Evening minuetto in a castle by the sea
A jewel more radiant than the moon
Lowered Her mask to me
The sublimest creature the Gods, full of fire
Would marvel at making their Queen
Infusing the air with Her fragrant desire
And my heart reeled with grave poetry

From grace I fell in love with Her
Scent and feline lure
And jade woodland eyes that ushered in the impurest
"Erotic, laden fantasies amid this warm Autumn night
She lulled me away from the rich masquerade
And together we clung in the bloodletting moonlight"
Pearled luna, what spell didst thou cast on me?
Her icy kiss fervoured my neck
Like whispering waves 'pon Acheron's beach
In a whirl of sweet voices and statues
That phantomed the dying trees
This debauched seductress in black, took me

In a pale azured dawn like Ligeia reborn
I tore free of my sleep - sepulchre
On the sea misted lawn where stone figures, forlorn
Lamented the spectre of Her
Bewildered and weak, yet with passion replete
I hungered for past overtures
The curse of unrest and her ardent caress
Came much more than my soul could endure

I, at once endeavoured to see Her again
Stirring from midnight's inertia
Knowing not even her name
On a thin precipice over carnal abyss
I danced like a blind acolyte
Drunk on red wine, her dead lips on mine
Suffused with the perfume of night

For hours I scoured the surrounding grounds
In vain that we might meet
When storm clouds broke, ashened, fatigued
I sought refuge in a cemeterty

Sleep, usher dreams
Taint to nightmares from a sunless nether

Mistress of the dark
I now know what thou art

Screams haunt my sleep
Dragged from nightmares thou hast wed together

Lamia and Lemures
Spawned thee leche
To snare my flesh

Portrait of the Dead Countess

Deep stained pain that I had dreamt
Flaunted demise, life's punishment
Leaving little strength to seal this wretched tomb

But poised nectar within my stirs
Up feverous desire and morbid purpose to search
Through cobwebbed drapery to where she swoons
Goddess of the graveyard, of the tempest and moon
In flawless fatal beauty her very visage compels
Glimpses of a heaven where ghost companies fell
To mourning the loss of god in blackest velvet
Enrobed in their downfall like a swift silhouette

"Fleeting, enshadowed
Thou art privy to my sin
Secrets dead, wouldst thou inflict
The cruel daylights upon my skin?
Dost thou not want to worship me
With crimson sacrifice
So my cunt may twitch against thy kiss
And weep with new-found life?"

Red roses for the Devil's whore

Dark angels taste my tears
And whisper haunting requiems
Softly to mine ear
Need-fires have lured abominations here

Nocturnal pulse
My veins spill forth their waters
Rent by lips I cherish most

Awash on her perfidious shores
Where drowning umbra o'er the stars
Ebon's graves where lovers whore
Like seraphim and Nahemah

"Nahemah"

Pluck out mine eyes, hasten, attest
Blind reason against thee, Enchantress
For I must know, art thou not death?
My heart echoes bloodless and incensed

Doth temptation prowl night in vulvic revelry
Did not the Queen of Heaven come as Devil to me?
On that fatal Hallow's Eve when we fled company
As the music swept around us in the crisp, fated leaves
UNder horned Diana where her bloodline was sewn
In a graveyard of Angels rent in cool marbled stone
I am grieving the loss of life in sombre velvet
Enrobed in Death's shadow like a swifter
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A Gothic Romance (Red Roses for the Devil's Whore) Lyrics as written by Gregory Moffit Dani Davey

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  • +1
    General CommentThe story in the song has never been totally clear to me, the end of it anyway. So this guy meets this bewitching woman at a masquerade ball, they go out in the woods and ... "cling together in the bloodletting moonlight"... then he wakes up in a sepulchre and goes to find her and ... I guess she's a vampire, and then something happens to him, his soul is lost forever, something like that.

    Amazing story. Love Cradle.
    darkspoton June 03, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think she has made him into a vampise and the song ends with him realising it.
    quiffpornon July 03, 2004   Link
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    General CommentLove the song, the instrumental arrangments, the vocals, the lyrics, the story, and the band.

    I believe it's about a guy who meets a girl at the ball, they fuck in the forest, she's a vampire, and he gets killed by her.
    River Wolfon November 10, 2004   Link
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    General Commentwell, i absolutely think that this is an awesome song!! but though, it has a meaning...the original song is named "A Gothic Romance (Red Roses for the Devil's Whore)"...i'm not into denmonology already, but there is a name for the devil's whore, who actually exsist in denmonology, her name is Lilith...so, basicly i think that this song is for her, but i'll find out more bout this...*kinks*
    8avadore8on March 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI do think this song is about Lillith... Now, I don't know too much about Lillith, so if I'm wrong, correct me... Apparently she was created as the "first woman," but ended up an evil wench... Ok, so... In this song, She comes across as beautiful and elegant while she's luring in this man... While he's under her spell, he wishes for them to be alone, so they leave together. After she basically gives herself to him, she turns on him, in return for the passionate sex, I believe she wants him to sell the Devil his soul. I'm not too sure on that.. I would imagine since it's called "Red Roses for the Devil's Whore", that's what she wants... Anyway, he doesn't want to give his soul, and she keeps trying to reason with him, so he'll give the ultimate sacrifice. This song is all about manipulation and betrayal.
    mrsdanifilth73on May 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think these are the most beautiful dark lyrics ever written in my opinion. I think Devil's whore is just a nickname for a vampire, and instead of having sex with people they kill for him (the Devil). So, along with what others said he meets a beautiful woman, she turns out to be a vampire... It's not 100% clear if they fuck in the forest, but they obviously do something, and it IS clear that she bites him and drinks his blood, which is of course very sexy to this guy and could be LIKE sex to them. After their first meeting he must find her again, and when he does she takes more of his "red roses" aka blood. And I'm not quite sure if he's turned into a vampire or just dies. Because "grieving the loss of life" could be his mortal life and he's now a vampire. But it could be that she just killed him.
    kandyon July 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. I think that instead of having sex in the forest, the devil's whore (which as kandy says is a nickname for a vampire) drinks his blood.

    "Dost thou not want to worship me
    With crimson sacrifice"
    xxecstasyon August 26, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits a morbid, vampiric love story, very beautifully written, very poetic, very fantasy based.
    willscarleton May 28, 2007   Link
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    My Interpretationthis is a wonderful song.....the best song for CoF........but i want to ask something...whose is the girl in the song??.........i guess she's elizebth......and what is the meaning of the word 'Nahemah'.....can anyone tell me what is the full meaning of this song.....anyway i love it very much T_____T
    ahmed1995on July 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my absolute favorite CoF songs... I love CoF lyrics... most of them are so poetic.
    Pyr0MaTiKon July 27, 2002   Link

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