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Cradle Of Filth lyrics

Album: Damnation and a Day [2003]

Tracks17
 01  I Fantasia Down: A Bruise Upon the Silent Moon
 02 I Fantasia Down: The Promise of Fever
 03 I Fantasia Down: Hurt and Virtue
 04  I Fantasia Down: An Enemy Led the Tempest
 05  II Paradise Lost: Damned in Any Language (A Plague on Words)
 06  II Paradise Lost: Better to Reign in Hell
 07  II Paradise Lost: Serpent Tongue
 08  II Paradise Lost: Carrion
 09 III Sewer Side Up: The Mordant Liquor of Tears
 10  III Sewer Side Up: Presents from the Poison Hearted
 11  III Sewer Side Up: Doberman Pharaoh
 12 III Sewer Side Up: Babylon A.D. (So Glad for the Madness)
 13  IV the Scented Garden: A Scarlet Witch Lit the Season
 14  IV the Scented Garden: Mannequin
 15  IV the Scented Garden: Thank God for the Suffering
 16 IV the Scented Garden: The Smoke of Her Burning
 17  IV the Scented Garden: End of Daze
all Cradle Of Filth lyrics



I Fantasia Down: A Bruise Upon the Silent Moon
And the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep...back to top
I Fantasia Down: An Enemy Led the Tempest
As pride precedes the downfall
So he took his place before the firewall
Of dissonant choirs whose faith in one
Was embraced in this wraith whose fate was hung

Between forgiveness and the damage done

An electric scent over drear decay
Lent a violent surge to their serenades
Through white glades as his winged parade
Bent to silhouette and to sharpen dull razors

Within vast skies unversed in starkness
His might grew
And blew light hues to grey...
And worse, a third of stars to darkness

Then thunder seethed
And wreathed in thickening night
A line was drawn midst wrong and right
And across the throat of thieves

As love fell choked, the tempest broke
From heaven's farthest shore
Descending to eclipse all hope
Repentance might stay holy war

He would not heel nor fake a bow
Murmur curses to the wind
Enraged, he raved in balrog howls
Upon a storm firstborn of sin

Incensed anew, rebellious tore
Like frenzied beasts of prey
Through temple doors...
Thrown east before the midnight masses

And where once bliss reigned so serene
In sweeter glades
Now veins ran openly...
Like eyes that shed from kindred ashes

When suddenly
There shone a hideous light
And a voice like three insanities
Soared up in thistled speech

Thou hast bred hate where there dwelt none
And for this grave mistake
How thou art fallen morning sun
The proud will be abased

He would not heel nor fake a bow
Murmur curses to the wind
And lo, the wrath of God swept down...

Thou art no more an angel filled
With light, but a leech to be abhorred
And thou shalt suffer my burning will...
Quoth this raven: nevermore

Nevermore

And with these words like heavy stone
Cast against that gilded throne
With many legions still in tow
He turned his wings to flee
His eyes a picture of distaste
Drawn to tears and in their place
The dawn of time and fates to face
Through all eternity...

I wept for him a deep red river
That ran like blood through scarred ravines
To sluice away the guilt that slithered
Like a serpent tongue to eve
For once as i, in heaven climbed
Too high for truth to truly see
My sunken mind, drunken and blind
Saw the lie: the fool was me...

Alone and cold, face to the crack
Beyond the dark gates with no way back
His crown of gold faded to black
Like a bruise upon the heart that lingers

With thrill-kill culture shock wave lengths
Of rope to hang high
Ten commandments by...
Snaked about his upraised fingersback to top
II Paradise Lost: Damned in Any Language (A Plague on Words)
And there was war in heaven. michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not. neither was their place found anymore in heaven.
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent called the devil and satan which deceiveth the whole world, he was cast out into the earth and his angels were cast out with him.back to top
II Paradise Lost: Better to Reign in Hell
Heart in hand passed clasp of pain
In dark lowland that set bad blood in veins
Burning, like penal fires roused to strain
The jagged-toothed skyline braced with crosses

The golden dawn
Lay lost to mist where
Emboldened thorns
Made their bed with toppled stones

