Interpretations:CATENAS MEAS AMISI

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Death of a Slave[edit]

I think the word "chains" implies that the narrator is a Roman slave. As he dies, life and nature go on without a break. He is 'free' now, but he notes how thoroughly his death is ignored - no one turns a head to notice, and no trumpets are blown. But there are honors for Caesar's armies, home from defeating the Gauls. --Nehushtan (talk) 11:20, 23 July 2021 (EDT)

This mortal coil[edit]

I agree with the interpretation that says the narrator is singing about being dead and no one caring. Just thought I'd mention that I personally figured this out because the metaphor of one's life as a chain that binds a person is also seen elsewhere, like in Hamlet, in that famous monologue where he talks about killing himself, aka "shuffling off this mortal coil". Just a connection I saw. There you go.


I very much agree with the above "Death of a Slave" interpretation. Then I saw the lyric video, which depicts a prisoner escaping, and it occurred to me that the narrator may also be a prisoner who dies while incarcerated. Considering both the slave and prisoner interpretations, maybe we can say that "chains" symbolize any social force that keeps a certain person or class of people from being visible so that when they die, no one notices.