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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  • pteronophobic

    I haven't heard much Opeth yet, but this is my favorite song by them so far. I have a hard time listening to the songs with death vocals, but I'll try harder to listen to them.

    29 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Fromthedead89

    One of the best songs by Opeth. I really love Still Life.

    13 Sep 2014 Reply
  • CountOfTuscany_

    should i ever have a daughter i'll call her Melinda. [8]

    1 Jul 2014 Reply
  • ArianaSpoiler

    should i ever have a daughter i'll call her Melinda. [7]

    30 Apr 2014 Reply
  • lejk_ap_nijo

    I love ending solo.

    28 Mar 2014 Reply
  • viadiva

    Still Life your still and always will be my favorite Opeth album. [3]

    11 Aug 2013 Reply
  • valkyrie199

    Still Life your still and always will be my favorite Opeth album. (2)

    31 Jul 2013 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Good song

    15 Jun 2013 Reply
  • MrReaper182

    Still Life your still and always will be my favorite Opeth album.

    28 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Zerashkulina

    Melindo duso moja! Stvarno si faca! xD. One of the first songs I've ever heard from Opeth, if not the very first. Still one of the best metal songs I've heard in my Life thus far.

    11 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Mandy_0506

    My promise is made but my heart is thine [3]

    2 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Tyrwin

    Great.

    22 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Heyyous

    The first half really bores me but it does build up the rest of the song.

    6 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Ruberoidberg

    reminds machinarium ost a little

    17 Sep 2012 Reply
  • crazzyd77

    Superb !!!!

    24 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Hobbaloo

    Gotta love that outro.

    21 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Ashl7

    the "similar tracks" are nowhere near Face of Melinda

    16 Jul 2012 Reply
  • ProgPro96

    Should I ever have a daughter I'll call her Melinda. [6]

    7 Jul 2012 Reply
  • viadiva

    My promise is made but my heart is thine [2]

    30 Jun 2012 Reply
  • curbcandy

    great albu, but the older I get the cornier it gets, starting with this fuckin song

    29 Jun 2012 Reply
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