"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 have a storybook of my own

Don't you see I am your pride
Agent of will
Bearer of needs
And you know what's right
I am your war
I'm in strong
Aiming 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 will
Bearer of needs
And you know what's right
I am your war
I'm in strong
Armin the weak
Know me by name
Shepherd of fire

Disciple of the cross and champion of the suffering
Emerge yourself in the kingdom of redemption
Pardon your mind through the chains of the divine
Make way for 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 will
Bearer of needs
And you know what's right
I am your war
I'm in strong
Armin 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 Zachary James Baker, Brian Elwin Haner, Matthew Charles Sanders, Jonathan Seward

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  • +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
  • +2
    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
  • +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
  • 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
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis is a great song - however a sucky music video - they really missed the mark there and make me wonder if AS even knows what they are signing about. I could have done better effects on an etch-a-scetch.

    anyways ---

    Taken in parts, this song could be about God, just as much as Satan.

    "And when you're lost in the darkest of hours
    Take a moment and tell me who you see "
    If Darkest of hours means when you are most afraid or fear for your life - people will tend to call out to god - even non-believers.
    Else if darkest of hours means when humans are doing wrong, stealing, killing, lying etc, then yes, most would see Satan.

    "Well I can promise you paradise
    No need to serve on your knees "
    God gave Jesus so we no longer needed to sacrifice - all we need to do is believe.

    BUT - Personally I think this is Satan talking to Jesus during his 40 days of temptations.
    Jassperon January 09, 2014   Link
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    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

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