He closed his eyes
Sunken to dream there
Of crow-black skies
And a great white empty throne
Horror stalked the bilious fogs
That balked his visions

He licked the spittle from the cheeks of the wry
And drifted back to when his stung it's target
The sneer of michael on a glorious high
Of angel dust and virtue by his side

Drowning in the past
That downfall seemed like yesterday
Though blurred moons passed
As enemies in high places laughed

Moved to mirrors cracked with heavy lines
He rose snowblind, through shifting sands of time
Erased the trace and taste of bitter wines
The grapes of wrath grew fat on the vine

She came to him
A little whip of tantrums
Thrashed on velvet skins
That lines her wishbone henge

Her name was sin
A warming spurt of mantras
Splashed on occult tongues
That whispered sweet revenge

For the shame of their crawl from grace
Cold and hollow as the grave

And for a rape and ruinous scourge
Spared for souls that shared god's worship
For now their throats coated notes with dirge
That poured from parapets to the pits below

Drowning in the past
A wretched scream like yesterday
Died at last
With the rising of the revenant dark

All sharpened claws and blunt discharge

I shall bow no more to the dogs of the lord
Tearing at my carcass heart
I shall fall to my knees only at the keyholes
Of virtue slipping into bondage masks...
Freewill made me better to reign in hell

And with new wings
Unfurled and spoken
He took to things
That would desecrate the world

The seduction of both woman and man
For a bastard masterplan

Drowning out the past
Fool fates unwound cruel yesterdays
Beneath the stars
That staggered from the blastback to top
II Paradise Lost: Serpent Tongue
[part 1]

So adept was unspoken man
At dusting ledgers of the seraphim
That lilith swept across the broken land
In a whirl of lust to pleasure him

This bland adam, a reaper of the sun
In bone dry season, for eve was busy sucking thumbs
Pricked in rosy gardens as he spattered into shells
And ran with morning fauna; his mastiffs and gazelle

Breathless as the wind
Adam, prowled, fell foul to sin
But not before she spread her grin
Across his silent lips
At crack of day, though what was shame?
The raptor's nest wherein they lay
Bore witness to her soft parade
Of fingers come to grips

His undivine attention won
She deftly spun
From 'neath his thrusts to writhe above
In ecstasy
Pendulous she swung
As if her limbs imbibed his tongue
To spill, as with his rod
The secret name of god

But no seed passed those fruitful lips
For fearing her who grasped, he slit
Her throat from ear to where she fled
With tail and blood between her legsss...

[part ii]

So very kept was the virgin hand
That brushed the treasures of utopia
And how the greed swept across the desert sands
In late august just to measure her

This hallowed eve, a creature of the moon
A simple dish born with a silver spoon
Giddy sniffing orchids that opened after dusk
Incubus and prudence, two such swoon to touch her

Restless as the skies
Temptation, bloomed, found room to rise
And snatching breaths between her thighs
He crawled to eve...
At dead of night, the sticky clime
Smelt perfect to this serpentine
This shining angel
Palled in mysteries...

Her undivine attention won
He deftly spun
A web of for the one
Great sacred tree
Bejewelled and lit
As if a thousand shades did flit
About boughs of forbidden lore
Hidden for the want of more

And when seeds passed those fruitful lips
And mankind basked in vast eclipse
A devil shot of thin disguise
Surmised to better paradiseback to top
II Paradise Lost: Carrion
Lurking in the shade
Of dark and fragrant trees
Shirking from the rage
That tore the heavens free
A vagrant angel
His with span to see
The garden swell with terrors
To banish man and eve

Another fall from grace
Whiplashed from the gates
Half-naked and insane
Full-blooded, breasted
Nerve ends tested
To behests of pain

A sombre lot to gain

A storm slid in
Borne by carnal winds
The upper ether thinned
And therein sat abominations

Satan seated there
Savouring the reek of desolation
Their dank despair
Moved his speech to leech the air

Behold the golden door
To paradise is lost
So praise me as you raised your lord
And I shall thaw this gnawing frost

Another fall from grace
Whiplashed from the gates
Half-naked and insane
And destined for a spiteful fate
Wherein evil sought the shamed
As pawns in greater stakes
Across this cosmic game
To win the hand
Of darkness and
Set her in her rightful place

Cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow thou shalt eat of it all the days of thy life; thorns also and thistles shall bring it forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it was thou taken: for dust thou art and unto dust shalt thou return.
[genesis 3:17-19]

At the throat of the human race
With claws engorged and poised to rake
With that the pact was sealed
And as creation reeled
Bewitched oration filled
The hearts of all
Who came to crawl
Upon these earthen fields

A sombre lot to till

A wracked black acid song
Spat from the massive throng
Of seraph knelt along
The deep red welt to domination

The deep red welt to dominationback to top
III Sewer Side Up: Presents from the Poison Hearted
Reigning at the feast of phantasia
Heightened pleasures were endeavoured to bow
Before my coronation and vocal aspirations
To rule this fool creation fallen 'neath me now

I knew deep eyes
Of a distant christ
Were scarred from afar under starry lustre

Sighting my recitals on the rites of vice
Perverting virtue
Enslaving grace
Behind the glittering mask of pride
Saving face finding thorns to pierce his side

Desire, the fire
Spread hell throughout my soul
And higher the wire
The more I sought control

Straining from the leash in exultation
Head to the wind to breathe with ravenous lungs
The global scent of fornication
A writhe of many vipers deciphering tongues

I whispered schemes to dreamers then
To pursue an eden
That screamed of me supreme again
As my world bloomed
So too the moon
Through adam to seth, enos, cainan
Mahalaleel and jared blew
Perverting virtue
Enslaving grace
Behind the slippery guise of lies
Saving face making waves to drown their faith

Messiahs, pariahs
Aeons reversed the two
This higher, their spires
The more cursed grew their roots
And suffering...

I swept cruel seas
On the galley of the shadow of death

A fist in the cunt of the spread horizon
A kiss for the sun risen red once dines on
The coast of menses

Discharged from celestial wombs
A first degree murder of ravens
Followed in fugue through the crack of doom

The goat of mendes
I set regime
In the galley of the shadow of death...

Angels in raiments
As pure as coal
Taking their payments
In tortured mortal souls
A bold direction
The abyss edge
But on cold reflection
One they warmed to nonetheless

As they preyed the paths of the righteous
Through the myth of thistled orchard floors
Bearing gifts of plenitude, for
The apples of the lord were rotten to the core

Temptation, my ambassador

Attila, hesiod, pharisees and nero
All begged of me for more

Down dark steps of history
I waged war with a heaven
I could not see...
Beyond my wildest fantasies

Throwing sixes over deadly sin
I traded whose who played to win
Skin for precious kin...
And that that wormed within

Staining the reams of revelation
Etching ever-afters in accursed verse
The limpid rags of resurrection
From papal parapets were to dirt dispersed
Desire, the flyers
Spread hell throughout their souls
And higher the fire
The more I held controlback to top
III Sewer Side Up: Doberman Pharaoh
To and fro, through freeze and thaws
From zenith to nadir
The universal tug of war
Saw lines drawn in the sands appear
Divisions of a promised land
And hell for those that dwelt
Beneath a pharaoh's granite hand
Where death wed something else

Millennia swam passed
Since the covened ark
Ran aground on ararat...

But anew, tempered shadows grew
Out of midian, strewing fear
Over verdant lawns, the resurgent storms
Led a desert son to sear

From the palace orchard I espied...
(where swooning trees and moonless beams vied
For the painted eye of the royal bride
Whose gliding curves were deified)
...beyond her grace where love would die
Wretched destiny arrive

Back and forth the prophet came
Riddled with a tongue of plagues
That would render might egypt lame
If the rage of God stayed unassuaged...
I listened with a heavy heart
But unveiled to the threats
This hebrew in a jackal's mask
Would dredge into effect

Thenceforth the nile reddened
S if set stretched his hand
To beset the damned

And bruised with flies
The skies grew leadened

But these miracles, feared
Were all but reared
By nature, whose law alone
Stood that revered

This hysteria passed, but still the mark
Of yahveh burned on in the dark

One final time, on the steps to the shrine
Of thoth, I twined with fate
Let my people go
Still my word is no
Then death shall be the deciding plague

