"No Stars Over Bethlehem" as written by and Moe Carlson Arif Mirabdolbaghi....
I'll burn all the lives of this angel illuminati
When St. Michael sized means find an end to justify
A belief to fortify this stained glass disgrace
Too beautiful to change or perhaps too scared
The truth behind our lives will be erased
A crusader begging for a crusade in which to die
Where lead locusts pierce the heart of men
And tie the tongues of those who lie

Cut the sinner, bleed redemption through the city streets
That resonate in prayers of this never should be
Someone plunged a dagger deep into God's chest and
When he groaned it laid our entire civilization to rest
When he pulled out the dagger and marveled at the pain he could create
We stuck another in his back to seal creation's fate
Now we turn from wealth in the height of all our poverty
A call that renders me ageless
Turning he pages of a belief that's greater than us all

Amen to the fools and the cossacks and the pulpits
Amen to the people who think there's still a way to help us


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"No Stars Over Bethlehem" as written by Lucas Hoskin Arif Mirabodlbaghi

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    General Commentthis is one of my favourite PTH songs. it is tied with "Turn Soonest to the Sea", "she who Mars the Skin of Gods" and "Blindfolds Aside" One of the highlights of this song for me is when Rody hits that high note about 2 minutes and 45 seconds into the song. Classic!
    PBS!!
    Bassitupon August 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'll burn all the lives of this angel illuminati

    -Sounds like the priest wants to rid of the religion altogether.

    When St. Michael sized means find an end to justify

    -No clue here.

    A belief to fortify this stained glass disgrace

    -Saying how everyone else wants to empower the church even more, but he knows it's all a fake: "Disgrace"

    Too beautiful to change or perhaps too scared

    -People are scared to tear down the church because of the consequences they might face

    The truth behind our lives will be erased

    -Possibly saying that when you die, nothing happens (promoting atheism)

    A crusader begging for a crusade in which to die

    -Saying how the crusaders believe what they're doing is wrong. (Maybe referring to himself.)

    Where lead locusts pierce the heart of men

    -People dying from being shot.

    And tie the tongues of those who lie

    -During the Crusades... Saying how those who say they don't believe in God die, so they lie.


    Cut the sinner, bleed redemption through the city streets

    -Crusades: Killing off all the nonbelievers and sinners

    That resonate in prayers of this never should be

    -Prayers going to waste. God isn't real.

    Someone plunged a dagger deep into God's chest and
    When he groaned

    -Could be saying how "God" is just as human as the rest of us

    it laid our entire civilization to rest

    -Maybe referring to how God was the foundation of civilization, and so when people realize it isn't true, civilization starts to crumble, per sé.

    When he pulled out the dagger and marveled at the pain he could create

    -Man realizing the power he has

    We stuck another in his back to seal creation's fate

    -Possibly: We (mankind) prove our point or prove ourselves by killing?

    Now we turn from wealth in the height of all our poverty
    A call that renders me ageless
    Turning he pages of a belief that's greater than us all

    -Saying that he (the priest) is called to something that will take his entire life, believing in something that isn't real, but still controls people


    Amen to the fools and the cossacks and the pulpits

    -Mocking, self-chuckling at all the people who still support and believe in this.

