The gospel according to Iron Maiden

Lyrics to For The Greater Good Of God:

Are you a man of peace
Or a man of holy war
Too many sides to you
Don’t know which anymore
So many full of life
But also filled with pain
Don’t know just how many
Will live to breathe again

A life that’s made to breath
Destruction or defense
A mind that’s vain corruption
Bad or good intent
A wolf in sheep’s clothing
Or saintly or sinner
Or some that would believe
A holy war winner

They fire off many shots
And many parting blows
There actions beyond a reasoning
Only god would know
And as he lies in heaven
Or it could be in hell
I feel he’s somewhere here
Or looking from below
But I don’t know, I don’t know

Please tell me now what life is
Please tell me now what love is
Well tell me now what war is
Again tell me what life is

More pain and misery in the history of mankind
Sometime it seems more like
The blind leading the blind
It brings upon us more famine, death and war
You know religion has a lot to answer for

And as they search to find the bodies in the sand
They find its ashes that are
Scattered across the land
And as the spirits seem to whistle on the wind
A shot is fired somewhere another war begins

And all because of it you’d think
That we would learn
But still the body count the city fires burn
Somewhere theres someone dying
In a foreign land
Meanwhile the world is crying stupidity of man
Tell me why, tell me why

Please tell me now what life is
Please tell me now what love is
Well tell me now what ware is
Again tell me what life is

Please tell me now what life is
Please tell me now what love is
Well tell me now what war is
Again tell me what life is

For the greater good of god (x 8)

Please tell me now what life is
Please tell me now what love is
Well tell me now what war is
Again tell me what life is

Please tell me now what life is
Please tell me now what love is
Well tell me now what war is
Again tell me what life is

For the greater good of god (x 8)

He gave his life for us he fell upon the cross
To die for all of those who never mourn him
It wasn’t meant for us to feel the pain again
Tell me why, tell me why

– Iron Maiden, For the Greater Good of God

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3 thoughts on “The gospel according to Iron Maiden

  1. fire-girl says:

    I love metal music & often find that there’s more of the wisdom literature, esp psalms, and the prophets in them than in ‘Christian worship music’.

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  2. Matt Stone says:

    I like metal in that it gives voice to my anger. Anger at alienation, injustice, hypocracy and the mindless conformity of the masses. Anger is a God given emotion, potentially a prophetic emotion. Horror is real. Unrelenting happy clapiness in the face of horror, this makes my skin crawl. Metal is the music of lament, of apocalyptic realization, of prophetic indignation.

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