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Attollite portas, principes, vestras
Et elevamini, portae aeternales
Et introibit Rex Gloriae
Qius est iste Rex Glorie?

Sade, dit moi (dis-moi, dis-moi)
Sade, donne moi (donne-moi, donne-moi)
Procedamus in pace
In nomine Christi, Amen

Sade, dit moi, qu'est ce que tu vas chercher
Le bien par le mal
La vertu par le vice?
Sade dit moi pourquoi l'évangile du mal?
Quelle est ta religion, où sont tes fidèles?
Si tu es contre Dieu, tu es contre l'homme
Sade es-tu diabolique ou divin?

Sade, dit moi
Hosanna
Sade, donne moi
Hosanna

Sade, dit moi
Hosanna
Sade, donne moi
Hosanna
In nomine Christi, Amen

The principles of lust
Are easy to understand
Do what you feel
Feel until the end
The principles of lust
Are burnt in your mind
Do what you want
Do it until you find love

The principles of lust
Are easy to understand
Do what you feel
Feel until the end
The principles of lust
Are burnt in your mind
Do what you want
Do it until you find love

Sade, dit moi (dis-moi, dis-moi)
Sade, donne moi (donne-moi, donne-moi)

Sade, dit moi
Hosanna
Sade, donne moi
Hosanna

Sade, dit moi
Hosanna
Sade, donne moi
Hosanna


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Principles of Lust: Sadeness/Find Love/Sadeness [Reprise] Lyrics as written by M.c. Curly

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  • +3
    General Comment

    This song offers an interesting contrast of languages - the sacred language of the church, Latin, and the sensual French. This song is not only about de Sade, but about love and sex, the soul and the flesh. It offers a view into the period of time De Sade lived in, when sexuality was considered an affront to God, since the Church believed it denied the soul.

    De Sade took that stance to the extreme, denying anything higher than sexual pleasure as false. So basically this song contrasts the strict, spiritual world of the Church and the debauched, amoral world of de Sade.

    belisareon October 23, 2010   Link
  • +2
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    The "religious" text was sampled by Enigma from a recording by the Hilliard Ensemble. It's a recording of a religious hymn, "Attollite portas," which is, indeed, a religious hymn. I seem to recall hearing in an interview with one of the singers of the Hilliard Ensemble that they went to court with Enigma over this. What Enigma was trying to say, is, of course, anybody's guess.

    hpavloon February 01, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    Sade, dis-moi (Sade, tell me) Qu'est-ce que tu vas chercher? (What are you looking for?) Le bien par le mal (The good in the bad?) La vertu par le vice (The virtue in the vice?)

    Sade, dis-moi, pourquoi l'évangile a du mal? (Sade, tell me, why the gospel of evil?) Quelle est ta religion, où sont tes fidèles? (What is your religion, who are your faithful?) Si tu es contre Dieu, tu es contre l'Homme (If you are against God, you are against man.)

    Sade, es-tu diabolique ou divin? (Sade, are you diabolical or divine?)

    *Not a native French speaker, but this is the rough translation.

    discobiscuon March 16, 2021   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    this song is so funky and i have listened to it when i was younger my mother is a hippie and used to get stoned to this we used to lay on our backs in the livingroom floor and listen.amazing

    Riot Grrrlon January 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    This song has somewhat of a sexual appeal. It could be easily used in one of those softcore movies for a steamy scene :) I really like it eventhough I don't understand much.

    deathropeon January 15, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    It's protesting the philosophy of the Marquis de Sade. Although I don't really support the song's message-, I espescially disagree the "What is your religion? Where are your faithful? If you are against God, you are against man" segment of the song, but I love it nonetheless.

    Kohrahon March 29, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    The voice comes from far away, He does not understand what is being said.

    But the tone of it was clear, beautiful, and pure. Like shimmering fibers of light, the sound seduced him.

    He had never experienced such a sense of warmth. No sound had ever touched him as this one had.

    Was it day or nights? Over and over the same voices, They banded together upon a floating rhythm to create a choir. The lights within him began to move, the warmth roamed - always faster, It took possession of him - everything became one. Was that God?

    The shafts of lights, the heat and the sound meld together, "pass the frontiers," a voice calls to him, “your journey in life begins".

    Only now he notices that no one spoke, Rather it was he himself.

    Solve the enigma...

    arsenovicon April 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    The song is about the Marquis De Sade.

    daemoniteon May 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Are you sure?

    Theresa_Craneon June 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    yeah, this song is about the Marquis de Sade, alright. which led to this choon being banned all across Europe when it was released, particularly in Italy and Ireland. banned or not, it's a great CD to snog to!

    roger wilcoon June 22, 2002   Link

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