Smother his life, the words cut right to the heart
Disease and threaten my family name
An epic stand is made, condemned
I will not plead, I will not plead

Damned to the beast of torment
Damned by the beast within us all

Crushed by the fear
More stone, more stone
More weight for Corey

Not one step forth could capture a mission of guilt
By law, avoids death on gallows hill
Through time, his fight will martyr my name
My soul free of a heretic

Crushed by the fear
More stone, more stone
More weight for Corey

Court of ayer and terminer
Leave me my rightful land
Court of ayer and terminer
Leave me my rightful land
To stow in my heart, leave to my sons

Peine forte et dure is called
An effort to collapse belief has failed
And surely will die with me
An epic stand is made, condemned
I will not plead, I will not plead

Damned to the beast of torment
Damned by the beast within us all

Rectify my name
Rectify my name
Rectify my name
Rectify my name
Rectify my name


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    I did a little research and came to a definite conclusion about the song. It's about a man named Giles Cory, who was wrongly accused of being a wizard during the Salem Witch Trials. He refused to enter a plea, ("Condemned I will not plea") and the state couldn't lawfully execute him due to that. Therefore, the townsfolk wanted to torture him so he would give a plea by using the Peine Forte et Dure (placing heavy rocks or boulders over a person to crush their body). But he wouldn't say a word the entire time until seconds before his death, in which case he muttered "More weight"("Peine Forte et Dure...Has failed, and surely will die with me"). He was the only American to ever be killed using the Peine Forte et Dure methods.

    Some corrections to the lyrics (And yes, I realize that even the lyrics booklet has mistakes). "Corey" should be spelled "Cory" and "Ayer" should be spelled "Oyer".

    Unearth77on August 09, 2006   Link
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    um, no. I read the book "The Crucible" last year in English class and I can tell you for a fact its "Corey" and Ayer is the town in MA. I actually remeber listening to a bunch of Unearth in that class when we weren't doing anything, and now Unearth has a song about the book we were reading... pretty fucking sweet.

    bpcrshooter15on August 09, 2006   Link
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    Either way its a damn good song and the whole god damn album is amazing. Nice job

    NOLBZon August 11, 2006   Link
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    so basically, unearth writes a song about a farmer being crushed to death because he was thought to have been a warlock? how very metal \m/

    gastonreboredoon August 20, 2006   Link
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    This song is fuckin awsome, especially the begin that start with that huge scream !!!!!!! it was this song that got me in to Unearth. as for the mening i think it totally fits Unearth since the witch hunts started in MA and Unearth is from there.

    sacrificedon September 19, 2006   Link
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    In my English class we were reading the Crucible and someone mentioned there was a song about Giles Corey, so I looked it up and it's definitely refering to him.

    "Smother his life The words cut right to the heart Disease and threaten my family name An epic stand is made Condemned I will not plead Damned to the beast of torment Damned by the beast within us all"

    This verse says how Giles was accused, but he refused to say if he was guilty or not- an epic stand is made- he stood up to them and even though he was condemned he did not give in. -Damned by the beast within us all- I take this as he was cursed because of the others wanting to be saved, so they accused him, and this want to save ourselves and curse others is the beast within us.

    Crushed by the the fear More stone, more stone, more weight for Corey

    When asked to plead, Corey just asked for more weight.

    Not one set forth could capture admission of guilt By law, avoids death on Gallows Hill Through time this fight will martyr my name My soul free of a heretic

    He didn't admit so he couldn't go to jail, and even if he had he would have been hanged so he did neither.

    Court of Ayer and Terminer leave me my rightful land Men of Ayer and Terminer leave me my rightful land To stow in my heart, leave to my sons

    Because of his choice and cause of death, the court could not take his land away as if he had pleaded one way or the other, so his land stayed in his family.

    CaramelPotatoon October 21, 2006   Link
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    man you abosolutely right ive just read the Crucible in my enlgish glass too and the part of the story where Giles is getting crushed my stones becuase he wont say the name of the guy

    good job now i understand

    Hypervioleton October 21, 2006   Link
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    I just want to throw this out there- What about the "Rectify My Name" part? Not that I'm questioning anything, I'm just wondering what you guys think. What I think is that Unearth friggin rules (I would know, I've seen them live twice).

    sonofogon June 08, 2007   Link
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    Imo "rectify my name" is what he said because he was butt of calumny (wizard...). So his people would have to make things right after his death. That's what i think. :>

    EternalRageon December 16, 2007   Link
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    Yes, he wanted to be redeemed after death as not being a heretic or witch.

    rosalyn-1943on March 19, 2008   Link

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