As you scream into the web of silence...
I still think it’s overrated, at least in studio. I don’t think it’s one of Bruce's finest moments. I prefer humming it than listening to it, truth be told.
Thanks, makes sense. Maybe also I was first listening to that songs in my teens and thought it was an unintentional audible breathe then, and that's been set with me all these years.I always thought that gasp was intentional. Bruce does a fairly long and powerful run without taking a breath, and when he finally does it makes it seem like the narrator is exasperated or something similar. I think it fits the lyrics because of the lines “she came to me with a serpent’s kiss” (snakes are metaphorically tricksters and liars, thanks to the Adam and Eve story), “moonlight catches silver tears I cry,” and “so we lay in a black embrace”.
Basically the line seems to be that what he did (sexually, given that “the seed [was] sown”) was possibly damning, and it makes sense that he takes the breath where he does there, at a point where one wouldn’t expect it, because he’s scared (or some other emotion).
The hanged man doesn’t have any worries, unlike the man who’s had the succubus after him. He thinks said tarot-readers are “fools”. The watcher in the ring” sounds like LoTR.
"...it is you” @ the end means you don’t need tarot cards etc. to feel/be important.