"Serpents In Paradise" as written by Tobias Sammet and Tobias Sammet....
Reading the madness they took her away
Under the cross.
Bailiff and bishop and mon
Malleus Maleficarum the law

Prayed for salvetion, I fought for her soul
Scared by the horned.
The devil was creeping around
Until she died in the flames as he saw.

Father forgive me for I've hardly seen
The human deep within. Just an intention
So holy and clear paving the way to madness
For us

Serpents on the way to paradise
Dying for love, fighting for ages.
Serpents on their way to paradise
Raging with anger and pain for the cross.

Father forgive me for what I have done.
For I betrayed the one that I loved like a son.
Demons and spells are they reality?

The pest and the schism; the power of the Moor
We've got to fight. Keep our people afraid
Keep them away from what they shall not see.

I see a menace to our paradise
In these evil times.
Heaves is burning, people are yearning
For a new doctrine, they are

Serpents on the way paradise.

Don't know they'll end in final damnation.

Serpents on the way to paradise

Raging with anger and pain against the cross.

Lord if I'm an unbeliever what do I believe?
Can you tell me lord what you had done
If you were me?
I have stared into the eyes
Of innocence and fear.
I saw Anna in the tower in a lake of tears.
Something strange is going on and
Still I don't know why.
I have stared into the secrets
They still try to hide.

Vandroiy can you tell me what you know about it all?
Vandroiy can you help me
To leave this prison hall?
Vandroiy can you help me
Free Anna from the chain?
Vandroiy can you help me
To become a little sane?

Serpents on the way to paradise
Dying for love, fighting for ages.
Serpents on their way to paradise
Raging with anger and pain.


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"Serpents in Paradise" as written by Tobias Sammet

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    General CommentThis song carries on the themes from Reach Out For The Light - namely, the struggle and confusion between good and evil, and temptation.

    In the beginning - verse 1 - Gabriel is either watching, or has heard about, Anna being crucified for witchcraft (the Malleus Maleficarum, or Hexenhammer, is the Medieval law of Witchcraft and Heresy).

    Afterwards, in verses 2 and 3, he goes into uber-coward mode, and starts begging for mercy, claiming that although he was related to her, he hardly knew the real Anna (‘Father forgive me, for I’ve hardly seen the human deep within’), and would never have stood up for herhad he known she was a witch (‘Prayed for salvation, I fought for her soul, scarred by the horned’).

    Serpents on the way to Paradise I’d hope was obvious. Garden of Eden, serpent, apple. ‘nough said? It’s all about temptation, and how (according to Friar Jakob), his congregation are faciong more and more of it each day.


    ’Father forgive me for what I have done.
    For I betrayed the one that I loved like a son.
    Demons and spells are they reality?’

    Now it’s Jakob’s turn to say sorry to God, for letting Gabe stray from God’s path.

    ’The pest and the schism; the power of the Moor’

    The Moors were North African Islams, who lived in southern Iberia/north Africa during the Medieval period (in what is now Morroco, Algeria, southern Spain and Portugal). Christians considered them evil - basically because they weren’t Christian.

    ’We've got to fight. Keep our people afraid...
    Keep them away from what they shall not see.’

    The classic Medieval scare tactics. Prevent people from realising there’s an alternative to Christianity. If they don’t know an alternative exists, they won’t keep trying to find one all the time, and will keep people like Jakob rich.

    Then we’re back to Gabriel, who’s now questioning everything again, and asking God what God would do if he were in Gabriel’s shoes. He’s confused, because everyone says Anna is a witch, but he keeps having visions of her crying in a tower. Does that make him a witch too? Or is Anna not a witch, and actually in trouble, which would mean Gabe was the good guy?

    Eventually he gives up and turns to the Druid for help.
    D-Lyriumon June 15, 2007   Link

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