"Saints In Hell" as written by and Glenn Raymond/halford Tipton....
They laughed at their god
And fought him in vain
So he turned his back on them
And left them in pain
Now here come the saints
With their banners held high
Each one of them martyrs
Quite willing to die

Wake the dead, the saints are in hell
Wake the dead, they've come for the bell

Cover your fists
Razor your spears
It's been our possession
For eight thousand years
Fetch the scream eagles
Unleash the wild cats
Set loose the king cobras
And blood sucking bats

Wake the dead, the saints are in hell
Wake the dead, they've come for the bell

We are saints
In hell
We are saints
In hell
We're going down
Into the fire
We're going down
Into the fire

The streets run with blood from the mass mutilation
As carnage took toll for the bell
Abattoir, abattoir, mon dieu quelle horreur
For a time is was like second hell
Saints in hell
Saints in hell
The battle is over, the saints are alive
How can we all thank you, we felt so despised

(Saints in hell)


Lyrics submitted by Idan

"Saints in Hell" as written by Robert Halford Kenneth Downing

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  • +1
    General CommentEffin love this song. The intro is killer.
    antp56on June 15, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEither they're talking about Paradise loss, or about fighting in a war in general.
    JudasPriest1977on January 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe track title pretty much gives the meaning away. It sounds very Black Sabbath influenced which I like a lot.
    CronoAeonon August 23, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationIf it should be interpreted as saints in actual hell, then, given the next song, it is about the so-called members of the church who destroyed many a people for manifest destiny (the first name it and claim it, word of faith heresy).

    However, this is about saints dying the death of martyrs. Ever read Foxe's book of Martyrs? I haven't read the whole thing, but it's rough. Hellish experiences are often for the saints. For the first disciples of Christ, because we all have to inevitably cope with the fact of the empty tomb and who folded the napkin. They had to die painful, hellish deaths for the cause of the truth of the risen Christ.

    For a time is was like second hell,
    But
    The battle is over, the saints are alive (forever)
    How can we all thank you, we felt so despised
    But we won through Christ who is our life
    TheExciteron May 16, 2017   Link
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    General CommentSo many Priest songs come to mind where Christian themes are pretty apparent. Like the Exciter, for instance. Rob was raised christian I suspect and the proverb is true, "raise a child in the way they should go and when they are old they shall not depart from it."

    (Even though he may be the High Priest of heavy metal with extensive drug and partying experiences)
    TheExciteron May 16, 2017   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI'm not sure what this song is based on besides Christian hell and saints. What is the bell they refer to? Is it something to do with "For Whom the Bell Tolls"?.
    I've read of the idea called the "Harrowing of Hell"(or "Descent of Christ into Hell") where Jesus is supposed to have gone into hell for the 3 days in between his death and resurrection, which is part of some Christian writings not included in the New Testament. But I think the song is probably based around it's ironic title. The irony of saints being in hell.
    AndrewZealon August 01, 2015   Link

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