Nights came tralling ghost concertos
Heartstrings a score of skeletal reaper bows
Playing torture chamber music allegretto
Conducting over throes trashed to crescendo

Skinless the dark shall scream
Hoarse Her symphonies

Deathmashed as the moon
That had lifted Her dreams
And frowned on the winding steps down
To where the vulgar strayed,
Taunting sick Her tender prey
She glided in Her bridal gown

How sleep the pure
Desire in Violent Overture

An emanation of phantom madness
The Countess beheld in shroud
By girls bereft of future vows
Soon to wed in white the frosted ground
Burning like a brand on the countenance of god
A yearning took Her hand to His Seraphim, bound

Deep red hissed the cat whips
On the whim of ill-will
Whilst She entranced, nonchalant, abliss
Flayed further songs of overkill

How weep the pure
Desire in Violent overture

In a crescent-whime cellar of crushed roses
Pooled blood and broken dolls
A torchlit shadow theatre souled
With the echoed cries of lives She stole

Killing time
She struck the hours dead
In Her control
Thus menopaused
Her clock of hacked out cunts
Began to toll

"Thirteen chimes of ancient strain
I conjure forth with dirge
That fills the void with timbred pain
To fulfil my sexual urge"

Frights came wailing from the Darkside
Haunting lipless mouths a fugue of arcane diatribes
Velvet, their voices coffined Her in slumber
Bespattered and appeased
As pregnant skies outside bore thunder

How sleep the pure
Desire in violent overture

As when high winds
Attune whipped trees
Her savage nature pitched
Would once again conduct the pleas
Of those She loved to agonies

As if it were
The first time every night
That She carved Her seal
In the flesh of life.


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Desire in Violent Overture Lyrics as written by Gianpiero Guiseppe Piras Dani Davey

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    The guitar solos in this song are just fucking sick, i love them, best song on the album in my own oppinion, I have no idea what the meaning is :( i just fukin' luv this song :)

    Survived Abortionon August 06, 2002   Link
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    i dont know what it means either but its a fuckin awsome song.This is my fav son on this cd.Cradle of Filth is a fuckin great band there up there with Deicide and Cannibal Corpse.

    TonkpilS_666_13on March 28, 2003   Link
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    Is this song from a demo back from early 90's OR is this song recent???

    TabuuDi26on June 18, 2003   Link
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    favourite cradle song. not sure of the meaning but its gotta have somethin to do with elizabeth bathory like every other song on 'cruelty and the beast'. gotta love the image the words create and all the breakdowns and shit.

    commandercrinkleon November 20, 2004   Link
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    This is the most simple song on the record, yet probably the most disturbing. This just describes in detail her revelry in the torture of young women. I encourage everyone to really read the lyrics to this song, Dani has a beautiful way of scaring the shit out of people. I think the purpose of this song is to just how truly insane Elizabeth has become, and her devotion to the practice of killing young women.

    fadetoflasheson December 09, 2004   Link
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    Yeah, this song is about one of Elizabeth Bathory's torture/murders... Very awesome. It basically states how she tortured and killed these women like there was nothing wrong with it....

    mrsdanifilth73on May 19, 2005   Link
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    yeah i think this song is probably one of the easiest to understand, about countess bathory and her sick virginal murders, very good song, although i dont have this album yet.

    phatpaton August 28, 2005   Link
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    This song was basically describing how Elizabeth Báthory saw nothing wrong with killing young girls whom she had lured to her castle with the promise of high paying jobs as her maids when in reality she was luring the girls into torture, surgery [often fatal], and death. Lovely isn't it. <333

    KyoFanboyon March 12, 2009   Link

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