Mind

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Epica is one of the few Dutch bands I listen to regularly. I love both their symphonic metal music and their lyrics. Their song ‘Design Your Universe‘ has helped me through some trying times.
Concerning the prompt ‘Mind’ however, for this Song Lyric Sunday, I chose the song ‘The Essence of Silence’ by this band.

Lockdown Depression

The lyrics resonate with how I often feel, especially now during Covid lockdowns and curfews. Not being able to see my friends, go on fun outings, and visit my festivals does strange things to your mind. And with my mind constantly racing, this song puts to words exactly what goes on in my head.

Words like:
‘There seems to be no way
When light fades to grey
To get them all out of my head’

Meditation

This is often how I feel and, like in the song, I sometimes turn to meditation to get some relief and silence. I use guided meditations, or else my mind will use the time to go rogue. Like in the lyrics, it’s essential to return to your senses, listen to your breathing and pay heed to your body. And yes, listening to silence does return my balance.


The Essence of Silence – Epica

Something is wrong
My strength has gone
Thoughts are corrupting my mind

I can see I perceive this ain’t me

Something so strong
My mood has swung
I can’t get it out of my head

I believe that my mind misleads me

We confuse
Is it a doubt you try to hide
Tangle and abuse
Just have an open look inside
We appear
It’s just a dreary memory stuck in your mind
Memory stuck in your mind

Retrieve your balance
Use your senses to observe
The essence of silence
Search for essence
Find the silence within you
The essence is…

You’re searching and bursting
There seems to be no cure
When tension endures
Delusions corrupting my mind

I can see I perceive this ain’t me

There seems to be no way
When light fades to grey
To get them all out of my head

I believe that my mind misleads me

We confuse
Is it a doubt you try to hide
Tangle and abuse
Just have an open look inside
We appear
It’s just a dreary memory stuck in your mind
Memory stuck in your mind

Retrieve your balance
Use your senses to observe
The essence of silence
Search for your essence
Find the silence within you
The essence is…

Make a start
Explore your heart

When a persistent memory
Penetrates deep in your mind
Allow the silence to destroy
Your thoughts in every kind

We confuse
Is it a doubt you try to hide
Tangle and abuse
Just have an open look inside
We appear
It’s just a dreary memory stuck in your mind
Memory stuck in your mind

Retrieve your balance
Use your senses to observe
The essence of silence
Allow the silence
To wipe your thoughts away

Retrieve your balance
Use your senses to observe
The essence of silence
Search for essence
Find the silence within you
The essence lies
In silence.

2014

Songwriters: Isaac Delahaye / Sascha Paeth / Joost Van Den Broek / Coen Janssen / Arien Van Der Weesenbeck / Markus Hj Mark Jansen / Robertus Van Der Loo / Simone J M Simons



Lyrics from https://www.spirit-of-metal.com/parole-groupe-Epica-nom_album-The_Quantum_Enigma-l-en.html


Song Lyrics Sunday is a prompt by Jim Adams, other entries can be found here: https://jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com/2021/02/13/inside-our-heads/

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