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Stay with me a while
Rise above the vile
Name my final rest
Poured into my chest

Into the orchard I walk peering way past the gate
Wilted scenes for us who couldn't wait
Drained by the coldest caress, stalking shadows ahead
Halo of death, all I see is departure
Mourner's lament but it's me who's the martyr

Pledge yourself to me
Never leave me be
Sweat breaks on my brow
Given time ends now

Into the orchard I walk peering way past the gate
Wilted scenes for us who couldn't wait
Drained by the coldest caress, stalking shadows ahead
Halo of death, all I see is departure
Mourner's lament but it's me who's the martyr

Spirit painted sin
Embers 'neath my skin
Veiled in pale embrace
Reached and touched my face

Into the orchard I walk peering way past the gate
Wilted scenes for us who couldn't wait
Drained by the coldest caress, stalking shadows ahead
Halo of death, all I see is departure
Mourner's lament but it's me who's the martyr



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    UnregisteredSep 20, 2013 at 11:36 pm
    The first comment is right. This song is about the final moments before death, and the first moments after the moment of death, alluding to a chilling realization.

    From a suicide rather than a natural death, he dies expecting to find something (Into the orchard I walk peering way past the gate...) but finds something else (Wilted scenes for us who couldn't wait...) The orchard is the dying one's interpretation of the next existence, which in this case is possibly a dark, cold, empty 'hell' - of sorts (Drained by the coldest caress, stalking shadows ahead... Spirit painted sin... Embers 'neath my skin...). The 'pale embrace' is death itself, finally claiming him with a touch on his face.
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    UnregisteredJun 10, 2012 at 3:09 pm
    Death. The song is simply about death... Time running out, and what it must feel like to feel yourself slipping from this world, to the cold awaiting darkness ahead.
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    UnregisteredMar 31, 2012 at 8:24 pm
    Awesome song with ghostly lyrics... One of the best songs of opeth.. Harvest here means taking the souls to the one...
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    UnregisteredMar 27, 2012 at 4:22 am
    I think the meaning of this song has to do with reflecting on your life as you had it while you're waiting to get into heaven. "into the orchard i walk peering way passed the gate". I believe the orchard symbolized purgatory, and peering passed the gate could me that you're at heaven's gates and you're waiting to get in. "mourner's lament, but it's me who's the martyr". A martyr is someone who is persecuted because they refuse to give into a belief of cause. So, in saying that, i believe that this means that you didn't give into christianity when you died and now you're stuck in purgatory trying to get into heaven, but, you can't because you don't follow god, and you've sinned but can't ask for forgiveness.
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    UnregisteredDec 4, 2011 at 11:52 am
    I think the theme in general is just the end of everything known to someone and the death of that person or their loved ones.

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