"Tortured Soul Asylum" as written by Paul James Allender, Dani Davey, Robin Mark Eaglestone, Adrian Paul Erlandsson, Gianpiero Guiseppe Piras and Martin F. Powell....
"Oh, sweet Midian
I burn for thee at heart
Don't despair me
Come bare me on wings of graveyard robbed leather
To where pleasure rings deep secrets
In spurts after dark"

Under full moons waxing lyrically
Death's poetry floods the soul
Like the freezing seed of a demon freed
To curse the stars with vertigo
And in their dance, in trance I've prised wide
Slick rifts twixt obsidian thighs
Hymeneal gates to darker sides
A glimpse of plinths where Midian lies

Midian

Haunted by this portent
This obsession in my mind
With a city sunk below
Tall cedar groves and graves sublime
Sporting their importance
Marble wings spread to the skies
A vale of dreams that it would seem
The daylights race to leave behind

These visions struck like a furious fuck
Nailing wet lips to cold cemetery walls
Flashes of lust to dust
Splashed across my psychic pall
As hybrid lovers reached their cusp
With final thrusts I saw it all

Forbidden Midian
A long fabled Judecca
A sanctuary for sin
To rival Heaven
Free of Eden's tragic wreck
(Though the only Angels in repose
Were those with ivy strangled necks)
Small mercies in vistas of dolmen and vault
Gaunt, haunched edifices
Midst lightfingered mists
From whence more awful shadows
Drew back rusted bolts
And dared a threshold
The searing Sun had knelt to kiss

Shades of dusk, cruelty and myth
The Tribes of Christ will not forgive
And shall not suffer their kind to live

For I, mesmerized, started not from tombs
Or their waltz so sibilant
Through the gathering gloom
But from flumes of the moon in bloom
Baring cach a face effaced
And raped in the womb

In hidden Midian
A vatican lying in state
For the sanctity of sin
To rival Heaven
Above Eden's birth defects
Though the only Angels that arose
Were those who fell to most requests
Small mercies in vistas where dolmen and vault
Caught twisted whispers where fisted sisters
Haunched, flaunted orifice
Midst lighter fingered mists
Whilst I watched without revolt
Carnalities few beasts permit

Between the dog and wolf
Bared fangs met in intercourse
A nightly right of teeth and cunt
For those below who rose to hunt

Sor sights that preyed on Me for days
And in laudenum's haze
I painted them all

The slew of sith and kin
I drew in blood, my veins in thrall
To Deathugees at peace within
(An underworld free of Mortal rule)
Crotesques and wolves in women's skins
The raven winged and missing limbed
Suicides and split thighed Seraphim

And marble stairs
Star grazers dare
Ascend like prayer
(As smoke or ghost or lithe nightmares)

Under full moons waxing lyrically
Death's poetry floods the soul
Like the wrecking weed of a demon freed
To curse the star with vertigo
And in their dance, in trance I praise wide
Slick rifts twixt obsidian thighs
Hymeneal gates to other sides
A labyrinth wherein Midian hides

Midian

I know I've seen
Through the black backed mirrors in sanity
Lucent prides amassed in last retreat
Prurient souls but no more freaks
Than those leashing dreams at harm's length from Me
And just like grim ascension prophecies
My revenge, carved deep, will be
A grisly plot that reads
Like my filthy white ward spattered with their screams
When My Deviliverers come from fog for Me

Exhuming the moon
Through the bars in My room
The sooner the bitter pills swallowed are through
But no Aphrodites, Genotypes, Demonarchetypes,
No Cenobites rise to clame me from you

No! No! No!
Don't leave here in this storm weathered cell
No! No! No!
With prophets and losses
And dead men from crosses
My fate is a preview of derelict Hell


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"Tortured Soul Asylum" as written by Dani Davey Adrian Paul Erlandsson

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    General Commentfucking excellent.
    beatensenselesson November 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about someone who is trying to get into the city of Midian, which you would know about if your familar with Clive Barker's work and the movie Nightbreed (based on Clive Barker's ideas).
    Basically Midian is a hidden city...you should watch the movie Nightbreed for a better understanding.

