Camera Obscura
Enigma Lyrics


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In reverse mode

Cause we are the fighters
Just fighting for our rights
Stand up, join us, modern crusaders alive
We have the power

We're not submissive, we're not aggressive
But they think
Stand up, join us, modern crusaders alive
We have the power

Sors salutis
Et virtutis
Michi nunc contraria
(Fate, in health
And virtue,
Is against me)

Hac in hora
Sine nora
Cordum pulsum tangite;
Quod per sortem
Sternit fortem,
Mecum omnes plangite!
(So at this hour
Without delay
Pluck the vibrating strings;
Since Fate




Strikes down the strong man,
Everyone weep with me!)

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to the song Camera Obscura by Enigma are quite intriguing and enigmatic in their own right. The opening line, "In reverse mode," suggests a sense of going back in time, or perhaps looking at things from a different perspective. The following lines, "Cause we are the fighters, just fighting for our rights," evoke a sense of rebellion and standing up against oppression. The call to action, "Stand up, join us, modern crusaders alive," further emphasizes this message.


The chorus, "We're not submissive, we're not aggressive, but they think, stand up, join us, modern crusaders alive, we have the power," speaks to the idea of being underestimated or misunderstood, but ultimately having the strength to fight back and make change.


The final section of the song, which is sung in Latin, adds a layer of mystique and history to the song. The phrase "Sors salutis et virtutis Michi nunc contraria" translates to "Fate, in health and virtue, is against me," which is a quote from a medieval poem called The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius. The following lines, "Hac in hora sine nora Cordum pulsum tangite; Quod per sortem Sternit fortem, Mecum omnes plangite!" are from a medieval Italian hymn called O Fortuna. This addition of medieval language and themes adds depth and complexity to the message of the song.


Overall, the lyrics suggest a call to action and an appeal to those who feel oppressed or misunderstood, to stand up and fight for their rights, even if they are not seen as aggressive or submissive. The use of Latin adds an interesting historical and cultural dimension to the song's message.


Line by Line Meaning

Cause we are the fighters
We are the kind of people who stand up for what we believe in and won't back down.


Just fighting for our rights
Everything we do is aimed at securing and preserving our freedoms and entitlements.


Stand up, join us, modern crusaders alive
We're calling on everyone to come together and fight for the things we all believe in passionately, to show the world that our spirit is still alive and strong.


We have the power
Our collective actions will be the driving force behind our success, so we should never forget how potent we are when we work together.


We're not submissive, we're not aggressive
We refuse to be pigeonholed as either bullies or victims - we are simply people, fighting for what we believe in.


But they think
Some people may misjudge our cause, putting a label on us that doesn't ring true.


Sors salutis
Fate, in health - everything is going our way.


Et virtutis
And virtue - we're doing the right thing, taking an ethical and principled stand.


Michi nunc contraria
Is against me - despite our beliefs and actions, the tides of fate aren't in our favor.


Hac in hora
So at this hour - it's time to step up and take action.


Sine nora
Without delay - don't hesitate, don't wait for someone else to take the initiative.


Cordum pulsum tangite;
Pluck the vibrating strings - do whatever is necessary to rouse people from their slumber and inspire them to join our cause.


Quod per sortem
Since Fate - we may not be able to control the outcome, but we can control our actions.


Sternit fortem,
Strikes down the strong man - even the most powerful can be brought low by the whims of destiny.


Mecum omnes plangite!
Everyone weep with me! - we are all in this fight together, and we will all share in both the joys and the sorrows that come with it.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: CRETU, ORFF

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