"For the Greater Good of God" as written by and Stephen Percy Harris....
Are you a man of peace
Or a man of holy war
Too many sides to you
Don't know which anymore
So many full of life
But also filled with pain
Don't know just how many
Will live to breathe again

A life that's made to breathe
Destruction or defense
A mind that's vain corruption
Bad or good intent
A wolf in sheep's clothing
Or saintly or sinner
Or some that would believe
A holy war winner

They fire off many shots
And many parting blows
Their actions beyond a reasoning
Only God would know
And as he lies in heaven
Or it could be in hell
I feel he's somewhere here
Or looking from below
But I don't know, I don't know

Please tell me now what life is
Please tell me now what love is
Well tell me now what war is
Again tell me what life is

More pain and misery in the history of mankind
Sometimes it seems more like
The blind leading the blind
It brings upon us more famine, death and war
You know religion has a lot to answer for

Please tell me now what life is
Please tell me now what love is
Well tell me now what war is
Again tell me what life is

And as they search to find the bodies in the sand
They find its ashes that are
Scattered across the land
And as the spirits seem to whistle on the wind
A shot is fired somewhere another war begins

And all because of it you'd think
That we would learn
But still the body count the city fires burn
Somewhere there's someone dying
In a foreign land
Meanwhile the world is crying stupidity of man
Tell me why, tell me why

Please tell me now what life is
Please tell me now what love is
Well tell me now what war is
Again tell me what life is

Please tell me now what life is
Please tell me now what love is
Well tell me now what war is
Again tell me what life is

For the greater good of God (x8)

Please tell me now what life is
Please tell me now what love is
Well tell me now what war is
Again tell me what life is

Please tell me now what life is
Please tell me now what love is
Well tell me now what war is
Again tell me what life is

For the greater good of God (x8)

He gave his life for us
He fell upon the cross
To die for all of those
Who never mourn his loss
It wasn't meant for us
To feel the pain again
Tell me why, tell me why


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"For the Greater Good of God" as written by Stephen Percy Harris

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  • +4
    General Commenti see allot of people saying stuff like "its about how religion causes problems"
    not only do i disagree that religion causes problems, but i also disagree that its what the song says.

    i think the song is saying "God would not approve". i think it is written to all of those who say "for the greater good of God" and then do something that is totally unchristianlike.

    ill go about breaking this down:
    "Are you a man of peace
    Or a man of holy war
    Too many sides to you
    Don't know which anymore
    So many full of life
    But also filled with pain
    Don't know just how many
    Will live to breathe again"

    i think this part is him speculating like allot of uncertain people would about
    whether or not God is a good God, or a violent one.
    i think it has allot to do with people saying "Im on God's side" and then doing terrible things (ill call them pharisees from now on).
    i think it brings up the issue of people rejecting God, because of people who say they are of God, and
    do terrible things. etc.

    "Please tell me now what life is
    Please tell me now what love is
    Well tell me now what war is
    Again tell me what life is"

    i believe this part is the main sting of the song. someone earlier said they dont like this, but i think its more than beautiful.
    i think it is him saying to the pharisees of our day.. i think he is using the Socratic method here to prove his point.
    i think he is trying to get them to come to the conclusion that war is the opposite of love, and kills life.

    "He gave his life for us
    He fell upon the cross
    To die for all of those
    who never mourn his loss
    It wasn't meant for us
    to feel the pain again
    Tell me why, tell me why "

    i think this is the closing of the argument.
    he is pointing out that God is a God of love, and that he would go out, and die, for people who would
    disrespect and spit on him - go through agony. i think this parallels the point about war, that Christianity is about turning the other cheek, going through hell and back for the same people that kill you. if you lived by this motto, you wouldnt ever really participate in a war.

    i think the "for the greater good of God" is him kind of mocking the pharisees who say these things with condescension (if you dont notice it, the way he vocalizes this part is rather harsh, sounds like he is putting anger through it).

