"Behind The Crooked Cross" as written by and Jeffery John Hanneman....
Time melts away in this living inferno,
Trapped by a cause that I once understood.
Feeling a sickness building inside of me,
Who will I really have to answer to.

March on through the rivers of red.
Souls drift, they fill the air.
Forced to fight, behind,
The crooked cross.

Do only what is expected of me,
With no emotions my feelings suppressed.
Blind obedience carries me through it all.
Conscience a word I learned to forget.

March on through the rivers of red.
Flesh burns, it fills the air.
Forced to fight, behind,
The crooked cross.

Time melts away in this living inferno,
Trapped by a cause that I once understood.
Blind obedience carries me through it all,
Do only what is expected of me.

March on through the rivers of red.
Souls drift, they fill the air.
Forced to fight, behind,
The crooked cross.


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"Behind the Crooked Cross" as written by Jeffery John Hanneman

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    General CommentI heard it was the song that confirmed Jeff Hanneman's (and Slayer's) opposition against national-socialism, because of many criticisms they received (very frequently), even by former Sepultura vocalist, Max Cavalera!
    feedbackon July 06, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI read (and hear) the lyrics, and my head says conscripts on the Nazi side in WW2. Aside from the obvious "crooked cross", you have "trapped by a cause that I once understood", maybe relating to the fact Hitler was voted into power.
    Nightbreakon January 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti heard this is about nazis or something, coz jeff hanneman is interested in world war 2.
    dittoheadon July 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song could also be about the Crusades; the stuff about marching behind the crooked cross makes more sense in that context.
    Kodos86on April 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe crooked cross is a swastika.
    DouchePatrolon November 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song was used in Doom, level 'E3M3 Pandamonium'.
    Ben2k9on December 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is simply about what the German people thought throughout WWII and as Hitler's true intentions became more and more obvious
    SlayerFreak666on April 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree it is about hitler's true intentions. Jeff Hanneman is interested in WWII. Another song mentioning Nazis is "Angel of Death".
    BlackRose666on April 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentCrooked Cross !!!
    blackliston June 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commentmaybe its something that has to do with the cruscifiction of jesus, but i think the swastika theory is a good one.
    minorxxthreaton October 21, 2005   Link

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