"Shepherd of Fire" as written by Zachary James Baker, Brian Elwin Haner, Matthew Charles Sanders and Jonathan Seward....
Lets take a moment and break the ice
So my intentions are known
See I pity in watching you suffer
I know the feeling of feeling of being damned alone
I got a storybook of my own

Don't you see I am your pride
Agent of wealth
Bearer of needs
And you know it's right
I am your war
Arming the strong
Aiding the weak
Know me by name
Shepherd of fire

Well I can promise you paradise
No need to serve on your knees
And when you're lost in the darkest of hours
Take a moment and tell me who you see
Won't tell ya who not to be

Now you know I am your pride
Agent of wealth
Bearer of needs
And you know it's right
I am your war
Arming the strong
Aiding the weak
Know me by name
Shepherd of fire

Disciple of the cross and champion in suffering
Immerse yourself into the kingdom of redemption
Pardon your mind through the chains of the divine
Make way, the shepherd of fire

Through the ages of time
I've been known for my hate
But I'm a dealer of simple choices
For me it's never too late

I am your pride
Agent of wealth
Bearer of needs
And you know it's right
'Cause I am your war
Arming the strong
Aiding the weak

I am your wrath
I am your guilt
I am your lust
And you know it's right
I am your love
I am your stall
I am your trust

Know me by name
Shepherd of fire


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"Shepherd of Fire" as written by Jonathan Seward Brian Haner

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  • +3
    Song MeaningI wrote this on my review for this song ... the lyrics are based on the devil's intent to turn a person's life around for the better, and to prove he's better than the divine.

    These few lines give it away.

    See, I have pity in watching you suffer.
    I know the feeling of being damned alone.

    Well I can promise you paradise, no need to serve on your knees.

    Immerse yourself into the kingdom of redemption.
    Pardon your mind from the chains of the divine.
    DarkMessengerVon September 30, 2013   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningLet me preface this my saying I am not at all religious, but I find that the song is cleverly written and poetic, which is why I'm so intrigued by it.

    I think the song is very clearly about the stereotypical nature associated with Satan. That is that Satan is a cast out of Heaven, and that in his -pride- he assumes he knows a better way. He devalues the importance of moral integrity and instead places greater importance upon worldly concerns. The song, told from his perspective, makes it seem as if he isn't do anything but telling it how it is - hence his pride. Also, you aren't much of anything to him in the long run, he doesn't lead you astray to spite you, but to take another away from God.

    Anyway, quick look at the lyrics for backup:

    Let's take a moment to break the ice. So my intentions are known.
    - Two fold meaning. A) He wants to level, he's not that bad of a guy after all. B) Clever use of the word ice. Ice's antithesis? Fire, as in Shepherd of Fire.

    See I have pity in watching you suffer, I know the feeling of being damned alone. I have a storybook of my own.
    - He is justifying his offer and making himself seem more relate-able. He knows the feeling of being cast from Heaven, damned as the only traitor. The storybook of his own refers to a jibe about calling the Bible a storybook, making it seem as if he has his own side to the story.

    Don't you know I am your pride, agent of wealth, bearer of needs?
    - The "Don't you know" portion changes throughout the song, as his arguments slowly claim the listener (or he acts as if they do = pride). He is your pride, the part that won't bend knee and refuses to accept Heaven's dictates. Agent of wealth and bearer of needs refer to the sins and false glory he promises to fulfill.

    I am your war.
    - This is one of the most telling lines for me. "I am your war" refers to the war of moral choice. He offers you a counterpoint to good, forcing a decision.

    Arming the strong, aiding the weak.
    - A few different ways of looking at it. If it is one line the "aiding the weak" could be the method in which he "arms the strong." Which is to say he aids the weak by arming them, making them the strong. Could also refer to the idea that he arms the strong (war, strife) and "aids" or makes deals with those weak enough to accept the Devil's help.

    Know me by name, Shepherd of Fire.
    - Self explanatory. He is narcissistic. He is all the pride of the world, so in ways he IS vanity. He commands to know him by name, but then supplies not only a dramatic title, but a perversion of the "Shepherd" by which God/Christ are referred to. Misleading, too.

