Eleven saintly shrouded men
Silhouettes stand against the sky
One in front with a cross held high
Come to wash my sins away

Standing alone in the wind and rain
Feeling the fear that is growing
Sensing the change in the tide again
Caught by the storm that is brewing
Feel the anxiety hold off the fear
Some of the doubt in the things you believe
Now that your faith will be put to the test
Nothing to do but await what is coming

Why then is God still protecting me
Even when I don't deserve it
Thought I am blessed with an inner strength
Some they would call it a penance
Why am I meant to face this alone
Asking the question time and again
Praying to God won't keep me alive
Inside my head feel the fear start to rise

They'll be saying their prayers when the moment comes
There'll be penance to pay when it's judgment day
And the guilty'll bleed when the moment comes
They'll be coming to claim
Take your soul away

The sign of the cross
The name of the rose
A fire in the sky
The sign of the cross

They'll be coming to bring the eternal flame
They'll be bringing us all immortality
Holding communion so the world be blessed
My creator my God, lay my soul to rest

The sign of the cross
The name of the rose
A fire in the sky
The sign of the cross, yeah

The sign of the cross
The name of the rose
A fire in the sky
The sign of the cross

The name of the rose
The sign of the cross

Lost the love of heaven above
Chose the lust of the earth below
Eleven saintly shrouded men
Came to wash my sins away


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  • +3
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    I don't believe this song is so musch as bashing of the disciples as it was in showing empathy for them. In the Bible the disciples were in a room, scared. I would be too.

    Lord Wilhelmon June 07, 2003   Link
  • +3
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    This song has absolutely NOTHING to do with bashing Christianity

    dunamison October 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
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    The song is about the Inquisition. You know, when the Catholic church tortured and murdered a ton of "heretics."

    Naliamegodon April 16, 2004   Link
  • +1
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    How can you be not sure? Blaze can't sing for shit. Bruce can, AND he was LIVE at RIR.

    Mattimuson June 18, 2005   Link
  • +1
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    I believe its based on the film "The Name of the Rose" and its not "Bashing Christianity" its welcoming it...

    nothing "typical" about it like paulothemanio mentioned.

    darkwingsflyon July 19, 2005   Link
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    It seems as though someone has done somthing unforgivable, and will be punished for it, by death, i think, and doesn't think he's worthy of forgivness, but realizes that God will forgive him, 'cause God forgives anyone who's truly sorry for their sins.

    GIJoe191990on January 21, 2006   Link
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    It's not bashing Chistians at all. I think it's about tribulation when the world chooses sides after the rapture when the anti-christ takes over and he has followers and God has followers and they start their war to end the earth.

    Nibberon February 05, 2006   Link
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    I don't know how anyone who has read the lyrics above could say that this is Bible bashing, unless they are so poorly educated and thick or so anti-metal that they can't/don't wnat to understand it. Iron Maiden have released a number of tracks with a pro-religious theme/content and have derided the false priests and money grabbing scamartists who use religion to enrich themselves. But because they have also released songs with darker and deeper meanings/tones, they are derided based upon uninformed ignorance. I see a very pro-religious theme and meaning in this song. If anyone wants to look further into some of the bands motivations, put Nicko McBrain into Google & read some of the results - the man is a committed Born-Again Christian. Oh - the song kicks ass too, only with Bruce singing it though, and the last guitar solo on the R in R album is a breath of fresh air....brilliant.

    BoneWeaponon August 10, 2006   Link
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    Oooh Bruce all the way. This song is rad! Seriously though, nothing pisses me off more when someone hears a metal song with the word "God" in it and automatically decides it's Christian-bashing. While none of the guys in Maiden have ever come out and stated their religious beliefs, I get the feeling they're more agnostic than atheist. It's songs like this that make me feel this way.

    RainbowDemonon March 23, 2007   Link
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    Nothing to do with bashing Christianity, if anything, it seems to be about the Christian struggle.

    Cersoxon December 30, 2012   Link

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