Monochromatic Stains
Dark Tranquillity Lyrics


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There is this face in the still water
I can't remember ever wearing
Like fingerprints on your heart
Reading out the last lines of code
To the untrained eye a secret
I bled away the last of you

Sought trust in shapes of combined results
That trickles from a less than solid case
Fought off attacks of resurfaced lust
Burn the grazing grounds

What will give in first?
The body or the lash?
Monochromatic stains
Who will cave in first?
The leader or the fake?
Monochromatic stains

This pile of ashes of a soul
Informant pokes abound
These sickly little fingers
Get away from me

Tread not the path of least restraint
Each piece of evidence a lie, a lie
The body, the face, all items in place
I don't remember a thing

What will give in first?
The body or the lash?
Monochromatic stains
Who will cave in first?
The leader or the fake?
Monochromatic stains

A sacrifice made to the loss of a mind
Folly, a man's demise

Track now the stains that allow my fall
Sickening, the sight of it all
Never shall I claim my innocence
I just wasn't there

What will give in first?
The body or the lash?
Monochromatic stains
Who will cave in first?




The leader or the fake?
Monochromatic stains

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to "Monochromatic Stains" by Dark Tranquillity explore themes of memory loss, deceit, and sacrifice. The opening lines draw parallels between the face in the still water and fingerprints on someone's heart, both signifying a deep and lasting impact on the singer. However, the singer claims to not remember ever wearing this face, indicating a struggle with memory loss or dissociation from their own identity. The following lines suggest a secret code that only the untrained eye cannot decipher, perhaps referring to the complexity of the singer's emotions or experiences. They then highlight their own self-destructive tendencies, having bled away the last of someone they cared about.


The middle section of the song introduces the idea of seeking trust and validation from external sources, represented as "shapes of combined results" that come from an unsteady foundation. Despite efforts to resist temptation, the singer cannot resist resurfaced lust and ultimately destroys "grazing grounds." The repeated question "what will give in first?" reflects uncertainty and tension, with neither the body nor the lash (potentially representing self-discipline or punishment) backing down. The final section references a pile of ashes that informants poke around in- suggesting that the singer has already faced some sort of punishment or consequence. They reject the idea of claiming innocence and acknowledge their lack of presence in past events, implying a possible guilt or responsibility for the sacrifice made to the loss of a mind.


Line by Line Meaning

There is this face in the still water
I am haunted by a reflection of myself that I no longer recognize


I can't remember ever wearing
I have lost sight of who I used to be


Like fingerprints on your heart
My existence has left a permanent mark on those I have touched


Reading out the last lines of code
The end is inevitable and approaching, like the final lines of a computer program


To the untrained eye a secret
The truth is hidden and only discernible to those who understand what they are looking for


I bled away the last of you
I have lost all connection to the person I once cherished


Sought trust in shapes of combined results
I have placed my faith in evidence that doesn't actually prove anything


That trickles from a less than solid case
The evidence is weak and insufficient


Fought off attacks of resurfaced lust
I have tried to resist temptation and extricate myself from old desires


Burn the grazing grounds
Remove anything that could draw me back into destructive patterns


What will give in first?
Which part of me will falter and surrender?


The body or the lash?
Will my physical self fail before my willpower, or vice versa?


Monochromatic stains
The colorless blight that represents the erosion and decay of my soul


Who will cave in first?
Which side will crumble and yield?


The leader or the fake?
Will my true identity or my fabricated facade succumb first?


