Iced Earth – Horror Show Lyrics (2001)

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Iced Earth – Horror Show Lyrics (2001)

1. Wolf

Innocence tainted by pure lunacy
Cursed by the slash of a shape-shifting beast
Oh no, this can’t be
Demonic infection, a doomed changeling
His future concealed as he begs to be told
A kiss from the gypsy, he’ll never grow old
Oh no, this can’t be
Demonic infection, a doomed changeling

Even a man who’s pure
And says his prayers by night
(He won’t hear your prayers)
Man become a wolf
When the wolf bane blooms,
And the autumn moon is bright
(There’s a full moon tonight)
Man may become a wolf.

He who is bitten by a wolf and lives
Possession soon follows, no use to resist
Oh no, this can’t be
Cursed by the moonlight, a doomed changeling
The madness a turmoil that swells up inside
To truly find peace is to truly die
Oh no, this can’t be
Cursed by the moonlight, a doomed changeling

Now comes the rampage, a killing spree
Hunting his loved ones comes instinctively
Oh no, it’s maddening
A shape-shifting demon of pure lunacy
A shot from the darkness tears through its flesh
A bullet of silver lays it to rest

Oh no, it’s maddening
An innocent victim finds his peace.

2. Damien

So the beast resides in me
Deep down I always knew
I never really did fit in
So diverse from all of you
Let him who comprehends
Know the number of the beast
It’s a number of a man
A number just for me

As the boy becomes a man
Father’s minions pave the way
Set in motion now, Armageddon,
Final conflict, end of days

I embrace the hounds of hell
And the power they oblige
For the task that lies ahead
The Nazarene I’ll crucify
They’ll see the raptures of our kingdom
They’ll see the truth to mankind
I’ll show what hell truly is
The monotony of their lives

When the Jews return to Zion
And a comet fills the sky
The Holy Roman Empire rises
And you and I must die
From the eternal sea he rises
Creating armies on either shore
Turning man against his brother
Till man exists no more

Nazarene, what can you offer?
Since the hour you vomited forth from the gaping womb of a woman
You have done nothing but drown men’s soaring desires
In a delusion of sick sanctimonious morality
I was conceived of a jackal
Your pain on the cross was but a splinter compared to the agony of my father
I will drive deeper the thorns into your rancid carcass
You profaner of Isis
Cursed Nazarene
I will avenge thy torment

Now Disciples of the Watch
See your Prince of Darkness rise
Through famine and destruction
The Four Horsemen at my side
I demand a victory, I demand a sacrifice
Or spend all eternity
In the flaccid gut of Christ!

3. Jack

I…I am a bastard son
Conceived of a hundred men
Now I’m the Chosen One
Back, looking back
Father William called me Johnny
But my mother called me Jack

I…I scream out to you
As I see them take you
Hell, it put me through
You…you gave me life
Then ripped out my emotion
And replaced it with a knife

I cut you once, I cut you twice
You’re my midnight sacrifice
You shamed me…you shame God
You scream my name, and now you’re gone

I’ve seen the rain wash over you a thousand times
Your flesh summons me
God knows why
Repent your sins to me

Now…you’re no different now
Still the same, the Devil’s whore
Lilith on the prowl
I…I’ve got something for you
I know what real pain is
And you will too

I cut you once, I cut you twice
You’re my midnight sacrifice
You shamed me…you shame God
You scream my name, now you’re gone

4. Ghost of Freedom

Every time you think about it
It tears you up inside
You curse the day your mother
told you, your father died
Now you’re always searching
Searching for the reason why I’ve gone
But I will always be here
By your side, through the darkest night

Here I’ll stand on the firing line
Here I’ll walk through the field where I died
I will fight and let the voice ring true
I am the ghost
Standing next to you

Every night you go to sleep
You pray the Lord my soul to keep
You don’t know I’ve not gone away
You see I watch over fighting men
So they can have peace again
And maybe someday you will all be free

Here I’ll stand on the firing line
Here I’ll walk through the field where I died
I will fight and let the voice ring true
I am the ghost
Standing next to you

You speak to me
And I feel your pride
Assuring me I’ll never die
I write Mother…
“He’s here with me…”
He’s in our minds
He’s in our souls
Of sacrifice his story’s told
He holds the flame of freedom for all to see

Here we stand on the firing line
Here I’ll walk in the field where I fight
I will fight of die for liberty
With the ghost standing next to me

Don’t tread on me…live free or die!!!
To our fallen brothers
You died to keep us free
To our fallen brothers
Who gave us liberty!!!

5. Im-Ho-Tep (Pharaoh’s Curse)

Time is the bond of mortal life
Isis with the scroll of life
Raised her love Osiris from the dead
Live can transcend the mortal coil
With this script, the high priest of
The Pharaoh commits his sacrilege
Death is but a threshold
To another life, you will arrive
With this power
You shall live again, there is no end
You’ll live again…

Love was the curse upon my soul
For it I would risk salvation
And utilize the scroll to save this one
Time is the sentence for my sin
Three thousand years my angry soul’s
Been trapped inside this tomb of my condemn.

Death is but a threshold
To another life, I will arrive
With this power
I shall live again, there is no end.
I’ll live again

Dawn shines a light on pain untold
Scarred from the millennia
The heart that beats inside my chest is cold
Rise, I’m rising from these sands of time
By the scarab’s power I am given strength
With hate in hand, this misery I drink

Death is but a threshold
To another life, I will arrive
And with this power
I shall live again, there is no end
This pain won’t end

6. Jekyll & Hyde

What’s the reason for me to be this way?
I’m lying on the floor
I’ve broken through some door
I don’t know how I came to this
There is blood lust in my eyes
And someone in my mind saying

I have forced you here
I’m hiding, right here inside you
Trapped in here so long
You’ll find me growing in every man

Who is this that speaks to me?
Tearing down my mind
My reality
This must certainly be the one
What will I pay for this?
This evil synthesis!