    Amen to the people who think there's still a way to help us

    -"Help us" referring to God


    This is about a prison priest, so it's possible that PTH meant a priest who was imprisoned. In that case, it's as though he was persecuted for his beliefs, and now is in jail for it.
    Aeroblitzon November 01, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti read this on some other site, half of it is my interperitation, the other half is what i read. and it might be totally wrong cuz iv never read the bible or anything of those sorts. k, so first off, the prison priest is the priest in prisons that will talk to people before they are executed and pray with them. from his point of view, he is doubting his religion(ex. in heretics and killers he used got to seal his temples pillars, then the temple collapsed) his religion is gone, because god is dead(someone plunged a dagger) and now hes watching all the fools that still beleive. im pretty sure this song is really influenced by dostoevsky (russian writer) because the definition of cossack is a member of a Slavic people living in southern European Russia and Ukraine and adjacent parts of Asia and noted for their horsemanship and military skill; they formed an elite cavalry corps in czarist Russia. so im guessing this is all set in russia, namely military men, probably christians. a pulpit is The ministry of preaching. so hes watching all the other priests still preaching. "amen to the people who think theres still a way to help us" so pretty much we killed god, we're screwed. aeroblitz got all the stuff before me
    lukehoskinismyheroon November 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThese songs (on this whole album) are about a girl named Kezia being executed. They're told from different acts, the first being the prison guard.
    I forget what the 2nd is, but the last is Kezia herself, and the last song brings all of them together.
    redvirusXon February 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe first is the prison PRIEST...the second is the prison guard.
    AmpleVoltageon February 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song and i love the fact that the album tells a story all on it's on, but however i believe the song itself has a greater meaning.



    "I'll burn all the lives of this angel illuminati"
    -This line might hint at the preacher speaking against the church/illuminati which would harm them.

    "When St. Michael sized means find an end to justify
    A belief to fortify this stained glass disgrace"
    - Saint Micheal is the angel of death, and the prison priest character is saying that the church has become corrupt and hints possibly at a higher power behind the church? (illuminati?) and the church's use of fear or war (death) to controll people.

    "Too beautiful to change or perhaps too scared"
    -the church's plan has become too effective in indoctrinating the people for it to stop

    T"he truth behind our lives will be erased"
    -The fact that if people found out the church was corrupted the foundations of their life would be broken down.

    "A crusader begging for a crusade in which to die
    Where lead locusts pierce the heart of men
    And tie the tongues of those who lie"
    -Here it might trace back to the illuminati part. people belive the illuminati, who probably have direct ties with the church, controll life and war. They use propoganda to force people into war dying willing for a cause they don't fully understand.

    "Cut the sinner, bleed redemption through the city streets
    That resonate in prayers of this never should be"
    -Anyoone that speaks against the religion is killed. Their deaths are paraded about as a trophy of victory over so called "god's enemys" much like we did in the crusades (reffering to the previous line.

    "Someone plunged a dagger deep into God's chest and
    When he groaned it laid our entire civilization to rest
    When he pulled out the dagger and marveled at the pain he could create"
    -This is probably a biblical reference to eitehr Sodom and Gamora or The NOah's ark story where humanity denied God so god destroyed their civilization to start anew.

    "We stuck another in his back to seal creation's fate
    -As soon as humanity starts again we turn our backs from God and now it is destined for God to take his people and wipe the rest from the planet in teh rapture.

    Now we turn from wealth in the height of all our poverty
    A call that renders me ageless"
    -Further saying we turn our backs from the Wealth of eternal life that God offers us for material lifestyles.

    "Turning he pages of a belief that's greater than us all"
    -another reference to the corrupt church and the modifyed bible.


    "Amen to the fools and the cossacks and the pulpits
    Amen to the people who think there's still a way to help us"
    -This final line is the preacher making a comparison to the controllers (illuminati/church) which are the preachers and politcians(cossack and the pulpit (possibly one and the same)) and the people who are actually of a good mind that think there is still hope for a lost humanity.
    farore36on May 13, 2010   Link
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    General CommentSputnik has a great review about the album explaining not only parts of this song but how it fits with the entire concept at sputnikmusic.com/…

    I posted another article compiling some of the information here with some findings of my own at rockgeni.us/2010/07/13/no-stars-over-bethlehem-by-protest-the-hero/ . Useless tip: A lot of the music on this album was inspired by Between the Buried and Me's Alaska from 2005.
    rockgenieon July 13, 2010   Link
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    General Commenttoo good.
    Mojo86on January 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commentamazing song, amazing band
    bballbuckon February 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentcmon, i just saw them on the tour and loathing tour and met them and everything, this is such a ncie band just to chill with, and great live, especially this song
    dfa1979on April 27, 2006   Link

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