Face of Melinda (9:59)

Cover of Still Life

From Still Life and 6 other releases

Face of Melinda is the fifth track on Opeth’s concept album Still Life. It paints the black-haired lady as a quiet, brooding creature as he approaches her. After his failure to court her, she was sworn to the life of a nun, however, he does not give up, plotting to have her back to fill his emptiness. He is disheartened, but tells her about all that he had risked to return to her. She tells him of her own moral failings, but surprises even herself when she tells him that she still loves him. The song ends with a grim clue of what’s to come - “and baffled herself with the final line - ‘my promise is made but my heart is thine’”, implying these are Melinda’s very final words.


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By the turnstile beckons a damsel fair
The face of Melinda neath blackened hair
No joy would flicker in her eyes
Brooding sadness came to a rise

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