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Truly the best... | Reviewer: Nafisa Nazeer | 2/13/13
Honestly, this is my most favorite group, Within Temptation. And this song, oh my God, just blew me away. I just love everything about it. It has such a stunning melody and never forget Sharon's outstanding voice here! Thanks so much. I will forever remember this song, truly the best one ever!
<3 | Reviewer: aaa | 4/16/12
Amazing song i love the meaning of all there songs. This song always reminds me of my ex and our break up. " I keep wondering why
I'm still calling your name through my tears"
I still think of him and i know in when i need some one there its all ways him i think of would call out if i had to but after all the shit he put me through i don't know why i still would call out his name .
Anyway much love for the band . Bands come and go for people but within temptation
Poetry | Reviewer: tsalyers | 7/3/11
Sharon Den Adel is a true artist. Her music, and the lyrics she writes come together as poetry, and as such, it has more than one meaning, and that makes it an art form. I love the way she knows just when to put emphasis on a word or phrase to drive her point home. More than that, her voice is so attuned to the music she sings, it's like magic. Within Temptation is awesome.
Sharon Den Adel | Reviewer: Adrian | 2/9/11
is a catholic, so most of the song have christian inspirations. It's not as though they are preaching christianity though, as you can see from the cover art to the album, she is holding a cross, star of david, and a pentacle. Also, some of the songs sound as though they are inspired by paganism, such as Mother Earth and Aquarius. It's more of a spiritual thing than a religious thing.
Seriously guys? This isn't Christian. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/6/10
There's nothing Christian about The Cross. The song itself is about hardships that all of the band members have faced. Bearing a cross means that you are bearing a heavy burden, be it emotional or physical or whatever else. Sharon said something about the song:
That song in particular became very special to me. I love the song, it’s one of my favorites. It almost did not make the album because I wrote it together with Martijn in a different tempo but it was too quick, you couldn’t really play guitar to it. So, I wanted it to be really heavy, slow, dramatic, and really an angry kind of song, but it didn’t work out. It took me a year to get the right rhythm and right atmosphere and it finally made it to the album in the last few weeks of the recording. So, I finally got to say “Yay!”.
On the song. | Reviewer: Vicis | 11/22/10
I have not much to say apart from the fact that I love how she says the line, 'why.. have you waited to embrace me .. my dear?' That 'my dear' is so powerful. I'm in love. I don't know why. I just love how she enunciates it. Or is it pronounces? I don't know, I just love that line!
Also, speaking about individual interpretations.. I don't know why, I always think of 'Lucifer' in this case. Lucifer who has turned away from God (or what have you) because of his blind love for humans [or some other version, I don't know] and then has God (or what have you) send him to Hell/other horrid place and is waiting for God (or what have you) to call him back. I don't know, it just seems more ironic that way, to me.
But anyway, love this song.
the cross | Reviewer: Sheldon | 7/23/10
She could be referring to Jesus' thoughts as he hung on the cross. He even stated the burden was great. When we do not accept him it as though we do not care. Even though his burden was extremely painful, Jesus is still calling our name through the agony. But I agree how it can to both ways.
The Cross | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/11/10
This song makes me want to cry! But it's so beautiful. It could be about God. In my opinion, this song is from His perspective, asking why we keep running from Him.
This is a beautiful song with many possible meanings.
Two points | Reviewer: Brooke | 4/27/10
One! Yes it could be a christian song as pointed out by Daughterofdarkness. Two! It could also by about someone ignoring her like Jayme said. So now get the hell over it and enjoy the damn song for what it is! ^^ sry!
Really, is it important? | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/29/09
Okay, does it matter whether or not the song is christain? WT makes GOOD MUSIC in general, and the meaning is based strictly on opinion. I don't see why on earth people have to LABEL music. And no, I am not pagan. I had a traditional, CHRISTAIN upbringing; I just don't see why we have to be such religious zealots when it comes to the music we listen to. The song has a powerful meaing when you think about it, but that doesn't make it a religious one. Would anyone say that this song would be christain if it were preformed by, say, GODSMACK??
To You Your Questions, No! | Reviewer: Jayme | 7/28/09
The songs is not religious. It only refers to Judas as being a liar and a traitor against Jesus to the Romans, and the "cross to bear" is also a saying about heavy burdens. Therefore, she's saying that she was lied to and betrayed, and it is still a heavy burden for her to bear. She asks for him to help her with it but he doesn't seem to care. It seems to me that she has high hopes for this person to help her out, but it seems that it won't come too soon.
So, no, the song is not religious. She is refering to love and her own personal experiances. I think that it's clever to use Judas as an example. Just because he is mentioned does not mean that the song is religious.
But Lea also has a good point. It can go either way. I've said my piece and gave my own opinion.
Amen | Reviewer: Lea | 7/18/09
Amen to that, Alice. I completely agree.
Religious or not, it is their own personal thing. They don't promote religion through songs, they don't quote commandments or laws. That should put an end to it.
As for the song meaning - it always, ALWAYS, depends on the individual. The interpretation, that is. No one can claim for certain they understand every line the way the lyricist did when they wrote it. Unless a band member, a songwriter or a lyricist explains the exact meaning - we can never know for sure. For some, it's denied love. For some, it's denied God. For some it's neither. It's an individual thing to find out what this song means to us.
Why does it matter so much to you people? | Reviewer: Alice | 6/25/09
Why does everyone have to label everything? A person's religion is personal, and yes, they have done some christian songs, and some paganistic songs. But who says that you have to be something to talk about it? As much as you know, they might not believe in any of these religions, but just sings about it because it's hot topics and/or they want to understand it better. There are many reasons, in my own poetry I have sometimes refered to "God" and other religious symbols. But I am not christian, but because of other personal reasons.
So stop be so focused on what they believe in, because that doesn't matter, the thing that matters is what they do! And WT makes GREAT music, religious or not!
What the HECK!!! | Reviewer: DaughterOfDarkness | 6/1/09
Okay, I'm not much for the whole christian thing either, but this song IS christian and this song IS true! It is titled THE CROSS and it's talking about how the sinners down on Earth are denying God's truth because they would rather it not BE true. We tend to think we have a choice: believe in christianity and go to Heaven or Hell OR choose not to believe it at all and be free from either eternity. The song is, from God's point of view, asking why we continue to believe our own lies instead of calling on Him if in the end we CANNOT change our fate. Don't try to change the meaning of this song! It's christian and it's truth! And don't try to label Within Temptation because of a few songs they've written. Keep in mind they also came up with "The Howling" and "What Have You Done".
Does it really matter in the End? | Reviewer: Grainne | 12/31/08
For the sake of bringing up a couple points...I think they come off as biblical or Pagan in certain songs, but I don't think they have an official faith view as a whole (which is great). However, just because they mention "Gods" and respecting the earth doesn't make them necessarily pagan (just like mentioning Judas doesn't necessarily make them Jewish or Christian). You have those same themes mentioned in almost every faith, whether its in retrospect or law (Example, No other GODS before me and Being Good Stewards of the Earth are some found in the Bible). Speaking as a former Wiccan and Black Sheep Baptist, I don't care what they are as far as the music industry goes. They play wonderful music and are a fantastic musical force. Isn't that enough?
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