"In The Land of the Pig, The Butcher Is King" as written by and Jim Steinman....
Look at them now
What do they want?
And what do they do now?
Nothing at all!

What do they know?
What do they think?
And who do they tell?
Well, no one at all!

Lives are truly meaningless
And we are busy being blessed

With that we can take and pocket
No one needs to know
We're is the plug and they're the socket
Give us the juice and we'll go

Can't you hear the choir now?
Listen to the animals sing!
Can't you hear the slaughterhouse bells?
In the land of the pigs the butcher is king!
In the land of the pigs the butcher is king!

How do they sleep?
Their lives are so tart
Bring me the trash collectors
'Cause they're nothing but trash

What do you expect?
They've got no standards
So we lower the bar
'Cause they're waiting for us

We'll open up Pandora's Box
Pandora gave her keys and locks

They're the big dogs waiting for their mother
Come to the confessional
So I can tell you all to bugger off
There's no time like now!

Can't you hear the choir now?
Listen to the animals sing!
Can't you hear the slaughterhouse bells?
In the land of the pigs the butcher is king!

Can't you hear the choir now?
Listen to the market-place sing!
Can't you hear the slaughterhouse bells?
In the land of the pigs the butcher is king!
In the land of the pigs the butcher is king...

And we'll do it our way
It's our time to play
We know what to say
They stand in our way
Don't stand in our way
No time like today

Can't you hear the choir now?
Listen to the anthems we sing!
Can't you hear the slaughterhouse bells?
In the land of the pigs the butcher is king!

Can't you hear the choir now?
Listen to the animals sing!
Can't you hear the slaughterhouse bells?
In the land of the pigs the butcher is king!

Can't you hear the choir now?
Listen to the chosen ones sing!
Can't you hear the slaughterhouse bells?
In the land of the pigs the butcher is king!
In the land of the pigs the butcher is king!
In the land of the pigs the butcher is king!
In the land of the pigs the butcher is king!


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"In the Land of the Pig, the Butcher Is King" as written by Jim Steinman

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    General CommentI took the song to be about corrupt priests. It talks about confessionals and being blessed.

    These priests simply look down on everybody and feel they are above the "average" people. The congregation is nothing but "trash" and "animals."

    "Can't you hear the choir now?
    Listen to the animals sing."
    A comment on how ammused these priests are at the people singing hymns.

    "Listen to the slaughter-house bells."
    Could be a reference to church bells.

    "So we lower the bar"
    Could reference how the Catholic church has eased on many of its traditions in order to appeal to more people.
    Krendall2006on August 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is probably my favorite track of the new album. It manages to rock pretty hard without using cheesy modern effects like "The Monster's Loose." The guitar solo in the center feels pretty unnesscery, though.

    Interesting story, Steinman wrote this song for the proposed "Batman" musical that never got off the ground. Its about Gotham City's corrupt politics, pretty obviously.
    Bonehead XLon November 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThey're the VICTIMS waiting for their MUGGER

    Beyond that, very good transcription.

    Kinda curious who the villain for that musical would have been.
    traviswrdunbaron December 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo be honest i think this song is about the opinion from higher class citizens toward immigrants from poorer countries coming over and (apparantly) taking over our jobs etc.
    'Look at them now
    What do they want?
    And what do they do now?
    Nothing at all!'

    ???
    triviumrockeron January 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHA sorry just got to add my amusement at this line.
    'So I can tell you all to bugger off!'
    triviumrockeron January 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, pretty cool song. One of the better ones off BooH III.
    DoubtFullon March 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBat Out Hell III is good, but not as good as I hoped. This song is fantastic.
    Pink_Floyd_fanon March 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the song refers to George Orwells Animal farm.
    "And we'll do it our way
    It's our time to play
    We know what to say
    They stand in our way
    Don't stand in our way
    No time like today..."

    When the animal take over Manor Park,

    and if you have read the book it states that communism will never work however good idea it is,
    Clearly based on Animal Farms

    Class song too!!!!!!
    BigChunkoon May 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere's a lot of ways this song can be looked at. It suggests to me that there are two kinds of people in this world... Butchers, and Pigs. Or Predators, and Prey.

    This song would definitely be about how the Predators see the Prey. Or maybe one who is trying to exhort the Prey to be a little more Predatory, so that they can cease being Prey.

    Based on Animal Farm? Perhaps... perhaps also on "Lord of the Flies." And even "The Three LIttle Pigs."

    But what do I know? I'm a big, bad, wolf.

    Kill Piggy.
    Doom Shepherdon August 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song was actually written for the aborted Batman musical (as in the Caped Crusader, not a play on words referring to a Bat Out of Hell musical, which Steinman is currently at work on). The demo is available on Jim Steinman's website.

    taken from the Batman Musical tribute site:
    JIM STEINMAN: "... "PIG" is written to be the song of the corrupt bloodsuckers who run GOTHAM CITY, and stare down from their chrome towers that disembowel the sky, pollutants raining down like a thick clotted rain of decay. Its meant to be comically grotesquely frightening."

    So basically your assumptions of corrupt priests and other officials are along the right lines. The 'Butchers' are the high-profiled criminals and killers of Gotham, and the 'Pigs' are the average law-abiding citizens.
    undertureon December 30, 2008   Link

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