    Well I can promise you paradise
    No need to serve on your knees
    - He starts to make his offer now. He can promise you Paradise, unlike God who makes you earn it through moral service. Satan refers to this as serving on your knees which sounds demeaning.
    And when you're lost in the darkest of hours
    Take a moment and tell me who you see
    - God's tests of faith always come at your darkest hour. Faith demands acceptance without knowledge and the ability to accept what has happened without direct intervention. Satan plays on this, challenging that God does not directly offer aid, even though Satan does.

    Won't tell you who not to be.
    - Just a childish jab at God, really. The idea that God demands repentance and morality. Satan doesn't care, for as he later says, he's just a dealer of sinful choices.

    Now you know I am your pride.
    - I think the idea in the song at this point is that the person Satan is talking to is starting to fall under his sway here and he knows it. He tells them that now they know he is a part of them, whereas before it was "Don't you see."

    Disciple of the Cross and Champion in suffering,
    Immerse yourself in the Kingdom of Redemption.
    Pardon your mind from the chains of the divine
    Make way for the Shepherd of Fire
    - There seems to be some contention about the lyrics here. After listening closely I believe the above is correct. Here, Satan is specifically speaking to a "Disciple of the Cross and Champion in Suffering." Which is to say someone that believe in God/Christ. Satan actually refers to Hell as the kingdom of Redemption and says to "Pardon your mind FROM the chains of the Divine." He is telling the Disciple to let go of the hold God has over him and make way in his life for Satan.

    Through the ages of time,
    I've been known for my Hate.
    But I'm a dealer of sinful choices.
    For me it's never too late.
    - He knows he is known by his spite of God, but is trying to convince people he nothing more than a peddler of sinful goods. He downplays his relationship with God (and therefore the ramification of dealing with him), and then sweetens it by saying his offers have no timeline, you need only accept them.

    Anyway, that's what I get from it. I think the song meaning is pretty clear and cleverly executed.
    MrRegreton March 01, 2014   Link
  • +2
    My OpinionIt was said in an interview that this song was supposed to be "Like a roller coaster through Hell" by Shadows himself. Also, I have a sort of Master of Puppets feel to it with the lyrics saying "I am your pride," "I am your war," etc. Great song all around that I feel has a sort of "sell yourself to the devil" feel to it
    Zackprofon August 30, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Comment
    Corrected lyrics...


    Lets take a moment and break the ice
    So my intentions are known
    See, I have pity in watching you suffer
    I know the feeling of being damned alone
    I got a storybook of my own
    Don't you see

    I am your pride, agent of wealth, bearer of needs
    (and you know it's right)
    I am your war, arming the strong, aiding the weak
    Know me by name, shepherd of fire

    Well I can promise you paradise
    No need to serve on your knees
    And when you're lost in the darkest of hours
    Take a moment and tell me who you see
    Wont tell ya who not to be
    Now you know

    I am your pride, agent of wealth, bearer of needs
    (and you know it's right)
    I am your war, arming the strong, aiding the weak
    Know me by name, shepherd of fire

    Disciple of the cross and champion in suffering
    Immerse yourself into the kingdom of redemption
    Pardon your mind through the chains of the divine
    Make way the shepherd of fire

    Through the ages of time
    I've been known for my hate
    But I'm a dealer of sinful choices
    For me it's never too late

    I am your pride, agent of wealth, bearer of needs
    (and you know it's right)
    I am your war, arming the strong, aiding the weak

    I am your wrath, I am your guilt, I am your lust
    (And you know it's right)
    I am your law, I am your stall, I am your trust
    Know me by name, shepherd of fire
    AndThenOneDay...on October 11, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationFirst off, my interpretations of songs are colored a little because I started into metal with Skillet (heavily-veiled Christian lyrics in Monster), so I've found a lot of Christian-based lyrics in A7X's songs, even to the point where at one point I thought they were a completely Christian band. If you think differently, or know differently, that's cool, but here's an interpretation that's just as valid as the Satanic version, barring someone from the actual band saying this is wrong.


    Lets take a moment and break the ice
    So my intentions are known
    See I pity in watching you suffer
    I know the feeling of feeling of being damned alone
    I got a storybook of my own

    Biblical Jesus (as seen by Christians, not Satanists) was something that he really isn't commonly known as: a people person who could and would walk up to a crowd of beggars, whores, and thieves, bum a light, and start telling a parable. At least, that's what he would look like today, hence the first two lines. And whether or not you believe he was telling the truth, he did make sure to make his intentions known to his disciples, evidenced by John 3:17.

