To and fro, through freeze and thaws
From zenith to nadir
The universal tug of war
Saw lines drawn in the sands appear
Divisions of a promised land
And Hell for those that dwelt
Beneath a Pharaoh's granite hand
Where death wed something else

Millennia swam passed
Since the covened Ark
Ran aground on Ararat...

But anew, tempered shadows grew
Out of Midian, strewing fear
Over verdant lawns, the resurgent storms
Led a desert son to sear

From the palace orchard I espied...
(Where swooning trees and moonless beams vied
For the painted eye of the royal bride
Whose gliding curves were deified)
...beyond Her grace where love would die
Wretched destiny arrive

Back and forth the prophet came
Riddled with a tongue of plagues
That would render might Egypt lame
If the rage of God stayed unassuaged...
I listened with a heavy heart
But unveiled to the threats
This Hebrew in a jackal's mask
Would dredge into effect

Thenceforth the Nile reddened
s if Set stretched His hand
To beset the damned

And bruised with flies
The skies grew leadened

But these miracles, feared
Were all but reared
By nature, whose law alone
Stood that revered

This hysteria passed, but still the mark
Of Yahveh burned on in the dark

One final time, on the steps to the shrine
Of Thoth, I twined with fate
"Let my people go"
"Still my word is no"
"Then Death shall be the deciding plague"

Since the crimes divine I left behind
I'd warred with every tribe that plied
In holy vestament, but with time
Bored sore of clawing what was mine
I laid my bones and made my throne
With a view to paradise

Thenceforth the heavens deafened
As if great beasts
Were unleashed to feast on man

And with carrion span
Michael was weaponed

To descend with scorn
A dark reform
Through Pi-Ramses
Skinning mine and Her firstborn

Thus suspiria passed each sacred mark
Of Yahveh, bleeding in the dark

With nauseous dawn, a cry, forlorn
Unified from plazas deep
The prophet's curse
Far worse had worked
To wrest the war in me from sleep

Drowned in light, a downward light
Bathed the snaking exodus
Through the wilderness
As the Aeons crept
Impressed with fresh bloodlust



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    General CommentDoberman Pharaoh tells the story of the Exodus, second book of the Bible. The first section, "To and fro, though freeze and thaw...", states that over the passing of time, the Promised Land of the Hebrews was divided and the tribles of Israel led into slavery to Egypt. "Where death wed something else" may be a reference to mummification.

    The "desert son" - and later, the "Hebrew in a jackal's mask" - is Moses. He is rescued from his basket on river ("Wretched destiny arrive") and, when grown, attempts to free his people from the Pharoah.

    The Pharaoh is, in a sense, little more than a puppet to Satan (from whose perspective the song is told). We are told this by the name of the song, by the fact Satan does not yield to Moses' threats, and by Satan's "twining with fate." Clearly, Satan possesses some power over the man.

    The plagues come into affect, but they are not caused by nature ("But these miracles, feared / Were all but reared / By nature, whose law alone / Stood that revered") - they are caused by God.

    Before the final plague is unleashed, I got the sense Satan may have been tiring of his battle against God ("but with time / Bored sore of clawing what was mine"), and prepares to let the war slip away. The final plague changes this ("The prophet's curse / Far worse had worked / To wrest the war in me from sleep").

    Michael is unleashed to kill firstborn children in all houses without the mark of Yahveh (God) above the door. Finally, the Pharoah relents.
    selrachon November 26, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWOW! i love cradle of filth but have never realy seen anyone explain them like that! could you please finish some other parts of the song and write them down, if you have time i mean.thanks:-)
    poisonhearton July 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentExcellent lyrics! It's so interesting to see this story told from a different point of view - evil's pov. Now Moses and God are supposed to look like the bad guys, which of course Satan would see them as. I'm guessing that "And Hell for those that dwelt Beneath a Pharaoh's granite hand" is referring to the slaves. Funny how there's hardly any mention of the evils the pharaoh did to the slaves, and yet Moses is soooo evil for trying to free them. And we're supposed to feel sorry for the pharaoh when his firstborn child dies. What about all the people that died because of him? BUT we must realize that this is what happens when it's told from Satan's pov. A failing attempt in making the good side look evil.

    But the lyrics are very well written. I think my favorite line is "Thenceforth the Nile reddened as if Set stretched his hand to beset the damned" I love the way Dani tells of each plague that happened. Very interesting song!
    kandyon July 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSo "Paradise Lost".
    For those who haven't read it, go and read it and see how in it God appears as quite bad.
    Thats all Exodus is, two points of view.
    On one side you can see the pharao as evil, but moses comes across as equally evil and slightly immature *you did this to my people so im going to to do that to yours*
    It's a well written song.
    My favourite line is ("But these miracles, feared / Were all but reared / By nature, whose law alone / Stood that revered") Which basically means that Earth's holy rule was defied by the 'miracles' and she wouldn't forget it, and it was her rule that stood holy to people, not 'gods'.
    The pharao in this song is a puppet, pure and simple, the protagonist is satan and how he controls people, it's like a game of chess with god and satan and they both use people.
    God uses moses to perform his will, satan uses the pharao, just the levels of communication differ on each side.
    A.Mon March 28, 2006   Link

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