I can see clearly now, a painful vision indeed
An attack on hallowed ground, from high above
Alien to us, the species known as man
A serious threat, in the eyes of the Elder

So heed my warning, before our own existence falls near extinct
Our culture is lost in ancient mystery, covered in the sands of

A sacred few survive the massacre this night
In secret they will meet a new society

Ten thousand years from now, a child will be born
I've seen the vision, the writing on the wall
He'll walk the Earth, two thousand years or more
Paving the way, for mankind's fall

So there is hope you see, but we must act with great speed
Assemble the chosen, the ones to lead, and morph them in the
likeness of man

Oppressed for centuries, await the prophecy
The child will set us free, reclaim it rightfully

We'll take their identity and live among them free
All the while, plotting events that mold their history
We'll build the perfect beast with the knowledge that they seek
If it takes ten thousand years, we never will retreat

Assassins we will be, through human history
Jesus Christ to Kennedy, the Domino Decree
Disciples of the Watch, prepare the coming curse
If it takes ten thousand years, we never will retreat

And so, our world is doomed, we'll lay claim again some day
There is hope, in the birth of one, so many centuries away

Lyrics submitted by MonkeysLikePeanuts

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    General Commenthumans almost wipe out a race of beings. a few who manage to survive plot the downfall of humanity out of vengeance. but they must wait for the child foreseen in the prophecy. his birth will bring about utter devastation for man.
    IRON MIADEN!on August 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentObviously tells the story of the prophecy of the being that will bring armageddon to the human race.
    stickyshooZon December 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentActually the first song in the Something Wicked trilogy, which is a story about Set Abominae, a character created by Jon Schaffer. This song is about the prophecy of his birth.
    .ChildOfTheNight.on February 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorite riffs ever.
    TheShowdownon June 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentin addition to previous comments prophecy also speaks about the egyptians being a different race than humanity. And of their going into hiding until the rise of Set Abominae
    elchivonoiron July 18, 2007   Link
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    General Commentok question ppl. barlow or ripper's version? definitely ripper for me on this one
    SergeF2007on August 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commentsounds like theres some ancient race and this guys seeing a vision that a new race, humanity, is going to bring and end to their race, and hes saying that in 10000 years some sort of antichrist will be born and bring an end to mankind so that these people can reclaim what they lost, so in the meantime the few survivors will blend in with man kind and "mar their history"
    LackofNameon August 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOh man, Owens was NEVER better than Halford or Barlow.

    The trilogy off Something Wicked, along with Overture of the Wicked, Framing Armageddon, I Walk Among You, and The Crucible of Man are all part of the same story.

    This trilogy provides the backstory for the albums that follow.

    "Set Abominae [the mascot] is a fictional character featured in the works of American heavy metal guitarist Jon Schaffer from the band Iced Earth, and is the main character of the Something Wicked Saga.

    Set Abominae is an Anti-Christ-like figure, spoken of in the Prophecy. He is the savior of the Setian race set to bring about the end of mankind, who in ancient times came from another galaxy and conquered Earth. Events parallel to those in the Bible (similarly the Tower of Babel) occurred, in an event called The Clouding which erased the memories of all humans on the planet Earth. "
    - wiki
    RainbowDemonon November 19, 2008   Link

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