"Book Of Thel" as written by Bruce Dickinson, Roger Ramirez and Eddie Miguel Cassilas....
The mark is on you now
The furnace sealed inside your head
Melting from the inside now
Waxy tears run down your face

The whore that never told her tale
Relives it every night with you
Far off stands the lamb and waits
For the wolf to come and end its life

Stand inside the temple
As the book of Thel is opening
The priestess stands before you
Offering her hand out, she's rising

Come the dawning of the dead
In famine and in war
Now the harlot womb of death
Spits out its rotten core

Serpent on the altar now
Has wrapped itself around your spine
So you look into its mouth
And you kiss the pearly fangs divine

Happy that your end is swift
The weeping virgin cries in bliss
The snake and priestess, they are one
The veil of flesh is ripped undone

Stand inside the temple
As the book of Thel is opening
The priestess stands before you
Offering her hand out, she's rising

Come the dawning of the dead
In famine and in war
Now the harlot womb of death
Spits out its rotten core

By the pricking of my thumbs
Something wicked this way comes
And when sleep takes you tonight
Will you wake to see the light...?

The burning sweat of poison tears
The river flowing red with blood
The cradle-robbing hand of death
Caresses every dreaming head

Waiting for the marriage hearse
To take you to the funeral pyre
So you burn the family tree
The generations burning higher

Stand inside the temple
As the book of Thel is opening
The priestess stands before you
Offering her hand out, she's rising

Come the dawning of the dead
In famine and in war
Now the harlot womb of death
Spits out its rotten core

By the pricking of my thumbs
Something wicked this way comes
And when sleep takes you tonight
Will you wake to see the light

By the dawning of the dead...
By the dawning of the dead...
By the dawning of the dead...
By the dawning of the dead...

What demon hath formed this abominable void...
This soul-shuddering vacuum?
Some said it is Urizen -
But unknown, abstracted, brooding secret
The dark power hid


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"Book of Thel" as written by Eddie Casillas Bruce Dickinson

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    General CommentBased on the story by William Blake
    Mai-Coh-Ah-Jahon February 14, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"The Priestess stands before you , offering her hand as she's rising." I've talked to her before. She's real. Came into my bedroom calling me. "Serpent on the altar now has wrapped its way around your spine."-- Kundalini references. "Snake and Priestess they are one." Well, I know the Bride is also the Serpent,and often poems would exchange these words for one another (look up Gerald Gardner, he talks of the bride/serpent). "Harlot Womb of Death spits out its rotten core." This has to do with Babble On.. and I even think this a Kabbalistic reference.. especially because the next few lines speak of a Void/vaccuum, which is what I feel from the daath'daas sefira.
    lawofthetrapezoidon March 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentawesome!
    dusk8on May 31, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAwesome song. The whole album Chemical Wedding is set to have a theme taking place in medieval times, and songs like this really add to that feeling.
    Turbo Speedon January 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentChemical Wedding's theme was actually a mix between a concept world created by William Blake and alchemy.
    RainbowDemonon January 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commentdoes this album have anything to do with aleister crowley...cause thats what the movie chemical wedding is about

    its weird i actually think some of bruces stuff is better than maidens stuff, especially this song
    Baphomet-Lordon August 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe mark is on you now
    The furnace sealed inside your head
    Melting from the inside now
    Waxy tears run down your face

    The mark of the beast.

    The whore that never told her tale
    Relives it every night with you
    Far off stands the lamb and waits
    For the wolf to come and end its life

    Mother Mary, or perhaps Babylon. If you note from the Maiden song, Moonchild, Babylon is referred to as 'the scarlet whore'. The lamb and wolf is the lamb of God and the wolf of Satan. I find The Chemical Wedding to be Blake and Alchemy influenced, but Blake himself was an Occultic mastermind, and Alchemy is not only turning lead into gold, but if you actually know Alchemy, it's about alteration of the natural world, and very occultic as well. It's all Satanic.

    Stand inside the temple
    As the book of Thel is opening
    The priestess stands before you
    Offering her hand out, she's rising

    Of course, the priestess of Thel, The Virgin. Offering her hand out to take you into the 'hidden air', the scarlet vale. I think The Virgin is reminiscent of Babylon, too, in a metaphorical sense.

    Come the dawning of the dead
    In famine and in war
    Now the harlot womb of death
    Spits out its rotten core

    Self-explanatory. Near the end of the world, the dawning of the walking dead, the Demons of Hell.

    Serpent on the altar now
    Has wrapped itself around your spine
    So you look into its mouth
    And you kiss the pearly fangs divine

    On the altar of the Book of Thel, the serpent rises. You kiss the pearly fangs of sin.

    Happy that your end is swift
    The weeping virgin cries in bliss
    The snake and priestess, they are one
    The veil of flesh is ripped undone

    The weeping virgin is again, The Virgin from Book of Thel. The veil of flesh escapes me. I'm sure it has to do with the veils of blood, pestilence, war, and darkness that Dickinson also relates to.

    Stand inside the temple
    As the book of Thel is opening
    The priestess stands before you
    Offering her hand out, she's rising

    See above.

    Come the dawning of the dead
    In famine and in war
    Now the harlot womb of death
    Spits out its rotten core

    See above.

    By the pricking of my thumbs
    Something wicked this way comes
    And when sleep takes you tonight
    Will you wake to see the light...?

    The old 'witches' trick, to know when danger is arising. Pricking the thumb. When you fall asleep, will you live through the night, or will Death caress your dreaming head? Will you awake to see the hooded gaze of Satan and be dragged into the legions of Hell?

    The burning sweat of poison tears
    The river flowing red with blood
    The cradle-robbing hand of death
    Caresses every dreaming head

    The river may refer to the river from Book of Thel, maybe the river of life.

    Waiting for the marriage hearse
    To take you to the funeral pyre
    So you burn the family tree
    The generations burning higher

    Burning of the world. The marriage hearse is odd, though. Perhaps you're marrying the sin from the pearly fangs you kissed.

    Stand inside the temple
    As the book of Thel is opening
    The priestess stands before you
    Offering her hand out, she's rising

    See above.

    Come the dawning of the dead
    In famine and in war
    Now the harlot womb of death
    Spits out its rotten core

    See above.

    By the pricking of my thumbs
    Something wicked this way comes
    And when sleep takes you tonight
    Will you wake to see the light

    See above.

    By the dawning of the dead...
    By the dawning of the dead...
    By the dawning of the dead...
    By the dawning of the dead...

    What demon hath formed this abominable void...
    This soul-shuddering vacuum?
    Some said it is Urizen -
    But unknown, abstracted, brooding secret
    The dark power hid

    The 'hidden air', the dark powers of Urizen, the Crimson Fortress rising from the void of blackness within Urizen. All-in-all, it's an evil song, and Dickinson is one evil mother fucker. I love it.
    Ironed Maidenson October 24, 2008   Link

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