"It Won't Be Long" as written by and Charley Patton....
He kept his craft confined to the night
Subdued by sleep, we hate to wake up.
He cataloged and counted his kills, divided the dead,
And suddenly stopped.

Prompted by the heat of July,
The sweat on his skin beaded and fell.
He never prayed a day in his life...
Cause man what's the point when you've been promised to hell.

There's something to be said for the crowd,
Which gathered and grew and erupted into song.
He smiled, as he toyed with the noose, and took up their words.
Oh, it won't be long.

Oh, it won't be long [x4]

The tune collapsed, and the mob ceased their song...
Confused and in awe of the monster trained to sing.
The hangman tightened up and leaned in,
And offered the man a chance to speak before he'd swing.
He cried out:
"Man and monsters both make mistakes.
But for every man who cries and begs for time enough to breathe.
You'll find a million monsters like me.
Who'll lick your world and laugh when we leave."
Then the trap door released.

Oh, it won't be long.


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"It Won't Be Long" as written by Charley Patton

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    General CommentAre you guys all retarded?

    "You'll find a million more monsters like me.
    Who'll lick your world and laugh when we live."

    That doesn't mean ANYTHING at all?

    NONE OF YOU HAVE THE LYRICS CORRECTLY.
    THESE ARE THE LYRICS FROM THE BOOKLET.

    He'd kept his craft confined to the night. We're subdued by sleep. We hate to wake up. He catalogued and counted his kills - divided the dead - and suddenly stopped. Prompted by the heat of July, the sweat on his skin beaded and fell. He'd never prayed a day in his life because, man, what's the point when you've been promised to hell? There's something to be said for the crowd which gathered and grew and erupted into song. He smiled as he toyed with the noose and took up their words: "Oh, It won't be long." The tune collapsed and the mob ceased their song. Confused and in awe of a monster trained to sing. The hangman tightened up and leaned in and offered the man a chance to speak before he'd swing. He cried out: "Men and monsters both make mistakes, but for every man who cries or begs for time enough to grieve you'll find a million more monsters like me who will lick our wounds and laugh when we leave." And then the trapdoor released.
    HowlingMoonon July 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentStill haven't figured out the first line, sounds like "He kept his craft and something"
    I think instead of "news" it's "noose"
    and "Man and monsters both make mistakes" instead of "Man is not supposed..."
    xbotchlaon May 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe it's:

    "He never prayed a day in his life
    Because man, what's the point when you've been promised to hell?"
    yellowfiveon May 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe it's:

    "He never prayed a day in his life
    Because man, what's the point when you've been promised to hell?"
    yellowfiveon May 29, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthe kept his craft confined to the night.
    Subdued by sleep, we hate to wake up.
    He cataloged and counted his kills, divided the dead,
    And suddenly stopped.

    Prompted by the heat of July,
    The sweat on his skin beaded and fell.
    He never prayed a day in his life...
    This man whats the point when you've been promised to hell.

    There's something to be said for the crowd,
    Which gathered and grew and erupted into song.
    He smiled, as he toyed with the noose, and took up their words.

    Oh it won't be long.
    Ohh it won't be long.
    Ohh it won't be long.
    Ohh it won't be long.

    The tune collapsed, and the mob ceased their song...
    Confused and in awe of the monster trained to sing.
    The hangman tightened up and leaned in,
    And offered the man a chance to speak before he'd swing.
    He cried out:
    "Man and monsters both make mistakes.
    But for every man who cries and begs for time enough to breathe,
    you'll find a million more monsters like me.
    Who'll lick your world and laugh when we live."
    Then the trap door released.

    Oh, it won't be long.
    jack diornoon June 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"this man whats the point when you've been promised to hell"
    was suppose to be
    "cause man whats the point when you've been promised to hell"

    And i can't believe how bad BNO have let themselves become, from well thought out lyrics and incredible songs.. into some mainstream band.. it hurts..
    jack diornoon June 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat a great song to end the album with.
    BNO are still going great i'd say...each album they grow and change their music...
    RuthLesson August 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOkay, here are the lyrics from the book:


    He'd kept his craft confined to the night
    We're subdued by sleep
    We hate to wake up
    He catalogued and counted his kills
    Divided the dead
    And suddenly stopped

    Prompted by the heat of July, the sweat on his skin beaded and fell
    He'd never prayed a day in his life because, man what's the point when you've been promised to Hell?

    There's something to be said for the crowd, which gathered and grew and erupted into song
    He smiled as he toye with the noose and took up their words:

    "Oh, It won't be long."

    The tune collapsed and the mob ceased their song, confused and in awe of a monster trained to sing
    The hangman tightened up and leaned in and offered the man a chance to speak before he'd swing

    He cried out:

    "Men and monsters both make mistakes,
    But for every man who cries or begs for time enough to grieve,
    you'll find a million more monsters like me who will like our wounds and laugh when we leave."

    And then the trapdoor released.
    maryxaliceon March 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentreally this song sounds like the murder/ monster has been caught and being hung and is taunting the crowd watching saying that there are a lot more monsters in the world
    ravenkisseson September 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell since all of these lyrics are sooooo wrong !

    which make me so mad because this song is amazing,
    if you really listen to the real lyrics its talking about a monster who had basicly been forced into a life of murder hence, "he never prayed a day in his life but man whats the point when you've been promised to hell", then when hes standing before the crowd about to be hung "He Cried out: Man and monsters both make mistakes"

    BNO is just filled with amazing and extremely smart people .
    Gshawxyon January 01, 2009   Link

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