Man Of Sorrows

Album: Accident of Birth (1997)
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  • Here in a church a small boy in kneeling
    He prays to a God he doesn't know, he cannot feel
    All of his sins of childhood he will remember
    He will not cry, tears he will not cry

    Man of sorrows, I won't see your face
    Man of sorrows, you left without a trace
    His small boy wonders what was it all about
    Is your journey over, has it just begun?

    A vision of a new world from the ashes of the old
    "Do what thou wilt" he screams from his cursed soul
    A tortured seer, a prophet of our emptiness
    Wondering why, wondering why

    Man of sorrows, I won't see your face
    Man of sorrows, you left without a trace
    His small boy wonders what was it all about
    Is your journey over, has it just begun?

    A man of sorrow's wrecked with thoughts that dare not speak their name
    Trapped inside a body made to feel only guilt and shame
    His anger all his life, "I hate myself", he cried
    "Do what thou wilt, do what thou wilt", he cried

    Man of sorrows, I won't see your face
    Man of sorrows, you left without a trace
    His small boy wonders what was it all about
    Is your journey over, has it just begun?

    Man of sorrows, I won't see your face
    Man of sorrows, you left without a trace
    His small boy wonders what was it all about
    Is your journey over, has it just begun?

    Has it just begun?

    Writer/s: BRUCE DICKINSON
    Publisher: BMG Rights Management
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 3

  • Nurdyguy from Dallas Tx"Man of sorrows" was originally a reference to the Jewish messiah written in the book of Isaiah (Chapter 53). Christians believe that Jesus was/is the one fulfilling those prophecies which is why he is called Christ, the Greek version of the word messiah. Interestingly, the prefix "anti" in Classical Greek means "instead of". Thus the Antichrist is a sort of impostor who pretends/proclaims to be the Christ. As such, the true Antichrist would never proclaim to be such as it would contradict his claim of being the true christ.
  • Deidre from Somewhere, FlMan of Sorrows was also a writing by Crowley concerning his friend and mentor in magic, Allan Bennett who suffered from painful illness, when he left to study Buddhism. When Bennett was gone Crowley wrote, "O man of sorrows: brother unto Grief! O pale with suffering, and dumb hours of pain! Oh worn with Thought! Thy purpose springs again. The Soul of Resurrection: thou art chief. And lord of all they mind: O patient thief. Of God's own fire! What mysteries find fane. In the white shrine of thy white spirit's reign, Thou man of Sorrows: O, beyond belief!
  • Dave from Melbourne, AustraliaI love this song. It's very moving.
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