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The Last Emperor

(2018)
TypeAlbum (Studio full-length)
GenresPower Metal
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Lyrics > J > Judicator Lyrics (20) > The Last Emperor Lyrics (9)
Submitted by level 21 Eagles (2018-04-07)
1. The Last Emperor (4:15)
On an auburn hillside, backlit by the dusk
Three priests now stand before a horde of somber men
Surrounded by the relics of saints now long dead
Intimidated by the aura, they obey

Blessed are you, you who go to war
Blessed are you, you who fight for God
The winds are howling, crying out for change
The southern winds are baying, crying out for blood

Here I find myself, a sinner with luck
Never have I had to pay for my sins
Weary and weak, yearning for absolution

Burn! Feeling the blood course through my veins in a brief moment of respite
Now there’s a chance to redeem myself and bring some honor back to my name

Kill all who attack the flock
Maim all who occupy our lands
Burn those who stand in our way
Praise all who die for the faith

Settle the debt and clear out the past, that I might make it right with God
God surely wills it
He wills us to free every lamb that’s under the yoke

Rise, Knights of Bouillon! Rise to the task!
Stand up and fight for those who’ve been faithful and true — an unyielding frame
This is truly the ideal resolve

There, Jerusalem, a city of light!
This is the place where I shall find absolution, mercy divine!
This is the place where I shall die

Hold back all your tears, steel all your hearts
Wave after wave we shall deny
Never again we’ll abdicate another yard of Christian soil

Kill all who hold attack the flock
Maim all who devastate our lands
Burn those who stand in our way
Praise all who die for the cross

Guitar Solo: Michael
2. Take Up Your Cross (5:07)
Set the wheel in motion, unleash the wave
This is the wondrous crusade!
For the land is bleeding out in the east
And we shall wash their wounds of filth

Somewhere they suffer, somewhere they cry
Somewhere the children are misled, deceived
That’s where we’re needed, that’s where we’ll go
That’s where the holy light will shine again

Steel my shaking heart
Bleeding realm
Despite the courage I show, it’s fear that’s running strong below
No matter what they might say, I still can’t bring myself to cheer

Take up your cross, do not fear what’s to come
Never you mind all the pain
Live for today

This hand directs me, that voice commands
What choice then only rests with me?
On day of judgement, you cannot say “It was my order to do so”

Despite my calmness, I toil inside
There’s not a beam of light and I’m alone
God’s light has left me, I hear a hum
Nothing for me to sense but moss and stone

Somewhere they suffer, somewhere they cry
Somewhere the women are caged, held down
That’s where we’re needed, that’s where we’ll go
That’s where the holy light will shine again

Guitar Solo: Michael
3. Raining Gold (3:57)
The air is thick with moisture on these greener pastures
We’ve marched for weeks and now our food’s almost depleted
Raining, cleansing waters fall on me

Hail!
Hail our pageantry, welcome us as friends
Please support the march by feeding our men
Bring your Baron here to stand before the
Count Let the people gather all around

He told the Priest where all the Jews did live and frequent
And then we sought them out to take from them our payment
Raining, screaming, gnashing jaws of anguish

Tears!
Screaming children weep, sitting in the mud
Watch their parents mocked and beaten
Help!
Crying out for help, yet I still partake
Ignoring the pleas from the ancient pariah

Raining gold on muddy cobblestone Raining gold
I feel ashamed - this ransom burns

Raining gold coins, trying to buy themselves some time

Girls on the second floor throwing down their gold
Trying to distract our comrades
Priest of the Hermit’s men now is telling them
That they may as well convert or die

Guitar Solo: Tony
4. The Queen of All Cities (9:14)
The Kingdom! The savior will save us
The Kingdom! The savior will be our guiding light
For weeks now, it seems like we’ve traveled through limbo
And at last we see her shine, Constantinople!

Sinners and the saintly will kneel!
Sinners and the saintly will halt for Alexios
The saints reign from heaven
The saints!
Swear him oaths of fealty and he’ll open up the way

Cresting, the waves of crusaders
Spilling down from off the hill
Resting, the Queen of all Cities

Swear Alexios your word and then be on your way
Expanses we traversed, starvation
The desert, the hunger — it drove us to our breaking point
The horses were cut and, little by little, the poor things were drained until one day they collapsed to the ground

Sinners and the saintly will march!
Sinners and the saintly will go marching to their fate
The saints reign from heaven
The saints!
Spirit and the body unite when pushed to the edge

Left behind Constantinople
We swore to return what was theirs
Blessed be the Queen of all Cities
For all the lands and people lost, lost to Seljuk Turks

Far off in the distance, I see Nicaea
Far off in the distance, perhaps we’ll find relief
Fortress in shrouds
Shimmers on the lake
Head in the clouds
Coming down the hill

Long did I seek for a path to salvation
Never could I wash off the scales from my poor eyes
Long did I struggle to free myself from my chains
Never could I break off the bindings of my guilt and shame

Sinners and the saintly will fall
Sinners and the saintly are equals in the great abyss
The saints reign from heaven
The saints!
When I take my last breath, I hope I can laugh and smile

But how can I live with this burden?
How can I ease my heart before I die?
Grace to the ones we have plundered
I will never sleep the same
Grant me healing rain

Rain now
I will never be alone
Weeping, trembling at the throne
Golden eyes stare back at me

Guitar Solo 1: Tony
Guitar Solo 2: Michael
5. Spiritual Treason (6:16)
As you treat the lowest, so you treat The Lamb
But suppose it were so, that you were the lowest
Would it stand to reason that you should be kindest to yourself above all, as though you yourself were Christ?

