If the stars,
Fall down on me,
And the sun,
Refused to shine,
Then may the shackles be undone,
May all the old words cease to rhyme
If the sky,
Turned into Stone,
It would matter not at all,
For there is no heaven,
In the sky,
Hell does not wait,
For our downfall!

Let the voice of reason shine,
Let the fires vanish,
For all time,
God's face is hidden,
All unseen,
You can't ask him,
What it all means,
He was never on your side,
God was never on your side,
Let right or wrong,
On our own decide
God was never on your side.

See ten thousand ministries
See the holy righteous dogs,
They claim to heal,
But all they do is steal,
Abuse your faith, cheat, and wrong,
If God is wise,
Why is he still,
When these false profits,
Call him friend,
Why is he silent,
Is he blind!?
Are we abandoned?
in the end?

Let the sword of reason shine,
Let us be free of prayer and shrine
God's face is hidden,
Turned away,
He never has a word to say,
He was never on your side,
God was never on your side,
Let right or wrong,
On our own decide,
God was never on your side!
No, no, no.

He was never on your side,
God was never on your side,
Never on your side!
Never on your side!
God was never on your side,
Never on your side

Lyrics submitted by AnarchistUK, edited by GreatCorrector

God Was Never On Your Side song meanings
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  • +4
    General CommentIm pretty sure Lemmy's an atheist, as ive read that in a few places. He's saying the only thing to do is the right thing or the wrong thing. the right thing is what good people do, regardless of their religous beliefs.
    BigRoss71on December 24, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentLemmy is obviously an atheist. I don't see how you could see lyrics like this any other way. By saying "God's face is hidden" he is saying that God doesn't exist. "Let the sword of reason shine" is about freethought and rejection of religion for an atheistic, reasoned approach to the world. This song is one of Motorhead's many atheist-themed songs.
    helcaraxeon July 11, 2012   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI don't know if Lemmy had some readings of Nietzsche or Schopenhauer, but the lyrics remind me of these german philosophers.

    The song meaning seems a bit obvious, He criticizes the church, mostly, in the name of freedom of thought, and the hipocrisy of those who use religious beliefs in their own benefit.

    Great song, great lyrics and awesome singing by Lemmy. His voice sounds like he ate a full package of cigars.
    CurseofFeanoron August 11, 2017   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBy saying ‘God’s face is hidden’ the lyricist is obviously not atheist. He’s acknowledging the existence of a god but is angry God’s antipathy towards the evils mankind inflicts upon itself. He never steps in, he never helps. So we’re left with abiding by the golden rule ‘treat others how you want to be treated.’ Unfortunately most people now live by the ‘treat others how you are treated’ rule. It’s no wonder God was never on our side.
    cosette197672on December 03, 2019   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about a man who lost faith in God because of the corruption in organized religion and God's lack of action in regards to them. He feels that the souls of men cannot be saved by saying Hell doesn't wait for us to fall and Heaven is impossible to reach now. The only thing left for us to do is the right thing, not the wrong.
    zerodiabloson March 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsee thats the thing about Lemmy he seems to believe in god but he's always critical.
    However he is especially critical(and always has been) of organised religion as his father was a catholic priest who abandoned his mother for religious reasons and Lemmy will never forgive religion for all that it's done to separate people.
    GodSonOfSoulon July 06, 2007   Link

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