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Laid to the river
Midsummer, I waved
A "V" of black swans
On with hope to the grave
And though Red September
With skies fire-paved
I begged you appear
Like a thorn for the holy ones

Cold was my soul
Untold was the pain
I faced when...


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    Jul 13th, 2006 7:01pm report

    Obviously the song interprets that of a Nymph (mythological spirit-like beauty) alongside the harmful addicion of the drug amphetamine.

    I don't think this song sits with the thought of a break-up etc. but he finds such turmoil and pain in forever being encased with the longing to be with such a beautious love he can never hold. 'swore to the razor' he takes out this infliction of pain upon himself, tortured by how he can draw no nearer to being loved the way he would love this 'perfection' (metaphorical of the myth spirit) and he is encapsulated in this pain and dwelling 'prison'- he is fixated on this angel.

    The 'V' of black swans concludes to that of the Holy Grail; turning his pain of loneliness into denial of faith.

    'I faced when you left me a rose in the rain'
    because this nymph is a spirit, and a metaphor for what each of us needs and desires, though fully aware we can never have, he turns denial into the concept that he is now lost, although never embraced what he had craved.

    'I could always find the right slot for your sacred key' hoping that these prayers to be loved and to love back this perfection had lead him past the doors of his own judgement and realisation that 'she' (disguised in perfection)is leading him further froma realistic life, and towards and endless hell.

    In all, I think this verse concludes its meaning-
    "Sick and weak from my condition (drug-like addiction to hope)
    This lust, a vampyric addiction (beauty of what seems like perfection)
    To her alone in full submission (masked inner-beauty, leading him astray)
    None better (the love he feels for 'her'- 'her' meaning the desire and dreams nobody can touch or harm)
    Nymphetamine (craved love)"

    Hope this helps.


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    Mar 7th, 2006 3:23pm report

    Nothing to do with nymphos, people. This has to do with nymphs. A nymph is a beautiful woman who is like a spirit- for this reason she is untouchable. Etamine is an addictive drug. So basically if you use your loafs this guy is addicted 2 this beautiful girl, he falls in love with her after a period of time, but he can't have her because she's untouchable- a nymph. I hope you find this useful, I don't think it has anything to do with breaking up or nymphos though.


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    Mar 19th, 2006 3:15am report

    This song is about an addictive beautiful girl who leaves a guy who loved her a lot.

    He starts self harming himself because he can't take pain that has been inflicted on his heart.
    'So I swore to the razor
    That never, enchained
    Would your dark nails of faith
    Be pushed through my veins again '

    When he sings 'the barless prision', he is meaning his heart saying that he is trapped in this pain forever.


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    Dec 9th, 12:10am report

    Love love this song... i totally agree that it is about an addiction to someone the person loves. No matter male or female its all the same. Basicall love so much u r addicted to death... cant live without the way they make u feel... yup... could be anyones true story..


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    May 18th, 2019 5:39am report

    Every song is about man's primal carnal need for sex and drugs.


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    Oct 12th, 2017 10:12am report

    Sex drugs and rock n roll vampiric addiction


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    Feb 11th, 2016 2:48am report

    to me the song represents the most beautiful of all loves setting the thought back to the 1700's. a good time where love was most beautiful. Vampire women are beautiful creatures but also very suductive...


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    Mar 9th, 2013 3:43am report

    It's not about nymphs, are you kidding me?
    "This LUST this vampiric ADDICTION"


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    Apr 25th, 2012 4:40pm report

    Honestly I could be way of base but I've listened to ally of cradle and some of they're songs talk about the 16 17 century. So if you look atty it from that point of view the woman could have been his for some time but back then they believed in put arranged marriage. So she was taken away from him and to him she was the image ofthe perfect woman but she was untouchable to him beverage she could no longer be his she was his nymph. And anyone knows that if you truly love someone your addicted to them. So he can't take the pain and and takes the razor to himself. The girl loves him and wants top be worth him just she can't be but mourns him. This is just what I got out of it I could be way off


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    Nov 26th, 2011 11:10am report

    i think this song is all about love for a spirit which was once with the man but has left him all alone now.
    the guy is now addicted to the love and lust he found in that spirit.
    "i faced u left me a rose in the rain" this line clearly shows the separation.
    "This lust, this vampyric addiction" he is compare his lust and love like the addiction of a vampire for blood.