This pile of ashes of a soul
My spirit is in ruins and smoldering remains are all that remains


Informant pokes abound
I am constantly being prodded for information by external pressures


These sickly little fingers
Negative forces are trying to ensnare me with pathetic appeals


Get away from me
I reject these toxic influences and refuse to be manipulated


Tread not the path of least restraint
I must resist the temptation to indulge in recklessness and indulgence


Each piece of evidence a lie, a lie
All the proof that I've been using to justify my actions is false


The body, the face, all items in place
Everything seems alright on the surface but none of it feels genuine


I don't remember a thing
I have no recollection of how I got to this point


A sacrifice made to the loss of a mind
I have given up something vital in order to avoid confronting the harsh realities of my situation


Folly, a man's demise
My foolishness is leading me towards my own destruction


Track now the stains that allow my fall
The patterns of decay are becoming more apparent and will inevitably cause my downfall


Sickening, the sight of it all
The horror of my predicament is becoming clearer and more nauseating


Never shall I claim my innocence
I cannot deny responsibility for my own actions


I just wasn't there
I was absent from any attempts to intervene or break free from my negative patterns of behavior




Lyrics © Reservoir Media Management, Inc.
Written by: ANDERS MIKAEL JIVARP, MARTIN CARL BRANDSTROM, MARTIN HANS KNUT HENRIKSSON, MIKAEL BENGT STANNE, MIKAEL JAN NICKLASSON, NIKLAS BO SUNDIN

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@d4rkn3ssm3t4l

There is this face in the still water
I can't remember ever wearing
Like fingerprints on your heart
Reading out the last lines of code
To the untrained eye a secret
I bled away the last of you

Sought trust in shapes of combined results
That trickles from a less than solid case
Fought off attacks of resurfaced lust
Burn the gracing grounds

What will give in first
The body or the lash
Monochromatic stains
Who will cave in first
The leader or the fake
Monochromatic stains

This pile of ashes of a soul
Informant pokes abound
These sickly little fingers
Get away from me

Tread not the path of least restraint
Each piece of evidence a lie, a lie
The body, the face all items in place
I don't remember a thing

A sacrifice made to the loss of mind
Folly a man's demise

Track now the stains that allow my fall
Sickening, the sight of it all
Never shall I claim my innocence
I just was not there



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Слабый пульс ощущая в последний раз,
И в сознанье приоткрыв дверцу,
Источил я истошно всю боль за раз

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@armadahead2690

There is this face in the still water
I can't remember ever wearing
Like fingerprints on your heart
Reading out the last lines of code
To the untrained eye a secret
I bled away the last of you
Sought trust in shapes of combined results
that trickles from a less than solid case
Fought off attacks of resurfaced lust
Burn the gracing grounds
What will give in first, the body or the lash?
Monochromatic stains
Who will cave in first, the leader or the fake?
Monochromatic stains
This pile of ashes of a soul
informant pokes abound
These sickly little fingers
Get away from me!
Tread not the path of least restraint
each piece of evidence a lie, a lie
The body, the face... all items in place
I don't remember a thing
What will give in first, the body or the lash?
Monochromatic stains
Who will cave in first, the leader or the fake?
Monochromatic stains
A sacrifice made to the loss of a mind
Folly a man's demise
Track now the stains that allow my fall
sickening, the sight of it all
Never shall I claim my innocence
I just wasn't there
What will give in first, the body or the lash?
Monochromatic stains
Who will cave in first, the leader or the fake?
Monochromatic stains



All comments from YouTube:

@marcolinoviolinista

I remember when I watched this when I was a teenager, I thought: "It's so cool!". Now I watch it again and I think: "It's so cool!" :D

@earledadlam7486

Kkkkkkk dark tranquillity e uma tranquilidade sombria kkkkkkk

@kodptp097

у меня те же ощущения

@ReaperKezia

The melody, especially during the chorus just hits you right in the feels

@SuperKillers666

he stated in flames now he is fukkin better,,,, aka the band

@brucejohnson5786

@Reaper Kezia I was 15 at the time, this song still hits so hard in the feels

@mhdibm7515

I really love the melancholic feel of this song

@reprisler

15 year old me fucking loved this album. 29 year old me is still pretty happy with it.

@HansK_777

Same here:)

@reprisler

*****
why thank you :)

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