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Watershed Lyrics From Mikael

Discussion in 'Opeth (Archived)' started by ThepOpeth, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. fsgdjv

    fsgdjv Member

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    He could have said that just because if it is a concept album and they're trying to make us figure it out, he couldn't have just said "yeah it's a concept, but we're not going to tell you what it's about", it's easier to just say it's personal.

    Just a guess, but it could also not be a concept at all, but I don't know.
     
  2. müsli

    müsli New Metal Member

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    1. "A future self portrait of the child"

    i already said somewhere else, that this is not a picture but a window (curtain)


    2. "Two man shaking hand and one of them must be child who has grown. It may go with the financal help thing but I think that car looks like a funeral car. It may be the death of his mother?"

    really good idea!! this really makes sense!!
    your thougts are very interesting, thank you for sharing.

    the overall problem is the order and the time, which seems to change several times.
     
  3. müsli

    müsli New Metal Member

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    the picture with the man reading the letter: my first impression was, that the content of the letter is the "text" written on the right side next to him. the guy is reading the decipered text. but since we know that the decipered text are the lyrics of watershed the result of this interpretation is, that the man writing the letter is actually Mike. Is this really a possible interpretation? Im not shure...

    Your thoughts!!
     
  4. AutumnElegy

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    you also have to remember mike wrote these lyrics in one night, and are personal to his thoughts, which means they cant possibly have this much analytical depth to them.
     
  5. DarkGift

    DarkGift ov Doom

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    Sorry if someone has mentioned this already; but on the last page (backside) of the booklet, it says "Dear friend. A little token of my appreciation. Photo of you taken in May last year."
    Dunno if it helps :p
     
  6. ThepOpeth

    ThepOpeth If I am haunted..

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    Yea i saw this but what does it mean? =O
     
  7. Whisper and Weep

    Whisper and Weep Awaken from the Miasma...

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    I'm also wondering about what the grave stone says.

    I still think its about Mike for sure.
     
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    horned_reaper New Metal Member

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    So now whe have all the Watershed lyrics, finally :worship:
     
  9. Fragon

    Fragon Hi sweet satan, I see you

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    not really; lotus eater miss a verse at the end and hessian peel has missin words/lines also the enitre backwards are; Out on the courtyard, hi sweet satan I see you...

    I think this album has lots of things to discover yet...
     
  10. Annihilat0r

    Annihilat0r TRINITY WATCH IN AMAZING!

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    What about Zorro? :(
     
  11. jemis

    jemis New Metal Member

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    I don't know, you just have to listen carefully, you have to focus on the quieter voices, it's really hard and I didn't hear the whole sentence I heard it from the word "financially" I think. It's very difficult because the other sounds (keyboards, talking) are louder and it disturbes focusing.
     
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    HornedReaper: I'm curious where you got those lyrics from. The lyrics at the beginning of Heir Apparent sound accurate. He could be saying 'cold', but 'slow' does make more sense. The lyrics at the beginning of The Lotus Eater are good. Those are pretty understandable anyway.

    The 'Grow seven idol's false embrace' is what throws me off. I know that was the original transcription on Dark Lyrics, but personally, 'Ghost of an idol's false embrace' seems a lot more sensical and matches what he's saying a bit better.
     
  13. nadavnaz

    nadavnaz Rabi Rape 3!

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    I think it all adds up to 'cockrock for everyone'
     
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    I hope we get the rest of the lyrics somehow, whether from Mike or what.

    I think there IS a concept to the lyrics... somewhat in line with the images in the booklet. I feel it's to do with a bitter divorce, seen from the different points of view of the family members, which revolves around the father's infidelity and the mother's illness. There's a few repeated concepts - people being gullible or lied to, and a "burden" or "rhyme", and repeated talk of a mother, father and son (which fits in with the booklet imagery).

    Also, the lyrics to "Heir Apparent" seem to talk about an abusive or manipulative father who is seldom around, and when he is there he talks his way back into the family only to fuck things up again. The last few lines seems to be the son hoping that the father will never return, as he is the "heir apparent" now.

    This fits in with lyrics in "The Lotus Eater", which seems to talk about how the narrator (probably the mother) spent years "caring for a liar", and in the end seems to say the son overheard her and the father talking "in the smoke of lost hope" with "the language of parting so clear and so true", indicating a a breakup.

    Anybody agree with me there?
     
  15. Katabasis

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    These lyrics are from the code in the special edition of Watershed. They're all on the first line (though backwards, so you could say they're on the last line).

    Yeah, excellent lyrics in my opinion.
     
  16. intension

    intension Waterbed

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    Very good sir...very very good.
     
  17. Salavace

    Salavace Let's Disco

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    Derelict Herds

    Someone died for looking too far
    While I was asleep in my house
    A child was killed
    I heard it from her friend
    A war waged in a distant land
    A cross beats (…?)
    Someone died
    Not here, never here

    There is a fever
    There is a failure
    Are you a believer?
    But someone lied to you
    You hold it closer to your chest
    There was a meaning for this test
    But you forgot and it’s gone now
    You were controlled somehow

    There was a meeting
    An invitation of sorts
    I remember leaving
    I was sick with some whore
    I’d fallen asleep
    And dreamt of my sins here
    It was (?)
    The woman smiled and said, “Thank you…” (Not sure about the first two words here)

    There was a sickness
    Right in the family (?)
    While I shuttered in the cold
    Woman hanged for her sins (Not sure about the first two words)
    While I (…?)
    Old man drowned in the (Not sure about the last word)
    As I made amends with my father
    Someone died
    Not here, never here

    ---
    (?) = missing word
    (...?) = missing phrase / missing words
    ---

    Merry Xmas. Ironically I understand Mike's growling more than his clean vocals in this song. (Unfortunately I couldn't say the same for Heir Apparent, but you guys already figured that one out.)
     
  18. Maggai

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    "King Crimson - Frame by frame" I love that song!
     
  19. split load

    split load New Metal Member

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    i reckon Mike is reading this and pissing himself laughing.
     
  20. smh1983

    smh1983 New Metal Member

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    Wow, nice! thanks for posting this

    To me, it sounds like:

    it was (satan)
    (adamant smile) and said, "thank you..."
     

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