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The Age of Shadows/We Are Forever is the first song of 01011001 and the first song of the first disc. The length is 10:49. It is followed by Comatose .

PlotEdit

We Are Forever (01011001) Lyric Video

We Are Forever (01011001) Lyric Video

The Forever put the finishing touches on their machines, bestowing semi-omnipitence on themselves and ushering in the Age of Shadows as their sun is blotted out by the towering structures. The younger Forever question the wisdom of abandoning individuality, and lament their own passivity.

The binary, on/off and yes/no passages are binary representations of ASCII strings "help", "forever", and "sos", respectively.

Characters/Singers Edit

Jonas Renkse: Forever ⛧

Daniel Gildenlöw: Forever ®

Jørn Lande: Forever Bird

Floor Jansen: Forever Ω

Anneke van Giersbergen: Forever ♡

Tom Englund: Forever ϟ

Hansi Kürsch: Forever 🕈

Steve Lee: Forever ☯

LyricsEdit

[Tom Englund:]
We never saw this coming
Pride comes before a fall
We never heeded the warnings
Buried deep within us all

[Steve Lee:] The Age of Shadows has begun
[Daniel Gildenlöw:] Giant machines blot out our sun
[Steve Lee:] Frozen minds becoming numb
[Daniel Gildenlöw:] The Age of Shadows has begun
[Steve Lee:] The Age of Shadows has begun
[Daniel Gildenlöw:] I won't accept what we've become
[Steve Lee:] We stand to lose more than we've won
[Daniel Gildenlöw:] The Age of Shadows has begun

[Tom Englund:]
Our quenchless thirst for knowledge
Our urge to change and grow
Our need to expand the nation
Made us rise from the depths below

[Steve Lee:] The Age of Shadows has begun
[Daniel Gildenlöw:] Giant machines blot out our sun
[Steve Lee:] Frozen minds becoming numb
[Daniel Gildenlöw:] The Age of Shadows has begun
[Steve Lee:] The Age of Shadows has begun
[Daniel Gildenlöw:] I won't accept what we've become
[Steve Lee:] We stand to lose more than we've won
[Daniel Gildenlöw:] The Age of Shadows has begun

[Hansi Kürsch:] No more aggression
[Floor Jansen:] No more initiative
[Hansi Kürsch:] No more suppression
[Floor Jansen:] No more emotions
[Hansi Kürsch:] No more recession
[Floor Jansen:] No more of all the feelings we shared that made us who we really are
[Hansi Kürsch:] No more possessions
[Floor Jansen:] No more euphoria
[Hansi Kürsch:] No more obsessions
[Floor Jansen:] No more sensations
[Hansi Kürsch:] No more depressions
[Floor Jansen:] No more of all the passions that shaped our hearts and made us who we are

We Are Forever

[Jonas Renkse:]
Time, but a passageway
The beginning of the end
An end that never was
Time, but a curve in space

We are forever
Eternal prisoners in time
We are forever
Caught in our cold inertia
Longing…hoping…waiting…for no one…

[Anneke Van Giersbergen:]
Forever we yearn, forever we learn
Forever we live a lie, forever slipping by and
Forever we flee, forever we will be
Forever is but a dream, forever is but a scream and
Forever we try, forever we die

The spell of love wore off
The zest for life not enough

Longing… hoping… waiting… for no one…
(Never enough)

Zero (one) one (zero) one (zero) zero (zero)
Zero (one) one (zero) zero (one) zero (one)
Zero (one) one (zero) one (one) zero (zero)
Zero (one) one (one) zero (zero) zero (zero)
Zero (one) one (zero) one (zero) zero (zero)
Zero (one) one (zero) zero (one) zero (one)
Zero (one) one (zero) one (one) zero (zero)
Zero (one) one (one) zero (zero) zero (zero)

[above translates to 'help help']

Off (on) on (off) off (on) on (off)
Off (on) on (off) on (on) on (on)
Off (on) on (on) off (off) on (off)
Off (on) on (off) off (on) off (on)
Off (on) on (on) off (on) on (off)
Off (on) on (off) off (on) off (on)
Off (on) on (on) off (off) on (off)

[above translates to 'forever']

No (yeah) yeah (yeah) no (no) yeah (yeah)
No (yeah) yeah (no) yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah)
No (yeah) yeah (yeah) no (no) yeah (yeah)
No (yeah) yeah (yeah) no (no) yeah (yeah)
No (yeah) yeah (no) yeah (yeah) yeah (yeah)
No (yeah) yeah (yeah) no (no) yeah (yeah)

[above translates to 'sos sos']

Forever we try, forever we die, forever, forever
Forever we try, forever we die, forever, forever
Forever we tie, forever we die, forever, forever

[Jonas Renkse:] Longing… hoping… waiting… for no one…

[Hansi Kürsch:] No more aggression
[Floor Jansen:] No more initiative
[Hansi Kürsch:] No more suppression
[Floor Jansen:] No more emotions
[Hansi Kürsch:] No more recession
[Floor Jansen:] No more of all the feelings we shared that made us who we really are
[Hansi Kürsch:] No more possessions
[Floor Jansen:] No more euphoria
[Hansi Kürsch:] No more obsessions
[Floor Jansen:] No more sensations
[Hansi Kürsch:] No more depressions
[Floor Jansen:] No more of all the passions that shaped our hearts and made us who we are

[Steve Lee:] The Age of Shadows has begun
[Jørn Lande:] The Age of Shadows!
[Daniel Gildenlöw:] Giant machines blot out our sun
[Steve Lee:] Frozen minds becoming numb
[Jørn Lande:] Blot out our sun! Yeah yeah!
[Daniel Gildenlöw:] The Age of Shadows has begun
[Steve Lee:] The Age of Shadows has begun
[Jørn Lande:] Frozen minds becoming numb
[Daniel Gildenlöw:] I won't accept what we've become
[Steve Lee:] We stand to lose more than we've won
[Jørn Lande:] More than we've won
[Daniel Gildenlöw:] The Age of Shadows has begun

[Steve Lee:] The Age of Shadows has begun
[Jørn Lande:] The Age of Shadows!
[Daniel Gildenlöw:] Giant machines blot out our sun
[Steve Lee:] Frozen minds becoming numb
[Jørn Lande:] Giant machines blot out the sun
[Daniel Gildenlöw:] The Age of Shadows has begun
[Steve Lee:] The Age of Shadows has begun
[Jørn Lande:] The Age of Shadows! Yeah!
[Daniel Gildenlöw:] I won't accept what we've become
[Steve Lee:] We stand to lose more than we've won
[Daniel Gildenlöw and Jørn Lande:] The Age of Shadows has begun

[Tom Englund:]
We never heeded the warning
Buried deep within us all

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