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Number of the Beast
Lyrics and Meaning

Oct 14, 1985

Number of the Beast Lyrics

Song Meaning
Verse 1
"Woe to you, oh Earth and sea, for the Devil sends the Beast with wrath
Because he knows the time is short
Let him who hath understanding reckon the number of the Beast
For it is a human number, its number is six hundred and sixty six"
Verse 2
I left alone my mind was blank
I needed time to think to get the memories from my mind
Verse 3
What did I see can I believe that what I saw
That night was real and not just fantasy
Verse 4
Just what I saw
In my old dreams were they reflections of my warped mind staring back at me
Verse 5
'Cause in my dreams
It's always there
The evil face that twists my mind and brings me to despair
Verse 6
The night was black was no use holding back
'Cause I just had to see was someone watching me
In the mist dark figures move and twist
Was all this for real or some kind of hell
Six six six the number of the Beast
Hell and fire was spawned to be released
Verse 7
Torches blazed and sacred chants were praised
As they start to cry hands held to the sky
In the night the fires burning bright
The ritual has begun Satan's work is done
Six six six the number of the beast
Sacrifice is going on tonight
Verse 8
This can't go on I must inform the law
Can this still be real or some crazy dream
But I feel drawn towards the chanting hordes
They seem to mesmerize me can't avoid their eyes?
Six six six the number of the Beast
Six six six the one for you and me
Verse 9
I'm coming back I will return
And I'll possess your body and I'll make you burn
I have the fire I have the force
I have the power to make my evil take it's course

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