1985: I wanted to write the ultimate "droning on an E barre chord" song.
I also wanted to see how many times I could double the tempo before it got too fast to play.
Turns out the answer is "four times if you start slow enough".

I had a clear and quite specific plot and theme in mind when I wrote the lyrics, but people have
read a wide variety of meanings into it and I don't want to spoil anyone's personal interperetation by explaining myself here.


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Synopsis: Heavy Metal waxing philosophical.


Carry my body to the gate
Carry my body; feel my weight
No belief ever has been surer
No relief ever has been purer

Carry my body to the gate
Carry my body; feel my weight
Your burden increased as mine was lifted
Your certain, unyielding mind has shifted

I'm not walking on streets of gold
Or feasting in Valhalla while my story's told
I didn't simply cease to be
What befell the one you knew as me?

I wasn't judged before gates of pearl
Or born again as something far across the world
What I am you can't touch or see
An infinte extension of the one you knew as me
I'm free

Carry my body to the gate
Carry my body; feel my weight
No remorse; all your tears are wasted
I know the source of all the fears you've tasted

I'm not burning in lakes of fire
Or left behind while Valkyries go soaring higher
I posess no ghostly shell
Haunting for eternity the place my body fell
To hear the tolling bell

Live and die with honor and your soul will find
Nothing like the expectations of your mind
No fabled heaven or dreaded hell
An infinite extension of the world you know so well
Beyond I dwell

Copyright 1985, 2002 Jeff Buser.

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