"Trial By Fire" as written by Eric Stanley Peterson, Alexander Nathan Skolnick and Charles Billy....
Accuse you of a crime
Sentenced to endless time
The price you have to pay
Won't get away!
Sworn in by the stand
Your rights are gone
The system's banned
They think you are a liar
A trial by fire

This is what the people say,
A new way
A trial by fire!

Locked in an empty cell
Your life becomes a living hell
The river of fire flows
Time only knows!
Trapped by flames of fury
Ordered unto by the jury
Death is their desire
Thrown in the fire!

This is what the people say,
A new way
A trial by fire!

Quiver by the fiery light
Cringing as your soul ignites
The book of law's been thrown away
Starting today!
The system before the war
Is gone for now and evermore
There is no sentence higher
A trial by fire!

This is what the people say,
A new way
A trial by fire!

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"Trial By Fire" as written by Charles Billy Alexander Nathan Skolnick

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    General CommentThis is my favorite Testament song. I love the solo in the intro.

    I think this song is about someone who is not really guilty going to jail and receiving the death penalty.
    travfitzon July 12, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationI think literally your interpretation is fine @travfitz but given the religious connotations of the band in many songs, I think the "trial" is going to heaven or hell. That is, the Church has already judged you (based on your beliefs). They need no jury, as you are "guilty" if you don't believe (irrespective of your actions).

    So in the end religion will trial you by fire (that is either believe what they say or bare the consequences ... life eternal in Hell).
    sokornyon September 19, 2016   Link

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