"Silent Scream" as written by Tomas Enrique Araya, Jeffery John Hanneman and Kerry King....
Nightmare, the persecution
A child's dream of death.

Torment, ill forgotten
A soul that will never rest.

Guidance, it means nothing
In a world of brutal time.

Electric, circus, wild,
Deep in the infants mind.

Silent Scream
Bury the unwanted child.
Beaten and torn
Sacrifice the unborn.

Shattered, adolescent [sings: another child]
Bearer of no name.

Restrained, insane games
Suffer the children condemned.

Scattered, remnants of life,
Murder a time to die.

Pain, sufferaged toyed,
Life's little fragments destroyed.

Silent Scream
Crucify the bastard son.
Beaten and torn
Sanctify lives of scorn.

Life preordained
Humanity maintained.
Extraction termination
Pain's agonizing stain.

Embryonic death,
Embedded in your brain.
Suffocation, strangulation,
Death is fucking you insane.

Nightmare, the persecution
A child's dream of death.

Torment, ill forgotten
A soul that will never rest.
Innocence withdrawn in fear.
Fires burning can you hear
Cries in the night.

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"Silent Scream" as written by Kerry King Jeffery John Hanneman

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  • +5
    Song MeaningTom Araya is Catholic, so his anti-abortion view wouldn't be surprising. Also, the song is named after an anti-abortion documentary called "the Silent Scream".

    "Silent Scream, Bury the unwanted child"
    Simply, the fœtus is unwanted, so the baby is killed

    "Sacrifice the unborn"
    Showing that the "child" is unborn, therefore a fœtus

    "Bearer of no name"
    The baby has been killed before the parents have even named it

    "Extraction termination"
    The fœtus is extracted

    "Embryonic death"
    Pretty self explanatory

    "Innocence withdrawn in fear"
    Through fear of giving birth and having a child, the "innocence" is removed swiftly

    If anyone is saying that this isn't anti-abortion, then they clearly can't understand the lyrics.
    ConCasson August 20, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song is the slayer's style to talk about abortion
    BECERROon July 20, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree that this song is speaking of abortion. This song is so intense, probably The Only song I've ever heard or can remember that even comes close to the unleashing of raw power as Metallica's "Dyer's Eve" This is a true masterpiece of speed and power and it will Forever be one of my favorites!!!!
    WorkerAnton April 10, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe whole South of Heaven album has very intelligent lyrics
    SpilltheBloodon December 02, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTheres actually a documentary made in '85 or '84 where a doctor tells you how bad abortion is called the Silent Scream you even watch an abortion take place. we had to watch it in theology class i hated it, thought it was scare tactics
    RedIce08on June 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSongs about aborting a child. How the child has no say. And how the mother of the child has to deal with the thought of killing her unborn child.
    pootangmagneton February 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAbortion. I think the "you" refers to the mother. The "embryonic death" is "embedded" in "your brain" meaning HER brain. In other words, it sounds as if the narration is indicating that she will regret this decision and she will harbor guilt over it for the rest of her life. I think that the "death is fucking you insane" line is very graphic. The reason I say this is because I think that Araya is saying that in order to cause the "death" of the fetus, the woman essentially has to be violated in a way. With the vacuum/suction aspiration method of abortion, they have to go in through the woman's cervix. I think this is why Tom is using an f-bomb here instead of saying that it's "DRIVING you insane." Essentially, the woman is being violated in order to achieve the death of the fetus. That's my take on this song. My comments are not meant to take either a pro-life or pro-choice position; I'm just stating my personal interpretation of what Tom is saying in this song.
    ScreenNameNeededon June 21, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentonly four comments?
    great song yes this songs about abortion
    blackliston April 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYep, abortion. lettin out a silent scream.
    rogermaniaon May 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSomewhat strange to think that the guys of Slayer seem anti-abortion. Or perhaps they're not, maybe they're just singing about it. I don't know.
    libertykillingconson June 17, 2006   Link

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