Song of the Week – Criminals
Posted by Reggie
Happy Wednesday I hope your week is going well. This week I will be bringing you both the song and the video of the week. I will be focusing my thoughts and discussion on the Swedish band Katatonia for the song on Wednesday and the video on Friday.
If you haven’t been following Katatonia up to this point you have some catching up to do…as I do myself. Katatonia is what some people refer to as doom, gloom, or melancholy metal. However you want to call it, Katatonia nails it. Their artistic formula is unique and haunting. Founding member and vocalist Jonas Renske’s vocals pierce through your heart. If you haven’t experienced a Katatonia show please try to get yourself out there, they are very talented. Ok on with the song of the week.
In 2003, Katatonia released their 6th studio album called “Viva Emptiness.” Criminals is just one the 13 tracks on the album and is the song of the week. I have read through the lyrics a few times and tried to make sense of them, but the meaning might be deeper that I can let my mind go at the moment. Here are the lyrics for Criminals and if you have an interpretation let’s discuss it.
The way the light hits the road
The way I am unable to protect you
O I’m running away
I will never forgive myself
For running away from you
He came back to your house
I didn’t take it as a promise
Always thought it was a lie
He went too far the fucker
It’s not like I owe him money
This is different
So gather your strength and break free
Or you will surely die
Gather your strength don’t follow me
‘Cause I will surely die
The way my eyes cannot move
The way I hope to be protected
And for one moment I thought
That I was lost among the lights of houses
My dreams of violence
See them coming true
Personally, I am thinking the protagonist of the song has been caught up in some bad stuff and because of that cannot protect someone they love or care for. He doesn’t owe them money as said in the song, but for whatever reason, someone is in danger at the house and the protagonist cannot do anything about it for fear of his own life. On a deeper scale, the protagonist could be the one that is causing the harm and cannot do anything to stop himself. Or I could be completely off. What do you think?
If you haven’t heard Katatonia you may know the vocalist from these other bands…October Tide, Bloodbath, and Ayreon.
Live footage of Katatonia playing Criminals.