You can't expect to see him and survive
You'll swallow his tongue of thorns
His mouth, dripping with flies
In his glorious kingdom of fire
But I believe he wept
I will make them all lie down
Down where hope lies dying
With lust, you're kicking mankind to death
We live and die without hope
You tramp us down in a river of death
As I stand here now, my heart is black
I don't want to die a lonely man
This is a weary hour
This is a weary hour

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    General Commentwonderful song.
    Disposition_987on April 19, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis has to be one of the most depressing songs ever written, i love it
    svenny gon June 13, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis is probably not helpful but on the surface it appears to have something to do with the devil and hell-"his glorious kingdom of fire", "Down where hope lies dying".
    I also think that it has something to do with having to pay for your sins.
    mrwaffleson September 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt is a great song, I like especially the piano music in the background and the meaning.
    Well, they made a video as well, and as You can see on the begining before everything, there is a Christian cross on a church that is in the front of the sun. The guys wanted to make it well symbolic.

    I think in the song it is about Jesus, and the church, how he engaged himself to the doomed mankind by suffering so much and crucifiing himself to the good of the mankind which is not much respecting what he did. They alude therefore that the mankind will go to hell thanks to their rude actions on this world.
    It is a kind of depressive and deep, straightforward critic to us, but if You go Your life further optimistic it gives You a good kick to live on.

    doockey81on September 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think doockey81 is correct! It talks about the church and Jesus.
    But I also think it's a man about to die criticizing Jesus and the Church.
    'You can't expect to see him and survive' He's saying that Jesus won't return.
    In the final of the lyric I think he's dying after blame the church and christ for fool mankind.
    Guilebowskion March 28, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI don't think it is as straight forward as a direct reference to Jesus etc.
    My Dying Bride does use religious SYMBOLISM quite a bit.
    thecameronatoron July 17, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI always thought it had something to do with Hell.
    The "glorious kingdom of fire" - Hell
    "Dripping with flies" - Beelzebub is the Lord of Flies
    "Tongue of thorns" - Satan used his sharp tongue to deceive man.
    thefogoon June 04, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think the didgeridoo could symbolize the trumpet call during the rapture.
    jillian101on June 15, 2021   Link
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    General CommentThey made a video for this song.
    samwaltonon June 21, 2007   Link

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