"Our Solemn Hour" as written by Martijn Spierenburg, Sharon Den Adel and Robert Westerholt....
Sanctus Espiritus redeem us from our solemn hour
Sanctus Espiritus insanity is all around us
Sanctus Espiritus! Sanctus Espiritus! Sanctus Espiritus!

In my darkest hours I could not foresee
That the tide could turn so fast to this degree
Can't believe my eyes
How can you be so blind?
Is the heart of stone, no empathy inside?
Time keeps on slipping away and we haven't learned
So in the end now what have we gained?

Sanctus Espiritus, redeem us from our solemn hour
Sanctus Espiritus, insanity is all around us
Sanctus Espiritus, is this what we deserve
Can we break free from chains of never-ending agony?

Are they themselves to blame, the misery, the pain?
Didn't we let go, allowed it, let it grow?
If we can't restrain the beast which dwells inside
It will find it's way somehow, somewhere in time
Will we remember all of the suffering
'Cause if we fail it will be in vain

Sanctus Espiritus, redeem us from our solemn hour
Sanctus Espiritus, insanity is all around us
Sanctus Espiritus, is this what we deserve
Can we break free from chains of never-ending agony

Sanctus Espiritus, redeem us from our solemn hour
Sanctus Espiritus, insanity is all around us
Sanctus Espiritus, is this what we deserve
Can we break free from chains of never-ending agony

Sanctus Espiritus, redeem us from our solemn hour (Solem hour)
Sanctus Espiritus, insanity is all around us (All around us)
Sanctus Espiritus, is this what we deserve
Can we break free from chains of never-ending agony


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"Our Solemn Hour" as written by Robert Westerholt Martijn Spierenburg

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  • +4
    General CommentMy fav song ever, period.
    I love how so many WT songs are about war or destruction, & this one is just so amazing and powerful.
    The_howlingon February 28, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think "espiritus" is latin for spirit, which would make sense if "sanctus" means holy.
    It makes the lyrics sound like a cry for help to God, asking to be saved from the pain and destruction of war.
    The_howlingon March 06, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti also see this song as a prayer actually. Sanctus espiritus is holy spirit as far as i know. but yeah alot of within temptations songs are anti-war and things, and i think this is a prayer to redeem their country in the wars, and in fact the world
    abba12on June 08, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAll right. This is driving me crazy and I can't figure it out. The way they put the emphasis on the syllables of 'Sanctus Espiritus' is very familiar to me. I'm sure I've heard it before, from another song - not the words Sanctus Espiritus, but the way it's said, the up and down inflections of it. Is it familiar to anyone else? If so, where have you heard it before?
    AquilaCaton October 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt is possible that this song follows after a kind of interpretation in biblical prophesy. Probably an apocalyptic prophesy about the "Beast Power" (A military power), who is in league with the "False Prophet" who is otherwise known as the Anti-Christ.
    Notice these lyrics;
    "If we can't restrain
    The beast which dwells inside
    It will find it`s way somehow, somewhere in time"

    It has been speculated by some church organizations that Hitler, and possibly Napoleon as well, were a manifestation of the "Beast Power", but were not the final demonic vessel to provoke the end of this age. History is prone to repeat itself and the song is definitely referring to this theme.
    Maybe a World War 3??

    "Time keeps on slipping away and we haven't learned
    So in the end now what have we gained?

    Sanctus Espiritus, redeem us from our solemn hour
    Sanctus Espiritus, insanity is all around us
    Sanctus Espiritus, is this what we deserve?
    Can we break free from chains of never-ending agony?"


    Finally notice this last parallel.

    The following scriptures refer to the end of this age.

    "And unless the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake, whom He chose, He shortened the days." Mark 13:20

    "WATCH THEREFORE, for you know neither the day nor the HOUR in which the Son of Man is coming." Mark 15:13 (emphasis added)

    pay careful attention to the lyrics.

    "Sanctus Espiritus! redeem us from our solemn HOUR
    Sanctus Espiritus! insanity is all around us"
    (perhaps REDEEM could also mean SAVE?)

    "In my darkest hours
    I could not FORESEE
    That the tide could turn so fast to this degree
    Can't believe my eyes
    How can you be so blind?
    Is the heart of stone, no empathy inside?"

    (These COULD be referring to the sudden, and unexpected dawn of the last days will arrive. Cold hearts refer to the people of that time too.)

