"At Dawn They Sleep" as written by and Kerry King Jeff Hanneman....
Awakened I have become
Light now slips away
Manipulate your mind
Darkness is my slave

Taste the sins of Hell
The blood that I so crave
The last thing that you see
Is the hunger in my eyes

Blood sucking creatures of the night
Nocturnal spectre hiding from the light
Cries screaming out every fright
Eagerly awaiting plight
Apparitions from the pits of Hell
Death plagues the streets in which they dwell
Demented lust, the secrets they must keep
Addicted to your blood
At dawn they sleep

Unveil the hidden coffin
Lift the lid of terror
Feel the deadly cold
Freeze you from inside

Perceiving your intentions
To slay the phantom form
Raise the stake in malice
You cannot plunge it down


Beware the image unseen
Stalks your soul
Your corpse's redeem

Eternal damnation you just reward
A servant of our Lord
By your accord

Admonish of the cruciform
Immortality's scorned

Rise hold fast your faith
To lie dormant
Is certain Death

(Driven by the instinct of centuries of horror
Implanted along the brain of the sickening parasite
Linked together by one trait
The Hell-filled need to kill, kill, kill, kill, kill)

Emerging from their Hellish tomb
Taking flight amidst the night
The evening skies are raining Death

Swooping down from shadowed skies
Taking simple human form
Shed their wings to stalk the mortal man

Lock their jaws into your veins
Satanic soldiers strike their prey
Leaving corpses waiting for the change

Blood dripping from the jaws of Death
Not enough to satisfy
They must drain your soul of life

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"At Dawn They Sleep" as written by Kerry King Jeff Hanneman

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  • +3
    My InterpretationThis songs is about the creatures of hell being released into the world
    Shemipukelon April 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTales about vampires, dracula & all the blood sucking creatures of the night.
    han2on February 21, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of Slayer's best songs from their best album - Hell Awaits.

    Seriously, it's a lot more progressive and mature, unlike Reign In Blood. RiB is a good album, but it's extremely generic and overrated.

    Hell Awaits is definitely Slayer's best album.

    And yes, this song is about vampires.
    QJ14on December 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgoths
    metal_advocateon November 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts about vampires. mmmmm, blood.
    Necronicon December 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentrar rar rar blah i vant to suck your blood blah
    one one dry body two two dry bodies three three dry bodies
    blah ha ha ha
    (the count - sesame street)
    blink182suxon April 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe Last Thing That You See
    Is The Hunger In My Eyes

    best line in music history
    metallica 86on September 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSlayer's forgotten masterpiece. Breakdown worthy of Angel of Death. Songs about vampires rock.
    AngryCitizenon September 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGnosticisim.
    Corruption of man as a pure form by being polluted by the fallen ones.
    Easy to miss the point by the fascination by all things vampiric and zombie

    Blood dripping from the jaws of Death
    Not enough to satisfy
    They must drain your soul of life
    Ezekielsshipon September 22, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVampires
    Terror44on July 12, 2017   Link

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