    Anyway, you get 'called' to Midian if you have commited a crime like murder or something similar, and things called Cenobites come to get you.
    The lyrics above misquote Cenobited with 'Genobites', but i suggest you watch the movie Nightbreed and the Hellraiser movies (only 1, 2, 3 & 4...the rest are not very good).

    The whole album and artwork have a Midian theme to them, so if you are an in depth CoF fan and want a better understanding, the movies i mentioned along with Clive Barker's book Cabal (which is what Nightbreed was based on) are very worth reading/watching.
    Hailtothemikeon December 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAlso, i must mention that Doug Bradley (who has a major role in Nightbreed and Hellraiser) is the voice at the start of Her Ghost In The Fog, Tortured Soul Asylum & mid way through Death Magik For Adepts...he also plays the coolest bad guy ever in Hellraiser, the awsome Pinhead.
    Hailtothemikeon December 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThanks mike. i looked up Midian in the bible and it didn't really fit with the song.
    this song has some of the best wordplay i've ever heard. without dought one of the best written songs on midian. love it.
    erudite strangeron February 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI kind of "steretyped" Cradle of Filth earlier. I had never heard them before, and jugded by their looks, I 'hated' them to use that expression.

    I have to agree with Hailtothemike on this one. I've seen all movies btw ;) ..

    I love the sound about 1:10 / 15 secs into the song. I don't know why, an orgasmic sound xD

    Cradle of Filth, people!
    Paralyzedon February 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentActually, they aren't Cenobites in Nightbreed. Cenobites are the creatures who claim the life of whoever has opened the Lament Configuration in Hellraiser. Anyway, Hailtothemike is almost correct. He is mostly correct in his references. But the song is not just simply based on the movie. It's more of a man who has created this world (Midian) in his head. It's his escape from his conscious mind into imagination. The more he thinks about it, the more real it becomes, and he swears he's seen it. His strong belief causes his local society to think he is insane so he is taken to a mental ward where he still dreams of escape, but is having doubts of Midian's existence.

    use these lines as reference:

    "Sore sights that preyed on Me for days
    And in laudanum's haze
    I painted them all...."

    [laudanum produces hallucinaions]

    "I know I've seen
    Through the blackbacked mirrors in sanity
    Lucent prides amassed in last retreat
    Prurient souls but no more freaks
    Than those leashing dreams at harm's length from Me
    And just like grim ascension prophecies
    My revenge, carved deep, will be
    A grisly plot that reads
    Like My filthy white ward spattered with their screams
    When My Deviliverers come from fog for Me...."

    [He is still fighting for his belief that the Nightbreed will come to rescue him]

    "Exhuming the moon
    Through the bars in My room
    The sooner the bitter pills swallowed are through....
    But no Genotypes, Aphrodites
    Daemonarchetypes
    No Cenobites rise to claim Me for you"

    [He is starting to realize that none of these creatures are coming to save him. He is alone with only his imagination]

    "No! No! No!
    Don't leave here in this storm weathered cell
    No! No! No!
    With prophets and losses
    And dead men on crosses
    My fate is a preview of derelict Hell"

    [This is obvious. He is getting desparate and crying out. He does not wish to be stuck in the mortal world where others' beliefs do not match his own. He wants to be with beings that can share his pain, his thoughts, and his feelings. But all he has are his reflections of his own mind, and his padded walls.]
    Reptile_Houseon April 09, 2008   Link
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    General Commentlistening to this kick ass song right now, it has a sample of Dance Macabre in it eh.

    the above posters have good information on this song and the whole Midian concept
    River Wolfon October 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHaunted by this portent
    This obsession in my mind
    With a city sunk below
    Tall cedar groves and graves sublime
    Sporting their importance
    Marble wings spread to the skies
    A vale of dreams that it would seem
    The daylights race to leave behind



    i think that is about people interpreting unkown things such as the garden of eden or the hanging gardens of babylon
    deathmetaller666on November 26, 2008   Link

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