"Old" as written by Robert Conrad Flynn, Adam Duce, Chris Kontos and Logan Conrad Mader....
I am the man that defends all things profane
6000 years is the time that I shall reign
And with a grin drank the blood of holy swine
Impurity made the blood turn into wine

Old man, dead hand
If only in their insanity
The lie feeds off their greed
Jesus wept

I am the pain that feeds off your weakness
A sickening born of hate not of the blessed
And with that time I will crush all things they prey
Destroying all from the known to the arcane

Old man, dead hand
If only in their insanity
The lie feeds off their greed
Jesus wept

Bun my eyes and try to blind me
Bury me so they won't find me
Try to suck my power empty
Got no crown of thorns on me

So burn my eyes and try to blind
Bury me so they won't find
Try to suck my power dry
You got no crown of thorns on me

Old man, dead hand
If only in their insanity
The lie feeds off their greed
Jesus wept


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"Old" as written by Chris Kontos Adam Duce

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    General CommentThe Old Man is the Christian church. Not the devil. Two things give the metaphor away. First, 6000 years is a direct reference to the Young Earth theory, a movement recently pushed by many Evangelical churches. Second, Robb constantly expresses in his lyrics a hate for modern leaders, whether they are the government or the church. Look at the song Death Church and Blood of the Zodiac for the church, and a whole ton of other songs for the government.

    I've never heard one song from Machine Head that attacks God or faith, only people and usually leaders.
    chikenleggon February 15, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNot sure about meaning yet but the guitar in this song is brutally awesome. I'd love to hear it live.
    playgod_on May 13, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about Satan (Old man is another name for the devil).
    quiffpornon April 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo I guess this is about Satan spreading misery throughout the world.
    According to some biblical traditions, the human race will exist for 6000 years under the rule of Satan, followed by 1000 years of bliss under the rule of God and Jesus.
    Ddaduttaon July 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFucking AWESOME!!
    9169157017on November 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat are the first spoken lines??

    is it correct?

    1994
    Corruption, racism, hate
    The church has failed
    Jesus came down
    And been shocked
    sickeningon July 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI love listening to the chorus at the end when I'm pissed.
    Blood Mountain 1990on November 13, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's "he'd be shocked" rather than "and been shocked".
    mehtevason April 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentA lot of people get the spoken intro wrong.
    The correct lyrics are:

    1994
    Corruption, racist, hate
    The church has failed
    If Jesus came down he'd be shot

    youtube.com/…

    In this video you can clearly see Robb making a gun gesture with his hands.
    bobokon November 02, 2011   Link

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