" meaning not being in the "light" of the world, and essential just a metaphor for not being seen. The last line is the character having a glimpse of hope, and a change of direction. Instead of using the hiding spot as a permant escape, it's now acting as a shield until the character has a good enough plan to go back on the attack and face the world again.