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KING DIAMOND LYRICS

Nightmares in the Nineties

"Nightmares in the Nineties" (2001 Best of/Compilation)

1. From The Other Side
2. Waiting
3. The Exorcist
4. Eastmann's Cure
5. Just a Shadow
6. Cross of Baron Samedi
7. Trick or Treat
8. One Down Two To Go
9. Catacomb
10. Six Feet Under
11. Lucy Forever
12. The Trees Have Eyes
13. LOA House
14. Peace Of Mind







1. From The Other Side

I don't know if I'm dead or alive
All I know is I'm running out of time
Oh, I'm leaving my body... Oh, leaving it behind
From the other side, looking down I know that it's me
From the other side, looking down it's the devil I see
Someone down there is saving my life
I see a tear being shed by THE EYE
Oh, drifting much higher... Oh, into the light
From the other side, looking down I know that it's me
From the other side, looking down it's the devil I see
I see the strangest faces
Faces that I've never seen before
They see through empty spaces
Spaces that do not exist no more
I swear by the moon and the devil
I'll be their guardian if they will be mine
There's a demon with red glowing eyes
He's invading the body that was mine
Oh, Is there still time... Oh, Time to return
From the other side, looking down I know that it's me
From the other side, looking down it's the devil I see
I guess I wasn't ready yet
'cause someone there is calling me back from the dead
Demon, demon, are you there
Demon, demon, leave my lair
From the other side, looking down I know that it's me
From the other side, looking down it's the devil I see
WAKE UP!!!




2. Waiting

Just after midnight, they are bringing me my pills
Just after midnight, lights are out...at Black Hill
But they don't know me...they don't know me at all
Tonight pills will be chills will be kills
Waiting in the dark, I cannot take another night
Waiting in the dark, I cannot take it anymore
If I don't take my medication, they will all be here
But I think I fooled them, I think...I'm in the clear
"Nursie" doesn't know...this is her last night
She even brought the key, that's gonna set me free
Waiting in the dark, I cannot take another night
Waiting in the dark, I cannot take it anymore
Tonight I'm taking her instead
My hands are so much stronger
Than her isty-bitsy little head
Empty eyes are staring at the wall
I cannot hear her breathing anymore
I'm looking for the key in her hand
That bluish little hand
Running through the empty halls of this forgotten
place
Unlocking doors...that never opens
But now I've got the key...the key to freedom
And I'm unlocking doors that never should be opened
Waiting in the dark, I cannot take another night
Waiting in the dark, I cannot take it anymore
6,6,6 miles...I've been running through the woods
6,6,6 miles...and now before me, the cemetery gates
I climb the gate between life and death
I walk upon the moonlit graves
I'm home




3. The Exorcist

Tuesday morning
At the light of dawn, on a day without
Sunshine...Salem had vanished
Gone, would Sarah, would she survive
Grandpa was panicking
Father Malone, The Exorcist ... Father Malone, The Exorcist
Sarah's voice had changed, from female to
Male... and that was wrong, it was as if Sarah
Had gone, Grandpa remembered his friend
Father Malone was the name
solo: Andy
Grandpa: "Put me through to New Orleans
The Abbey of the Holy Saints
Father Malone please...it's urgent
You got to, you got to, you got to put me through"
It only took a minute or two, before the Father he understood
Father Malone: "Listen here my friend, do not despair
l will be there...this afternoon
But beware...of the Daytime Moon"
solo: Herb
Father Malone, The Exorcist...Father Malone, he is here
Father Malone: 'Holy Cross and Bible
Holy Water for the soul
And so the house I bless, but David heís go to
Go, call for an ambulance before the others know
Then he went back to Sarahís room




