"Forever" is based on "Solveig's Song", written by Edvard Grieg for his Peer Gynt Suites.
“On Forever the idea was Khan’s to use the Edvard Grieg melody from one of his songs. That’s the only one I know of that was actually inspired directly by a classical piece. Everything else that we’ve done is totally original."—Thomas Youngblood
"Don't You Cry" .This song was written to honor the memory of Thomas Youngblood’s father, who passed away when he was 12 years old. This song was remade in French as a bonus track under the name “Ne Pleure Pas.”
THE LIGHT I SHINE ON YOU.This is the second song that vocalist Roy Khan wrote about singing for Kamelot (the first was The Fourth Legacy). He once said in an interview that he hated much of the experience of touring, but the hour and a half he spend on stage made it all worth it. This song illustrates how singing for the fans helped him endure the hardships.
ACROSS THE HIGHLANDS.The idea that immortality can be a curse has been repeatedly explored throughout fiction and mythology. This song is Kamelot’s take on the idea, with a protagonist who wants to move on to the afterlife, but can’t.
The trilogy of songs that close the album on the normal edition, "Elizabeth" I, II & III, are based on the story of Elizabeth Bathory.
There is silence from the end of "Fall From Grace" to 11:00. This is because Karma was Kamelot's fifth studio album and they wanted its duration to be 55:55. In the Japanese and iTunes versions of the album, the silence was shortened from six minutes and 46 seconds, to two minutes and 16 seconds, so that the bonus track could fit in.
In February 2003, IMHOTEP magazine asked Roy about a rumored continuance of the 'Elizabeth' trilogy from 'Karma.'
He replied, "Yes, it's true what you say, we had plans about that. But then, we became so busy working on “'Epica', so we never had the time to do something about it. We could have done an extended version of “Elizabeth”, because we had a lot more material available when we recorded it...”
"Whole songs, or just lyrics?" Imhotep asked.
“Whole songs, yes, which were not recorded at the time... It just hasn't come to the point where we've been able to do anything else about it yet.”
Once and future king.This song was included as a bonus track on the Japanese version of the album, and tells the story of King Arthur. It is the second song that Kamelot has done using the mythology of their namesake, with the first being The Shadow of Uther.