Leaves' Eyes Comments On "Sorhleod" Song Off "Meredead" Album
After previously explaining the concept for the song "Mine Tåror Er ei Grimme," Leaves' Eyes has now posted the following comments about the track "Sorhleod:"
"Dear Fans & Friends, Here's my Song of Sorrow, my first song written and sung completely in Old-English. I remember the first time I heard Thorsten's instrumental demo version of it: I was filled with great joy, and I got goose-bumps! If I may say so, this is probably my favorite piece of music on 'Meredead.' I just felt that this song required Old-English lyrics, moreover, I feel like I can almost sense the movements of the waves in the chorus' rhythm.
"The perspective in Sorhleod is seen from a man's point of view. Thematically, it has a certain connection to the title track Meredead, in which the terrible fate of the men, dead by the sea, is seen from a female point of view. In Sorhleod the man explains the harsh and dangerous life, stuck on a drakkar, in ice-cold, raging winter weather, on sea, i.e. a hopeless situation, even for a tough, experienced Viking. As you probably have read, a Viking didn't stop sailing until he found land, i.e. retreat and return to home was out of the question. That's 'how' Leif Eiriksson ended up discovering America ('Vinland'), missing out on Greenland due to misty weather.
"In Sorhleod, the drakkar is still lost on the open sea, and the men fear, that they might not survive. We don't know if his prayers to Mary will be heard, though. His prayers to Mary is of essential importance: Historically, the 'action' in my poem takes place after 1000 AD, as Norway was gradually Christianized in a process starting at approximately 1000 AD by Christian missionaries (which was substantially finished by 1150 AD)."
The song "Sorhleod" is taken of the band's "Meredead" album. You can check out a trailer for the album at this location.
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