Wild-eyed and tight fisted, I'm fused to the bone
I stand contemplating, reacting alone
Impaled with betrayal
The tourniquet turns
Society's creation
Pole-axed out and burnt

Long ago when man was king, his heart was clean now he's stained class
Time has slashed each untouched thing, so now he's just a stained class king

Transfixed at deliverance, is this all there is
Faithless continuum, into the abyss
Fierce is my conviction, absolute my belief
I spit at you apathy, and seducer deceit

Long ago when man was king, his heart was clean now he's stained class
Time has slashed each untouched thing, so now he's just a stained class king

Lethal, deadly, hung, drawn and quartered
He slaughtered and faltered and altered the world
But by doing so smashed all his hopes and Utopian dreams
Whipping, stripping, peeling the flesh off, relentless and senseless
His lust snapped like vipers whose fangs sank in deep to infest and decay from the core

Impaled with betrayal, the tourniquet turns
Society's creation, pole-axed out and burnt

Long ago when man was king, his heart was clean now he's stained class
Time has slashed each untouched thing, so now he's just a stained class king

Stained class king


Lyrics submitted by Idan

Stained Class Lyrics as written by Rob Halford Glenn Raymond Tipton

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

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    General Comment

    This song's about a corrupt ruling class. In the beginning the king was clean with big ideas, but power corrupts the pure ruler/king and turns him into a tyrant - then the people revolt and kill him.

    bronchialon August 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    In regione caecorum rex est luscus.

    Isenon September 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    What this song means?

    wyvron December 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation

    Good interp from Bronch too. I interpret as Adam and Eve. "Long ago when man was king, his heart was clean, now he's stained class". "Stained" when Eve bit the apple. "I spit at you apathy, and seducer deceit". Adam or Eve speaking about the serpent's temptation.

    antp56on June 15, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I’ve always believed this song was based on the movie “Zardos” I have never heard this asked to Rob or the band but I’d be curious to hear the response. If it isn’t, it’s quite a coincidence!

    PageHon January 13, 2018   Link
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    General Comment

    all the hurt and apathy that they could not write just another hump song but something else

    jamesrocktiteon April 06, 2018   Link

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