"Fire of Heaven/Altar of Earth" as written by and Joshua Werner Matthew Miller....
Fire descends on high in the shape of a lion,
Burn the sacrifice of pride and ride on to Mount Zion,

Fire descends on high in the shape of a lion,
Burn the sacrifice of pride and ride on to Mount Zion,

Rub me the wrong way, taking the highway Rubbing sticks together but your fire's man-made
Capitalize on hot air, soar like an airplane
Yearn to rise in the sky quick high like cocaine
False pride is suicide but you've got nothing to gain
Babylon's buildings raise like flames
Drowning in their champagne
Explosion pulled the pin in the hand grenade
Soul stain blowing up
In your own domain
Fire crackers ooh and aah
But they never maintain

Fires burning
Flames are dancing
Don't burn the house down
Heavenly fire only resides on an altar made from the ground

Fire descends from on high in the shape of a lion
Burn the sacrifice of pride and ride on to Mount Zion

Fire descends on high in the shape of a lion
Burn the sacrifice of pride and ride on to Mount Zion

One pair of eyes
But see two different things
One person cries but the other one sings
You walk around like everybody owes you something . Take what you got, thank G-d for all that life brings
The poor man has it all but not content with anything
While the rich man's hands are empty but he's sitting like a king

Fires burning
Flames are dancing
Don't burn the house down
Heavenly fire only resides on an altar made from the ground

Backpacks's getting heavy, moving at a steady pace Carry bricks on your shoulders and lead around your waist
Making way, run in haste
There is no time to taste what you ate
We should be grateful Got a plateful
Fire burns like ice morsels falling fire like rain

Fire descends on high in the shape of a lion
Burn the sacrifice of pride and ride on to Mount Zion

Fire descends on high in the shape of a lion
Burn the sacrifice of pride and ride on to Mount Zion


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"Fire of Heaven/Altar of Earth" as written by Matthew Miller Joshua Werner

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    General Commentyou don't have to have any religious affiliation to associate with what he's essentially trying to say.

    he's more or less telling people not to act ungrateful and to embrace what has been given to them; the failure to do so could have some dire consequences
    averygrisbyon May 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love driving to this song. As a matter of fact, I love listening to this whole album when I'm driving. Matisyahu is simply incredible.
    thewordofrashion March 11, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthere's a whole part missing from the song the 'You should be more humble part'
    Skate_Hippieon June 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentit's a great song though Matisyahu is amazing
    Skate_Hippieon June 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe missing lyrics are:

    You should be more subtle
    You could keep your hustle
    Keep your laughing
    Keep your chuckle
    Flashing muscle brass knuckle
    Bust your bubble gum pop
    Take off the muzzle
    Hate to ruffle feathers
    Breaking Brother's
    Struggle through the rubble
    Concrete jungle
    Brisk and brustle
    Slip and shuffle
    Stumble into trouble
    Spirit rumble in the temple
    Mumble nothing
    You should be more humble
    In the continental call your bluff
    Your puffin' smoke is fundamental
    In this ocean you're a pebble
    I_am_proon August 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThanks for the missing lyrics that part is great!
    mikehollidayon August 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAmazing Song, one of my faves by matisyahu.
    Rightbackon March 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMatisyahu is just so awesome when he sing. His songs all have a awesome meaning to them. When i first heard this song i loved ut over everything! It's so good. And after reading some of the lyric i like it eaven more. I think the song is about appriciate what you have got and maybe an reflextion of his past and his own time with drugs. "Firecrackers ohh and ahh but they never maintain" Maybe what he's trying to say it that, we take drugs as an example, they will make you happy and make it feel good for a moment but that moment will always end. Cause that happiness is not real. This part
    "One pair of eyes
    But see two different things
    One person cries but the other one sings
    You walk around like everybody owes you something
    Take what you got, thank G-d for all that life brings
    The poor man has it all but not content with anything
    While the rich man's hands are empty but he's sitting like a king" is one of my favs. i think that you have to see both sides of things and maybe ones are only showing one side of themselfes. Then it says that you shouldnt be jealous and ask for everything and be egoistic but you should thank people (or god if you are a beliver) for what you've got and appriciate what life will bring to you. Also it says that money cant buy happiness. The ritch man who have all the stuffs have no love and only want more so he'll never be pleased. Therefore his hands are empty, like no happiness and stuff, but he's sitting like a king cause he has a big house and can byw false love like a big tv. The poor man is not content with anything, he own almost nothing but he appriciate what he's got and the love he shares with his loved ones. It's like when we in the west world crys over our hair looking just alittle bad and if we dont get that toy or that computer we want we'll be sad while the people in africa has nothing but a little house and has to work to get their own foob, but still they are happier than us because we are spoiled and they arent. We have to stop living in an overflood and start living in a sharing camunity were we share to everyone. Were we save food 4 those in africa. Just this one song made me think of all of this and now want me to canvert my words into acction. All thanks to matisyahu! This man will make me make a differense! Therefore i love him and his songs!
    Matisyahuisthebeston April 22, 2012   Link
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    General CommentBtw sorry for the long repost :(
    Matisyahuisthebeston April 22, 2012   Link

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