Zeal & Ardor

Blood in the River

LYRIC

[Verse 1]
A good god is a dead one
A good god is the one that brings the fire
A good god is a dead one
A good god is the one that brings the fire

A good lord is a dark one
A good lord is the one that brings the fire
A good lord is a dark one
A good lord is the one that brings the fire

[Chorus]
The riverbed will run red with the blood of the saints and the blood of the holy (The one that brings the fire)

[Verse 2]
A good god is a dead one
A good god is the one that brings the fire
A good god is a dead one
A good god is the one that brings the fire

A good lord is a dark one
A good lord is the one that brings the fire
A good lord is a dark one
A good lord is the one that brings the fire

[Chorus]
The riverbed will run red with the blood of the saints and the blood of the holy (The one that brings the fire)

[Aleister Crowley Sample]
Lord visible and sensible
Of whom this earth is but a frozen spark
Turning about thee with annual and diurnal motion
Source of light, source of life
Let thy perpetual radiance hearten us
To continual labour and enjoyment;
So that as we are constant partakers of thy bounty
We may in our particular orbit give out light and life
Sustenance and joy
To them that revolve about us

A good lord is a dead one
The riverbed will run red

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About "Blood in the River"

A fairly simple text, but the Call&Response-style of the vocals make it much more impressive than the lyrics might make it seem at first sight.

The lyrics of the whole album are based on the idea of what would have been if the African slaves in America would not have simply adopted the Christian faith, but, as a resistance against this religion of their enslavers, instead would have come up with a form of reverse Christianity (which rarely might actually have happened in some sense in parts of South America).

While mere reverse Christianity is far from contemporary Satanism, some parts of these lyrics seem to allude to elements of that religion nevertheless, or could at least be interpreted to do so, for example the equating of Satan with Prometheus.

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