    The feeling of being damned alone could be a heavy theological reference to one theory about where Jesus' spirit went after he died. The theory is that after taking all of the sin of the world on himself, he had to go to Hell to experience the torture that all humans would have had to undergo. According to Christian beliefs, the only way to escape this same punishment is to accept Christ's gift. "I pity in watching you suffer" could refer to his sadness when someone refuses his gift and goes through the torture of Hell. The alternative explanation I saw that paints this line as Satanist doesn't make sense, because Satan was damned with a third of the angels. I don't know the Satanist version of this story, but I doubt it's much different.

    I agree that "storybook" refers to the Christian Bible, but I'm not entirely sure that its meant mockingly. Might be, might not be, tone is not well-conveyed when you're singing or writing lyrics that sound good together.


    Don't you see I am your pride
    Agent of wealth
    Bearer of needs
    And you know it's right
    I am your war
    Arming the strong
    Aiding the weak
    Know me by name
    Shepherd of fire

    Have you ever heard the saying "it's my pride and joy"? Christians could very easily apply that saying to Jesus.

    "Agent" has a lot more synonyms than you'd expect. "Handler," "operator," or "broker" would also fit but not sound nearly as good. Ever read the passage in the Bible where God asks people to test him on his promise to open the gates of Heaven with wealth if they tithe? If this were a reference to that, any of the three would have the right definition. "Bearer of needs" could be a reference to Matthew 6:26.

    I'm not going to get into "And you know it's right" because it could go either Christian or Satanic depending on your point of view.

    More than a few passages in the Bible refer to God aiding the weak (Isaiah 25:4 and Romans 5:6). As for arming the strong, that might be a more literal reference to the many wars in the Old Testament where God gave the battle plan. Ditto "I am your war," though that might be a reference to Matthew 10:34.

    Fire is, to the best of my knowledge, referenced more as God's weapon than Satan's in the Christian Bible. The flaming sword of the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:24), fire from heaven (2 Kings 1:10-14, 1 Chronicles 21:26, Revelation 20:9, 2 Chronicles 7:1, etc.), and the weapon of choice of the Two Witnesses of the end times (Revelation 11:5). Besides those destructive references, there are others like the burning bush of Moses (Exodus 3:2) and the pillar of fire (Exodus 13:22). "Shepherd" meaning "one who guides," "Shepherd of Fire" could be an accurate name for God, if an incomplete description (as most of His names are).


    Well I can promise you paradise
    No need to serve on your knees
    And when you're lost in the darkest of hours
    Take a moment and tell me who you see
    Won't tell ya who not to be

    This group of lyrics are a little harder because they could also go either way. Paradise is the promise of God and Christians don't believe that they need to serve on their knees to get it (it's as simple as a true conversion and not based on good works). The next lines could be a reference to prayer when you're in your worst situations. The last line, however, is pretty tricky, so here's my shot for better or for worse.

    The line (altered for readability) "I will not tell you who not to be" is about as confusing as song lyrics get. It could be "I won't tell you not to be a better person," "I will not convict you of any of your actions," "I won't tell you who not to imitate,"etc. Since this is the Christian interpretation, I'm going to use this line as a declaration of free will. Christians believe that every choice they make is their own. They choose to do what God says and (sometimes) see the great things that come from it, or they choose to not do what God says and go on their merry way. Neither is forced, and salvation is not contingent on always doing what you're told, so an interpretation of this line might be "I don't force you to do anything or be anyone, it's your choice."


    Disciple of the cross and champion in suffering
    Immerse yourself into the kingdom of redemption
    Pardon your mind through the chains of the divine
    Make way, the shepherd of fire

    "Disciple of the cross" is an easy reference to Christianity, "champion in suffering" could be a reference to Christ's suffering prior to death (which was extreme). However, I feel like this line is calling to disciples of the cross who suffer, aka martyrs. Immersing yourself into the kingdom of redemption (I have no freaking clue how that could reference Satan's kingdom) might be what Christians think of as living in the Spirit and being an active Christian.

    "Pardon your mind through the chains of the divine" is another interesting line, and it reminds me of Proverbs 1:8-9, the verse that refers to parents as "a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck." This is actually a pretty apt description of the evolution of what is considered "allowable" for those following God. The strict laws of the Old Testament are like the chain. There is no slack, you are bound by this chain, and if you go beyond the reach of the chain then... well, if you don't know, you haven't been paying attention. Where this is not a contradiction of my previous interpretation from the last section is that Christians still have the chain, but it is not attached. It's a measuring tool. They can see where the line in the sand is, but have total freedom to step over if they want. What happens if they want to come back is in the next section.


