You abuse and you victimize
But you're dignified, so you justify
It's in your eyes where deception lies
So you criticize with cruel eyes
Father in black, black as sin
Pure hypocrisy to no end
Condemnning me and my fellow man
I live my life among the damned

(Chorus)
I've gotta do as you say, not as you do
You're a man of the cloth, I'm comin' for you
You say you can save me, cleanse me of my sin
A holy predator, the wolf in sheepskin
Disciples of the lie

Breeding fear in your twisted smile
Pedophile, in denial
I taste revenge when I think of you
A life of hell you put me through
When I find you I'll take youout
No remorse, you're going down
You see satisfaction in my eyes
I vindicate, now you die

I've gotta do as you say, not as you do
You're a man of the cloth, I'm comin' for you
You say you can save me, cleanse me of my sin
A holy predator, the wolf in sheepskin
Disciples of the lie

The blackness inside overwhelms me
The pain engulfs and turns to rage in me
Trapped so deep in my mental hell
Release the demons, set me free

I've gotta do as you say, not as you do
You're a man of the cloth, I'm comin' for you
You say you can save me, cleanse me of my sin
A holy predator, the wolf in sheepskin


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    General Commentthis song is about how currupt the chruch is...no, iced earth is not an anti christ band, they r simply singing about what is really happening in the chruch. how the priests are molesting little boys.."Pedophile, in denial "
    Headgear87on October 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIt's pretty scary considering "Something Wicked This Way Comes" was released before the media made this such a popular subject.

    There is so much emotion in the lyrics it almost makes you wonder if perhaps the song was inspired by some personal incident. Could this be what Jon means when he says he can relate with Dracula and the whole "being betrayed by the Church" thing?
    Paradoxon March 14, 2003   Link
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    General CommentFast, powerful, with deep lyrics about a subject that was hardly talked about when this album was released, amazingly done.
    Pocket_Savioron November 06, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"'ve gotta do as you say, not as you do
    You're a man of the cloth, I'm comin' for you
    You say you can save me, cleanse me of my sin
    A holy predator, the wolf in sheepskin
    Disciples of the lie

    Breeding fear in your twisted smile
    Pedophile, in denial"

    This lyrics like this that always makes me wonder if Jon was molested by a priest.
    Armon May 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentClearly seems to me to be coming from a victim of a pedophile catholic priest.

    Great vocals from Matt here, I can fully feel his wrath.
    Wolferaon August 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentJon had his days of going to Lutheran school in his mind when he wrote this song. He said that he believes no one left that school in a good state of mind. Funny, because when he wrote this song, the whole scandal of pedophiles in the church started to arise.
    stickyshooZon December 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm so sick & tired of people who think every Catholic priest is a molester!!! I've been a faithful Catholic & Altar Boy all my life, and havn't been molested, nor do I know anyone whose been molested by a priest. I'm not saying it doesn't happen, I'm just saying there are just a few isolated events, and it's not just Catholics, I've heard MANY stories of protestant ministers & Jewish Rabbi's molesting kids too. Is it wrong? YES. Should they (Catholics & non-Catholics alike) be punished to the full extent of the law? OF COURSE. Does every Catholic priest do it to every person? HELL NO!!!
    GIJoe191990on January 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNo one on here said anything about Catholics specifically until you did. Way to be on the defensive.
    samwaltonon May 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentuhhh actually, most people who have posted accused a Catholic priest before GIJOE came to defense, but the reason is that maybe Jon (?) was molested...I don't know much about the band (and I certainly don't know who Jon is!), but the subject matter is pretty interesting, even though I would find more reason to listen to Iced Earth if they wrote more about fantasy related topics or injected fantasy elements into metaphorical tales of reality, ala: Sonata Arctica. Anyways, Iced Earth are a great band and make INCREDIBLY heavy music. Rock on!!!
    havana4saleon November 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYeah, the song seems to be talking about Catholic priests who've done that. It is kind of eerie the timing and everything, as other's have said. It does make you wonder if Jon has had a more personal involvement with this subject.
    GIJoe is right though, not all Catholic priests are bad and it happens everywhere, not just by Catholic priests. I'd hope that just because events like this do happen, people wouldn't automatically hate Catholicism and even Christianity. As said, it happens but it's wrong to hate every priest and the entire religion for it.
    Nonetheless, the song is awesome. Iced Earth, in fact, is awesome!
    Zadionon July 17, 2009   Link

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