Cleansed By Fire Lyrics - Alice Cooper

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I don't know but I've been told
The streets of hell are paved with gold
Crazy, crazy
You told me that nothing's free
Except my own insanity
Crazy, maybe
Wake me, shake me
Wake me, shake me

You offer me the world and all its wealth
All for myself
You promised me a life eternally
And drink to my health
I may seem only half-glued
But I can see right through you

Burn it up, burn it down
Burn this sucker to the ground
Oh yeah, oh yeah
Going, going, going, gone
There's a party going on

Do you think I don't know who you are
A fallen star
When I feel my soul scream out at night
I know you're not far
You need a better disguise
This one won't win any prize

Burn it up, burn it down
Burn this sucker to the ground
Oh yeah, oh yeah
Going, going, going, gone
There's a party going on

Cleansed by fire, cleansed by fire
I may seem only half-glued
But I can see right through you

What about dark
What about light
What about wrong
What about right
What about death
What about sin
What about the web you're trying to spin

What about truth
What about life
What about glory
What about Christ
What about peace
What about love
What about faith in God above
What about war
What about hell
What if I stumble
What if I fell
What about blood
What about greed
And all of these things you're offering me

Yeah, what about me, little me
You lose and I win
You couldn't suck me in
It's over, you have no power
You're lost
And I'm found
And I'm Heaven bound
Go back to where you belong
To where you fell
Go to hell

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The Last Temptation | Reviewer: Vincent | 2/20/10

I hate to disappoint, but the song isn't purely some born-again Christian message. The entire album was written as an accompaniment to the graphic novel, The Last Temptation, co-written by and starring Alice himself. This song pertains to the book's ending, in which the protagonist, who Alice has been tempting the whole time with money and friendship and women and eternal life, finally overpowering him by burning him to death.

I'm not saying there aren't definite Christian undertones to the song, there clearly are, but that's because the novel utilized the old light vs dark cliche as its plot device, and the whole religion, God vs the Devil ideal is the same basic gist. You should read the graphic novel first before reading too much into the song's meaning and adopting it as some anthem for your Christianity. Plus it's an excellent novel.

Hmm... | Reviewer: Enchantress | 7/13/07

Well I just love the music changes...
I like the lyrics but I guess I haven't really interpreted them in a religous sense...

Unrestraint | Reviewer: Scott | 3/24/07

Alice's approach in this album is straight forward. He doesn't come across as preachy, but simply honest. He confesses things he struggles with (as do we all struggle), and talks about what concerns him in society. Thanks for the music and the message!

Elect Alice ! | Reviewer: David Steber | 5/31/05

WOW !! Alice hit the nail on the head in a way no one else can, and I bet satan cringes every time Cleansed By Fire is played. If I never meet him in this world, I will see Alice in heaven... Those who say Alice is evil better look in the mirror and try to cleanse themselves before the fire gets hotter.
Oh yea, and the song ROCKS !

VERY UPLIFTING!!! | Reviewer: Pamela Baker | 12/27/04

My husband bought me "The Last Temptation"cd from Alice Cooper for Christmas, and "Cleansed By Fire" is my favorite!!! My husband and I are both Born-again Christians, and it's almost like Alice is giving me a wonderful sermon from this song!!! It's SO uplifting, and encouraging to me!!! Alice is Heaven-bound, and so are my husband and I!!! We both LOVE Alice, and we are so proud of him!!! He is a wondeful Christian man, and he will surely get many rewards in Heaven!!! Review from Pam in Boston, MA

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