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Richie Faulkner, Scott Travis, Rob Halford, Ian Hill and Glenn Tipton

Judas Priest are an English heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1969.

Sourced[edit]

  • From an unknown land and through distant skies came a winged warrior. Nothing remained sacred, no one is safe from the Hellion as it uttered it's battle cry... Screaming for vengeance.
    • From the back cover of the 1982 album Screaming for vengeance.
  • Rising from darkness where Hell hath no mercy and the screams for vengeance echo on forever. Only those who keep the faith shall escape the wrath of the Metallian... Master of all metal.
    • From the back cover of the 1984 album Defenders of the Faith.
  • As mankind hurled itself forever downwards into the bottomless pit of eternal chaos, the remnants of civilization screamed out for salvation - redemption roared across the burning sky... the painkiller.
    • From the back cover of the 1990 album Painkiller.
  • Sad wings of destiny rise up from the abyss into the metal heavens, heralding a new age that beckons revenge from the angel of retribution.
    • From the booklet of the 2005 album Angel of Retribution.
  • Death, doom and destruction rain down upon the forsaken
    One being stands alone to save humanity
    A soldier born from the past on sad wings of destiny
    Powerful, unflinching and hearing the eternal force
    that will proclaim and assert metal's deliverance -
    The Redeemer of Souls!
    • From the back cover of the 2014 album Redeemer of Souls.

Song lyrics[edit]

Where would you be without music?
You would be nowhere at all
We wouldn't be here doing this now
If you weren't having a ball

All songs written by Glenn Tipton, Rob Halford and K. K. Downing, unless noted.

Rocka Rolla (1974)[edit]

  • Where would you be without music?
    You would be nowhere at all
    We wouldn't be here doing this now
    If you weren't having a ball
    • One for the Road, written by Rob Halford and K.K. Downing
  • Now winter wind fades from my face
    My heart will no longer race
    Sun smiling down from the sky
    Melts away ice from my eye
    Warmth eases back to my soul
    Bitterness shrugs then it goes
    • Winter Retreat, written by Rob Halford and K.K. Downing
  • Love is gone along with fun
    Now we're reaching for the gun
    Changing cast, changing fast
    No more tether
    We are never satisfied
    • Never Satisfied, written by Al Atkins and K.K. Downing
  • I know that the prospects weren't all that good
    But they improved, and I'd have thought that you could
    Have strived for that something we all have deep inside
    Not let it vanish, along with your pride

Sad Wings of Destiny (1976)[edit]

He said in the cosmos
is a single sonic sound
That is vibrating constantly
And if we could grip
and hold on to the note
We would see our minds were free...
oh they're free
  • You'll soon shake with fear
    Never knowing if I'm near
    I'm sly and I'm shameless
    Nocturnal and nameless
    Except for "The Ripper"
    Or if you like "Jack The Knife"
  • He said in the cosmos is a single sonic sound
    That is vibrating constantly
    And if we could grip and hold on to the note
    We would see our minds were free...oh they're free
    • Dreamer Deceiver, written by Al Atkins, Rob Halford, K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton
  • Sin after sin I have endured
    Yet the wounds I bear are the wounds of love
    • Genocide, written by Rob Halford, K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton
  • But spare a thought as you pass him by
    Take a closer look and you'll say
    He's our tomorrow, just as much as we are his yesterday
    • Epitaph, written by Glenn Tipton
  • Skyrider supersonic flyer
    Nightdriver demon of desire
    Spinesnapper tried your best to break us
    Throatchoker thought that you could take us
    • Island of Domination

Sin After Sin (1977)[edit]

With you by my side I shall ride every storm.
  • Thirty years now sleeping, so sound
    War raises its head, and looks slowly around
    The Sinner is near, sensing the fear
    And the beast will start movin' around
    • Sinner, written by Rob Halford and Glenn Tipton
  • When your back's to the wall come along one and all
    We shall fight all the slander that's penned
    It's us we shall choose let the bigoted lose
    For our triumph's the means to their end

    With you by my side I shall ride every storm

    • Let Us Prey/Call For The Priest
  • Sacks like a hurricane, wrapped in and shattered
    I was barely holding on to this flying body symphony
    I guess I dream in pictures, not colors
    The true free expression I demand is human rights - right
    • Raw Deal, written by Rob Halford and Glenn Tipton

Stained Class (1978)[edit]

