Kill them, for they must die
Mongers of the greatest lie
Burn them, for (the) sins they scar
Followers not leaders in war
Left to rot is their faith on poles
Icons shatter with burning holes
Curtains fall on religion's role
The cancer of the soul

Hallowed name, holy trinity
With disdain now crush this divinity
Preaching tongues, lizard spawned
Recycle the christian death from (the) beyond
House of god, pit of snakes
Staring through the eyes of mistakes
In their hearts, oh they carry fear
Succumb to death and make it disappear

Casket cracks, (with) human debris
Death in the last degree
Salvation's not, to be seen
Faith is lost in the blood-red scream
Repeating god's, name in vain
The mantra of your life's pain
Body cracks, (with) vivisection
Salvation's now a dead infection

Lyrics submitted by Borknagar

"Cancer of the Soul" as written by Anders Nystrom

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    General CommentI like these lyrics. The major idea is that religion is dangerous to society, a "cancer of the soul." People often "follow" rather than "lead" in wars as a result of religion. Religious people also often pretend to have faith when "In their hearts, oh they carry fear." However, I disagree with the main idea that religion is a "cancer of the soul." If religion is a cancer of the soul, then so is communism, or the Enlightenment, or these lyrics, or any other worldview you can think of that has lead (or could lead) to tragedies. Rather, it think there is much good that can come out of religion - but that wouldn't make for a very interesting death metal song.

    Now if religion was all this song is about, then it wouldn't be that bad. But it's not. At its core, this song is basically fascist and socially oppressive. Maybe religion is dangerous to society, but does that mean we should "kill them all?" No. That'd make us worse than the Crusaders. Specifically, to "kill off" the socially "dangerous" would be to infringe upon fundamental rights and freedoms - the freedom of religion, the freedom of speech, and so on. At the end of the day, I think the lyrics to this song are counter-productive, as the lyrics introduce a new type of religion: anti-religion.
    enarchayon October 01, 2009   Link

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