"Beast and the Harlot" as written by and Matthew Charles/sullivan Sanders....
This shining city built of gold, a far cry from innocence
There's more than meets the eye round here look to the waters of the deep
A city of evil
There sat a seven-headed beast, ten horns raised from his head
Symbolic woman sits on his throne, but hatred strips her and leaves her naked
The Beast and the Harlot

She's a dwelling place for demons, she's a cage for every unclean spirit every filthy bird
And makes us drink the poisoned wine to fornicate with our kings
Fallen now is Babylon the Great

The city dressed in jewels and gold, fine linen, Myrrh and pearls
Her plagues will come all at once as her mourners watch her burn
Destroyed in an hour
Merchants and captains of the world, sailors navigators too
Will weep and mourn this loss with her sins piled to the sky
The Beast and the Harlot

The day has come for all us sinners
If your not a servant you'll be struck to the ground.
Flee the burning, greedy city looking back on her to see there's nothin' around.
I don't believe in fairy tales
And no one wants to go to Hell
But you made the wrong decision
And it's easy to see.
Now if you want to serve above or be a king below with us
You're welcome to the city where your future is set forever


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"Beast and the Harlot" as written by Jr. Brian Haner

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  • +5
    General CommentWow... So many of you are idiots... This song is directly from the bible - as many of their lyrics are. It's the story of the fall of Babylon. The Harlot signed a deal with the devil to being as many to his side as she could, and demons were always with her. The devil and the harlot were the key to the fall of Babylon. When she finished her job, though, and returned to the devil, he then took her soul because everyone loses when they side with him over God.
    The end part is a quote "serve above or be a king below with us" Is loosely based on Paradise Lost, where they discuss the fall of Satan from heaven. He believed it better to be a king in hell than a servant in Heaven. Though once you're in hell, you're soul is forgotten and gone forever and you can never be redeemed.
    Have a great day :)
    belle2012on August 24, 2012   Link
  • +4
    Song MeaningI'll correct the lyrics as I go along and give the meaning/ the verse from the bible that is the reference...

    This shining city built of gold, a far cry from innocence
    There's more than meets the eye 'round here, look to the waters of the deep
    A city of evil

    There sat a seven-headed beast, ten horns raised from his head
    Symbolic woman sits on his throne, but hatred strips her and leaves her naked
    The Beast and the Harlot
    -So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness; and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
    Revelations 17:3
    And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH
    Revelations 17:5

    She's a dwelling place for demons
    She's a cage for every unclean spirit, every filthy bird
    And makes us drink the poisoned wine to fornicate with our kings
    Fallen down is Babylon the Great
    (((-And he cried mightily with a strong voice saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
    For all nations have drunk of the wine of her fornication, and kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies
    Revelations 18: 2-3)))

    The city dressed in jewels and gold, fine linen, Myrrh and pearls
    (((-The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manners of vessels of ivory, and all manners of vessels of most precious wood and of brass, and iron, and marble.
    Revelations 18:12)))
    Her plagues will come all at once as her mourners watch her burn
    (((-Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall utterly be burned with fire: for strong is the lord God who judgeth her.
    Revelations 18:8)))
    Destroyed in an hour
    (((-Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgement come.
    Revelations 18:10)))
    Merchants and captains of the world, sailors, navigators too
    Will weep and mourn this loss with her sins piled to the sky
    The Beast and the Harlot
    (((-And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise anymore
    Revelations 18:11
    And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich in all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one houe is she made desolate.
    Romans 18:19)))

    She's a dwelling place for demons
    She's a cage for every unclean spirit, every filthy bird
    And makes us drink the poisoned wine to fornicate with our kings
    Fallen down is Babylon the Great
    (((-And he cried mightily with a strong voice saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
    For all nations have drunk of the wine of her fornication, and kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies
    Revelations 18: 2-3)))

    The day has come for all us sinners, if you're not a servant you'll be struck to the ground
    Flee the burning, greedy city looking back on her to see there's nothin' around
    I don't believe in fairy tales and no one wants to go to Hell, but you made the wrong decision
    and it's easy to see
    Now if you wanna serve above or be a king below with us your welcome to the city where your future is set forever

    She's a dwelling place for demons
    She's a cage for every unclean spirit, every filthy bird
    And makes us drink the poisoned wine to fornicate with our kings
    Fallen down is Babylon the Great x2
    (((-And he cried mightily with a strong voice saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
    For all nations have drunk of the wine of her fornication, and kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies
    Revelations 18: 2-3)))
    JulieBemisxon April 22, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThese lyrics are straight outta the Bible.
    AmishGangstaon May 02, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentFor all of those OUT of the know... M. Shadows had to have surgery on his vocal chord due to the SEVERE damage that he had done to them over the years since the Hopeless comp. A7X first appeared on back in 2000. He is unable to lay down the screams that made Avenged Sevenfold the band it "once was"...

    I was at the San Diego CD release party, and he didn't bring it up... but its true... all the older jams... were sung, with clean vocals... my friends and I had to fill in the "blanks" :p

    Please don't hate A7X becos Shadows sacrificed his voice for our aural pleasure. Dig them like they deserve... Zacky, Gates, The Rev, and Johny... not to mention the GREAT M. Shadows are trying to do all they can to give us everything they have.

    Respect for Shadows!
    -Ace
    TheMaNamedAceon May 09, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDon't just write a band off just because of ONE song. One song does not really mean anything, and so what if other people start liking them. They are superficial fans of music, the will like whatever is "big" at the time and forget about it the next second. So I wouldn't worry to much about those people. At least Avenged has not become some kind of rap group. They will no doubt sound different from album to album, but so long as they don't start rapping or singing country tunes in their music I am sure it will be okay.
    GForce10on May 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentand if you dont own them for any reason other than the fact that you honestly don't like the sound, then youre just as foolish as the little kiddies who think they're hardcore for doing the same. and if you just don't like the sound because a7x aren't as 'underground' as they used to be, then you're hopeless.
    MCThursdayon May 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFuck yeah. I always get pissed of whe i hear thiS song. It gives me RAGE. Anyway lets all agree that coldplay sucks horse testicals
    Pinkfloyd4evabitcheson September 19, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionI LOVE THIS SONG THE DRUMS ARE SO EPIC IT MAKES ME WANT TO START A MOSH PIT EVERYTIME I HEAR IT LONG LIVE THE REV!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    rokk123on November 11, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNew Song from City Of Evil!

    M.Shadows voice is soooo different. They almost sound like NIN or something?
    loc4485on April 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow you got the lyrics right on. This song is amazing, it's like velvet revolver mixed with nofx mixed just plain A7X! This song is probably about where they grew up.
    kazuyajinjunon April 24, 2005   Link

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