Candlemass – At the Gallows End (Live)


Candlemass perhaps got its earliest start in 1982, when several of its members-to-be were in a band called Nemesis. After 10 years together, Candlemass split up in 1994, but Leif Edling resurrected the band in 1997 for “Dactylis Glomerata”, because labels weren’t interested in his new band -Encyclopaedi Metallum

Lyrics:

Sunrise I greet you, the beauty of your light
so warm and tender was never the night
In tears I see you, the last time it will be
so give me your blessing, I’ll meet my destiny
No rest for the Sinner
Hypnos refused me my sleep
This was the last night of my life
with wine I pondered on my deeds
I drank to the devil with servants
It’s good with a friend where you go
No one would share my last chalice
So I drink to the ones that I know

Ring brother, ring for me
Ring the bells of hope and faith
Ring for my damnation
I am at the gallows end

With sad emotions, I sing this epitaph
my swansong, my headstone, the farewell of my heart
The hills of Tyburn, up where the gallows stand
only the vultures will come to see me hang

Behold the sight of my Golgatha
the gallows enlightened by the moon
proud of his art are the carpenter
his creation a tool for my doom

I am the outcast no winner
I am the fallen the one
that lived all his life as a sinner
The Tempter has called me his son

Soon it is time the dark has now fled
and I see the place for my death
the priest he will pray for my lost soul
I’m sure he’s wasting his time

A sinner, a fool or a devil
or just a victim of life
It’s no fun to burn in hell’s fire
but I sure have enjoyed my life

Ring brother, ring for me
Ring the bells of hope and faith
Ring for my damnation
I am at the gallows end

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