burn the witches, burn the witches, don't take time to sew your stitches
burn the witches, burn the witches
good is the thing that you favor, evil is your sour flavor
you cannot sedate all the things you hate
burn the bridges, burn the bridges, don't take time to sew your stitches
burn the bridges, burn the bridges
good is the thing that you favor, evil is your sour flavor
i don't need your hate, i decide my fate
you cannot sedate all the things you hate


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    If you think this song is about the crusades then I feel sorry for you. The term burning witches or going on a witch hunt is a general term of speech used to portray any form of prejudice.
    In this instance he is referring to the conservative religious groups and media who were on a witch hunt for him and they wanted to see him gone.

    Like the 'witches' in the crusades, he was an innocent victim who was demonised by those who refused to understand what he stood for.

    For religion the idea of freedom of expression/speech/being yourself is a direct threat because religion needs to beat their followers down with fear and guilt to keep them coming to church and handing over their money and their lives.

    The background voice, i believe, is supposed to represent that of a religious leader in the crusades who became drunk with power and bloodlust after realising that he had the power to make his followers kill whoever he wanted just by telling them that the person was a witch. BURN IT BURN IT BURN IT!!!

    In Mason's case, the religious leader was mainly the media who was telling their followers that Manson was the 'witch' and needed to be 'burnt at the stake'. The drones then went on their own crusade to attempt to take down Manson.

    The similarities are amazing. People like to think that we've grown as a species since then, but we obviously haven't!

    People hate the things they don't understand. And it's a lot easier to kill and burn the things you hate, than it is to understand it.

    and that, is it. I had to sign up to get that out there...... Cheers! Joel

    burubadoon August 20, 2010   Link
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    I really love this song...It's less subtle than a lot of his other works, but there's a beauty in the words themselves...It's songs like these by Manson that give you an insight on his life and past. It's a song written by a man that's striking back at society, for all the verbal, physical, and emotional damage it's done to him for only being what he is. And it's so true...So many people in society would wrather strike down what they don't understand, than to spend the time to cure the things in their own life that's gradually breaking them down. How so many people try to destroy the peopel they consider "evil" because they feel they're doing "good", and that they'll get some sort of glorification from it...But they're always still left with that "sour flavor" because in reallity their problems have nothing to do with the outcasts they hate so much...That's what I think Marilyn Manson in trying to convey in this song...

    decaying soulon April 30, 2002   Link
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    I agree with the above post. It's generally a song written in anger towards hypocritical christians who seek to hurt others whom they deem immoral rather than to focus on self-improvement. The song's very well done, actually.

    Akashaon May 04, 2002   Link
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    One problem...that last word should be "rape"...and the lyric corrections are working slowly.

    Akashaon June 11, 2002   Link
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    Question

    Did anyone else think the beginning of "dogma" kind of sounded like the Ninja Turtles theme or is it just me?

    Yourfriendon December 05, 2016   Link
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    many christians are hypocritical........... how dare they not be perfect! i agree with you tho- making judgement over other ppls morallity is meaningless and unproductive.

    heir2beulahon May 04, 2002   Link
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    It really is a sleeping classic, in a sense: no one speaks about Dogma, but it's a great song.

    Akashaon May 10, 2002   Link
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    Ya this is a good song. Dogma is like blind faith, beleiving in somthing even without proof. Which is almost entirely what ALL religion is.

    Muzzyon June 30, 2003   Link
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    Yep fuck religion, 100 million years from now less people will have religion, it will slowly fade away. Just my opinion.

    pollockon April 19, 2004   Link
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    As someone who was raised christian, but isn't anymore (still believe in god, but not the christian view of God) I really appreciate this song, I can only imagine what he went through growing up if people knew he was atheist/satanist Really good lyrics

    D4MVPon February 10, 2006   Link

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