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Shadow Duet

This song is by Dark Tranquillity and appears on the album Skydancer (1993).

Shadows play
in my wilderness' mindscape
(they seek)
One spiteful and wicked,
One humble and meek

A windswept pale landscape
of edified (thought)
Two frictional forces
a triad have brought

A soft breeze whispers slowly
Within me
in the valley of my mind
the aerial mists sink falling

And its breath both foul and holy
is like the deer to a dying hind
Slowly traversing the atmosphere

Wordless, yet in soul so true
Nameless, yet it lives in you
Shapeless like the purity of pain
Lawful when all fear is slain

One shadow of beauty caressing the flowers,
the paleness of winter reflects in her eyes-

Deity of stardom
Enticer of stardoom
So soft and so silent
Maternal - eternal
Serenity fades
Blinded by visions of sunlight (nocturnal)
With the darkening of skies

One shadow of darkness
A shade of deep hate
A wanderer's spectre with fury ablaze
In sheets of sharp silver
Laid youthful to die
Reborn into vengeance
Dark flames dance in grace

Dark flames dance in grace
In the grace of storms

One shadow of beauty
One shadow of darkness
Sailing free on the sea within my mind

Surging dark oceans,
Perpetual waters
Creator of life
And reclaimer of (souls)

Mother ocean
Watching the deep fjords uneasily moving
Whipping the white waves towards the cold air
Rising like swans in a scarred, sudden motion
A cascade of lost feathers... adrift on the sea

A serenade in the tongue of the wind

The sighs of the centuries, so sonorous in the bower
Hovering further athwart a leafy cover
A shelter for those whose time's wind make them wither
And therefore they choose to guide this time-wind hither

Alas, in tune with the tide of time
I was, but I'm not
Nor I'll be with its pride

Yes, aeons have flown
But more is to come
For I know time
But time is not eternal, their lifestars not immortal
A friend that I greet with open arms
Setting souls can never
A brothersoul of deadly harm

Pass through the pearly portal
No bliss be give
And joy
Nor joy

Flowing down the gates of hell
I cry for you...
Don't spill your tears for me
But for your kit and kin
My scions of light?

Deprived of the lust and the treasure of pleasure
Which is the fuel for life
And glory

Silent your dark desires within entirety's light

Sanctum (sanctum)
Sanctum- (tranquility)

Hear me
You who hold the fate of stars in hand
Before creation's eye I stand
My soul set free
In summerland

Mighty the strand of the universe
A chaosvoid tomb of dead worlds
Divinity flows in your heart
Cast it alight, the seed of all art
Slowly reborn from a sunless state of mind
Silent, you fool
A cradle of roses
Embedded in stillness and shade

Silent, you fool
Thine words are untrue
Remember Endymion's crestfallen tears
Serene art the gods, yet pain is their way
He touched by the heavens
His hellfire nears

A silent divinity, now see your body (of air)
Free now your heavenly body of air

Come bathe in the rays of the all-seeing one
Holding the fate of all life in both hands
Breathing life-force
Like gold made from sand

My winged steed of moonlight
Black stallion of thunder
We rode above the greenish earth
And tore the green asunder
But what you left bleeding
Destroyed a soulforsaken world
And your deeds of sharp silver
Decoyed a mindforsaken herd

A duet of shadows
A duet of shadows
A duet of thoughts
A duet of thoughts
Of beings we feed
With the dust of our thoughts
Residing within us
The two-fold wheel of life
Of insight created: a triad of jewels
(A thin leaf of the life-tree's truth)

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