"A Tyranny of Souls" as written by and Bruce (gb 2)/ramirez Dickinson....
When shall we three meet again?
In thunder, lightning, or in rain?
When the hurlyburly's done?
When the battle's lost, not won?

A tyranny of souls
That love has lost
A tyranny of souls
A pentecost
Speaking tongues of fire
Enflaming our desires
Watching as we die

Who rips the child out from the womb?
Who raise the dagger, who plays the tune?
At the crack of doom on judgment day
No ocean could wash my sins away

A tyranny of souls
That love has lost
A tyranny of souls
A pentecost
Speaking tongues of fire
Enflaming our desires
Watching as we die
On our own cross
A tyranny of souls

We are the black space
We are the black light
We shine where no others dare

Killin' my hater from beyond
Suffering the fate of no reason
Love is a relative stranger to my life

Tears of the fateful
Seeds of betrayal

Hammer the nail into my hand
Anger is ruler in my land
I am the killer of weakness in my head

We are the black light
We are the black space

A tyranny of souls
That love has lost
A tyranny of souls
A pentecost
Speaking tongues of fire
Enflaming our desires
Watching as we die
On our own cross
A tyranny of souls

A tyranny of souls
That love has lost
A tyranny of souls
A pentecost
Speaking tongues of fire
Enflaming our desires
Watching as we die


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"A Tyranny of Souls" as written by Roger Ramirez Bruce (gb 2) Dickinson

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  • +1
    General CommentThere's a very obvious reference to MacBeth in here. The first stanza is the intro to the play, with the three witches talking amongst themselves.

    I don't know if the song is specifically about MacBeth, or more of the way power can become like a drug and control every aspect of one's life.
    RainbowDemonon August 20, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is all about Macbeth as the above comments mention, as well as "No ocean could wash my sins away" throughout the play Macbeth says that even the sea cannot wash the blood from his hands. Macbeth is also referred to as a tyrant many times in the play. "Who rips the child out from the womb?" No one who was born of woman could kill Macbeth, meaning if the mother should die in child birth, or if there was a c section they would not be born of woman.
    Bard40on December 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthere is a bit about macbeth...like RainbowDemon said, the first part is the intro to the play...also there's the line about the child being ripped from the womb, which also played a part in the play...of course, some of the things in the song I cant really relate to macbeth, so I dont know if it really is about the play or not. Anyway, its an awesome song.
    Wishmasteron March 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI believe that more than the first stanza is about Macbeth. For example:
    "Speaking tongues of fire, Inflaming our desires, watching as we die" (the witches and MacBeth's wife who all tried and suceesed to increase his desire for the crown)
    "Who raised the dagger who plays the tune?" (asking who killed the King but who pulled the strings/played the tune the killer danced to)
    skalra63on August 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDon't forget "seeds of betrayal"
    MacBeth betrayed his king.

    or

    "Anger is ruler in my land"
    When MacBeth is king, none of his subjects like him.
    Dark Ioninumon October 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlso "anger is ruler in my land" Macbeth is consumed by anger shortly after he kills his king and goes on to continue slaughtering his own people.
    Bard40on December 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah I have to agree,it's definitely Macbeth all the way."When the hurly burly's done".That's all Macbeth.
    tyranny_soulson November 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song was actually written by Bruce intended for a would-be project featuring Geoff Tate (Queensryche) - Rob Halford (Judas Priest) and Bruce. It was due to be called 'The Three Tremors' and Bruce wrote each verse specially for these singers in mind however the project never went ahead and Bruce ended up recording it himself.
    beastregardson October 16, 2011   Link

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