Memento Mori

A COVID-19 Musical Interlude? Kind of. Though this song was written before the current pandemic.

“Memento Mori” is a Latin phrase, that often served as a subject of meditation in the Middle Ages and into the Renaissance. It means “Remember that you must die.” It was to be a reminder that you need to pay attention to what you do in this life, and that this life is both finite, and precious.

Lamb of God is a Heavy Metal band out of Richmond, Virginia. Seems like I heard something from them ages ago, but it was in the Thrash mode. I really don’t like Thrash. Or maybe I’m thinking of a different band. In any event, today’s song is more Death Metal, complete with the (hated by a lot of people) Death Growl.

Revolver had an interview with the author of our song for today. Lamb of God’s “Memento Mori”: Read Lyrics to Eerily Relevant New Song.

“Months before the COVID-19 outbreak occurred, I [Randy Blythe] wrote ‘Memento Mori’ as a reminder to myself to not be consumed by the omnipresent electronic harbingers of doom that surround us — cellphones, computers and television screens. While these devices can be useful tools, and it is important to stay informed, it is equally important to remain engaged with the real, physical world we live in, not just digitally filtered representations of reality.”

Lyrics are at the Revolver article linked above, or after the break.

This song is “Memento Mori” by Lamb of God, from their 2020 album (To Be Released on May 8 of this year) Lamb of God. Usually a band’s first album will be self-titled, but when they released their first album, they were Burn the Priest. This is their 8th album.

Lyrics after the break:

“Memento Mori” lyrics:
By the darkest river, beneath the leafless trees
I think I’m drowning, this dream is killing me
In the coldest winter, between the fading lights
I feel I’m falling into a frozen sky
Past the blackest heaven, above the dying stars
I watch me breaking into a million shards
But through the hardest hour, below the cruelest sign
I know I’m waking up from this wretched lie
Wake up.

A depression fed by overload
False perceptions, the weight of the world
A universe in the palm of your hand
The artifice of endless strands.

Distraction flows down an obsessive stream
Rejection grows into oppressive screams.

The hardest hour, the cruelest sign
I’m waking up from this wretched lie
I fight it the same, don’t waste this day
Wake up, wake up, wake up
Memento mori.
The regression of advancing modes
And Imperial corrosive nodes
A prime directive to disconnect
Reclaim yourself and resurrect.

Distraction flows down an obsessive stream
Rejection grows into oppressive screams.

The hardest hour, the cruelest sign
I’m waking up from this wretched lie
I fight it the same, don’t waste this day
Wake up, wake up, wake up Memento mori.

There’s too many choices
And I hear their relentless voices
But you’ve gotta run them out
Return to now and shut it down.
A depression fed by overload
False perceptions, the weight of the world
Because there’s too many choices
Gotta kill their relentless voices.

Wake up.