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Liquid is in your throat,
For hopeless delight.

After all you fell in love with death,
Life has aborted all you've had
And all you became,
The night is calling, you pray forth.

A barren waste is your land,
Crops they were sown to die.

This skin is a mirror,
The eyes hollow with ignorance,
Health runs from your lips,
Sucked in and safe in a world of sleep.

All those years caring for a liar.
A benefit road is winding higher.
You're a moth too close to the fire.

You are stuck in a route of confusion
Changing and waiting and seeking the truth of it all.

Fleeing your sorrows
Pushing your spirit away

Sick of the weakness of the psyche
Whispered from the heart of evil
Luring them all into despair
Resenting the goods of a savior

And cries out
For the restless will also die

A selection culled from the damned
Drawing the life under one.
A friend died in your room
And sought the birth of a follower

Oh, Brother!
You're a killer
And you target yourself
I wish you'd never come back
For us to see
The beckoning end

And the pride of a mother
Brought flaws in a mother's son,
And the love from a father
Was used by a father's son

Overheard us talking
In a smoke of lost hope
The language of our parting
So clear and so true

Overheard us talking



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    FrodoFeb 10, 2009 at 7:12 pm
    There are a lot of mistakes in these lyrics and need to be changed immedietly. For example:

    The skin is a mirror
    The eyes hollow with ignorance
    Health run from your lips
    Tucked in and safe in a world of sleep
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    UnregisteredSep 3, 2012 at 5:15 am
    It is a nod to the odyssey, in that the imagery of the lotus eaters evokes the attempt to use something to remove oneself from the situation outlined in the album at large namely the inhospitable relationship with a mother with what i gather to be an extreme bipolar disorder.
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    UnregisteredAug 6, 2012 at 5:02 pm
    I was thinking this song is a nod to the odyssey, when a few of odysseus men eat the lotus flowers and can't leave the island on their own they have to be dragged away in a state of torment because they want to stay.
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    UnregisteredApr 30, 2012 at 11:49 am
    The song refers to a guy that is reaching for salvation from god or his family, because he has done something wrong. Because his apologise was not accepted he beggan to think ways of destroying everything on his path. He also states that the restless will also die. That probably means that the other people that did not help him or made his life more miserable will die. Thats why the lotus eater is refered here. He lives in a world full of misery and corruption. So, noone shall be alive when they wake up from their dreams and face the real world.
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    UnregisteredDec 23, 2011 at 10:31 am
    In greek mythology, the lotus-eaters (greek λωτοφάγοι, lōtophagoi), also referred to as the lotophagi or lotophaguses (singular lotophagus /ləˈtɒfəɡəs/) or lotophages (singular lotophage /ˈloʊtəfeɪdʒ/), were a race of people living on an island near north africa (possibly djerba) dominated by lotus plants. The lotus fruits and flowers were the primary food of the island and were narcotic, causing the people to sleep in peaceful apathy.

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