4. Eastmann's Cure

It was in the local paper: "We will cure your every phobia
At Devil Lake Sanitarium
We will make you feel you're right at home"
No more sleepless nights, no more unpleasant sights
We can recreate paradise
And you don't even have to sacrifice a thing
It only took about a minute's time
For poor old Harry to make up his mind
So he headed for Devil Lake, knowing doctors were awaiting
him
No more sleepless nights, no more unpleasant sights
We can recreate paradise
And you don't even have to sacrifice a thing
HARRY:
"My name is Harry and I am from the country side
I'm looking for a doctor, Eastmann is the name"
Dr. EASTMANN:
"We welcome you with open arms
We've all been looking forward to having you here
At Devil Lake Sanitarium
You must always sign a special paper first"
HARRY:
"I will sign anything, just to get rid of my fears
I just want to live a life, where do you want me to sign?"
Dr. EASTMANN:
"Right here on the dotted line
This will give me the freedom I need for you
At Devil Lake Sanitarium
You know we are the very best at what we do... Oh Yes!"
Now that we have got his signature
I think it's time to start the Eastmann cure
So put him in the straight
I think Room 17 is still our whitest room
No more sleepless nights, no more unpleasant sights
We can recreate paradise
And you don't even have to sacrifice a thing




5. Just a Shadow

Again I'm so alone, the wine is pouring down
No one to share with, no one to care with
The only light in my life
Comes from the candlelight, black candles left behind
As I'm sitting through the night
I'm so cold and dark inside
Angel, your memory will haunt me till the day I die
Just a shadow, a shadow of a man
I'm just a shadow, a shadow of a man
The eyes of statues standing along the nave
They seem to follow my every move, every tear I shed
I am no longer living, but I am still not dead
I'm somewhere in between, I am of the unseen
Must we have the other side, just to feel alive?
Oh I wonder what would be had we not created me
Just a shadow, a shadow of a man
I'm just a shadow, a shadow of a man
The eyes of statues standing along the nave
They seem to follow my every move
They drive me insane
Surrounded by darkness in this cold church of thine
I try to remember, all that once was mine
I don't know what tomorrow will bring
But if life is so divine, how come I suffer so in mine?
How come I suffer in mine?
The eyes of statues standing along the nave
They seem to follow my every move
They drive me insane
I am no longer of the living, but I am still not dead
I'm somewhere in between, I am of the unseen
I lived a lifetime of sorrow and hate, up until the other day
That's when I left this sick old world behind
Oh how love can make you blind




6. Cross of Baron Samedi

Tuesday evening
One single hour, is like a working day
Father Malone is getting tired
Darkness... has come again
The Demons seem to be resting
Sarah is looking just like Hell
There ain't much left of her to save now
Meanwhile in Salem's quarters
There's a shadow that moves
Into a room full of secrets of life
lnto a room only few have survived
There is a cross upon the wall
The cross of Baron Samedi
The shadow is taking the cross away
The shadow is Lula, the girl that no one ever sees
l see her shadow with that cross of mine
l see her shadow slipping into the night
The cross of Baron Samedi will set us free
The cross of Baron Samedi, just wait and see
solo: Herb
The cross of Baron Samedi is full of nails
The cross of Baron Sarmedi could split your head
Take it to Sarah... Take it to Sarah...Sarah
Darkness... sheís up again
Sarah is standing in front of Father Malone
Sleeping..the Father's on a chair
Sarah is saying: "Father, Iím about to sin"
Then one to the Father's head
The cross is coming down so hard
Screaming, bleeding, Malone goes down
Again and..again and..his blood is all around
solo: Andy
In comes Grandpa: "Stop it Sarah stop"
l don't know why, but Sarah dropped the cross
Two hours later everyone was here
Police and ambulance, wiping up the tears
solo: Herb
Samedi...Samedi...Samedi




7. Trick or Treat

The only light inside this tomb
Is coming from so high above us
Watching through a tiny window,
the moon is looking on
Down on your knees, down if you please
While I blindfold your eyes
The two of us are gonna play a little game
I think that I will call it
Trick or treat, let us go hide and seek
Follow me into the night
Where the sun don't shine but the moon is bright
Lucy is sleeping...in one of seven graves
Now you decide, which ones are trick or treat
Trick or treat, let us go hide and seek
I can only let you fail this twice
The third time you must be right
Lucy is sleeping...in one of seven graves
Now you decide, which ones are trick or treat
You better start digging
She could be dying while we speak
You better start digging
Before the worms have their feast
How does it feel, to be digging for someone you love
How does it feel...to be digging for LOVE ?
Ohhhhh No No No, you failed again
That's not Lucy...that's someone else you've got
You blindfolded creep
I'm beginning to get the feel that you're
Digging your own grave
Lucy is sleeping...in one of seven graves
Only one left chance, to save your daughter
You better start digging
She could be dying while we speak
You better start digging
Before the worms have their feast
The only light inside this graveyard
Is coming from so high above us
Watching from the blackened sky,
the moon is looking on
Down on your knees, dig if you please
While I blindfold your brain
One blow to the back of the head and
He is face down, down in Lucy's grave
Lucy is sleeping...in one of seven graves
Her Daddy won...but I am winning now
I'm dragging him back, back to the tomb
I'm dragging him back, and I'm tying him down