Since the crimes divine I left behind
I'd warred with every tribe that plied
In holy vestament, but with time
Bored sore of clawing what was mine
I laid my bones and made my throne
With a view to paradise

Thenceforth the heavens deafened
As if great beasts
Were unleashed to feast on man

And with carrion span
Michael was weaponed

To descend with scorn
A dark reform
Through pi-ramses
Skinning mine and her firstborn

Thus suspiria passed each sacred mark
Of yahveh, bleeding in the dark

With nauseous dawn, a cry, forlorn
Unified from plazas deep
The prophet's curse
Far worse had worked
To wrest the war in me from sleep

Drowned in light, a downward light
Bathed the snaking exodus
Through the wilderness
As the aeons crept
Impressed with fresh bloodlustback to top
IV the Scented Garden: A Scarlet Witch Lit the Season
No lyricsback to top
IV the Scented Garden: Mannequin
Led to other worlds
By the girls she curled within
I took their skins to see her
Be my mannequin

Be my mannequin

I cannot remember
How it was that we first met
Curve of moon and haunted shore
The stars were not those heaven sent

Did we come together
At masked palatial balls
In silks and flesh and leather
Or did we come at all?
I dreamt a midnight castle
The eerie song of wolves
And eyes that danced with fire
As they have forever more

Our rites of sin
Have long fathered a hymn
To burden him
Whom by slip of after whim
At genesis
Dressed her like the wind
In autumn gowns
That pinned her down
To be my mannequin

Be my mannequin

Always poised on winter
But never would she break
My lovecraft and black witch heart
That pounded in her wake

We kissed on distant balconies
A law unto her own
Thirteenth dark commandment
Of figures pressed to stone
Turning cream with fantasies
That God alone would know
We graced vomitorium
With the sweet excess of rome

Flagrant in the past
Our names were deeply carved on the tree of life in long dead languages

Led to other worlds
By the girls she curled within
I took their skins to see her
Be my mannequin

Be my mannequin

I tongued the nuns at louviers
But not one word possessed
Her divine right, an archetype
For mortal goddesses...back to top
IV the Scented Garden: Thank God for the Suffering
I, I still recall, the first fullmoon of may
'neath whose rays we lay together
And those bright nights on glassy waves
When we would glide lightly away
From the grain
For wicked flights of pleasure

Those visions fade
Like ghosts to life's parade
Though incisions once made her so vivid
A scarlet whore
With both heels in the door
Of a heaven severed from me, insipid

And midst the writhe of parapets
Where angels sigh, lonely she sits
Upon the lip
Only a slip from whence I beg her

That I would wish
Her kiss a chrysalis
To break to make my fluttered heart amiss
And in those frozen moments won
From grief that creeps to wreathe the sun
In drapes inwove with deathshead wing
I thank God for the suffering

Love would have conquered all
But for the rapture
That ancient plan for my defeat
Denied faith skies that would have set her free
It seems again dreams wend to capture

Once dancing in a spotlit waltz
Through shadowed dimension
Given to the rivers that bedizened her eyes
The world drifted by in lost momentum

With no divine intervention

Regardless that the author
Of sin was me and i
Lay chaste of hate in faith's embrace
As mortals warred with more besides

They warred with life itself

And in those frozen moments won
From grief that creeps to wreathe the sun
In drapes inwove with deathshead wing
I thank God for the suffering

And I thank God for the suffering
As still I burn
For her return
I would make my peace with everything

I, I still recall, the first fullmoon of may
Consigned to flames like secret letters
And midst the writhe of parapets
Where angels sigh, lonely she sits
Upon the lip
Only a slip from whence I beg her

That I would wish
Her kiss a chrysalis
To break to make my fluttered heart amiss
And in those frozen moments won
From grief that creeps to wreathe the sun
In drapes inwove with deathshead wing
I thank God for the suffering

Love would have conquered all
Were we not parted
Her splintered loss rekindles rage
The winter frost dwindles across my stage
Lit up once more to score finales started

Love would have conquered all
Love would have conquered...
Hateback to top
IV the Scented Garden: End of Daze
And the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deepback to top
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