Harvest Lyrics - Opeth



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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 to 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 to 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.
(Release your grip)
Halo of death, all i see is departure.
(and let me go)
Mourner's lament but it's me who's to martyr.
(into the night)




Writer: AKERFELDT, MIKAEL LARS
Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group



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Christian? May be not | Reviewer: Mak | 9/22/12

In information I have read, Mikael talks about how some of his past Orchid-era songs are clearly satanic, like an oath to satan, so it´s very probable that he is not christian, but the explanation about "the spirit painted sin" and "reached and touched my face" really convinces me that this could be about Jesus and Judas, but anyway, if it isn´t, this is a great song about death and the feelings about it.

Haunting song | Reviewer: Zack | 11/17/11

I'm sure you could relate this song to stories from the bible or any sort of mythological tale, but that might be reading too much into it. Not that that should stop you...

This song has a very resigning feel to it. It reads to me as a song about death - people mourn the person who died, but it's the most tragic for him, as he's the one who actually died... And he won't be coming back. "Mourners lament but it's me who's to martyr".

Very eerie and draining. Love it.

Harvest | Reviewer: Scheol | 8/19/11

In my opinion, LX is absolutly right.

Does nobody know the story, when Judas became a traitor?
Read it online, if you ain't got a bibel and you will see the link between the story and this song.

I'm no believer at all, but it seems very clear.
Anyway, everyone can interpret what they want to find themselves in it.

Good work, LX!

Harvest | Reviewer: LX | 5/6/11

When I first looked at the lyics I got a very vivid image of Christ during his final hours. To those who are unfamiliar with the story, Jesus went into an orchard of sorts following the Last Supper with his disciples. Jesus knew that Judas had betrayed him, and that he was to die for mankind's sins. He also knew his disciples would mourn him.
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 to martyr.

The disciples were with him, at his request. He returned to them three times from prayer, each time they had fallen asleep. On one of his trips to the top of the hill to pray, he said to God, “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” (father, please change my fate. Take this burden of having to die away. But nevertheless, if it is your will, let it be done and not mine)

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

At the end of the night, Judas came with the Jews to take Christ away to have him crucified. He said to them, The man I kiss is the one who is to die." He then walked up to Jesus and kissed him.

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

It's a possibility I know, but for me this song is an interpretation of Christ's thoughts on the Night before Christ died to save humanity. I am a believer and honestly I wouldn't be surprised if Mikael is too. God bless you all.

Meaning? | Reviewer: Todesengel | 4/25/11

Althoug this could be about the moment of death, this could also be a witty metaphor to describe the death of a soul, meaning that he was consumed by sin and is to live as a corpse forever. Why? Because of betrayal, departure, anything really, if this song was seen as a single-stand. However, despite the fact that Opeth only produced two concept albuns (My Armas, Your Hearse; Still Life) there is a certain thread that unites the lyrical ideas from beggining to end, and sometimes, between albums. We can't discard the developments of The Leper Affinity and Bleak...neither can we neglect The Drappery Falls and the climax created by The Funeral Portrait and The Blackwater Park. I would rather consider Harvest a prelude to the action in TDF, where a man seems to beg to be lead into pain, and "Please remedy my confusion"...So, I think Harvest stands for his spiritual death, and his anger and hatred grows steady reaching TFP...Dirge for November is the point where he laments his life, followed by his killing spree caused by his loneliness "Like a derelict child/ it's heart burning for a stranger/ Ascending to the meek/...". He commits murder "You will leave me now/ You will see to it now/ Perished at my hands/..." The last bit about "the downward fall" completes it. Patterns in The Ivy shows a picture of melancholy, like a feeling of guilt, recognizing that he "destrucing self-creation". The Blackwater Park strikes the sheer consequences of his doings, making him confront sheer damnation. That's just my opinion. Please tell me what you think.

harvest's 1 of thier best <3 | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/21/11

as I am Egyptian, I have difficulty to understand the very meaning of each word. I can only use dictionary to look up words :(:(
but I really gotta say I love Opeth as hell and what I exactly feel when I listen to this song,
DEATH: before,after and during.
this is the way Opeth are "touch you deep inside and you always can make their songs to only suit your state and your vision"
all respect for all of your opinions and forgive me if there're some mistakes.

Is this what it means? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/7/11

This is how I interpret the song, Of course I can't be entirely correct, after all, poetry is only a play of words.

'Harvest': For all those who say that this song is not about death, the very title of the song clarifies it.
'The harvest is the process of gathering mature crops from the fields. Reaping follows harvesting, where the grain is separated from the cut crops with the help of the reaper/scythe.'
That is when the one who has lived their life completely dies. The Reaper takes his grain (soul).

'Stay with me a while,
Rise above the vile.'
The writer wants someone by his side in the last few minutes of his life. But he doesn't want them to be saddened by his state (rise above the vile).

'Name my final rest,
Poured into my chest.'
Here, I guess by naming his 'final rest' he means put a grave stone above his coffin (Poured into my chest).


'Into the orchard i walk peering way past the gate.'
He knows that he is just about to die, now he looks back at what's happening around his dying body (peering way past the gate).

'Wilted scenes for us who couldn't wait.'
Very brilliant pun! When a plant wilts, it bows its head (Flower & Stem). Wilted scenes refers to the sadness that surrounds a person who's dying i.e. everyone's "wilting" (sobbing with their heads held low). 'Us who couldn't wait' refers to those who couldn't wait back here on Earth (people who are dying). This is what the writer sees- a scene of utter sadness.