8. One Down Two To Go

Monday morning
The sun has risen, just above the trees
The birds are singing, it's just like a dream
What a perfect morning it...could have been
Salem's in the kitchen, and that's a sin
Eggs for three and a little tea
Mixed with the graveyard dirt...from yesterday
solo: Herb
Anybody eating Salem's "A la carte" today
Should be taken ill and...waste away
(Salem thinking to himself)
"You used to be so beautiful, but now you're gonna die
You used to be so beautiful, but now you're gonna die
Die, both of you ... are gonna die
Die, die, both of you..are gonna die, die ... die"
solo: Andy
Salemís walking up the stairs to the second floor
Silver tray in hand ... knocking at the door
(Salem thinking to himself)
"You used to be so beautiful, but now you're gonna die
You used to be so beautiful, but now you're gonna die
Die, both of you..are gonna die
Die, die, both of you..are gonna die"
In a fever, sick as Hell
David's got a snake bite..and all is well
Salem thinks to himself:
One down, two to go, "Oh Madame he's got the flu"
One down, two to go, "Oh Madame heís got the flu"
The problem is that Sarah's morning sick again
That pregnant woman, always something wrong
You used to be so beautiful, but now you're gonna die
You used to be so beautiful, but now you're gonna die
Die..Sarah die, Sarah die
Die, die ... Sarah die, Sarah die




9. Catacomb

Down into the dark I go, armed with just a candle and then my soul
Cryptic messages written on the floor
Rats are nibbling at my feet, I send one off to nevermore
Too much darkness, spiders on my eyes
Webs are hanging from my thighs, the fatter ones must die
I see shadows walking straight and tall
I don't know how they move, dancing on the walls
Presence of fear, a presence so near
I wonder what could be so powerful beyond the dark
Human bones... in little chambers all along the narrow halls
Catacomb, death over life... Catacomb, am I here to die?
I see a light, I push some bones aside
Down into the dark I go, another chamber, a chamber with a glow
Could this be a doorway to another world?
Or darkness playing tricks, with my little mind?
The virgin Mary is standing tall
A full size figure carved in wood up against the wall
Her face is peeling from all the years gone by
Is it just a statue, or is it what I'm looking for?
I break her face and see another one instead
The mummy's face appears as the bandages they fall
Dried out face with hate upon me gaze
How grotesque... the mummy wears a crown of thorns
From the empty sockets where its eyes should be
An entity of light is pouring out towards me
And then the sound... Jesus Christ,what have they done to you?
I'm running for my life, I'm running from the night
But it's so hard to breathe, the stench down here is much too much
Satan help me, help me God
Help me anyone, anyone who hears my cry of fear
Cold winds from far beyond the dark
Chasing through the catacomb and breathing down my neck
Human bones... in little chambers all along the narrow halls
Catacomb, death over life... Catacomb, am I here to die?
I know I'm here to die




10. Six Feet Under

My family just couldn't wait, I should have seen it coming
What a nice conspiracy, what a nice surprise
But now it's all too late
I am six feet under, It's so very hard to breathe
My family they put me here in a coffin made of glass
So I can see them in their glory or they can see me in my misery
They're standing all around my grave
Six feet under, I'm in a coffin made of glass
Six feet under, It's so very hard to breathe
Six feet under, I'm in a coffin made of glass
Six feet under, It's so very hard to breathe
My hands are turning blue while my nails are turning to Red
Looking up into faces of greed
I'm sweating cold and white with fear
Sinister smiles... upon their lips
One of them is waving me goodbye
I am six feet under, It's so very hard to breathe
My lovely sister is laughing at me, I cannot hear but I can see
Now she is kicking soil, into my face
I swear I will return to haunt her
Six feet under, I'm in a coffin made of glass
Six feet under, It's so very hard to breathe
My hands are turning blue while my nails are turning to Red