Deus vult! Crying for reason
God’s will! Spiritual treason
Deus vult! No room for saints here
Gone asunder

This is the moment of decision
Every day’s a chance to be a righteous man
Now is the time for your salvation
In the end of it you must own what you do

Soft determinism opens up my life to accept what may come, but still allows me to try
I accept that I cannot change what is outside me
Grant me only the power to improve my perspective

This is the moment of creation
Belonging where I am, I only take what’s given
This is the time for absolution
I let the weight of all my shortcomings dissolve

Lay your burden down
Enter the water without a ripple

Sunrise, embrace!
Arms outstretched

Bless both friends and enemies
The walls before me, the walls within
Both will be shattered, both will give in
Life as machine, so unaware
I feel it draining like poisoned, dripping ichor

This is the moment of baptism
I cannot call my life a meaningless mistake
This is the moment of renewal
I preach to introduce democracy to heaven

Guitar Solo: Tony
6. Antioch (7:51)
Stand alone among the throngs, I blaspheme silently
Nobody knows my private crime
Walk with me

Outside the city of Antioch
Crusaders patiently laying siege
Until the day came for Raynald Porchet
The knight was captured and paraded on the walls

“I will not plead or beg”
Upon the walls, there on his knees
He’s on his way back home

No ransom, don’t you pay for my life or lift the siege
You must persist
Please fight hard, I’ve seen that behind the walls they are weakened
Keep your resolve

On his knees before the general, who offered anything if he’d apostatize
The clever Raynald asked for some time to think about the proposition that he faced

For days on end, so piously he prayed unto his God
“I won’t apostatize”

He used the time to pray and ask for the strength to be prepared for what God willed
It wasn’t long before an interpreter found him out and saw he wouldn’t capitulate

Just like the Jews who could not sing their song of God on foreign soil
These blasphemies kept in my mind could turn into a cross to bear

On the walls, Raynald was paraded before us
Helplessly, I watched him kneel
One last time, a smile he offered to me before he died
The headless saint of Antioch

Guitar Solo: Tony
7. Nothing But Blood (5:23)
Morning dew and beams of the sunrise
This is life! I’m one with the landscape
We’re on the hunt, just like our ancestors
Seal the bond between man and beast alike
Such silence, the moment is shattered by a helpless scream

Nothing but blood
United through the ties of common faunal bloodlines
Nothing but blood
A line of heritage woven through the fabric of life

Out of breath, and now paralyzed by the stunning sight of a brown bear so fearsome
Its cornered prey — a scavenging pilgrim
Pounding heart, adrenaline starts to course

Your moment, your window of opportunity to shine

Nothing but blood
I step between the two and stare the creature down
Nothing but blood
My blade is shimmering as the bear begins to charge

Flowing, the wounds of myself and the bear flow
You can’t tell whose blood belongs to who

The soil is steaming
It’s drinking deep the blood
A heaving, a straining
The wall of bones and fur falls down

Nothing but blood
My sword becomes a cane as I survey the carnage
Nothing but blood
The pilgrim has his life, but have I still the strength to lead?

Antioch — I’m grievously wounded
“Rest, lord! Your men will wait for you to recover”

Guitar Solo 1: Tony
Guitar Solo 2: Michael
8. It Falls to Jerusalem (5:55)
On a silent, starless night Bohemond feigned retreat
On a silent, starless night Antioch bled from every pore

Helpless I watch, useless on this perch
My wounds have healed, but still I cannot fight
All that it took was one man’s betrayal
Open the gates, behold the wrath of God

Blessed are you, you who go to war
Blessed are you, you who fight for God
The winds are howling, crying out for change
The southern winds are baying, crying out for love

Such carnage, revolting
It’s hard to stomach all the gore
Mangled, contorted
It’s tragic, but alas! They had a chance to surrender, and this is the way it’s always been

For hundreds of years we were the targeted Kafir, fighting to hold onto each parcel of land
The heart of the Jihad, pumping blood and destruction into the veins of Western nations

Bohemond, clever and sly, arranged to steal away command of Antioch
You’d break the oath you swore to return what was theirs?
I call you coward, to cheat Alexios!

Purged of my guilt and yet I feel no peace of mind
We share the same blood as the beasts
I feel it throb in every wound that I took on — balance me!

Jerusalem is where it falls to cut out the rot from humankind
Jerusalem is where it falls for us to choose to end the weakness in our hearts

Under my leadership we took Jerusalem
They offered me it's gold, coveted crown

How could I wear a crown of gold in the same city where Christ did wear a crown of thorns?
Lead as the King of Kings, and serve your fellow man lovingly

Jerusalem is where it falls to cut out the rot from humankind
Jerusalem is where it falls for us to choose between forgiveness and the beast

Guitar Solo: Tony
9. King of Rome (6:38)
On the field I can see him riding inspired
All those legends that we have heard in our youth
Now it's time to stand, measure ourselves against him

Back to the French lines
"Vive l'Empereur!"
It's my desire to defend the name
Back to the fire
"Vive l'Empereur!"
What I require was refused again

But as my thoughts return to home and what's ahead
I was a slave to what my family forged
Thoughts of my son, I will not fail him now!

I'll pass the light, give him all the might
He'll be the King of Rome
I'll pass the light safely through the night
He'll be the King of Rome

From the battlefield, I ride to my place of command

There at the hilltop — thinking of your son!
The heir-apparent, your time will come
There in my shadows — no hope you can see!
I'll fight despite them, too much is at stake

But as my thoughts return to home and what's ahead
I was a slave to what my family forged
Thoughts of my son, I will not fail him now!

I'll pass the light, give him all the might
He'll be the King of Rome
I'll pass the light safely through the night
He'll be the King of Rome
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