'Drained by the coldest caress, stalking shadows ahead.'
Further, he describes the people around his dying body. There are some people around him that are holding onto him (caress) yet these people are not really sad or they do not feel for the writer (cold). He doesn't want them around (stalking shadows).

'Halo of death, all i see is departure.'
He is encircled (Halo) by death and sees only one way out.

'Mourner's lament but it's me who's to martyr.'
People around him are depressed and crying but yet, he is the one who will actually have to witness (martyr) death helplessly.


Now, he looks upon his most beloved one's (wife, son, lover, etc.).
'Pledge yourself to me,
Never leave me be'
He wants a promise that they will think of him often i.e. pledge themselves to his memories. And never forget him.

'Sweat breaks on my brow,
Given time ends now.'
He's worried that he will never see them again. Their time together is almost over.


Now he has passed away. This is probably at his funeral.
'Spirit painted sin,
Embers neath my skin'
He has done ill all his life and feels his soul is tainted with sin. His spirit looks around and at his dead lifeless body. And sees the fire (life) within him is extinguished (gone).
Embers refers to the remains of a fire (it's something like the smoke that comes out after you blow out the flame on a matchstick).

'Veiled in pale embrace,
Reached and touched my face.'
People are dressed (veiled) in black (pale refers to absence of color, so it need not always mean white). They reached down and touched his face (a tradition followed at some funerals).

So basically, it has nothing to do with suicide, heaven or hell. It's only and only about those few minutes before and after death.
I don't really know if anyone will even read this, but I like writing anyway. Let me know what you'll think.

A different interpretation... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/10/10

I don't think this song is about death at all...I think death is used at a metaphor...this song seems to be more about a relationship that's beginning but the writer already see's how it's going to end, because it's moving too quickly, and that he'll have to be the one to end it...if you focus merely on the chorus it does seem like it's a song about suicide or premature death, but combine that with the verses and it takes on an entirely different meaning...







nara | Reviewer: nana | 1/2/10

I think this song is talking about a man who´s dying unwillingly, "name my final rest poured into my chest" he´s telling her to pick where he´s going to be buried, poured into my chest sounds to me like when they are throwing the soil to a casket. I don´t think he´s going to hell, I think wherever he is even if he is in heaven, it is to him like been in hell cause he wanted to stay with her/him

harvest | Reviewer: jolly good sir | 2/27/09

The song is about a suicide. Into the orchard i walk peering way past the gates. (it wasn't his time yet)
wilted scenes for us who couldnt wait. (in many religions and cultures it is believed that a suicide is a waster of the most precious thing ever given to him/her - life - and therefore goes to hell or some place similar to what the christians call hell.)
Name my final rest (choose your own fate)
Poured into my chest. (perhaps the means of doing it, or a metaphor for completely giving in to death)

This is also the reason why he feels embers beneath his skin.

What it boils down to is he doesn't want to face the fury of hell all by himself, and these are his last breaths before he dies.

- On a side note

There is a possibility that he has been sick and ends his life beforehand, but is not given entrance to heaven.



Strong lyrics, soft singing, beautiful music | Reviewer: Op-E-Th-I-An | 1/19/09

Opeth are lyrical gods!!!
I understand this song like this:
The man sings to his beloved, while he's near his last breath, and this is like a comparison to his feelings at the moment for his beloved, what he sees at the moment, and his dying wish: he wishes the never-ending love from his beloved to stay never-ending, even when he goes, rather unwillingly, cheers

Embers 'neath my skin | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/22/08

From my perspective as a guitarist/vocalist, every time you play music before the world it feels like you're giving up your life to them, and sometimes the thought makes you nervous to the point where it feels like burning beneath your skin, yet your hands seem to get so cold..

And the only thing that brings back that feeling of warmth and soul inside is the embrace of the one who you most intimately love.

Harvest = Amazing | Reviewer: Raven | 8/29/08

This song has a lot of meanings but I think personaly it could be about someone who had killed themselves bc it says "Into the orchard i walk peering way past the gate. Wilted scenes for us who couldn't wait." That strikes me as he's saying, these people couldn't wait to die and so its not gonna be the same as people who could wait for their time. and then when he's talking about the "Spirit painted sin, Embers neath my skin,Veiled in pale embrace, Reached and touched my face." He's (I think) talking about hell "ambers neath my skin"

and then this could be talking about death or the devil embracing him in hell "vailed in pale embarce, reached and touched my face"


Or something like that.

-Raven

just cant get enough of it! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/7/07

Amazing song! Opeth are lyrical gods when it comes to describing an emotion and no doubts they made it pretty clear in this song...and I love their acoustical playing, so unorthodox but beautiful!

Pledge yourself to me | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/15/07

This song is written, to my perspective, a man who has entered the gates of death or will enter (this could mean emotional or literal), he says he's the martyr, he doesn't want to leave. My beloved sent me this song, and it strikes me deeply. HE is one who'd send this to me and would mean every word. Our love is so hard. We are so far apart and he's asking me to be his, though different states.

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

This could mean he's already dead emotionally, but still wants me to be with him. Or the other perspective is that the man in the song is dead, and wants his love to continue to pledge her love to him.

The song is very romantic when you listen to the song it self, entwined with unwillingness to die, and longing.


Idk. what do you think?


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