Sinner rider, rides in with the storm
The devil rides beside him
The devil is his god, God help you mourn
Do you, do you hear it, do you hear the thunder
Deafen every living thing about
Can you, can you see it, can you
See the mountains darken yonder
Black sun rising, time is running out

Sacrifice to vice or die by the hand of the

His steed of fury,
Eyes of fire and mane ablaze
Demonic vultures stalking
Drawn by the smell of war and pain
He roams the star ways
Searching for the carcasses of war
But if it's hungry then its very presence
Disrupts the calm into the storm

Curse and damn you all you'll fall by the hand of the

God of the Devils, God of the Devils
Won't you help them pray
God of the Devils, God of the Devils
Is there no other way

Can't you hear their souls calling out in their plight
Can't you see their blood is boiling setting them alight

Thirty years now sleeping, so sound
War raises its head, and looks slowly around
The Sinner is near, sensing the fear
And the beast will start movin' around

Can't you see their souls calling out in their brain
Can't you hear their blood is boiling setting them alight

Sinner, Sinner, Sinner, Sinner!

Sacrifice to vice or die by the hand of the curse
And damn you all you fall by the hand of the sinner!
Sinner! Sinner! Sinner!

Lyrics submitted by Idan

Sinner Lyrics as written by Robert Halford Glenn Raymond Tipton

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

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    My InterpretationThe song seems to be about Aliester crowley

    He called himself "the beast"

    One of his main objectives was to get us destroy the idea of sin. To "sin all you want" cuz in the end, sin is just a restrictive idea. He rallied against the christian idea of sin as much as any other of his pet notions top destroy (he felt himself on a mission to rid the world of christianty)

    "Sacrifice to Vice" is such a cool line, one that uncle al would have truly dug.

    He intentionally tried to be the sinner to top them all.

    HOWEVER, the most clear clue is in the lyric "30 years now sleeping"....

    Crowley died in 1947, and sin after sin was released in 1977. 30 years..

    I dont usually find priest to have many crowleyan references, but this one is a sure thing.

    If you read and know crowley, the song is almost an anthem of what the man was about.

    kfinguerraon December 29, 2009   Link
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    General Commentclassic prest very catchy very good
    drummer form hellon March 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhats that thing Rob Halford whispers in the chorus? It sounds something like, "desification", but I'm really not sure.
    minihatson April 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe chorus to the Witchery song 'The Reaper' sounds like it was lifted from this. I could be generalizing it though.
    samwaltonon April 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhat this song means? Who is the Sinner?
    wyvron December 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentGreat song, heavy and I especially like the break where the song slows and the vocal phaser is used.

    I think the song is about "war" in general, and my hint is the "30 years now sleeping" as the treaty signed in haste by Athens, with Sparta. Sparta was becoming a huge and powerful nation-state with trade and logistics and a smart population ruled by military, and Athens was a cradle of artistic and philisophical enlightenment; you can guess which side was afraid of the other. The sinner is Mars, the God of War, who required a "sacrifice" from farmers and citizens each year or else war would return.

    That's my two cents! \m/ \m/
    JayCeezyon February 21, 2009   Link
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    My Interpretation

    The part "30 years now sleeping" at the last line identifies what or whom was sleeping, "the beast", which has been awakened is now moving around.

    I don't hear "war raises his head" I hear a sound like "uh-raises his hea-ead" Halford often he does that sort of thing with words. "well-raises" may work. Maybe it is war. War would still be ok, since crowleys "book of the law" had plently of war in it.

    Crowley was read by plenty of people in the 60's and 70's, and people took him seriously.

    They even tried to make his vision of mankind come to pass. (I say they suceeded, but thats cuz e I know Crowley to have wanted man to be free, and thats what came to pass. at least more freedom than before. All the evil nonsense was just shock and mis-representations.

    Musicians were a big part of spreading the gospel of crowley.

    I don't try to find crowley in everything. I am an even headed person, not all about crazy connections between things.

    This instance is just one where it fits, exactly fits.

    I wouldn't have said this if I wasn't nearly sure of it.

    kfinguerraon December 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI guess there is quite a bit of evidence that the song is about Crowley. Because of the '70s style chugging rhythm I assumed the "Sinner" was a motorbike rider. I more or less a assumed he was character that Judas Priest created like "Exciter", "Steeler", "Painkiller" and others. Based on religious tradition of course.

    Rob, like a lot of metal singers, sings as though he's warning everyone of some impending doom though at the same time you can hear the fun in his voice. I have to ask, are preachers in church any less entertainers when they stand on a stage yelling about hell and sin?
    AndrewZealon August 07, 2015   Link

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