Storm warning
But there's no fear
Lies forming
The sacrament lays bare

The sinner
Will testify
They'll suffer
When sacrificed on high

The burning sermons purge their evil words
Between the hammer and the anvil

Force rises
False rituals
The body and the soul

Our union
Their fall from grace
Confession (confess your sins)
Will seal them to their fate

The burning sermons will survive their curse
Between the hammer and the anvil

They prey on grief
Our mission
To purify belief

This altar
Gives power and light
They'll falter
While we are shining bright

The burning sermons consecrate their sin
Between the hammer and the anvil

Between the hammer and the anvil
Between the hammer and the anvil
Between the hammer and the anvil

Storm warning
But there's no fear

Lyrics submitted by Idan

Between the Hammer & the Anvil Lyrics as written by Kenneth Downing Glenn Raymond Tipton

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, REACH MUSIC PUBLISHING

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  • +2
    General Comment
    This song is a direst comment on the court case in the late 80's where Priest was accused of including subliminal messages in the song better by you better than me. A case which they won, and, according the band themselves, this song was written about the case and how they felt about it. They always felt that they were not at fault, and we confident throughout that they would win. Great Song!
    Cowboytrevon March 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment
    I'm saddened that nobody here is commenting on this amazing song, probably my most favorite Judas Priest song ever. I'd like to hear everyone's interpretation of this. I guess it's just about punishing sinners in a harsh way. What culture, I have no idea.
    Fragfeston June 18, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment
    Love this song to death. I'm surprised it has to do with the court case they had. The only two things I could form from this song was that it had to do with punishment and also being in a difficult situation (which is what Priest was in with the court case). It's a shame they don't play this song live.
    NukaColaon August 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment
    this song is freakin awesome! \m/ This and Night Crawler are my favs from Painkiller.
    sG4RYton October 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment
    Sounds like its about the Spanish Inquisition.
    Psychotron1099on October 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation
    Just another awesome tune by Mr Halford
    Engel97on April 01, 2014   Link
  • -2
    General Comment
    I wonder if you hit your testicles with a hammer, will they pop like grapes?
    budman69on January 09, 2006   Link

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