Song Before the Lash • Performed by Cirith UngolRecorded 1991

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Lyrics

In Hell s corrupt and sunken halls the rising shall begin,
The bane of man immortal – the parade of broken dead.
With greed our worldly master, so now pain will be our guide,
As the fallen ones await us all to welter by their page.

Iron dreams of human jackals and our final fate is cast –
To slave in endless fire as you cringe before the lash.
Blinded by the darkness, as you pray for his return.
But in your soul you fear he s just another one who’ll burn.

With greed our worldly master, now pain will be our guide,
As the fallen ones await us all to welter by their page.
Iron dreams of human jackals – our final fate is cast,
To slave in endless fire, as you cringe before the lash.

Does evil lie in waiting to extract his heavy toll.
Will bowing to the pulpit bring the cloven to their goal,
But if he s the work of mankind, and the beast our morbid dream,
This dying planet is our heaven, and our hell remains the same.

Music: Cirith Ungol, Lyrics: Tim Baker

Before the Lash (Album version)

From release Paradise Lost (1991).

Before the Lash (from ‘Paradise Lost’ practice tape)

From released Servant of Chaos (2001).

The last selection that was on our 4th album. Jimmy did some amazing guitar work on all of these. Remember we did not have any of the fancy digital or even mini studio system around today. If we would have these would have been killer!

Robert Garven, liner notes

Before the Lash (Alt Mix)

From re-released Paradise Lost (2017). Alternate mix.

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