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Holy Smoke Lyrics

Believe in me - send us money
Died on the cross and that ain't funny
But my so called friends they're making me a joke
They missed out what I said like I never spoke
They choose what they wanna hear - they don't tell a lie
They just leave out the truth as they're watching you die
They're saving your souls by taking your money
Flies around shit, bees around honey

chorus

Holy Smoke Holy Smoke, plenty bad preachers for
The Devil to stoke
Feed'em in feet first this is no joke
This is thirsty work making Holy Smoke yeah
making Holy Smoke

Jimmy Reptile and all his friends
Say they gonna be with you at the end
Burning records burning books
Holy soldiers nazi looks
Crocodile smiles just wait a while
Till the TV queen gets her make-up clean
I've lived in filth I've lived in sin
And I still smell cleaner than the shit you're in

repeat chorus

Holy Smoke - smells good

They ain't religious but they ain't no fools
When Noah built his cadillac it was cool
Two by two they're still going down
And the satellite circus just left town
I think they're strange and when they're dead
They can have a Lincoln for their bed
Friend of the president trick of the tail
Now they ain't got a prayer 100 years in jail

repeat chorus

Holy Smoke - hah
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Cpt. Yossarian you prick. Hope the jews kick muslim ass all over the fucking place. With that out of the way...

I consider myself to be a (somewhat) religious person, and a conservative. I love Iron Maiden and I love this song. It's not like the only corrupt tv preachers are on the far right. I hate those "send money and you will be saved" evangelists. That just sickening.

PS. Something that makes this song so much better, is that at a church I used to go to, the preacher would make the ushers repass the offering plates around if enough money didn't come in. A few months later he drove to church in a blue cadillac bought with offering money..

@Luke50001 what a total bitch

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This song I feel is about currpt religion and in this case chirstianity. Its about how christianity is just doing it for the money and dont actually have any faith and never actually listening to anything Jesus taught. "But my so called friends they're making me a joke They missed out what I said like I never spoke". And in the 3rd verse he mentions "When Noah built his cadillac it was cool" obviously its supposed to be an ark he built but since the christian faith is just now a money hungry religion Noah's gone for the classy things ie a cadillac.

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Adrian Smith and Bruce Dickinson wrote this back in 1989/90 after TV priests in America were exposed as corrupt and fraudulent. Like many other metal bands, TV ministers hated Maiden, because of their dark lyrical themes; this song is justified, humourous and a great way of hitting back at critics (Ozzy Osbourne did basically the same thing with "Miracle Man"). Iron maiden aren't satanists, they're a heavy metal band- and this was made to reinforce the point, gloat and to get people to take their heads out of their arses.

exactly, this is essentially an anti-televangelist song for those who never played Still Life backwards

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Why have I never heard a song about corrupt Rabbi's or ant other religions leaders, only priests and christianity

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few mistakes... Believe in me - send no money and They're religious but they ain't no fools

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I agree with Burtonite.

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Specifically about televangelists; Swaggert, Tammy & Jim Baker et al. The scandals of the 80's. Not writing about Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims etc. in this song because are there any other types of televangelists other than Christian?

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Its about televangelists. Dream Deciever really hit the nail on the head.

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also, about Jesus and the fact that ppl dont give a shit about him in truth

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though this sond is obviously about the currption of religon it always makes me happy when I listen to it.

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