Slaves, Hebrews born to serve, to the pharaoh
Heed, to his every word, live in fear
Faith, of the unknown one, the deliverer
Wait, something must be done, four hundred years

So let it be written
So let it be done
I'm sent here by the chosen one
So let it be written
So let it be done
To kill the first born pharaoh son
I'm creeping death

Now, let my people go, land of Goshen
Go, I will be with thee, bush of fire
Blood, running red and strong, down the Nile
Plague, darkness three days long, hail to fire

So let it be written
So let it be done
I'm sent here by the chosen one
So let it be written
So let it be done
To kill the first born pharaoh son
I'm creeping death

Die, by my hand
I creep across the land
Killing first born men
Die, by my hand
I creep across the land
Killing first born men

I, rule the midnight air, the destroyer
Born, I shall soon be there, deadly mass
I, creep the steps and floor, final darkness
Blood, lamb's blood painted door, I shall pass

So let it be written
So let it be done
I'm sent here by the chosen one
So let it be written
So let it be done
To kill the first born pharaoh son
I'm creeping death!


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  • +7
    General CommentThe song may well have been inspired by the movie The Ten Commandments, but where the fuck do you think the story came from? THE BIBLE, FUCKTARDS.

    Everybody knows the story without having seen the movie, although the title almost certainly came from the movie's respresentation of the Angel of Death.

    Plus, just because they wrote about a bible story doesn't make them god-botherers. They obviously just thought it was a cool story. It's like how loads of idiots thought Iron Maiden were devil worshippers because of The Number of the Beast.
    paulothemanioon February 20, 2005   Link
  • +6
    General CommentCreeping Death, from Ride the Lightning, is indeed in reference to the 10 Plagues of Egypt during and preceding the Exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt. Creeping Death refers to the Angel of Death which was sent to kill the first born male child of all non-believers, who did not mark their doors as God had commanded.

    This is not the first biblical reference song by Metallica. Case point, 4 Horsemen. The 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse, from the Book of Revelations. Whether or not the guys in Metallica are christian doesn't matter as they wrote the songs for the pure purpose of creative expression.
    Crazydanny1on June 25, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWe all know (or should) that this was inspired by the movie "The Ten Commandments"
    Jigokusabreon April 12, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"creeping death" is the death angel who swept through egypt as the last plague to "kill the first born son"
    BIG KEENon July 10, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwell obviously if u know anything about moses or the bible then its about the hebrews escaping from egypt
    hell_i_call_my_headon April 16, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThey were watching TV late at nite... 10 Commandments was on, they saw the fog, and one of the guys (James I believe) was like, "Whoa, creeping death!" They thought that was cool, so they went back and got the whole movie and watched it and wrote the song--twas on Behind the music.....
    Necroth.... actually, James was raised a strict Christian Scientist, he started to question much of it when it allowed his father to die of cancer I believe because Chrisian Scientists believe that the body is sacred and such, and their beliefs would not allow him to get surgery that could have saved his life... but anyhow... I've read from a few places that James, and maybe Lars as well have been "born again"... take it with a grain of salt... but James did know the story from the bible....
    Ogre8954on May 03, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIts about gods vengeance upon the pharaoh of egypt after he refused to free the Jews, so he sent hes angel of death as one of the seven plagues to kill every first born boy in egypt
    JonnyBoy789on September 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionThis song was inspired by the 1958 classic movie "The Ten Commandments". I like to listen to this song every Easter. \m/
    Engel97on April 19, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyou got it the song si about exidist or how ever ya spell it
    cmooreon April 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentO my God! This song fuckin rocks! When I went to see them this was the song they opened with it was awesome. You all pretty much have the meanings correct and actually it was Cliff that said it was like Creeping Death.
    King Nothingon May 16, 2002   Link

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