Tomb of Liegia
Team Sleep Lyrics


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In 1969
I killed a man of mine
In a small Montana town
I was hunted down by hounds

Hear the light has cried
Their voices dry and hollow
Hear the crowd cheer
They cheer me to the gallows

In 1985
I was doing time alive
I made a plan to escape
And live as the lady of the lake

Hear the crowd of ghosts
Their voices dry and hollow
Can't you hear their calls?
They cheer me to the gallows

1995
Was the year I came up for trial
I listened to his song
And watched the sun make the shadows long

Hear the light have cried
His voices is dry and hollow
Hear the crowd call
They cheer me to the gallows
Hear the light called
His voices is dry and follow




Hear the light have called
In a voice that's hollow

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of “Tomb of Liegia” by Team Sleep are dark and enigmatic, creating a haunting and eerie atmosphere. The song tells the story of a woman who has allegedly killed a man in Montana in 1969 and was then hunted down by hounds. She was later imprisoned in 1985 and planned her escape to live as the lady of the lake. When she came up for her trial in 1995, she listened to his song and watched the sun make the shadows long.


The lyrics are filled with various allusions to gallows and a voice that is dry and hollow. It implies that the woman has been sentenced to death and is being celebrated by the crowd who cheer her to the gallows. The chorus shifts between “Hear the light has cried”, “Hear the crowd cheer”, and “Hear the light called”. These lines can be interpreted as the woman’s confession to God or an angelic figure as she prepares for her execution or the voices of the people who celebrate her death.


The song’s lyrics are based on the Edgar Allan Poe story “Ligeia,” which features a narrator who marries a mysterious woman with dark powers. The woman dies and returns from the dead, tormenting her husband. The song itself was released in 2005 as part of the band’s self-titled debut album, which was met with mixed reviews.


Line by Line Meaning

In 1969
The singer killed someone in a small Montana town in 1969.


I killed a man of mine
The singer killed someone they knew.


I was hunted down by hounds
The singer was pursued by those seeking justice for the killing they committed.


Hear the light has cried
The light, or justice, has wept for the crime committed.


Their voices dry and hollow
The voices of those seeking justice are empty and unmoving.


Hear the crowd cheer
The crowd is cheering for the singer's punishment.


They cheer me to the gallows
The crowd is urging for the singer to be hanged.


In 1985
The scene shifts to 1985.


I was doing time alive
The artist is in prison and is trying to survive.


I made a plan to escape
The artist plans to escape prison.


And live as the lady of the lake
The singer intends to live as a legendary figure, perhaps as an attempt to start anew.


Hear the crowd of ghosts
The memories of those who have fallen due to the artist's actions are haunting them.


Can't you hear their calls?
The calls of those ghosts haunt the singer.


1995
The scene shifts to 1995.


Was the year I came up for trial
The singer is up for trial once again.


I listened to his song
The artist is listening to a song, possibly to find comfort or escape from their situation.


And watched the sun make the shadows long
The artist is watching the sun set, wondering what their future holds as the shadows lengthen.


Hear the light have cried
Justice has cried again for the singer's actions.


His voices is dry and hollow
The voice of justice is still empty and without mercy.


Hear the crowd call
The crowd is still cheering for the artist's punishment.


Hear the light called
Justice has called again for the artist.


In a voice that's hollow
Justice is still without emotion or sympathy for the artist's past actions.




Lyrics © BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC
Written by: ABE CUNNINGHAM, ABRAN CUNNINGHAM, CHI CHENG, CHINO MORENO, CHINO CAMILO MORENO, STEPHEN CARPENTER

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