Who is this man?
Where is he from?
Exciter comes
For everyone.
You'll never see him
But you will taste the fire upon your tongue
  • Who is this man?
    Where is he from?
    Exciter comes
    For everyone.
    You'll never see him
    But you will taste the fire upon your tongue
    • Exciter, written by Rob Halford and Glenn Tipton
  • Who are not cut out to fight this day will surely fall.
    The few who stand to take command forever and ever are men.
    • White Heat, Red Hot, written by Glenn Tipton
  • Long ago when man was king, his heart was clean now he's stained class
    Time has slashed each untouched thing, so now he's just a stained class king
    • Stained Class, written by Rob Halford and Glenn Tipton
  • How many like him,
    Are there still
    But to us, all
    Seem to have lost the will
    They lie in thousands
    Plagued and lost
    Is nothing worth this bitter cost
  • If you gaze across timeless years you'll find them always there
    And many gods will join the list compiled with dying care
    Hungry mouths are waiting to bite the hand that feeds
    And so the living dead carry on immortal deeds
    • Heroes End, written by Glenn Tipton

Killing Machine (1979)[edit]

There's many who tried to prove
that they're faster, but they didn't last and they died as they tried.
  • So when you get those blue days,
    Here's just what to do
    Switch into this lifeline
    And feel it rushing through
    Before you know it, blue days
    Are better left behind
    By juicin' up your system
    With this beat of a heavy kind
  • I travelled to a distant shore
    I felt I had to go
    An inner voice had called me there
    But why I did not know
    I saw the evening star rise up
    Shining out to sea
    And now I understand at last what it means
    What it all means
  • There's many who tried to prove that they're faster
    But they didn't last and they died as they tried
    • Hell Bent for Leather, written by Glenn Tipton
  • Put yourself in our hands, so our voices can be heard,
    And together we will take on all the world.
  • No chains can hold me down
    I always break away
    I never hear society
    Tell me what to do or say
    I taste the life that pleases me
    And raise a storm for all the world to see
    I never stumble, never fall
    Never stop for rest
    I rebel but I walk tall
    And I demand respect
    • Running Wild, written by Glenn Tipton

British Steel (1980)[edit]

I have my licence
It came with birth
For self reliance on this earth
  • So much for the golden future
    I can't even start
    I've had every promise broken
    There's anger in my heart
    You don't know what it's like
    You don't have a clue
    If you did you'd find yourselves
    Doing the same thing too
  • Fast devastating and
    Desolisating the curse
    Blasting the cannons of
    Truth through each man
    Of this earth
    • Rapid Fire
  • I have my licence
    It came with birth
    For self reliance on this earth
    • Grinder
  • Out on my own
    Gonna go it alone
    When I need it then I'll ask for advice

    You don't have to be old to be wise

    • You Don't Have to Be Old to Be Wise
  • From a fire ball we came
    Cross sea and mountain
    We were drinking beauty with our eyes
    We were given all
    To make our own
    Let us be left alone
    • The Rage

Point of Entry (1981)[edit]

Wild mountain thunder
Echoes my quest
My body aches but I'll not rest
Quartz light to guide me
Till sunrise leads
My passion screams,
my heart it bleeds
  • Well I've said it before, and I'll say it again
    You get nothing for nothing: expect it when
    You're backseat driving, and your hands ain't on the wheel
    It's easy to go along with the crowd,
    And find later on that your say ain't allowed
    Oh that's the way to find what you've been missing
  • I'm goin' out in search of the bright lights.
    Somehow I feel that tonight is the right night!
    I'm almost there, I've got the vibration.
    It's coming strong from this generation.
    My blood is hot, from now on I'm set free!
    My pulse is hot, so don't try to stop me!
    Cuz this is it, and I'm Hot Rockin'!
    • Hot Rockin'
  • Wild mountain thunder
    Echoes my quest
    My body aches but I'll not rest
    Quartz light to guide me
    Till sunrise leads
    My passion screams, my heart it bleeds
    • Desert Plains
  • Golden halos radiating higher
    Diamond visions softly breathing fire
    Sky processions we are watching you arrive
    • Solar Angels
  • Forget about tomorrow
    Go for it today
    Cause I'm on, on the run
    • On the Run

Screaming for Vengeance (1982)[edit]

We are screaming for vengeance
The world is a manacled place
Screaming, screaming for vengeance
The world is defiled in disgrace
  • We are screaming for vengeance
    The world is a manacled place
    Screaming, screaming for vengeance
    The world is defiled in disgrace
    • Screaming for Vengeance

Defenders of the Faith (1984)[edit]

Let's all join forces
Rule with iron hand
And prove to all the world
Metal rules the land
We're heavy duty
So come on let's tell the world
We are defenders of the faith
  • Look before you leap
    Has never been the way we keep
    Our road is free
    Charging to the top
    And never give in never stops
    The Way to be
    Hold on to the lead
    With all your will and concede
    You'll find there's life
    With victory on high
  • Deadly as the viper
    Peering from its coil
    The poison there is coming to the boil

    Ticking like a time bomb
    The fuse is running short
    on the verge of snapping if it's caught