    There are a few more parallels, but their not as clear, and these are already pretty obscure.
    Ariel007on October 20, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning"sanctus experitus" means "Holy Spirit" in Latin, and because of the quotes from Winston Churchill in the background, I think that this song is an anti-war song for World War II, they're singing about the Jews and how they can't believe that

    "that the tide could turn so fast to this degree"

    this quote probably means that Hitler rose to power and then began taking away their rights, moving them to ghettos, and then sending them to concentration camps very quickly, and that they could not have imagined this would happen.


    I think that
    "How can you be so blind?
    Is the heart of stone, no empathy inside?"
    and
    "Sanctus Espiritus, redeem us from our solemn hour
    Sanctus Espiritus, insanity is all around us
    Sanctus Espiritus, is this what we deserve?
    Can we break free from chains of never-ending agony?" means that they are praying to God.

    So this song is targeted at the Jews' suffering in World War II.
    briankukuon August 09, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn Spanish, the song means:
    --En español, la canción significa:

    Sanctus espiritus redeem us from our solemn hour
    Sanctus espiritus insanity is all around us
    Sanctus espiritus! Sanctus espiritus! Sanctus espiritus!

    --Santos espíritus, redímannos de nuestra hora solemne
    --Santos espíritus, la locura está en todos lados
    --¡Santos espíritus! ¡Santos espíritus! ¡Santos espíritus!

    In my darkest hours I could not foresee
    that the tide could turn so fast to this degree
    Can't believe my eyes
    How can you be so blind?
    Is the heart of stone, no empathy inside?
    Time keeps on slipping away and we haven't learned
    So in the end now what have we gained?

    --En mis horas más oscuras, no podía prever
    --que la ola podía llega a este nivel
    --Mis ojos no lo pueden creer
    --¿Cómo pueden estar tan ciegos?
    --¿El corazón es de piedra, sin empatía?
    --El tiempo sigue corriendo y no hemos aprendido
    --Entonces, ahora, al final, ¿qué hemos ganado?

    Sanctus espiritus, redeem us from our solemn hour
    Sanctus espiritus, insanity is all around us
    Sanctus espiritus, is this what we deserve,
    can we brake free from chains of never-ending agony?

    --Santos espíritus, redimidnos de nuestra hora solemne
    --Santos espíritus, la locura está alrededor de nosotros
    --Santos espíritus, ¿esto es lo que merecemos,
    --podemos librarnos de las cadenas de la agonía interminable?

    Are they themselves to blame, the misery, the pain?
    Didn't we let go, allowed it, let it grow?
    If we can't restrain the beast which dwells inside
    it will find it's way somehow, somewhere in time
    Will we remember all of the suffering
    Cause if we fail it will be in vain

    --¿Ellos mismos tienen la culpa, la miseria, el dolor?
    --¿No lo dejamos irse, no lo permitimos ni lo dejamos crecer?
    --Si no detenemos a la bestia que habita dentro,
    --hallará su camino de alguna forma, en alguna parte en el tiempo
    --Recordaremos todo el sufrimiento
    --porque si fallamos, será en vano

    Sanctus espiritus, redeem us from our solemn hour
    Sanctus espiritus, insanity is all around us
    Sanctus espiritus, is this what we deserve,
    can we brake free from chains of never-ending agony?

    Sanctus espiritus, Sanctus espiritus

    --Santos espíritus, redimidnos de nuestra hora solemne
    --Santos espíritus, la locura está en todos lados
    --Santos espíritus, ¿esto es lo que merecemos,
    --podemos librarnos de las cadenas de la agonía interminable?

    Greetings from Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico.
    --Saludos desde Culiacán, Sinaloa, México.
    Hongus21on November 02, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo, Latin, then: 'Sanctus' is 'holy', and I gather that 'espiritus' is 'Breath'.

    Is that Churchill in the background, then - given the general lyrical overtones? A plea for delivery from the insanity of war, and war-makers?
    AlfBon February 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe the first [...] is
    is the heart of stone [nowhere but me inside]

    Yes, the background is Churchill. Speech transcript at winstonchurchill.org/i4a/pages/…
    neoflameon March 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI also like the way all of their songs are of war. This one by far is the best I've heard though.
    torneon March 09, 2007   Link

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