Can you see me, know my position
How quick is your eye?
I have no home, no reason to roam
Yet I travel the length of the sky
I stretch my fingers jagged icy white
'Til my energy's all around
My clutch is swift, my force is fearful
I convey it without a sound
I live to free the skies from everyone
Watch me run - watch me

The north wind rises, old man's eyes wondering
Deeply as he locks his door
He knows the fear when I'm too near him, he's seen me angry before
The black intruding clouds approach as I release a desructive blow
All the crashing, all the flashing light brings terror upon my foe
I fight with force and power for my land
I command the lightning's hand!

Run for cover - oh your life is in vain if you try to escape me
Don't look back - oh your wealthy world cannot save you
'Cause I'm gonna break you
I hear them moan, I hear them weep
Because they feel I belong to the devil
They feel the pain, and will again
'til they stop reaching up for this level
No one will defeat me, no one can
I command the lightning's hand

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"Lightning's Hand" as written by Kerry A Livgren Kerry Livgren

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    General CommentI think it's about death. The lightning's hand is death that comes for all of us. No one can defeat it.Yet everyone tries to run from it.
    WYWHon May 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwell actually guys, this song is about benjamin franklin playing with lightning ;)
    scarroll9on July 18, 2006   Link
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    Song MeaningThat was my interpretation before, but this is what I think it real means: Nikola Tesla. When "Portrait (He Knew)" is about Albert Einstein and "Closet Chronicles" is about Howard Hughes, it would make sense that "Lightning's Hand" is about Nikola Tesla. I'd even be willing to bet that "Point of Know Return" is about Christopher Columbus or Leif Erikkson or the like.
    nexus2992on January 30, 2014   Link
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    General Commentthis song flat out ROCKS!

    maybe it's about continual changes, revolutions, the sucession of world powers throughout history (the old man knowing from experiance what is going on and what to do about it, he just goes into home and lets it pass).

    or this could just be about a really cool lightening storm.
    findsomepeaceon December 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the power of God and how men try to reach His level, but He is all-powerful.
    eugeniuson June 27, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationThe entire album is based in a historical fantasy context. From "Point of No Return" about sailing off the edge of the world to this one. "Lightning's Hand" is about a god (not the Christian God) of thunder and lightning. Quite possibly Zeus/Jupiter or Thor. I personally lean more towards Thor because of the line "North wind rises..." It leads one to imagine that it's a cold wind bringing in a powerful storm. And not many people know the cold like the Norse. Also the reason it's not the Christian God, is the line "I hear them weep because they feel I belong to the devil." Not one Christian feels that God belongs to the devil. But Christian Norsemen would certainly think that about Thor.
    nexus2992on January 30, 2014   Link
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    General CommentPerhaps there really is some deeper meaning, but...

    It's about a modern military jet fighter/bomber (the pilot actually). In a war, the pilot is humming this in their head as they fly a mission - shooting down other aircraft, bombing targets, etc.
    JimmyJoeMeageron January 04, 2018   Link

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