    • Jawbreaker
  • No denyin we're goin' against the grain
    So defiant they'll never put us down
    • Rock Hard Ride Free
  • Sworn to avenge
    Condemn to hell
    Tempt not the blade
    All fear the Sentinel
    • The Sentinel
  • Now facing one another
    The stand-off eats at time
    Then all at once a silence falls
    As the bell ceases its chime
    Upon this sign the challengers
    With shrieks and cries rush forth
    The knives fly out like bullets
    Upon their deadly course
    Screams of pain and agony
    Rent the silent air
    Amidst the dying bodies
    Blood runs everywhere
    The figure stands expressionless
    Impassive and alone
    Unmoved by this victory
    And the seeds of death he's sown
    • The Sentinel
  • The power-mad freaks who are ruling the earth
    Will show how little they think you're worth
    With animal lust they'll devour your life
    And slice your word to bits like a knife
  • Let's all join forces
    Rule with iron hand
    And prove to all the world
    Metal rules the land
    We're heavy duty
    So come on let's tell the world
    • Heavy Duty
  • We are defenders of the faith
    • Defenders of the Faith

Turbo (1986)[edit]

Around me I feel the shock waves,
Building for the energy
A force field no one can break through
Solid as rock no wonder
I am indestructible
First placed in everything I do
  • Well, we don't care in the least
    Cause our metal is a feast
    But there's always someone trying to put it down
    So we crank the music louder
    And our voices turn to power
    With a wall of sound we'll blow 'em all away
    • Rock You All Around the World
  • Around me I feel the shock waves,
    Building for the energy
    A force field no one can break through
    Solid as rock no wonder
    I am indestructible
    First placed in everything I do
    • Reckless
  • A bolt of light that sears the night
    Of things supreme
    To chase the sun, forever on
    And live the dream
    • All Fired Up

Ram It Down (1988)[edit]

As the sun goes down,
I move around
Keeping to the shadows
Life, hangs by a thread
And I've heard it said,
that I'll not see tomorrow

If that's my destiny,
it'll have to be
So I'll face the future
Running out of time
I'm on the line
But I'll go down fighting

  • An armour plated raging beast
    That's born of steel and leather
    It will survive against all odds
    Stampeding on forever
    • Heavy Metal
  • Shouting out together
    Boiling like the sun
    Metal lives forever
    Blazing on and on
    • Come and Get It
  • As I destroy, last thing you'll hear me cry, is victory, is victory
    • Hard as Iron
  • As the sun goes down, I move around
    Keeping to the shadows
    Life, hangs by a thread
    And I've heard it said, that I'll not see tomorrow

    If that's my destiny, it'll have to be
    So I'll face the future
    Running out of time
    I'm on the line
    But I'll go down fighting

    • Blood Red Skies
  • As the end is drawing near
    Standing proud, I won't give in to fear
    As I die a legend will be born
    I will stand, I will fight
    You'll never take me alive
    • Blood Red Skies
  • Took the sound across the seas, the people stood in awe
    At last the sound had come to them
    That they'd been waiting for

    And millions roared, and millions cheered
    This spectacle on stage
    And everyone went crazy as it bellowed out in rage

    • Monsters of Rock

Painkiller (1990)[edit]

Like a renegade
All alone I walk through fire
Till I crash and blaze
I'm living on the edge
  • He is the Painkiller
    This is the Painkiller
  • Faster than a lazer bullet
    Louder than an atom bomb
    Chromium plated boiling metal
    Brighter than a thousand suns
    • Painkiller
  • Twisting the strangle grip won't give no mercy,
    Feeling those tendons rip torn up and mean!
    • All Guns Blazing
  • Like a renegade
    All alone I walk through fire
    Till I crash and blaze
    I'm living on the edge
    • Leather Rebel
  • Hiding in the darkness
    Is so futile from its glare
    Death comes in an instant
    As they hoped it would
    Souls ascend to heaven
    While it feasts on flesh and blood
    • Night Crawler
  • Storm warning
    But there's no fear
    • Between the Hammer & the Anvil
  • Fighting on with dignity
    In life and death we deal
    The power and the majesty
    Amidst the blood and steel
    • One Shot at Glory

Jugulator (1997)[edit]

Read in my obituary
Defiance breeds victory
  • And while such predators
    Stalk this earth
    Disguised as saints
    They kill our faith

    Obsessed by greed
    Lying through their teeth
    They cannot wash
    The blood stains off

    • Blood Stained, written by Glenn Tipton
  • Read in my obituary
    Defiance breeds victory
    • Dead Meat, written by Glenn Tipton
  • Windows illuminating stains
    Breakdown closing in again
    Freefall as I close my eyes
    Voices talking many lies
  • They have blown away the daylight hours we had
    Left a legacy, a deadly aftermath
    We cannot exist in godforsaken lands
    As we spiral down into oblivion
    Breathing the fumes of fires that they ignite
    Losing ground and we are all just losing sight
    We shall never see another setting sun
    Time to rise up and ascend, the end has come
    • Cathedral Spires, written by Glenn Tipton