    Through the ages of time
    I've been known for my hate
    But I'm a dealer of simple choices
    For me it's never too late

    These lines could have either of the following meanings:

    I'm Satan, they say I'm the bad guy, but all I offer is a choice other than God's way. It's never too late to break free, no matter how tightly bound you are.

    I'm Jesus, they say I'm the bad guy, but all I offer is a choice other than the results of sin. It is never too late to come to me, no matter what you've done.

    Obviously I think it's the Christian version, but I'm not blind to other interpretations and points of view.


    I am your wrath
    I am your guilt
    I am your lust

    Wrath: Don't take revenge, that's not your job. You can't see the big picture.

    Guilt: One of the primary emotional weapons of God. It's brutally effective.

    Lust: Pursue me with a burning passion. I actually am all you need, spiritually speaking.


    I am your love
    I am your stall
    I am your trust

    Love: I want you to love me as much as I love you. And that's a lot.

    Stall: The pause before you do something wrong. I will stop you before you walk off a cliff.

    Trust: Trust me. I don't promise that you will not experience pain, or loss, or anything else that humans feel in a fallen world, but when you can see the picture like I can, you will see that I was right, even if you can't see it now.


    Like I've said many times, I don't know what A7X intended when they wrote this. The purpose of this was not to start a massive comment war about beliefs or who's right or who's wrong, it's just to provide a second explanation from a different perspective.

    My favorite thing about Avenged Sevenfold is that they could be Christian or Satanic depending on where you're starting from. Their songs that I've heard are religiously charged without advocating anything like "burn all Christians" or "repent, sinner." Far as I'm concerned, that's metal done right. Hit you right in the emotional feels and take you from point A to B with depth behind the song beyond "I'm angry and I want to kill someone."
    Hoplite308on May 21, 2017   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationSounds like satan enticing the listener to sign on a deal.

    I am your pride, agent of wealth, bearer of needs
    - He has all you need and want.

    Well I can promise you paradise
    No need to serve on your knees
    - He can grant you a good deal without needing to pay for it... "yet"

    Through the ages of time
    I've been known for my hate
    - Satan has been a prominent figure throughout history. Often depicted as a hateful and chaotic being.

    But I'm a dealer of sinful choices
    For me it's never too late
    - Satan makes deals with humans for them to gain physical advantages on the price of their souls.
    kakumeion September 03, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationAlthough the song is dark I'm almost thinking it is about Christ not Satan.


    Disciple of the cross and champion in the suffering
    Immerse yourself into the kingdom of redemption
    Harden your mind through the chains of the divine
    Make way for the shepherd of fire


    Disciple of the cross? Satan? Doesn't add up. Also the shepherd is something I associate with the lamb of God.
    shocktopon September 30, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI am taking what M. Shadows said, about finding our own meanings for the song, and say its a personification of war.
    Tmwaywardon November 02, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningFirst of all these lyrics are all kinds of messed up, but anyway
    'I know the feeling of being damned alone' - Lucifer was damned to Hell... alone
    'I have a storybook of my own' - Mocking the Bible/ Holy Book
    'I am your pride' - Lucifer was damned to Hell because of pride
    'I can promise you paradise, no need to serve on your needs' - Relates to Beast and the Harlot where they say "if you want to serve above or be a king below with us..." Basically saying that Heaven isn't the only form of paradise and you don't need to spend eternity in servitude to be in paradise
    'Harden your mind through the chains of the divine' Don't get sucked up in all the religious hype and lose sight of yourself and who you are. Defend yourself against the 'chains' or rules and don't let them define you
    'I'm a dealer of simple choices, for me it's never too late" Selling your soul is pretty straightforward.... no gray area as there is in most Christian religion.
    Wrath and lust are both among the seven deadly sins, along with pride
    "I am your star' Lucifer can be translated as Morning Star

    This is how I interpret this song.
    lvngDeDgirl666on December 08, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationTo me, this song is about some major catastrophe, like a war, or a terrorist attack, and only one person, backed by however many people he can find, is fighting everything. This view also makes its use as the opening theme to the BO2 Zombies map Origins make sense, as the characters are the only ones fighting the zombies.
    proman232on January 05, 2014   Link

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