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Eluveitie – A Rose For Epona lyrics

Do you feel the thorns?
Do you see the tears?
Do you see the bloodshed in this fell war?

Have you forsaken us?
Have you forgotten our faithful men calling your name?

While I stand before you
While we perish
While I lay down a crimson rose
While holding hands are forced apart
While hopes bog like condemned men
Were you there?

The sky is falling on me
As your hand's turning old and weak
I'm giving myself upon to thee
A futile sacrifice gone sere

In your nemeton
These grey stone walls are cold and silent
As the fallen mother gone deaf
Mistress of shattered hopes
And forever broken dreams
Were you there?

The sky is falling on me
As your hand's turning old and weak
I'm giving myself upon to thee
A futile sacrifice gone sere

Epo, Epo, why has thou forsaken me?
Together we go unsung
Into thy hand I commend my spirit
Together we go down with our people

Were you there?
Were you there?

The sky is falling on me
As your hand's turning old and weak
I'm giving myself upon to thee
A futile sacrifice gone sere

Falling on me...

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  • u
    UnregisteredApr 20, 2012 at 1:11 am
    Helvetios is a concept album about a group of gauls, the helvetii, who used to live in areas of present-day france and switzerland(where the band is from). The album is a story told from the perspective of one of the helvetii, and in this song a girl has stopped at a shrine to epona, goddess of horses and fertility, to try to find answers to why the tragedy of the roman invasion has happened, and why they have been so utterly routed by the romans.
  • u
    UnregisteredJan 18, 2012 at 11:30 pm
    Commented mainman chrigel glanzmann:.
    "the song "a rose for epona" appears about in the middle of the storyline - so, it tells about the time when the gaulish war broke out already. The helvetians decided to leave their homeland and migrate to the west coast of gallia, to start a new life there.
    In the time the song tells about, many helvetians had to face pretty much shattered hopes. And so does the protagonist, from whose viewpoint the song is written: a young gaulish woman. She was part of the helvetic migration, but after the battle of bibracte, all hopes that she and her people would ever reach their new home were torn to pieces.
    Furthermore you can imagine: she probably had lost her husband on the battlefields of bibracte and she had to face fact that she can be glad if their common newborn child would not be killed and she herself would be sold into roman slavery.
    To sum it up: her situation was desperate. In this situation "our" young gaulish woman despairs, can't accept her fate and turns to her goddess epona. And accuses her for having forsaken her people. This is what the song expresses.
    On a historical note: "epona" was a gaulish goddess which was, among other things, in charge of taking care of horsemen and the cavallery. All over gallia there were epona temples where people traditionally offered up freshly cut roses or rose petals to their goddess. "
  • u
    UnregisteredApr 4, 2012 at 8:56 pm
    Epona was a goddess of horses and fertiltiy. Obvously she failed someone. It seems that they may have called on her in a time of war. Calling on her to give the horses and chariots strength and victory perhaps. Epona was worshiped in rome, and was also considered a celtic goddess. "as the fallen mother gone deaf, mistress of shattered hopes, and foever broken dreams, were you there? " there is such frusteration in this song. Sad.

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