"Night Riders" as written by and Phil O'donnell Ben Merritt Stennis....
(Chorus)
Well I dreamed this night a thousand times
But I never knew that I'd be burning inside
In the moment when we decide
If the innocent live and the guilty die
Unforgiven, unrestrained
And we're burning on down like an acid rain
Raise the darkness and expose their lies
Night riders in the western skies
(/Chorus)

I can't believe it's true but
Devotion's on the rise and they're looking for you
Burning bright like a thousand suns and
We'll never stop until we're sure we've won
And there's revelution in the air tonight
And I don't need nothing 'cause I know that I'm right
Raise the darkness and expose their lies
Night riders in the western skies

This scenario
In the wreck of souls, well so who have you told
Call it chance or call it fate
Just remember that it's never too late

Restrict somatic delusion
Destroy prosodic illusion
Uphold evoke and desire
Absorb the voice of the fire

Can't hope to combat the motion
Can't stop the feedback devotion
Can't stop it, tried but it continues
Transcend it or be consumed

And in the wreck of failed diplomacy
Challenge order well I'll follow your lead
Just a few more steps and then you're free
But you'll never know 'cause they don't want you to see

On target and we're flying blind
And I'm scared to look because I know what I'll find
Never knew that it would end this way
Watching paradise go down in flames but
I won't give up, I won't give way
In the moment of truth I won't surrender my name
Because there's no more limits and no more fear
Because I know that the end is near

(Chorus)
Well I dreamed this night a thousand times
But I never knew that I'd be burning inside
In the moment when we decide
If the innocent live and the guilty die
Unforgiven, unrestrained
And we're burning on down like an acid rain
Raise the darkness and expose their lies
Night riders in the western skies
(/Chorus)

Locked on target and we're flying blind
And I'm scared to look because I know what I'll find
Never knew that it would end this way
Watching paradise go down in flames but
I won't give up, no I won't give way
In the moment of truth I won't surrender my name
Because there's no more limits and no more fear
Because I know that the end is near

I can't believe it's true but
Devotion's on the rise and they're looking for you
Burning bright like a thousand suns and
We'll never stop until we're sure we've won
And there's revelution in the air tonight
And I don't need nothing 'cause I know that I'm right
Raise the darkness and expose their lies
Night riders in the western skies


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"Night Riders" as written by Phil O'donnell Ben Merritt Stennis

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    General CommentI think this song is about the Inquisition. It's one of my favorite songs.
    Pakana Sieluon December 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about the Inquisition. It's one of my favorite songs.
    Pakana Sieluon December 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti always felt this song was about terrorists crashing a plane into something, dunno a lot of the lyrics hint at fanaticism and dying for your cause and dispelling the lies that have been told about your cause.
    deny_conformityon January 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHere, I'll show you:

    "Well I dreamed this night a thousand times
    But I never knew that I'd be burning inside
    In the moment when we decide
    If the innocent live and the guilty die"

    This is referring to heretics in the middle ages who had to face a trial to determine whether they were innocent or guilty.

    "I can't believe it's true but
    Devotion's on the rise and they're looking for you.
    Burning bright like a thousand suns and
    We'll never stop until we're sure we've won."

    This is how the Christians would hunt Pagans, Heretics, Witches, and Heathens. After they were caught, they were burned at the stake. This explains the 'burning bright like a thousand suns'.

    "Can't hope to combat the motion
    Can't stop the feedback devotion
    Can't stop it, tried but it continues
    Transcend it or be consumed"

    When Christianity was first introduced, it spread like wildfire. Pagan emperors tried to fight it, but the more they fought, the stronger their Christian enemies became. Eventually almost all Pagan culture was consumed by Christianity.

    "And in the wreck of failed diplomacy
    Challenge order well I'll follow your lead
    Just a few more steps and then you're free
    But you'll never know 'cuz they don't want you to see"

    Around this time, many people were looking for a new meaning in life, and they chose to follow Jesus Christ because he was a rebel who spoke against authority. Christian leaders would encourage people to 'free themselves' but the truth was kept hidden and the Bible was basically a lie.

    "On target and we're flying blind
    And I'm scared to look because I know what I'll find
    Never knew that it would end this way
    Watching paradise go down in flames but
    I won't give up, I won't give way
    In the moment of truth I won't surrender my name
    Because there's no more limits and no more fear
    Because I know that the end is near"

    Many Pagan martyrs 'watched their lives go down in flames' but chose to remain martyrs instead of giving up their lives to Christianity. They knew they were gong to die so they did not fear anymore.

    I don't know if the Night Riders are the Witches themselves or the people hunting them.
    Pakana Sieluon January 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhile no one can truly say what this song means save for Stromkern, I will tell you what I take from it personally.

    This song is not about a specific time period or peoples, but about the constant struggle between good and evil.
    These two words are both clearly defined, and yet, their definitions change from person to person. They are subjective, always meaning opposites, but changing based on the user.

    I feel that this song is simply about the struggle that everyone goes through at some point between their good and evil, they decide what they find righteous and what they find condemnable. Some simply have a goal and will do anything to achieve it, or "Locked on target and we're flying blind". Some have a set of agendas and a set of morals to boot, "Raise the darkness and expose their lies".

    then there are those who don't have a clue what they believe, and so they follow the first thing they feel they can remotely agree with, "Challenge order well I'll follow your lead".

    then there are the people, who, no matter what path they follow, they find themselves to be wrong, or they find themselves "Watching paradise go down in flames".

    there are some who are strong enough to stay faithful to their "good" and condemn their "evil", but there are those who are confused about their good and evil, and can't decide which is which, or the people who simply don't care.

    Simply put, I believe this song to be about the struggle all of humanity goes through, and we all come with different answers, ideals, morals, and goals, but we all fight to find our own good.
    Silberne_Zungeon March 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIf you look at the album songs.....you'll notice terroists.....the album is called armegeddon...
    The way I understand this song, Its about this war on terrorism and the wars going on now in Iraq and Afganistan. The western skies, I would think, is the United States Military since the us is considered western skies. Government and their lies and requesting devotion towards the war...... Also the bible in Revelation talks about everything in this song. This is supposed to happen before the end......
    chowa13on September 02, 2009   Link
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    General Commentright from the Dystopian Visions compilations on which this song was featured

    "Night Riders.

    Eastern Europe has always been the wrong place no matter what the time. It's a shatterbelt, a battleground for countless warring empires, rarely in control of its own destiny for most of the last two millenia...

    what would happen if those people were able to fight back?

    what this country needs is a good bloody war on our own soil. The American public cannot possibly understand what "civilian casualties" really means because there haven't been any here in recent memory. Night Riders in the western skies... about goddamn time."
    Gotthavokon November 06, 2009   Link

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