Friday, April 11, 2008

Creeping Death (A Passover Hymn)

My Progressively More Yeshivish Friend pointed me to a somewhat inspiring and somewhat disturbing classic Metallica song. "Creeping Death" is a song about Makat Bekhorot, the final and most devastating of the 10 plagues that God brought against the Egyptians who enslaved our ancestors. The Slaying of the Firstborn. And it's not like Metallica is even "death metal" music...



for a video of just the music without the untzniusdik drummer, click here

Creeping Death by Metallica

Slaves
Hebrews born to serve
To the pharaoh
Heed
To his every word
Live in fear
Faith
Of the unknown one
The deliverer
Wait
Something must be done
Four hundred years

So let it be written
So let it be done
I'm sent here by the chosen one
So let it be written
So let it be done
To kill the first-born Pharaoh's son
I'm creeping death

Now
Let my people go
Land of Goshen
Go
I will be with thee
Bush of fire
Blood
Running red and strong
Down the Nile
Plague
Darkness three days long
Hail to fire

So let it be written
So let it be done
I'm sent here by the chosen one
So let it be written
So let it be done
To kill the first born pharaoh's son
I'm creeping death

Die!

Die by my hand
I creep across the land
Killing first-born man
Die by my hand
I creep across the land
Killing first-born man

I
Rule the midnight air
The destroyer
Born
I shall soon be there
Deadly mass
I
Creep the steps and floor
Final darkness
Blood
Lambs blood painted door
I shall pass

So let it be written
So let it be done
I'm sent here by the chosen one
So let it be written
So let it be done
To kill the first-born Pharaoh's son
I'm creeping death

4 Comments:

Blogger The back of the hill said...

The poet wot wrote that song must've seen the Ten Commandments, especially the part in where the green slimy mist crawls along the ground and the low places.

4/11/2008 4:13 PM  
Blogger יהוא בן יהושפט בן נמשי said...

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4/12/2008 10:28 PM  
Blogger Tzipporah said...

oh dear.

I think I'll bring a CD of that song and secretly slip it into the boombox at my sister-in-law's; should liven up the family seder when we hit the plagues. :)

4/14/2008 7:17 PM  
Blogger יהוא בן יהושפט בן נמשי said...

In fact, "back in the day" Metallica was pretty much considered like death metal is today.

4/29/2008 9:51 PM  

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