Carnal gladiators lie restless awaiting the dawn
Slaves to their passion - so eager its will to perform
They wrestle the "Double Backed Beast" face their foe hand to hand
The arena was life but alone in deaths shadow they stand.

You brand the social leper - then spare no second thought
Too scared to give this kiss of life - "Come rise my son and walk."

On these streets of damnation the destitute huddle once more
Can we pass them by just like all who have been there before?
Are you so cold and heartless you can feel no shame
That we allow a human life to become a death in vein.

A fear that's bred of ignorance perpetuates the lie
Well there but for the mercy and the grace of God go I.

Prisoners in a sterile vacuum - hearts that feel but dare not touch
The freak show in this callous circus - on parade so all may look
Those who gaze upon the outcasts to taste how bitter life can be
Can't comprehend the pain you feel - their blinkered eyes will never see.


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    General CommentI wish Skyclad were more popular just so there would be plentiful interpretations of their lyrics out there. Martin Walkyier is easily my favorite lyricist, but so many of his words I simply can't make sense of.
    Chard121on December 01, 2011   Link
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    General CommentMy best guess is that this song is about homeless people. They're often looked down upon as worthless drunks and crazy people, but without any real understanding of who they actually are.

    "Prisoners in a sterile vacuum - hearts that feel but dare not touch
    The freak show in this callous circus - on parade so all may look"

    They're right there in the middle of society, and feel like the rest of us, but their own shame and regular folk's disdain for them/fear of them keep them from ever trying to make normal human contact.

    "Those who gaze upon the outcasts to taste how bitter life can be
    Can't comprehend the pain you feel - their blinkered eyes will never see."

    Many of us pass by these people, see them, maybe think "damn, it would suck to be in their place", then we move on with our lives. However, we really don't know how hard it is to live a life like that.

    I know if I was homeless I'd be a huge drunk.

    I think the Bible verses are inserted into the song to imply how so many of us (the Christians) preach loving kindness and care for the poor, but don't live by it.

    I just can't figure the first verse into my interpretation.
    Chard121on December 01, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThe screams at the end of this song are the best I've ever heard.
    Chard121on December 01, 2011   Link

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