HEIR APPARENT: Slow days Slow words Slow lies Slow ends So many years to clean the slate Endless despair within its wake His touch soiling what used to be clean His gaze burning on the edge of our dreams no more Slow pain Slow deaths And again he rides in, it's September and he covets the gullible Skeletal wish Hunter A thousand lies, cast from the throne of secrecy Hear him spewing forth meaning to miserable lies See the twisted hand of doubt seal the affair The insect trust Believer Your body a vehicle to house his disease Pearls before swine they are nothing but blind Submit to nothing and swallow my spit of scorn Invisible king Dying Procession of woe, struck down by sorrow A burden so great weighs heavy on old and withered beliefs The swift solution crumbles beneath the mock notes of a masterpiece Death in his eyes Waiting Spiralling judgement, provoked in the rains This futile test drowned in the levee of deception In the year of his sovereign Rid us of your judgement Heir apparent _______________________ I hypothesize that this song is about, or at least widely influenced, by United States President George W. Bush. In b4 & "ur overanalyzing" An Heir Apparent is an assumed successor to the throne by bloodline. Kings and princes and such. Bush's father, George H. W. Bush preceded him (with Bill Clinton in between) - the next time after Clinton that the republicans had a strong, popular candidate was during Bush Jr.'s campaign - he was the heir apparent to the office. "So many years to clean the slate" may refer to Bush's 8 years of opportunity to right his wrongs - or, from his perspective, wipe clean the slate of his family's mistakes (he believed that Bush Sr. should have invaded Iraq). Just a note: well over half of the song is an abstraction, like most of Opeth's stuff. I'm saying that it might be referencing Dubya. Next: "And again he rides in, it's September and he covets the gullible" September 11th, 2001. Bush rides in and stands on the rubble and sells a war against terror to the citizens, coveting the gullible who later approve of the war in Iraq, which leads to the deaths of hundreds of thousands civilians and millions displaced, and over 4,000 US troops (as of late). A "skeletal" wish. As for the "slow pain, slow deaths" bit, it reminds me of the slow suicide of humans at large with our treatment of the environment and all that. "Spiralling judgement, provoked in the rains/This futile test drowned in the levee of deception" Another widely recognized disaster: the Hurricane Katrina crisis in Louisiana, when the levees broke. Note the imagery of drowning and rain. Last verse: his term is ending, rid us of him, the heir apparent. So maybe it's a stretch, but I completely see it there. Thoughts?