    i think the motto of the song basically is: God is a God of love. If you are going to do something in the name of God, you better make damn good sure its something God would approve of.
    sniktawekimon October 29, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Comment"He gave his life for us
    He fell upon the cross
    To die for all of those
    who never mourn his loss
    It wasn’t meant for us
    to feel the pain again
    Tell me why, tell me why"

    I think that part is amazing, I love Bruce's voice on that part, and he has an amazing voice, on the whole new album in my opinion. I agree with ChildOfTheNight, on the meaning, like "Why is there alot suffering in the world?", "For the greater good of God", saying religon has caused alot of war and violence.
    ^exeF.on September 01, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis incredible song is about religion and how it has borught upon mankind alot of wars, suffering and pain through the years! Perhaps the best song of, perhaps, the best maiden-album!
    .ChildOfTheNight.on August 30, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIts not about religion, its about those who corrupt and abuse religion fight wars, such as BUSH.

    Are you a man of peace
    Or a man of holy war
    Too many sides to you
    Don’t know which anymore
    So many full of life
    But also filled with pain
    Don’t know just how many
    Will live to breathe again

    These lyrics are directed at false crusaders like him.
    The following lyrics show that its not meant to be taken as blind religion-bashing like Slayer do:
    "He gave his life for us
    He fell upon the cross
    To die for all of those
    who never mourn his loss
    It wasn’t meant for us
    to feel the pain again
    Tell me why, tell me why"
    Ddaduttaon September 07, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentYeah the last verse is just amazing!

    "It brings upon us more famine, death and war
    You know religion has a lot to answer for"

    Those lines really sum it all up!
    I love this song! Bruce is more amazing than ever!
    .ChildOfTheNight.on September 14, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHonestly I think it's a bit of both. Yes, religion has caused wars and endless suffering. The leaders of various religions have all declared their way the one true way, and that all other ways are evil and must be supressed at all costs. I don't exactly think that religion per se has a lot to answer for, but that the leaders of the religions are the ones that have explaining to do. Most of what we know about religion comes from secondary sources, who have in the past twisted and bastardized teachings to the point that what is taught is in direct conflict with what was originally said. The last lines of the song:

    He gave his life for us
    He fell upon the cross
    To die for all of those
    who never mourn his loss
    It wasn’t meant for us
    to feel the pain again
    Tell me why, tell me why

    Are the most telling sign that this song doesn't condemn religion. It condemns those who twist it so that the common person does what the leaders want. Call me crazy, but I'm pretty sure that when Jesus Christ was on Earth, he wasn't intending for Crusades to be fought in his name.
    Mikeofreakon September 19, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment^exeF is right

    and ya,bruce's vocals are really good,not as good as the early days,but i think hes singing out of his range,he sounds like hes straining to hit those high notes.he should have sung like how he did on his tyranny of souls album,he sounded PERFECT there.

    anyways this song is very nice and the intro is my favorite from the whole album
    mrifai91on September 03, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is not attacking Religion, Its saying how people will kill other's over it and why it happens.
    IslesFan39on December 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDdadutta: Trying to make this a political thing is really lame and childish. There is no religious war being waged by Bush nor Blair, so an attempt to relate this is feeble and small-minded.

    In reality, it shows how the beauty of faith has been perverted by many. Whether it be the Crusades, bin-Laden or countless other bloody acts in the name of religion, it is all contrary to what a loving Go would want from us. The final lines (they bear repeating):
    "He gave his life for us
    He fell upon the cross
    To die for all of those
    who never mourn his loss
    It wasn’t meant for us
    to feel the pain again
    Tell me why, tell me why"
    In other words, Jesus paid the price for all the evil in this world. He destroyed the finality of evil. He won the ultimate battle against it, so why do we, in the name of God, continue to start it all again? This is similar in spirit to the line from U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday": "And the battle's yet begun to claim the victory Jesus won."
    deathwayon February 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentok, i hope i only have to say this once, and i hope everyone can hear this. religion causes no problems, religion causes no wars - it is controlling, abusive, and selfish people who abuse religion that cause the problems
    sniktawekimon October 29, 2009   Link

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