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This is based on the 1980 book The Name Of The Rose by Italian author Umberto Eco. The book was later made in a movie starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater. It concerns with medieval inquisition. (thanks, Filippo Toffanin - Torreglia, Italy)
The "sign of the cross" is a traditional Catholic gesture in which the finger moves from the tip of the forehead to the chest, than respectively to both shoulders, so the image of the crucifix is made in front of them. Outside of church, it is done on hearing something blasphemous or religiously distressing.
The line "A fire in the sky" was borrowed from the Deep Purple song "Smoke On The Water
." Each band member lists Deep Purple as one of their early inspirations.
Opens with a Gregorian chant.
Runs 11:18. (thanks, Brett - Edmonton, Canada, for above 4)
The Scorpions and UFO guitarist is also a very prolific songwriter. He explains how he writes with his various groups, and why he was so keen to get out of Germany and into England.
Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica)
The former Metallica bassist talks about his first time writing a song with James Hetfield, and how a hand-me-down iPad has changed his songwriting.
The "A Thousand Miles" singer on what she thinks of her song being used in White Chicks
and how she captured a song from a dream.