Demolition (2001)[edit]

My world and yours
are not the same
I am in a different lane
  • I am the awful truth
    I am the fearless youth
    I am the cross to bear
    And the one who dares to return your stare

    I am the fist of God
    I am the underdog
    I'll always stand my ground
    While the others scatter all around

    • One on One, written by K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton
  • Say my whole life I've always been disliked
    Ignored unless you're spitting insults at me
    And I don't know why you felt so justified
    In all the degradation that you dished on me
    • Hell Is Home, written by K.K. Downing and Glenn Tipton
  • My world and yours are not the same
    I am in a different lane
    • In Between, written by Glenn Tipton
  • Subterfuge deludes the views of you and me
    We're confused but still we choose to disagree
    Subterfuge consumes us but defiantly
    We refuse to bow down to conformity
    • Subterfuge, written by Glenn Tipton and Chris Tsangarides
  • He's the man
    Armageddon
    Walking through fire
    Metal Messiah
    He's the one
    The Father, the Son
    Creator destroyer
    Metal Messiah
    • Metal Messiah, written by Glenn Tipton and Chris Tsangarides

Angel of Retribution (2005)[edit]

We built our world of metal
Watched it grow
Fuelled the fury solid to the bone
  • War in the heavens
    Vengeance ignited
    Torment and tempest
    Attacks like a swarm
    Forged out of flame from chaos to destiny
    Bringer of pain forever undying

    Judas is Rising

  • We built our world of metal
    Watched it grow
    Fuelled the fury solid to the bone
    • Deal with the Devil, written by Rob Halford, K.K. Downing, Glenn Tipton and Roy Z
  • Time to come together
    Revolution
    Living on forever
    Revolution
    Get ready for the evolution
  • For they know only too well
    That the story they will tell
    Conjures up an ageless spell
    Guarded by the sentinel
    • Eulogy
  • This legend lives
    Through centuries
    Evoking history's memories
    Prevailing in eternities on and on and on
    • Lochness

Nostradamus (2008)[edit]

I always tried to keep the faith
And held my head up high

I stood against those tides of fear
And held onto my pride

Never lost the will to live
And this can't be denied
In the calm before the storm

  • Many years ago a boy was born
    A boy with a gift
    A gift that would be the envy of all mankind
    To see what no other could - great visions
    of the future
    Or would a curse be bestowed on the boy
    The boy whose name was Nostradamus
    • Prophecy
  • As the evening comes to pass
    I prepare myself to ask
    Never knowing what may come
    Close the door and turn the key
    Reeling in uncertainty
    As my heart begins to race
    • Awakening
  • Horsemen raised from the light
    Omens filled with dread
    Discreation I beheld
    A world of men gone mad
    The final age comes to pass
    Apocalypse is here at last
    A call to arms - the end to all
    Peace on earth no more
    • The Four Horsemen
  • The winds of change
    Are in the air
    The winds of change
    Are everywhere
    • Sands of Time
  • Seasons come and go
    Every man's a child to someone
    Learning as we grow
    Love and you'll live
    Forgive
    • Peace
  • As the day begins to fade
    Eventide's when I'm afraid
    I'll never know if you appear
    But my senses say you're near
    • Shadows in the Flame
  • Hope in my heart
    As a new day has dawned
    I see your light on the wings of a dove
    Lifting me up as the dark clouds retreat
    Courage transcends and you make me complete
    Hope in my heart with the advent of spring
    I am reborn with the love that you bring
    • Hope
  • I always tried to keep the faith
    And held my head up high

    I stood against those tides of fear
    And held onto my pride

    Never lost the will to live
    And this can't be denied
    In the calm before the storm

    • Calm Before the Storm

Redeemer of Souls (2014)[edit]

So remember this
We can never fall
In our hearts we're all for one
and one for all
  • We have roamed so far away
    We have found there´s no turning back
    We have seen so many things
    We have been to hell and back
    • Hell & Back, written by Glenn Tipton, Rob Halford and Richie Faulkner
  • His immortal soul at stake
    Hear the storm clouds break
    He will find you goes for your throat
    Mesmerize you he is the metalizer
    • Metalizer, written by Glenn Tipton, Rob Halford and Richie Faulkner
  • Too much information messes with your mind
    Pushing back the enemy blind leads the blind
    World of smoking mirrors leaves you in a daze
    Find your own solution out of the maze
    • Crossfire, written by Glenn Tipton, Rob Halford and Richie Faulkner
  • When the dark skies came along to test our steel
    We came together and showed the world just how we feel
    So remember this
    We can never fall
    In our hearts we're all for one and one for all
    So now we will rejoice
    Tonight with one voice
    • Never Forget, written by Glenn Tipton, Rob Halford and Richie Faulkner

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