Epica (NL) : The Phantom Agony

Symphonic Metal / Netherlands
(2003 - Transmission Records)





Change doesn't exist
But the path of life is not totally so predestined
And time and chronology show us how all should be
In the way of existence
To find out why we are here

Being consciousness is a torment
The more we learn is the less we get
Every answer contains a new quest
A quest to non existence, a journey with no end

No one survives the whole, focus on things so small
But life's objective is to make it meaningful
Only searching for this
That which doesn't exist
Although our ability to relativize remains unclear

I'm not afraid to die
I'm afraid to be alive without being aware of it

I'm so afraid to, I couldn't stand to
Waste all my energy in things
that do not matter anymore

Our future has already be written by us alone
But we don't grasp the meaning
Of our programmed course of life
Our future has already been wasted by us alone
And we just let it happen and do not worry at all

We only fear what comes
And smell death every day
Search for the answers that lie beyond


Follow your common sense
You cannot hide yourself
Behind a fairytale forever and ever
Only by revealing the whole truth can we disclose
The soul of this sick bulwark forever and ever
Forever and ever

Indoctrinated minds so very often
Contain sick thoughts
And commit most of the evil they preach against

Don't try to convince me with messengers from God
You accuse us of sins committed by yourselves
It's easy to condemn without looking in the mirror
Behind the scenes opens reality

Eternal silence cries out for justice
Forgiveness is not for sale
Nor is the will to forget

Virginity has been stolen at very young ages
And the extinguisher loses its immunity
Morbid abuse of power gets a youthful face
Where the apple gets a youthful face

You can't go on hiding yourself
Behind old fashioned fairytales
And keep washing your hands in innocence


The very brightest candle of all has been extinguished
Smothered by those who could not bear to face reality

Every breath of your heart tore the lies all apart
Made foundations quiver
Every wave in the lake caused the porcelain to break
And I shiver...

The leftover tallow just doesn't contain
All the right answers
Under a sea of dust lies a vast wealth of wisdom

As untouched snow turns to red
Innocence dies

This black page in history is not colourfast,
will stain the next
All what remains is just a feint of what was meant to be
This black page in history is not colourfast,
will stain the next
And nothing seems in life,
In dreams like what was meant to be


So sweet caress, never long to last!
You entered my soul and gave hope to my life

So sweet caress, never long to last!
You left me behind all alone and aghast
Captured inside such an Elysium

Imperfect feelings, futile grief
Love a devise against all solitude
As it all went on, the love became
A field in a dream that once had been real

So sweet so caress, never long to last!
Destroy this illusion we need a change of fate!
Your frantic thoughts are only a condemned cry

Primo somniare videbamur
Deinde veritas se praecipitavit

I secretly longed for something
Which had never exist

First I thought it was a dream
But then it smashed into reality
Beautiful on the outside, decayed deeply within

I secretly longed for something
Which never exist
Devoted to a body without a soul
Numquam non tibi diffidam


Sanguis meus tibi iam perbibendus sit

Macula aeternitatis
Numquam detergrenda
Quisban surget et deteget
Imaginem veritatis?

People created religious inventions
To give their lives a glimmer of hope
And to ease their fear of dying
And people created religious intentions
Only to feel superior and to have a licence to kill

Our desire to die is stronger
Than all your desire for life
There is no getting away from it now
Only true faith survives

People created religious inventions
To give their lives a glimmer of hope
And to ease their fear of dying
And people created religious ascensions
To subject the others and to enslave to further enrich themselves

It doesn't matter where we die
It doesn't matter that you cry
We'll take you with us

A disgrace on the beyond

O servitor, sempiterne
Te grati coluimus.
Odor atrox quo nos superfundis intolerabilis est

Deceive yourself by yielding
To soft words that cause no pain
Enrich yourself with different views
Learned without disdain

A disgrace on the beyond
That can never be undone
Who shall rise and unveil
The Façade of reality?

Is there still room for new dents in old wrecks?
A disgrace on the beyond that can never be undone
Deceive yourself by yielding to soft words
Enrich yourself by making up your own mind

Sangyus meus tibi iam perbibendus


Do not use the past as an alibi
For all of your deficiencies always standing by
Face your negligence, do not fool yourself
Shortcomings will soon appear
For weakness shows itself

Blind from your success and all of the excess
Deaf from the praise you had

Don't cry out of self pity in forcing your way though
For I will not be vulnerable to slander made by you

In a isty veil, misplaced
Where castles in the air will be no longer seen
As something out of reach
In time the dream will be erased
So many things will never be te way they seemed
And pride will have its fall at last

Her eyes fell while the shame was written on her face
When she realised that her failures
Could never be undone again

You did not notice the manipulated hand
That overshadowed your thoughts all those years
That made you insecure
You did not notice the ancient shifting sand
That pulls you down into an everlasting sham
You never will be able to fight
Never be able to hide
Run for a fall, you'd better run


The origin of a dogma
Placed in a new millennium
Vilified demons have been embraced
And given a warm welcome

The seif al din
Hasn't got the ghost of a chance to rust
Because it had always been kept in shape
In serving the one almighty

The rudiments have always been misinterpreted during history
Despite the good intention of many disciples
Who's faithful believe was strong and answayed
Most leaders interpret the old words to their
Advantage in the attempt of graining leadership and power
Over those unfortunate enough to fall under their Maliciousness and manipulative ways
This misuse of trust will forever stain the pages of history,
Echoing the exploitation and the frailty of decent
Men carried away by nurtured rancour...

Perpetual distrust fed by a belief
In the malevolence of the others

When the beautiful unreality holds out it's hand
It's better not to lose yourself in blind faith


I Impasse of thoughts
I can't see you I, can't hear you
Do you still exist?

I can't feel you, I can't touch you
Do you still exist?

The Phantom Agony

I can't taste you, I can't think of you
Do we exist at all?

Between hope and despair
The future doesn't pass
And the post won't overtake the present
All the remains is an obsolete illusion

We are afraid of all the things that could not be
A Phantom Agony

Do we dream at night
Or do we share the same old fantasy?
I am a silhouette of the person wandering in my dreams

Tears of unprecedented beauty
Reveal the truth of existence
We're all sadists

The age-old development of consciousness
Drives us away from the essence of life
We meditate too much,
so that our instincts will fade away
They fade away

What's the point of life
And what's the meaning if we all die in the end?
Does it make sense to learn or do we forget everything?

Tears of unprecedented beauty
Reveal the truth of existence
We're all pessimists

Teach me how to see and free the disbelief in me
What we get is what we see, the Phantom Agony
A te spiritus noster devoratur et nostra anima capitur

I'm afraid of my own exchange of views
What we get is what we see, The Phantom Agony

The lucidity of my mind has been revealed in new dreams
I am able to travel where my heart goes
In search of self- realisation

This is the way to escape from our agitation
And developed ourselves
Use your illusion and enter my dream...

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