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    Aug 15th, 2011 8:09am report

    i think this song is about a beautiful women or spirt that he loved, and she lefted him and he became depressed and wasnt able to see things clearly(tunnel vision) and started to self harm(i swore to the razor) that then lead him to his death.

    as she visted him at his grave (maybe feeling guilty) there she was remembering the time they had together and so was he!


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    Jul 26th, 2011 7:42am report

    i guess the love thing is rigth but for me this song represents the addiction. she is the voice of the drug it looks like a dialog but she does not exist, she is just the addiction to a substance talking to him in his head. im not saying this is what the song means but then i dont realy know love but i know about drug addiction so for me thats what it´s about.


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    May 4th, 2011 5:24pm report

    Its about a guy falling in ln love with a beautiful
    Girl, a nymphet. A sexually attractive young girl.
    But since she's a nyph/nyphet he can touch her,
    Have her. Nyphs are untouchable. But he is addicted
    To her. Thus, the other half of the name, fetamine-a
    Extremly addictive drug. So he has a drug like
    Addiction to a girl he cant have.


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    Jun 5th, 2010 6:27pm report

    Wikipedia says: The title is a portmanteau of "nymphomania" and "amphetamine", and Dani Filth explained the track itself as referring to "a drug-like addiction to the woman in question, with her insidious vampire qualities literally bringing her lover back from the brink of the spiritual grave, only to bury him further on the strength of a whim. The album is written in the style of Edgar Allan Poe's works, and leaves one thinking that, despite the character's inner agonies, he is really a welcome submissive who readily enjoys the terrible highs and lows of his relationship with this alluring and filthy, depreciative succubus."


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    Jun 2nd, 2010 6:49pm report

    The song is about two people who loved each other, but one dies leaving the other heartbroken. The girl that loves him prays upon his grave but he has abandoned his religion. Notice how in the song she says holiness and sacred key. In the chorus he says six feet deep is this incision, six feet under a term for being dead, in my heart that bar-less prison. and nymphetamine, if you look up nymph on google it shows that it is a sex addiction. Etamine is a drug which you take through injection. watch the video on youtube watch from 40 seconds to 1 minute 20 seconds http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dW6aNAZGTM Near the end it says we were like needle and spoon, a common way of taking injected drugs is heating it up with a lighter on a spoon.


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    Mar 13th, 2010 3:20am report

    to take this song at the (fix) version or the Deva remix is to ignore half of the song:

    Evanescent like the scent of decay
    I was fading from the race
    When in despair, my darkest days
    Ran amok and forged her face
    From the fairest of handmaidens to
    A slick perverted wraith


    Heaving midst narcissus
    On a maledict blanket of stars
    She was all three wishes
    Sex, sex, sex

    A lover hung on her death row
    I was hooked on her disease
    Highly strung like Cupid's bow
    Whose arrows hungered meat
    And the blinding flare of passion
    In the shade of narrow streets
    Where their poison never rationed
    All the tips they left in me

    Two tracks
    Something passed between us
    Like a bad crack
    I'd met another kind

    Of rat
    In fact
    With every Rome inside me
    Licked and ransacked
    She haunted at the corners of my mind

    In black
    Wouldn't whitewash away
    Her filthy smoke stack
    She burnt me like a furnace
    For my future suicide

    Taking this portion of the lyrics with the second half of the song, it paints a different picture. It would almost seem like he created this woman in his mind based on someone he met previously. And as such, he fantasized about her.

    But he fell for this invented vision of her and it was not like the person really was. He made his desire for her known and was snubbed.


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    Mar 3rd, 2010 3:05am report

    The song is obviously about a beautiful girl who left him. "Cold was my soul, untold was the pain, I faced when you left me, a rose in the rain."


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    May 18th, 2009 5:30am report

    This song is one of my favorites from cradle of filth. As I was listening to the song and after reading the lyrics, I believe that this is about a guy who is so addicted with his girl and been longing for her forever. Longing for the things they do from their past. This of course involves love and lust.

    NYMPH is his goddess (referring to his girl) and AMPHETAMINE is his drugs. He is addicted to his girl like his addiction to drugs.

    Sad is that he can no longer have the taste of his DRUGS because the NYMPH he's been longing for is six feet under the ground.

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