11. Lucy Forever

I leave it up me me girl, You tell me when and I'll act
By the first light of dawn, Daddy will be on his way
By the first light of dawn, No more Daddy, I say
I leave it up to me girl
You tell me when and I'll make him disappear
I can feel...the sun will soon be here
Get away from that string my dear
What do you think you're doing Lucy
Too late, I should have seen it coming my way
Glass from the broken window, oh so high above
Heading straight for my neck
By the first light of dawn, my body lost its head
By the first light of dawn, Oh God...I'm dead
I feel...my soul is, creeping...up into my brain
I guess I would be scared, if I weren't already dead
But my blackened heart has told me
No one really cares anyway
Lucy, what are you doing now, do not set him free girl
Lucy, what are you doing now
You better take a listen to my head
Did you hear what it said
The view is so very strange, so strange from here
Facing the floor is hard, when you're nothing but a ball
How could the mayor win, and I become one of THEM
I'm just a head on the floor
My body is over there, but I am still right here
Lucy...come back to me
Lucy...you cannot leave me like this
Lucy, I hear your little feet coming my way
Pick me up and let us head for home
But not a word to Daddy
So she puts my head in her backpack
Lucy forever, I'll be with Lucy forever
Lucy forever, I'll be with Lucy forever
Lucy forever, I'll be with Lucy forever
Lucy forever, I'll be with Lucy forever
Ever...ever...ever...ever...ever...ever




12. The Trees Have Eyes

I'd been riding hard most of the night, wooded ravines on a mountain side
My horse was getting tired... and so was I
Up there the moon was full, down here darkness ruled
The trees were so much higher than they were meant to
In what is known as "The Devil's Hide"
I knew I was not alone, and it was not that crazy moon above
Oh no... I could feel the trees have eyes
I used to know this road so well, many a time i was here before
But now it seemed so different, the road was no more
I was lost, I stopped and looked around
I had this eerie feeling, that I was being watched
In what is known as "The Devil's Hide"
I knew I was not alone, and it wasn not that crazy moon above
Oh no... I could feel the trees have eyes
Watching me
The trees have eyes, watching me
Then the sound I didn't wanna hear, howling at the moon
Eyes I didn't wanna see, I should have turned around
So much louder, the howling was chilling my bones
One wolf grown to a dozen, and here I was alone
Yellow eyes... they were everywhere... yellow eyes... as I prepared to die
Suddenly there she was, in a halo of light
Suddenly there she was, silvery black and white
The bluest magical eyes staring right into mine
Never ever had I seen in a wolf, such a beautiful beast
In what is known as "The Devil's Hide"
I knew I was not alone, and it was not that crazy moon above
Oh no,,, I could feel the trees have eyes




13. LOA House

1932, North of Baton Rouge
Louisiana nights are darker than before
Along the Mississippi, that is where it is
The old colonial house, a mansion if you will
White as snow, the mansion still seems to have its glow
And when the moon is full and white
You can hear the drums of voodoo echo in the night
In the "LOA" house, misery will strike again
Jean Le Noir, the first to own this house
He was a voodoo priest, a Houngan so they say
The voodoo cemetery, that is where he is
Died at the hand of an evil Bocorís will
They say..., he's been walking the house ever since that day
And when the moon is full and white
You can hear the drums of voodoo echo in the night
In the "LOA" house, misery will strike again
solos: Andy-Herb
They never should have come, no no no
They never should have come to the "LOA" house
They never should have come, no no no
They never should have come to the "LOA" house
7 days ago... the Lafayetted moved in
Sarah is with child and David is the man
This is no Abigail, this child will survive
And Grandfather dear, why did they bring him here?
White as snow, that is all he sees, oh he's been blind for years
solo: Andy
They never should have come, no no no
They never should have come to the "LOA" house
They never should have come, no no no
They never should have come to the "LOA" house
And when the moon is full and white
You can hear the drums of voodoo echo in the night
In the "LOA" house, misery will strike again
In the "LOA" house, misery will strike again
And again...and again...and again... and again...




14. Peace Of Mind

 


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