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Messenger of Fear in sight
Dark deception kills the light

Hybrid children watch the sea
Pray for Father, roaming free

fearless Wretch
insanity
He watches
lurking beneath the sea
great Old One
forbidden site
He searches
Hunter of the Shadows is rising
immortal
in madness You dwell

Crawling Chaos, underground
cult has summoned, twisted sound

Out from ruins once possessed
fallen city, living death

fearless Wretch
insanity
He watches
lurking beneath the sea
timeless sleep
has been upset
He awakens
Hunter of the Shadows is rising
immortal
in madness You dwell

Not dead which eternal lie
stranger eons Death may die

drain you of your sanity
face The Thing That Should Not Be

fearless Wretch
insanity
He watches
lurking beneath the sea
great Old One
forbidden site
He searches
Hunter of the Shadows is rising
immortal
in madness You dwell.



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    UnregisteredJan 18, 2014 at 11:44 am
    Actually, MetallicAmike, piggyback101 has it right as well. The Cthulhu Mythos are made up of "The Call of Cthulhu" and other stories based on and written by H.P. Lovecraft and explain the origins and dwellings of The Great Old One and the Old Gods that make up the "Mythos". So, piggyback does not in fact have it backwards. You both are right.
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    piggyback101Jan 25, 2010 at 2:34 pm
    PerfectInsane is Right. This song and The Call of Ktulu are based on the Cthulu Mythos written by H.P Lovecraft. Also the song All Nightmare Long was written about the Cthulu mythos as well.
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    PerfectlyInsaneJul 11, 2009 at 1:24 am
    This song is about H.P Lovecraft's short story "The Call Of Cthulu" which the late, great Cliff Burton was a big fan of.
  • MetallicAmike
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    MetallicAmikeOct 23, 2009 at 1:18 pm
    This song is cool and ithink you got it backwards dude the song call of ktulu was was a tribute to the book don't belive me ride the lightning track 8 look it up.

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