There are secrets that you keep
There are secrets that you keep
There are secrets that you tell to me alone
I can't reach things I can't see
You don't see this strange world
Quite the same as me
Don't deny me what I am
Nothing hidden, still you fail to see the truth
These are things you can't reveal

These are things you can't reveal

We are part of some strange plan
Why the slaughter of the brotherhood of man
Infernal sacrifice of hell
Fire breathing, lead the way
Mounds of bodies as they all burn into one
Revenge is living in the past
Time to look into a new millennium

Spiral path leads through the maze
Down into the fiery underworld below
Fire breathing lead the way
Lucifer was just an angel led astray

Free your soul and let it fly
Give your life to the Lord of Light
Keep your secrets and rain on me
All I see are mysteries

Free your soul and let it fly
Give your life to the Lord of Light
Keep your secrets and rain on me
All I see are mysteries

We are not worthy in your black and blazing eyes
We gather demons in the mirror every day
The bridge of darkness casts a shadow on us all
And all our sins to you we give this day
Others wait their turn, their lives were meant to last
Use yours wisely as the light is fading fast
Free your soul and let it fly
Mine was caught, I couldn't try
Time returns again to punish all of us

We are cast out by our bloody father's hand
We are strangers in this lonely promised land
We are the shadows of the one unholy ghost
In our nightmare world, the only one we trust

Free your soul and let it fly
Give your life to the Lord of Light
Keep your secrets and rain on me
All I see are mysteries

Free your soul and let it fly
Give your life to the Lord of Light
Keep your secrets and rain on me
All I see are mysteries


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Lord of Light Lyrics as written by Bruce Dickinson Adrian Frederick Smith

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    General Comment"Lord of Light" is a collection of related short stories by Roger Zelazny, telling a larger story focusing on a messiah/god-figure called Mahasamatman.

    Mahasamatman (or 'Sam') leads a campaign against the established gods of the world.


    Koztahon January 14, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAbout Lucifer and how, maybe, he's not such a bad guy and God could have given him a bad deal... Anyway fantastic song!
    .ChildOfTheNight.on August 31, 2006   Link
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    General Comment''Lucifer'' literally means ''the Light-Bringer''. It was a word that was used on Venus, and was a name of hope, wamrth and light. However, during the Middle-Ages, the Catholic Church made all pegan, heathen and folk religions ''satanism'' in order to control the people.

    Just a fun fact^

    Great song anway, a classic Maiden-Gallop!
    reumerenon January 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentSo Catholics are bad and Lucifer is good...wow, now I get it - thanks reumeren you make it all so simple to understand
    Doolmonon November 21, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningThis is a song regarding Lucifer's role in God's plan.

    The first stanza is Lucifer ruminating on a conversation he had with God, as he is trying to understand his place in Creation:

    //There are secrets that you keep
    //There are secrets that you keep
    //There are secrets that you tell to me alone


    God keeps His own council, although he oftentimes tells Lucifer far more than he tells the other angels, since Lucifer is the first among Angels.

    //I can't reach things I can't see
    //You don't see this strange world
    //Quite the same as me
    //Don't deny me what I am
    //Nothing hidden still you fail to see the truth
    //These are things you can't reveal

    Lucifer is frustrated by how opaque and hard to understand God's plans can be at times. God counters that he has hidden nothing, that "Nothing [is]' hidden", Lucifer just hasn't reached that level of enlightenment yet. Lucifer reflects that perhaps he is just incapable of understanding God's plan (These are things you can't reveal").

    The speaker has changed from Lucifer to an unknown third party. This narrator is reflecting on how God's strange plan is for Lucifer to be the bad guy. Over the eons, Lucifer's confusion and insecurity over the role that God ordained for him turned into anger, as he felt that he was unfairly set up to be evil. In the Old Testament, there is no Lucifer, but there is a Satan, and Satan isn't actually a bad guy. His job is to test the faithfulness and righteousness of man, and report back to God. You can see this in the book of Job. Old Testamenet Satan isn't evil, he is playing a role ordained by God to try to cull the truly faithful from the wicked. As time goes on, Satan sees that humans consistently fail, and he is angered and frustrated; why pick on humans, and why make *him* do it? Satan morphs from a lawyer-like character into "the devil". Now he no longer tests humans on God's commands, but intentionally leads them to damnation as revenge against the role God forced him into:

    //We are part of some strange plan
    //Why the slaughter of the brotherhood of man
    //Infernal sacrifice of hell
    //Fire breathing lead the way
    //Mounds of bodies as they all burn into one

    Lucifer no longer wants to be the devil, and seeks once more to regain his original nature, that of a Being of Knowledge:

    //Revenge is living in the past
    //Time to look into a new millennium

    The narrator continue to discuss how Lucifer became "the devil".

