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This song is about witch-hunt, both literally and metaphorically. It is about a charming woman, who was accused of being a witch and burnt at stake by the Catholic Inquisition. The woman engages in satanic rituals dancing through the trees of the wood, singing a litany around a fire and evoking her Lord. During a similar ritual, but more violent and homicidal, the woman will be burnt at stake by those who had accused her of witchcraft, while they were invoking their Lord in a purging litany. More generally “Litany” is about persecution of people with less commonly accepted ways of being or living. This song is about how human beings are often incapable of greeting differences in minorities resulting in persecution and violence rather than acceptance and integration.

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Litany (7:07)

(Pietro Cottone)

Her voice can blur your mind

Her eyes read inside your feels and thoughts

Her gaze can steal your soul

Her lips make you crave the brush of kisses

At night when the moon is high

And the wind is whistling harsh

You can find her dancing through the shades of trees

A droning litany

Gives the rhythm to her limbs

Gives the rhythm to her tempting body

Her voice can charm your heart

Her smile scares you and makes your blood run cold

Her gaze conceals a lie

She sold her soul to the Lord of Flies

At night when the fog is tight

And the wolf is howling far

You can find her twitching, screaming and spelling Lord

A chilling litany

Moves her body through the trees

Moves her body nude around a burning ring

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
And born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died, and was buried;
He descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
And is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
The holy catholic church,
The communion of saints,
The forgiveness of sins,
The resurrection of the body,
And the life everlasting.
Amen.

At night, they came from the dark

They accused her of witchcraft

She was chained and tortured in the name of Lord

A purging litany

They sang around a burning stake

They sang while she was twitching, screaming inside the flames

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