[Originally released in 1997 on the album "Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk".]
[Lyrical concept: Ihsahn & Samoth.]
Ihsahn, Music: Samoth & Ihsahn, Arrangements: Samoth & Ihsahn]
[Do you know the ones from "Anthems..."? Another
headbanger. This one's called "With Strength I Burn"!]
Deep Green Dark Chaos.
Blinded I run down these paths.
By heart I know
They lead to the soaring cliffs.
Stout they stand above the water's edge,
And this is my
Formed only by winds and time.
Ahh... I have longed to be at one
Yet, the waters call my name
For once I wish to see
The entity behind the voice.
The face of this
The beauty of my pain.
Am I blessed or am I cursed by thy presence?
What is my crime, what is my deed?
life my redemption?
Shall I repent or proceed?
I hate my flesh.
Its dimension poisoned my soul with doubt.
It made me
The essence of the "I".
Slaves are those of this world
Given freedom to lay chains upon The Master.
The wolf is no longer free.
Release the chains and come for me.
"Suddenly, his mournful cries
were stunned. Out of the cold mist
Came three enthralling ships. Sails torn by many a storm, and the
Bows adorned by the most fierce
gargoyles he'd ever laid eyes upon.
Yet, the crew they bore... Three times twelve in numbers. They stood
Motionless, wrapped in
grey, worn gowns. And from behind their
Shadowed faces came the seductive chanting. Bidding him on board.
Without hesitation, he
accepted. And away they sailed..."
Upon these seas,
Wherein I drowned so many times,
I scatter the ashes of destiny.
my flames are in hunger.
With fire in my heart
Shall I greet the shores ahead.
Though, I know not what will
In the distance
I hear the waves wash over solid ground.
And in this moment I am struck
Grant me sight so I can see
That which lies ahead of me.
Cursed be my mortal eyes
For dying in the realm of
Hear my call...
I return to the soaring cliffs.
They truly shine of strength.
Even though, I nothing
With strength I burn...