"For Those Who Died" as written by Andy Sneap and Martin Walkyier....
Our tongues they could not silence with their malicious lies,
their unforgotten violence, remember those who died.

And as my flesh is put to fire I hear their voices still,
their unjust accusations demanding I am killed.

"We shall show no mercy to heathen such as thee,
who stand accused and have refused the Church's clemency,
your wicked acts are endless through the crimes we cannot name,
innocent or guilty proved, we'll burn you just the same."

Burning, into the fire.
Burning, a funeral pyre.
Burning, into the fire.
Burning, a funeral pyre.

This self-righteous inquisition is a plague upon our land,
as false as the confessions they force from shattered hands.

"We shall show no mercy to heathen such as thee,
who stand accused and have refused the Church's clemency,
your wicked acts are endless through the crimes we cannot name,
innocent or guilty proved, we'll burn you just the same."

Burning, into the fire.
Burning, a funeral pyre.
Burning, into the fire.
Burning, a funeral pyre.

Abused my broken body is cleansed by righteous flame,
their God a 'God of Mercy' yet in whose name I slain.

My innocence the victim of their superstitious fears,
religious persecution for the past three hundred years.
Preaching peace and mercy 'neath the shadow of the knife,
a papal reign of terror, slaughter in the name of Christ.

And as my flesh is put to fire I hear their voices still,
their unjust accusations demanding I am killed.

"We shall show no mercy to heathen such as thee,
who stand accused and have refused the Church's clemency,
your wicked acts are endless through the crimes we cannot name,
innocent or guilty proved, we'll burn you just the same."

Burning, into the fire.
Burning, a funeral pyre.
Burning, into the fire.
Burning, a funeral pyre.


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    General CommentThis isn't actually written by anyone in Cradle of Filth -- it was originally done by Sabbat, the finest thrash metal band Great Britain ever produced.
    MaureenLycaonon June 17, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYa...I wouldn't say it's so much the salem witch trials exclusively as the entire age, and I'd say more the inquisition then anything. And for all you Wicca lovers up there, I hate to burst your bubble but the church did not target Wiccans exclusively(not even close). They targeted anyone suspected of witch craft and heresy. The inquisition made it legal to use torture to extract confessions from those suspected. Most people, even if they were not guilty of the charges, confessed under pressure of torture anyway and declared heretics. So, in the end, more Christians who had confessed under torture were killed then actual pagans or heretics. Wicked song, btw;)
    mazikon December 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAn important, powerful, and wicked song. Cradle of Filth sing about tragedies such as the genocide of the wiccan, pagans, and druids in medieval England. Most people are ignorant as to what happened and these dudes are telling the truth and in an awesome format. Fuck all those assholes that killed us wiccans. I am a wiccan and for all you ignorant people out there, here's a fact:

    WICCANS DO NOT WORSHIP OR EVEN BELIEVE IN SATAN. WE LOVE NATURE, PEACE, MAGICK AND WE BELIEVE IN THE HORNED GOD AND THE GODDESS.
    River Wolfon May 07, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAgreed. This song is one of the finest ever written about the Burning Times. This is also, imo, one of the best versions, featuring as it does a duet between Martin Walkyier of Sabbat and Dani Filth. The actual contents of the song, as said, are very simple to understand. It tells us that we should not forget what atrocities men can commit whilst working under what they believe to be a doctrine of peace, and that you can NEVER silence the voices of the truly righteous.
    Borknagaron January 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis is obviously about the salem witch trials.. they were burned for no fucking reason because abigail and her supid sister and a bunch of their friends decided to act possessed and blame it on witchery done by others they disliked... i mean seriously that was screwed up.. so anyways.. they were being burned alive and for that stupididty they will burn those who burned them the same way they burned them..
    Perfect_Scarson August 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentJust felt like saying that Wicca was formed about 50 years ago, and the Salem Witch Trials were a few hundred years ago. And Christians were killed for their beliefs too.
    xxecstasyon October 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAs people have said before me, I think it's about the Salem Witch Trials and how they were falsly accused but murdered, all the same.
    A_Queen_Of_Snowon October 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is clearly about how people used to be burned alive if found guilty of being a witch. It's a reminder of how cruel, stupid and hypocritical humans can be and I think it's a great song. It sends a message that warns us not to be idiots and let superstitious paranoia run away with us. Now I'm not a Wiccan and I don't mess around with magic or anything, but my best friend is Wiccan so maybe on top of the fact that I've always been interested in magic and stuff like that I am very protective of my friend. If we were living back then in Europe when this all was going on, I'd have fought for her freedom and life which likely would have gotten me burned too since I'd be going against the Catholic Church. Yeah, I'm a Christian, but I'm not interested in anything the Catholic Church has to say. Catholic priests rape little boys, speak falsehoods and steal money from people and the Catholics pray to the Virgin Mary and the saints. What the hell is up with that?! Last time I checked, priests aren't supposed to get married and sure as hell aren't supposed to have sex, especially not with other males! And although Mary is important as being the mother of the savior, she is not to be worshipped or prayed too and neither are the saints despite their biblical significance. I'm pretty sure it says that someplace in the Bible and the Catholics have written prayers they're supposed to say rather than praying their own prayers. I could say a lot more on the subject of this religious group, but I have other stuff to say so I'll stop now. My point here is that the Church was so paranoid and crazy that they'd accuse you of being a witch for the most ridiculous things like the ailment or death of a child or animal, the failure of a crop, fires and hail storms. If you had knowledge of herbs like hemlock, mandrake or a whole slew of other plants, you were believed to be a witch or if you healed or treated a person with an ailment believed to be beyond curing. Women were most commonly targeted. Women who were single, widowed, old or poor. And it was crazy what they'd make people do in order to determine their guilt or innocence! Like the trial by boiling water where they'd make you put your hand in a bucket of scalding hot water and usually fish out an object at the bottom. They'd bandage up your hand and look at it later. If you had a blister, you were guilty. WHO THE HELL WOULDN'T HAVE A BLISTER FROM SOMETHING LIKE THAT?!!!! I'd like to see the accusors try it and see what happened to them. And then sometimes they'd throw you in a lake or river and if you drowned, you were innocent. A real win win situation for you, eh? Either way, you die. I'm not sure about before or after her time, but during Queen Elizabeth I's reign in England those accused or found guilty of being witches could not be tortured in order to make them confess or as a form of punishment. Queen Elizabeth herself was in to astrology which was one of the damning signs of witchcraft and her mother had been accused of being a witch. During the Elizabethan period in England, witches were not burned alive as they were in France and Spain but hanged by the neck until they died. Yes, I know I've ranted long enough. I apologize. I just wanted to get my point across that the witch trials and killings were such a stupid ass thing and that most of the people convicted were innocent but they slew you either way. This is a great song for reminding of the horrors the Catholic Church committed while hiding behind the name of God. WOULD GOD KILL INNOCENT PEOPLE LIKE THAT, YOU BASTARDS!!! I THINK NOT!!
    devilslittlesisteron August 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commentahaha guys, the crucible was messed :P
    it explains the song though
    Sea_Of_Faces90on May 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commentpaul of tarsus created christianity, but yes it's about religion and it's terrors it causes , all the atrocities attributed with dogma whilst people of non religious origin aren't always the bad ones.
    vladlockeon August 18, 2007   Link

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