    //Spiral path leads through the maze
    //Down into the fiery underworld below
    //Fire breathing lead the way
    //Lucifer was just an angel led astray

    This hints at the idea that Lucifer may not actually be all that bad, or if he currently is, can still be redeemed ("Lucifer was just an angel led astray"). I like to think that the implied story is that Lucifer initially tempted man on God's orders, and as time passed sought to tempt them with knowledge and free thought. Lucifer didn't like the games that God was playing, and felt that humans should be truly free. He started off trying to do a good thing, but as more time passed he grew as disillusioned with man as he did with God, because when humans took the offer of intellectual and spiritual freedom, they simply chose to do bad things. It's this disgust of God's authoritarian, dictatorial ways, and mankind's flawed ways that caused Lucifer to basically say "Fuck it. Fuck all of you" and turn to evil.

    As discussed in the second stanza, Lucifer decided to forget his rveenge and try to aspire to being a being of Light and Knowledge again. Lucifer has walked away from being "evil", and is now fulfilling an earlier role, of being a guide to intellectual and spiritual freedom:


    //Free your soul and let it fly
    //Give your life to the Lord of Light
    //Keep your secrets and rain on me
    //All I see are mysteries

    When the narrator says "Keep your secrets and rain on me..." he is talking to God. This mirrors Lucifer's dissatisfaction in the first stanza. the narrator is saying that God is leading humans on with his vague talk of "plans" and "purpose"; in reality, He's making it up on a whim, and human shouldn't be free to explore and understand the world, and not chained the whims of one creature.


    The narrator reflects on how humans have chosen to not take responsibility for their own actions by blaming their bad deeds on "the devil":

    //We are not worthy in your black
    //And blazing eyes
    //We gather demons in the mirror every day
    //The bridge of darkness casts a
    //Shadow on us all
    //And all our sins to you we give this day


    The narration shifts back to Lucifer, who still sees humans as having potential. he doesn't want them to become jaded and revengeful like he did. Lucifer knows that his time is numbered. Even though he has chosen to stop leading humans to damnation and instead lead them to Knowledge, he himself is still damned because he is opposing God. He wants humans to achieve a state of spiritual freedom, before their souls can be permanently locked down by God:

    //Others wait their turn
    //Their lives were meant to last
    //Use yours wisely as the light is fading fast
    //Free your soul and let it fly
    //Mine was caught I couldn't try
    //Time returns again to punish all of us

    Lucifer reflects on what it is like for himself and the angels that defected from God with him:

    //We are cast out by our bloody father's hand
    //We are strangers in this lonely promised land
    //We are the shadows of the one unholy ghost
    //In our nightmare world the only one we trust
    MaidOMetalon October 01, 2014   Link
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    General Commentchildrenofthenight has got it. its about the lord of light, Lucifer.
    rustyhookeron January 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree that this song is about the Devil but it also deals with revalations. Where it says"Time to look into a new millennium." In the bible it says the god will live on earth for a thousand years and the devil and all the evil people will be in hell. So it talks about what the underworld will loook like. Like bodies burning into one and the stairway to hell and stuff.
    LordOfLighton February 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree more with IronBlack. It definetly sounds like that more than the other theory.
    kittieroxsohardon July 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoesn't matter WHAT it's about. It's badass. Simple as that. Reminds me a bit of Caught Somewhere in Time, can't deny that, right?
    Atno000on July 22, 2008   Link
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    General Comment@ reumeren, I wouldn't put it like that :P
    The roman church is pretty much the same as the old religion of babylon, same leaders, same stories, but with other names, but same astrological symbolics lying underneath.
    And the bible is not in favor of those dark religions. The followers of those religions were often the enemies of Gods people. Like the legacy of Kain and so, which were often referred to as Giants or reptilians.
    3Y3B4LLon June 29, 2011   Link

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