Symbol of Life

Paradise Lost’s ninth studio album, released on GUN / Supersonic Records in 2002. A limited edition digipak version of the album contains the bonus tracks ‘Xavier’ and a cover of Bronski Beats’ ‘Small Town Boy’.

Symbol of Life cover artwork
1. Isolate 3:43 Lyrics
2. Erased 3:31 Lyrics
3. Two Worlds 3:29 Lyrics
4. Pray Nightfall 4:11 Lyrics
5. Primal 4:23 Lyrics
6. Perfect Mask 3:46 Lyrics
7. Mystify 3:49 Lyrics
8. No Celebration 3:45 Lyrics
9. Self Obsessed 3:07 Lyrics
10. Symbol of Life 3:55 Lyrics
11. Channel for the Pain 3:53 Lyrics
12. Xavier 6:04 Lyrics
13. Small Town Boy 5:20 Lyrics

Erased

Paradise Lost’s fourteenth single release. Released on GUN / Supersonic Records in 2002. A limited edition release of this single included the bonus tracks ‘I can hate you’ and ‘Deus’, as well as a video ‘Making of’ for the ‘Erased’ music video.

Erased artwork
1. Erased 3:31 Lyrics
2. Two Worlds 3:29 Lyrics
3. I Can Hate You 3:24 Lyrics
4. Deus 3:41 Lyrics
5. Self Obsessed (Live) 3:12 Lyrics

Isolate

I’m sent for elimination
To where I cannot know
But I’m lost without a chance in Hell
And I’m lost with doubts I can avoid this

Come feel the fire burn I’ll slowly drift away
A victim of the future with my mind and soul decayed

Isolate

I’m sent for eradication
By whom I cannot know
But I’m lost without a chance in Hell
I’m the last one out I can’t avoid this

Exposed to fire but I’ll burn another way
A victim of the future I embrace the tourniquet

Isolate

Lead us all to pastures green
To search and learn
From ones I cannot be

Lead us all to harmony
To search and learn
The one I cannot be

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Erased

I don’t owe anything
I don’t owe anyone
Shoot pride for all its worth
I don’t belong

In a situation now
That I could not repair
I assert myself to sleep
Show others that I’ve cared
How cold is this poor life
Lay ashes at my grave

If it takes me away from you
A subtle gesture

I don’t know anyone (Cherish my Religion)
I don’t know anyone (Faith is only Fiction)
I don’t know anyone (Cherish my Religion)
I don’t know anyone (Faith is only Fiction)

This is erased, I promise, not a trace
This is erased, I promise, not a trace, no delay

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Two Worlds

The sense required is all too vague
Within my faculties, building me
This awesome presence longs to see
The times I’ve fallen
The times I’ve failed

And I’ve never seen my hands
And I couldn’t walk away
Two worlds are the same tomorrow
Still I must not complain

The sense acquired is all too grave
With less than one percent left in me
This awesome prison, locked and sealed
For times I’ve borrowed
For times I’ve failed

And I’ve never seen my hands
And I couldn’t walk away
Two worlds are the same tomorrow
Still I must not complain

And I’ve never seen my hands
And I couldn’t walk away
Two worlds are the same tomorrow
Still I must not complain

And I’ve never heard a whisper
And I never speak of pain
Two worlds are the same tomorrow
To all I seem inane

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Pray Nightfall

In my head this all is, In my head this all is
In my head this all is, In my head this all is
In my head…

I hold on tight for this mortal ride
Rest my head ’til the morning’s coming down on me
I realise my own sacrifice
Rest my head before somebody’s going out

In my head this all is, In my head this all is
In my head this all is, In my head this all is
In my head…

Pray nightfall release me
Then I could wander, Wander to deep sleep

Awake despite another mortal night
Rest my head for sun is shining down on me
I realise try to synchronize
Rest my head or somebody’s going down

In my head this all is, In my head this all is
In my head this all is, In my head this all is
In my head…

Pray nightfall release me
Then I could wander, Wander to deep sleep

Trying to make things work
Trying to make things right
Trying to make things work
Without serendipity in my life

It’s in my head…

Pray nightfall release me
Then I could wander, Wander to deep sleep

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Primal

It’s deep in the mind
So slick by design
I’ll end up the same way maybe

Don’t hold on to pride
You’ll lose if you try
You’ll end up the same way someday

Lord I’m on my way, don’t let me down
Lord I’m on my way, don’t let me down

Can’t feel it inside
How long can it hide
You’ll end up the same way maybe

Redemption denied
As life passes by
I’ll end up the same way someday

Lord I’m on my way, don’t let me down
Lord I’m on my way, don’t let me down

Gets deeper inside
So strong the divide
I’ll end up the same way maybe
Don’t lose an insight
Abuse till you die
We’ll all end the same way someday

Lord I’m on my way, don’t let me down
Lord I’m on my way, don’t let me down

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Perfect Mask

I live behind the perfect mask
Erase the rule forever
I live behind the perfect mask
Unleash the truth forever

I live behind the perfect mask
Too late, gonna live at last
I live behind the perfect mask
Too late, gonna live at last

I live behind the perfect mask
Erase the truth forever
I live behind the perfect mask
Only the true endeavour

Help me I dare say there’s no other way
Help me I dare say there’s no other way to go

Wanton fallacy again
Merciless until the end
Recognise my heart is there
So reveal me and disgrace me

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Mystify

Faced with Shame
I accept a will that’s long departed
Phased with games
I resent a world I once regarded

But now it seems that changes must be made

Celebrate! Terrify me
Don’t mystify your love
Celebrate! Terrify me
Don’t mystify your love

