This song...amazes me. Musically I love it. The synth in the background is so perfect. I love Janick's guitarwork in the back as well. (Can you guys tell I just bought new earphones?) Lyrically, I've been thinking about what it might mean. I could be either close or completely off...but some of the lines are very specific. This is gonna be a rambler, folks. Consider yourselves warned. There's a darkening sky before me There's no time to prepare Salvage a lost horizon But no regrets from me These lines suggest someone looking back on his life (no regrets...) but the sky (a metaphor for life) is darkening. I wonder if the lines should almost read "There's no time to prepare (to) salvage a lost horizon"...suggesting the man is almost dead...or is preparing to be. Maybe I'll be back some other day To live again just who can say In what shape or form that I might be Just another chance for me A possibility here is that the person is leaving. The line "In what shape or form..." perhaps he's expecting something to happen to him? In this aspect, "Just another chance" might mean his journey is going to give him another chance to succeed. A hurried time, no disgrace Instead of racing to conclusions And wishing all my life away No one can stop me now These lines suggest a course of action hastily chosen, perhaps a drastic action of sorts. "Instead of racing...life away" these lines fit together in going against the thread of the song so far. Maybe they're a backwards lament, or some advice this man was given. Either way, he seems to have rejected them, for no one can stop him now. Time is up, it couldn't last But there's more things I'd like to do I'm coming back to try again Someday, maybe, I'll wait till then Sound familiar? Home, far away, from the war, a chance to live again Home, far away, but the war, a chance to live again The mood, at least, is the same. The lines suggest the truth of his destination has been revealed to our adventurer, and he's thinking of going back to where he came. But he hasn't quite made his choice "I'll wait till then," he says. No More Lies, repeated, is pretty self explanatory...he is tired of being lied to. They're all sitting at my table Talking tall and drinking wine Their time is up just like me But they just don't know it yet Obviously these people are the cause of the man's upsetness. Now he's back to talking about death, suggesting these people are going to die as well. However, they're overconfident and can't see their own demise. So just a word of warning When you're in your deepest dreams There's nothing you can hide from I've got my eye on you A searing backlash at those people drinking their wine. A warning that their dreams can't hide them from death. He seems to be speaking as the reaper at this point, but exactly why? To understand this we have to keep looking. The clock is fast, the hour is near Eventful past is ever clear My life is set, the time is here I think I'm coming home The clock is the clock of life, the eventful past is someone's life flashing before their eyes. Their time is here, their life is set! Seems the time of death has come...and then the man decides..."I want to go home." Time is up, it couldn't last But there's more things I have to do I'm coming back to try again Don't tell me that this is the end Well, that's that for our poor adventurer. He's made his choice to leave, he has things to do at home, he wants to fix his life...but he's gone. I think this song isn't historically specific, but it refers to the idea of doing something foolish and leaving home...probably to go to war. The idea being that someone prepares themselves mentally but never (especially young men) actually realizes they can be slain. The chorus, no more lies!, refers to the propaganda used, or even the widespread belief in the glory of combat. Of course, I could be wrong.