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FORSAKEN

[1998]

When I have nothing left to feel
When I have nothing left to say
I'll just let this slip away.

I feel these engines power down.
I feel this heart begin to bleed
as I turn this burning page.

Please forgive me if I bleed.
Please forgive me if I breathe.
I have words I need to say.
Oh so very much to say.

And whose life do I lead?
And whose blood do I bleed?
Whose air do I breathe?
With whose skin now do I feel?

I'm supposed to walk away from here.
I'm supposed to walk away from here.

And whose life do I lead?
Whose blood do I bleed?
Whose air do I now breathe?
I'm convinced there's nothing more.

The day you died I lost my way.
The day you died I lost my mind.

What am I supposed to do?
Is there something more?

The engines power down.
Like a soldier to his end I go.
Because I'm convinced
that there is nothing more.

and whose life do I lead
and whose air do I breathe?
With whose skin and whose blood do I feel?

What happens now?
Have I done something wrong?

Forgive my need to bleed right now.
Please forgive my need to breathe
But I've so much to say
and it wouldn't matter anyway.
You're not here to hear these words that I must say
and I'm convinced inside
that there is nothing more.

Whose life do I lead?
Whose air do I breathe.
Whose blood do I now bleed?
With whose skin now do I feel?

I have nothing left to say.
I have nothing left to feel.
Am I supposed to let this go now,
let darkness come and take you away?

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A SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT "FORSAKEN"

"Over the last few months the most frequent request that I have received has been to print the lyrics to this song by people who attended shows on the Europa tour, at the Zillo Festival or on the Noise Nation tour.

There is a story behind this song which should be made known. There were no words for this song until it was first performed at the Lamm in Durmersheim, Germany at the start of the tour with Covenant in April 98. It was entirely improvised from feeling that night. Each night on the tour the words were different but retained a small number of core lines. Those who have seen it performed live will know the emotion with which it is sung. It is not an easy song to sing other than live which is why the vocal version never appeared on "Praise the Fallen".

So many people shared with me the personal meaning that the words to this song have for them. I decided to record it for the Solitary EP as my way of expressing thanks to those who asked for it. The result is something of which I am very proud."

Ronan from VNV Nation (December 98)

 

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