Laced with shame
I reject a thrill that’s so misguided
Faith in flames
I’m exempt to blame that’s so demanded

But now it seems that changes have been made

Celebrate! Terrify me
Don’t mystify your love
Celebrate! Terrify me
Don’t mystify your love

A simple lie brings you down, in an ordinary way
A simple lie brings you down, in an ordinary way
A simple lie…

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No Celebration

Take my hand
Hurray for the winter’s come
Cease my plans
Excuse me from the scenes of old

I can meet you there?
I just don’t care
On this new years day
With no celebration from me

Understand
There’s comfort with the wealth of gold
Increase demands
Release me from the scenes of old

I can’t make it clear
You just won’t hear
On this new years day
There’s no celebration
There’s no celebration from me…

I could see you there?
We just don’t care
On this new years day
Without hesitation
There’s no celebration from me…

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Self Obsessed

I’m self obsessed
Wrong words I said
It’s clear that some things ain’t worth really trying

So let it go, let it be
Then we’ll talk and I can
Dream you’re not here
Persevere, I could live without this

The one you’d like to go
Is taken much too slow

You’re not impressed
Wrong words I said
A mere subject of your self indulgence

So let it go, let it be
Shall we talk about it?
My misery
Is when you breathe there’s no doubt about it

The one you’d like to go
Is taken much too slow

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Symbol of Life

All alone beside myself
All alone beside myself
And I’ve troubles on my mind

And I’ve reached the depths of life
And I hear that death’s alright
Still I’ll wait for you to try

When the dreams have been and gone
And the torment has begun
My emotions run

Can’t get by with what I’ve got
Always dwell on what I’ve lost
Just a loaded gun
A symbol of my life, a symbol of my life

On the floor I crawl and writhe
As the day turns into night
I remove myself from sight

And I reached the depths alright
And I hear death’s part of life
Still I wish that you would try

When a dream has been and gone
And the torment has begun
The rejection’s done

Can’t get by with what I’ve got
Always dwell on what I’ve lost
Just a loaded gun
A symbol of my life, a symbol of my life

A symbol of my life

Nothing more
Nothing more to say to me
Nothing more to say…

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Channel For The Pain

I live all alone, I wonder why?
I live all alone, I wonder why?

See me shaking never making
All my life and there is no other way
‘Til I’m old enough and hit the ground

Never choose because I’m here just to lose
Besides a win would just release
And just maybe solve my minor problems

Don’t wanna seek, I won’t make a demand
Because I’m taking all the things
That prevent me from knowing the truth
Don’t wanna seek, I won’t make a demand
Because although my mind is breaking
My existance makes a channel for the pain

I live all alone, I wonder why?
I live all alone, I wonder why?

See me taking never giving all my life
But there is no other way
‘Til I’m old enough and hit the ground

I only lose because I never did choose
And all the loneliness that’s there
Is just the core of all my problems

Don’t wanna seek, I won’t make a demand
Because I’m taking all the things
That prevent me from knowing the truth
Don’t wanna seek, I won’t make a demand
Because although my mind is breaking
My existance makes a channel for the pain

I live all alone, I wonder why?
I live all alone, I wonder why?

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Xavier

Fair Roseanna, your vagrancy’s a familiar tale
Fraught with danger, the lives you led were judged profane

Hatred enfolds us
Inculcates the minds with its heresy
Laymen enfold us
Clemency arrives to set you free

Faith
Although Xavier has prayed
That life giving waters may rain
Down on the souls of man
To cure them all of their ways

These were the sins of Xaviers past
Hung like jewels in the forest of veils

Freedom so hard when we are all bound by laws
Etched in the seam of natures own hand
Unseen by all those who fail in their pursuit of faith

Although Xavier has prayed
That life giving waters may rain
Down on the souls of man
To cure them all of their ways

And as the night turns into day
Will the sun illuminate your way
Or will the nightmares come home to stay
Xavier’s love lies in chains…

These were the sins of Xavier’s past
Hung like jewels in the forest of veils

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Small Town Boy

You leave in the morning with everything you own in a little black case
Alone on a platform the wind and the rain on a sad and lonely face

Mother will never understand why you had to leave
But the answers you seek will never be found at home
The love that you need will never be found at home

Run away, turn away, run away, turn away, run away

Pushed around and kicked around always a lonely boy
You were the one that they’d talk about around town
As they put you down

As hard as they would try they’d hurt to make you cry
But you never cried to them just to your soul
No you never cried to them just to your soul

Run away, turn away, run away, turn away, run away

Cry, boy, cry

You leave in the morning with everything you own in a little black case
Alone on a platform the wind and the rain on a sad and lonely face

Run away, turn away, run away, turn away, run away

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I Can Hate You

There’s no provocation
There’s no sense of fear
There’s no adaptation
There’s no sorrow

But maybe when you’re dead I can hate you
Maybe when you’re dead I can hate you

Without limitations
Without bitter years
Without annihilation
There’s no result

But maybe when you’re dead I can hate you
Maybe when you’re dead I can hate you

There’s no provocation
There’s no sense in tears
There’s no litigation
There’s no product

But maybe when you’re dead I can hate you
Maybe when you’re dead I can hate you

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Deus

Like I am, in awe who makes
Like I am, in awe who saves

Life’s golden themes unmade
Life’s golden dreams where I live for the hour
And sentimental rage

And all these things are made
Will all these things remain?

Blind hours we all embrace
Blind hours we’re all replaced

Life’s golden years abstained
Life’s golden years where I lived for a passion
The melancholic days

And all these things are made
Will all these things remain?

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