I’m out of control
Evil takes my soul

I can feel you inside me
You’re not stronger than me
I won’t let you
No, you can’t have me!

I won’t let you destroy me
You took away my life
With your wicked seed
If you’re able to take control
You’ll bring damnation upon my soul

7. Dragon’s Child

Since the dawn of time, he’s been here
Forgotten son, testing all our fears
Nature’s mistake, he sees no end
The dragon’s child, walks among man

For centuries past, many tribes know the tales
Of men not returning, when they’ve gone there
And those who’ve returned, can’t describe what they’ve seen
Their hair has turned white, and they’ve gone insane

Oh, beware the blackend water
The creature has come to take you away
Oh, beware unholy water
On this dying day

8. Transylvania (Iron Maiden cover)


9. Frankenstein

A mastermind in the old watchtower
Prying eyes must never find.
Playing God in the final hour
Insanity, such a fine line
Overwhelmed by the mourning process
And the loss of his dearly loved
The Doctor’s work is now obsession
What is life? What’s beyond?
He wants to know what it’s like to be God
Creating life with his own hands
To reanimate lifeless tissues
The Devil’s work, the doctors plan
A man of wealth and a genius mind
A slave to passion and his morbid side
Robbing graves of the nearly dead
Erratic tendencies, a troubled mind

I will create in my own image
If God can then why can’t I?
No thought of the consequences
I’ve got to know the meaning of life

Lightning strikes, it’s the witching hour
The monstrosity comes alive
A victim of man’s vanity
Born in delirium, a deranged child
He turns his back on his own creation
Chaos ensues, the innocent die
Who’s the monster?
Who’s the victim?

Crucify!!! Crucify!!!

10. Dracula

Do you believe in love?
Do you believe in destiny?
True love may come only once in a thousand lifetimes…
I too have loved…they took her from me.
I prayed for her soul….I prayed for her peace

When I close my eyes
I see her face, it comforts me
When I close my eyes
Memories cut like a knife

The blood is the life, and Christ I defy.
My sworn enemy…birth of a new creed.

Is this my reward for serving God’s own war?
The blood I’ve spilled for faith fulfilled.
To damn her, a disgrace, you spit back in my face.
I served you loyally, and you spew blasphemy.

I avenge with darkness, the blood is the life
The Order of the Dragon, I feed on human life

There are far worse things awaiting man than death
Come taste what I have seen
I’m spreading my disease
I will feed upon His precious child
The human race will bleed, they will serve my need.

I avenge with darkness, the blood is the life
The Order of the Dragon, I feed on human life

I am the Dragon of blood, a relentless prince of pain
Renouncing God on His throne
My blood is forever stained

For true love I shall avenge
I defy the creed that damned her

11. The Phantom Opera Ghost

Y: I feel you, from beyond the walls you speak to me
M: Christine my love Paris now will worship you
You will star soon I’ll kill to make it sure for you
Y: Oh my love, won’t you please show yourself to me
M: Soon I’ll take you in my kingdom you’re the queen.
It’s dark and peaceful but my face you’ll never see, no

M: Oh Christine on this eve I will come for you
Y: Erik my love, I’ve waited all my life for you
Please just take me I need to be with you
M: Take my hand, through the catacombs my lair awaits
Y: Caverns, mazes, the underworld and the blackest lake.
Enticing danger, your passion feeds me I’m your slave

Y: Now I’ve bathed in fear. I will not leave here
M: Breathe deep the darkness. Breathe deep the madness
Y: I’m so cold inside. Mental suicide
M: Breathe deep the darkness. Breathe deep the sadness

M: Oh Christine don’t you know it’s all for you
Carlotta’s head and the other death’s I planned.
All for you, to have your night in the spotlight.
From now on forevermore you will only sing for me

Y: So you are, you are the legend. The Phantom Opera Ghost
M: I am what man has made me. With his hate and cruel ways
Y: Why are you?
M: Why am I?
Y&M: The Phantom Opera Ghost
Y: I have to see
M: You’ll never see
Y&M: What’s behind the mask

Y: I’m so torn between love, death, life, and hate
M: Don’t you doubt me, what we have is just our fate.
I now own you from this day forth; you’ll be my slave
Y: Oh Dear God for this life I’ve lost the will
M: No this can’t be I’d rather you die than spoil my dream.
Myself I’ll kill if I can’t have you no one will

Iced Earth’s Horror Show Album Lineup:

Matt Barlow: Vocals (lead)
Jon Schaffer: Guitars, Vocals, Mandolin, Keyboards, Lyrics
Larry Tarnowski: Guitars (lead) (except track 4)
Richard Christy: Drums


Almost all the songs on this album are based on classic horror films, and many of the lyrics are lifted directly from the source material. The chorus to “Wolf” is an adaptation of a poem that is recited in the 1941 film “The Wolf Man”. The chorus to “Damien” is taken from the 1976 film “The Omen”, and the spoken section is adapted from a speech in its 1981 sequel, “Omen III: The Final Conflict”.

Recording information:

Mixed and mastered at Morrisound Studios in Tampa, Florida in late January-early February, 2001.
Drums and principal rhythm guitars parts for “Horror Show” were recorded in December, 2000 at Morrisound Studios.
All additional recordings done at “Schaffer Sound” Studios “in a dungeon somewhere in Indiana” in January, 2001.

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