Judgement
Anathema Lyrics


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Asleep is the rose, in tired innocence
Dreaming time away
Secure in the comfort of slumbers faint embrace
Blissfully ignorant, unaware of the imminence

Recurring memories emerge from the deep
Of old secrets unforgotten sleep
They sink beneath the surface just long enough for you to breathe
Then return to choke you when you wake up alone

Shredded inside

There's one place left to turn
A long-term problem, a temporary remedy,
But fuck it all anyway you can pretend to be happy
So many years of pathetic lies, empty promises

And unfulfilled dreams are scattered like dust into the winds
Looking for the sun that eclipsed behind black feathered wings
Tomorrow never comes, there was only ever one day
But now it's too late

The inequity of fate
The pains of love and hate
The heart-sick memories
That brought you to your knees

And the times when we were young
When life seemed so long
Now you are left alone
Where did it all go wrong
Day after day
You burned it all away
(And it's too late)

All the hate that feeds your needs
All the sickness you conceive




All the horror you create
Will bring you to your knees

Overall Meaning

The first stanza of this song by Anathema, "Judgement," introduces the theme of the song. It speaks of the rose that is sleeping and peaceful, unaware of the imminent danger. The rose, in this context, represents innocent people who are going through life completely unaware of the evil that is about to befall them. The second stanza describes how old secrets that have been buried emerge to remind us of past mistakes that we have made. They come and go, but they always come back to remind us of our failures. The third stanza speaks of a long-term problem and a temporary remedy that is used to cope with life's problems. It describes how people pretend to be happy even though they are stuck in a cycle of lies and broken dreams.


The fourth stanza further explores the theme of regret and the painful memories that come with it. The song speaks of the inevitability of fate and the pains of love and hate. The singer refers to the memories of the past that bring one down and force them to their knees. The fifth and final stanza speaks of the cyclical nature of life and how one day we are young, and the next day, we are alone, wondering where everything went wrong. The song ends by describing how the hate and horror that one creates will ultimately bring them to their knees.


Line by Line Meaning

Asleep is the rose, in tired innocence
The rose is a metaphor for innocence, which is asleep and tired. It is unaware of the darkness that may be around it.


Dreaming time away
The rose is sleeping and dreaming, passing time without worry.


Secure in the comfort of slumbers faint embrace
The rose finds comfort in its sleep, not realizing the dangers that may lurk around it.


Blissfully ignorant, unaware of the imminence
The rose is ignorant of the impending danger and is at peace in its slumber.


Recurring memories emerge from the deep
Memories from the past resurface from the depths of the mind.


Of old secrets unforgotten sleep
Secrets that were once forgotten are now remembered.


They sink beneath the surface just long enough for you to breathe
Memories sink back into the mind, but only briefly before resurfacing again.


Then return to choke you when you wake up alone
When you are alone and vulnerable, memories resurface to cause pain and discomfort.


Shredded inside
Emotions are overwhelming and tearing the artist apart from the inside.


There's one place left to turn
There's only one option left for the artist to take.


A long-term problem, a temporary remedy
The singer's problem will continue, but the solution is only temporary.


But fuck it all anyway you can pretend to be happy
The artist is tired of pretending to be happy, but feels like it's the only way to cope.


So many years of pathetic lies, empty promises
The singer has been living a lie for years and promises that have been made have not been kept.


And unfulfilled dreams are scattered like dust into the winds
Dreams that were never fulfilled have been abandoned and forgotten.


Looking for the sun that eclipsed behind black feathered wings
The singer is searching for happiness or positivity, but it is obscured by something dark and ominous.


Tomorrow never comes, there was only ever one day
Tomorrow is merely a concept, as there is only ever the present moment.


But now it's too late
The artist has come to the realization that it's too late for things to change.


The inequity of fate
The unfairness of life and its unpredictable nature.


The pains of love and hate
The intense emotions of love and hate, which are both equally painful.


The heart-sick memories
Memories that cause pain and sadness.


That brought you to your knees
The painful memories have caused the artist to feel defeated and vulnerable.


And the times when we were young
The happy memories of youth.


When life seemed so long
The singer remembers a time when life seemed endless and full of possibilities.


Now you are left alone
The artist is alone and facing their problems alone.


Where did it all go wrong
The singer is reflecting on their life and trying to pinpoint where things went awry.


Day after day
The singer's life is monotonous and never-ending.


You burned it all away
The singer's actions and decisions have led them to where they are now.


(And it's too late)
The artist repeats that it is too late to change the past.


All the hate that feeds your needs
The artist acknowledges the anger and hatred inside them that fuels them to continue on.


All the sickness you conceive
The singer acknowledges that they have created their own problems and issues.


All the horror you create
The negative energy and pain that the singer has brought upon themselves.


Will bring you to your knees
The negative energy and pain will bring the artist to their lowest point.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: DANIEL CAVANAGH, DAVID JOHN PYBUS, JOHN JAMES DOUGLAS, VINCENT CAVANAGH

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Line-up / Musicians
- Vincent Cavanagh / vocals, guitar
- Daniel Cavanagh / electric & acoustic guitars, keyboards, vocals (7)
- Dave Pybus / bass
- John Douglas / drums

With:
- Lee Douglas / vocals (7, 9)
- Dario Patti / piano (12)



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ANATHEMA - Judgement -From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Released 25 June 1999
Recorded 1998-1999, at Damage inc. Studios, Ventimiglia, Italy
Genre
Alternative rockhard rock gothic metal
Length 56:56
Label Music for Nations
Producer Kit Woolven

The first album with Dave Pybus joining the band to replace bassist and co-principle songwriter Duncan Patterson. Danny Cavanagh now taking on a larger share of the songwriting duties to compensate for Patterson's departure. It is also the band's first album featuring original drummer John Douglas since his return in 1998. John's sister Lee appears for the first time on this album, albeit in a guest role. She would later become the band's third lead vocalist.

Track listing
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Deep" Vincent Cavanagh Daniel Cavanagh, Dave Pybus 4:53
2. "Pitiless" V. Cavanagh, John Douglas, Pybus D. Cavanagh 3:11
3. "Forgotten Hopes" D. Cavanagh D. Cavanagh 3:50
4. "Destiny Is Dead" -- D. Cavanagh, Pybus 1:47
5. "Make It Right (F.F.S.)" Douglas Douglas 4:19
6. "One Last Goodbye" D. Cavanagh D. Cavanagh 5:24
7. "Parisienne Moonlight" D. Cavanagh D. Cavanagh 2:10
8. "Judgement" D. Cavanagh, V. Cavanagh D. Cavanagh, Douglas 4:20
9. "Don't Look Too Far" Douglas Douglas 4:57
10. "Emotional Winter" V. Cavanagh D. Cavanagh 5:54
11. "Wings of God" Douglas Douglas 6:29
12. "Anyone, Anywhere" Pybus Pybus, D. Cavanagh 4:51
13. "2000 & Gone" -- Pybus, D. Cavanagh 4:51
14. "Transacoustic" (digipack edition bonus track) -- D. Cavanagh 3:49
Total length: 60:45
Personnel -
Vincent Cavanagh – vocals, guitars
John Douglas – drums
Dave Pybus – bass
Danny Cavanagh – guitars, keyboards, vocals on "Parisienne Moonlight"
Guest musicians
Dario Patti – piano on "Anyone, Anywhere"
Lee Douglas – female vocals on "Parisienne Moonlight" and "Don't Look Too Far"


"One Last Goodbye" is dedicated to Helen Cavanagh (1949–1998), mother of the Cavanagh brothers.[citation needed]



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