"Omerta" as written by David Randall Blythe, Mark Morton, Will Adler, John Campbell and Chris Adler....
Whoever appeals to the law against his fellow man is either a fool or a coward
Whoever cannot take care of himself without that law is both
For a wounded man will shall say to his assailant
"If I live, I will kill you. If I die, you are forgiven"
Such is the rule of honor

Broken the paradigm, an example must be set
Invoke the siren's song and sign the death warrant
This what has been wrought for 30 pieces of silver
The tongues of men and angels bought by a beloved betrayer

I am the result, what's better left unspoken
Violence begins to mend what was broken
You've been talking, I've been all ears

Words meant to dwell in darkness shall never see the light of day
Words can be broken, so can bones
Execute the mandate
Mouth full of dirt
Your name removed from the registry
St. Peter greets with empty eyes then turns and locks the gate

I am the result, what's better left unspoken
Violence begins to mend what was broken
You've been talking, I've been all ears

Omerta

Cheaply venal, stupidly verbose
A slip of the tongue, a slit of the throat
Six feet under with no marker
Keep my name from your mouth forever

Free speech for the living, dead men tell no tales
Your laughing finger will never point again

Omerta
Omerta
Sing for me now


Lyrics submitted by jc6md, edited by EGM360

"Omerta" as written by Mark Morton David Randall Blythe

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  • +1
    General CommentNo, it really isn't about that the mafia code, in anything other than the name.

    The speach at the start is just a cool intro. It really has little meaning other than the idea that if you are going to fuck with someone, you had better kill them, cause anything less, will just make them angry and they will come back at you, twice as hard.

    The lyrics are obviously about Judas Iscariot, and the way his name has become synonamous(sp), with betrayal.

    Every line is an obvious referance to the story of Judas.

    "you've been talking, I've been all ears" is about how dispite all that he had seen and heard, he still chose greed over Jesus' love.

    "Words meant to dwell in darkness shall never see the light of day", is kind of the same as the previous quote, it just makes the point, that Jesus's words ultimatly counted for nothing to Judas.

    "Execute the mandate", I believe is in referance, to the speach Jesus gave, about how 'it would be better for the one who betrayes me, if he had never been born', and this is Judas saying, fair enough, if thats the way it has to be, then so be it...

    "I am the result, what's better left unspoken" talks about how despite all the good that came from Jesus' words, there was still the 'bad apple' in the bunch, but we prefer to forget about him.

    (my personal, favorite line in the song):
    "Mouth full of dirt, your name removed from the registry, St. Peter greets with empty eyes then turns and locks the gates" - Judas was buried in an unmarked grave (hense the 'mouth full of dirt' and the other line "six feet under with no marker") and because he killed himself, he was eternally damned.

    There is nothing in this song, other than the title and possibly the line "six feet under with no marker", to suggest that this song is actually about the code of silence.
    quiffpornon December 23, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLOG uses a lot of biblical references in their lyrics
    believe it or not they aren't this crazy, goat killing satanic band that most people think they are
    Cason7625on July 17, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree that this song is about snitching. Yes it has biblical references, and yes it has modern day mafia references.
    Some of you people are too closed minded to consider the fact that two ideas can be in one song.
    Dumbasses...

    PS: If you get arrested dont say anything, freedom of speech also means you don't have to speak. A slip of the tongue a slit of the throat.
    Bean517on March 12, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOKAY, THIS IS TO PASSIONATE_MUSIC USER NAME., AND EVERYONE ELSE OUT THERE. THERE IS NOT ONE VERSE IN THIS SONG THAT DOESNT RELATE TO JUDAS'S BETRAYAL TO JESUS CHRIST SPECIFICALLY! NOT ONE! YES OMERTA IS A CODE OF SILENCE. CONGRATULATIONS FOR BEING ABLE TO USE WIKIPEDIA. YOUR F***ING RETARTED! OMERTA IS LAMB OF GODS VIEW ON HO W JUDAS SHOULD HAVE BEEN TREATED HAD HE NOT KILLED HIMSELF FIRST. JUDAS BETRAYED JESUS FOR THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER! POLITICS AND RELIGION ARE OF THE MOST WIDELY DISCUSSED TOPICS IN MUSIC. YOU THINK ITS AS SIMPLE AS A DICTIONARY DEFINITION? OPEN YOU HEADS! IM A GOD DAMN METAL VOCALIST I THINK I KNOW. HERES THE PLAY BY PLAY FOR EVERY REFERENCE IN THE SONG DISPLAYED BY THE ONLY OTHER INTELLIGENT PERSON BLOGGING IN THIS ROOM:


    The speach at the start is just a cool intro. It really has little meaning other than the idea that if you are going to fuck with someone, you had better kill them, cause anything less, will just make them angry and they will come back at you, twice as hard.

    The lyrics are obviously about Judas Iscariot, and the way his name has become synonamous(sp), with betrayal.

    Every line is an obvious referance to the story of Judas.

    "you've been talking, I've been all ears" is about how dispite all that he had seen and heard, he still chose greed over Jesus' love.

    "Words meant to dwell in darkness shall never see the light of day", is kind of the same as the previous quote, it just makes the point, that Jesus's words ultimatly counted for nothing to Judas.

    "Execute the mandate", I believe is in referance, to the speach Jesus gave, about how 'it would be better for the one who betrayes me, if he had never been born', and this is Judas saying, fair enough, if thats the way it has to be, then so be it...

    "I am the result, what's better left unspoken" talks about how despite all the good that came from Jesus' words, there was still the 'bad apple' in the bunch, but we prefer to forget about him.

    (my personal, favorite line in the song):
    "Mouth full of dirt, your name removed from the registry, St. Peter greets with empty eyes then turns and locks the gates" - Judas was buried in an unmarked grave (hense the 'mouth full of dirt' and the other line "six feet under with no marker") and because he killed himself, he was eternally damned.
    zach25on October 07, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is one of the most dark song ever.
    The line "St. Peter greets with empty eyes then turns and locks the gates" sends a chill down my spine.

    It's obviously about Judas Iscariot.

    The reason for the name is explained in the line; "Keep my name from your mouth forever", like the term 'Judas' has become a type of curse word.
    Omerta is the code of silence about criminal acts.
    quiffpornon September 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYep It's Judas.
    This what has been wrought for 30 pieces of silver
    The tongues of men and angels bought by a beloved betrayer Gives it away
    Snothebeston October 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentexcuse my ignorance but what is the beginning speech all about?
    CIA420on December 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWrong!
    The speech in the beginning explains it all. The song does refer to Judas, but its actually about the consequences of breaking the Mafia code of silence, Omerta.
    Soapon December 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe beginning is a butchered up excerpt from "The Rise and Fall of the Cleveland Mafia."

    I think this song is about the code of silence. It uses religious examples though. It really could go both ways.
    jewisharificon January 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy fav log tune!!! powerful lyrics and message. but yes could go both ways.
    urielon April 16, 2005   Link

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