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Lord of Chaos
Killing Joke Lyrics


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Fatal attraction to bright lights, and loud explosions
Insects will rule when we′ve had our go
Our rise and fall, our stewardship, our temper tantrums
Our art, our excellence, our hubris, poverty and greed

Flash points everywhere
And everybody's scared
Complex systems failure
And the lord of chaos is in

All things must pass, oceans bereft of life
A fungal bloom allows no light, the depths no longer rise
As we dine in streets of filth and close our eyes
While the world is burning and all the sеas rise

Flash points everywhеre
And everybody′s scared
Complex systems failure
And the lord of chaos is in

Overall Meaning

Killing Joke's "Lord of Chaos" is a song about the downfall of humanity due to our obsession with power and the consequences of our actions. The lyrics describe our fatal attraction to bright lights and loud explosions, symbolic of our fascination with wealth and technology. As we continue to exploit the Earth's resources, insects will eventually take over and rule. The song reflects on our stewardship of the planet, our temper tantrums, our art, our excellence, our hubris, poverty, and greed.


The chorus of "Lord of Chaos" highlights the fear and uncertainty that exists within our world. The flashpoints everywhere, people are scared, and complex systems are bound to fail. The Lord of Chaos represents the moral corruption of humanity and the chaos that will ensue if we continue to ignore the warning signs.


The lyrics paint a bleak picture of our future, using images of a world without life, darkness, and oceans that no longer rise. As we continue to dine in streets of filth and denial of the destruction we have caused, the world around us burns, and the seas keep rising. The song ultimately serves as a warning and reminder of the consequences of our actions and the necessity for change.


Line by Line Meaning

Fatal attraction to bright lights, and loud explosions
The tendency to be drawn towards things that can be visually or audibly stimulating, even if they're potentially dangerous.


Insects will rule when we've had our go
The belief that insects will likely survive longer than humans and will ultimately become the dominant species.


Our rise and fall, our stewardship, our temper tantrums
The description of human history, including our periods of growth and decline, our responsibility for the world, and our childish behavior at times.


Our art, our excellence, our hubris, poverty and greed
This line suggests that the best and the worst of human nature are both present in our society.


Flash points everywhere
Instances where everything could quickly change or escalate due to tension or conflict occurring in different parts of the world.


And everybody's scared
The collective fear that people experience as a result of the many threats and uncertainties in the world.


Complex systems failure
A large-scale breakdown of different systems in place that are meant to keep the world functioning, leading to chaos and disorder.


And the lord of chaos is in
The implication that a powerful and destructive entity or force is behind the chaos that is happening in the world.


All things must pass, oceans bereft of life
An acknowledgment that nothing lasts forever, and that even the oceans which are teeming with life now will one day be devoid of it.


A fungal bloom allows no light, the depths no longer rise
Describing a scenario where the whole ecosystem of the ocean has been disrupted such that there isn't any light-filtering through. The nutrients don't make it up from the deep waters, leading to the death of a significant number of marine life. This happens because of a sudden algae bloom caused by widespread pollution.


As we dine in streets of filth and close our eyes
The wealthy live in cities full of pollution, garbage, and excrement, but they choose to be blind to it and continue to enjoy their comfortable lives.


While the world is burning and all the seas rise
The world is facing a crisis as natural calamities, climate change, and pollution take a heavy toll, while the powerful people are doing nothing to stop it.




Writer(s): Geordie, Jaz Coleman, Paul Ferguson, Youth

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Count Iblis

Fatal attraction to bright lights and loud explosions
Insects will rule when we've had our go
Our rise and fall, our stewardship, our temper tantrums
Our art, our excellence, our hubris, poverty and greed




Flash points everywhere
And everybody's scared
Complex systems failure
And the lord of chaos is in


All things must pass, oceans bereft of life
A fungal bloom allows no light, the depths no longer rise
As we dine in streets of filth and close our eyes
While the world is burning and all the sеas rise



Flash points everywhеre
And everybody's scared
Complex systems failure
And the lord of chaos is in



grey eminence

Well said, I'd have not made in out of Manhattan without Absolute Dissent. Nighttime got me before all this as did New Cold War. I formerly study Geopolitics and Economic History, you don't see a band know the Artic is the great war theater just at random. Cerebral and spiritual with enough righteous anger to match the crimes.

But I think there's a great awakening, something changed, collective spirit. I find, Outside the Gate prophetic often. The Calling's lyrics are this very moment now. Prophetic and sublimely comforting.

an excerpt
"I hear the calling
calling the faithful to find themselves
do not trust the beggars who expose their poverty of spirit
Arise, arise, stand upright and take pride in who and what you are,
great changes are coming and you will be asked to identify yourself "



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Lord Of Chaos"

Fatal attraction to bright lights and loud explosions
Insects will rule when we've had our go
Our rise and fall, our stewardship, our temper tantrums
Our art, our excellence, our hubris, poverty and greed

Flash points everywhere
And everybody's scared
Complex systems failure
And the lord of chaos is in

All things must pass, oceans bereft of life
A fungal bloom allows no light, the depths no longer rise
As we dine in streets of filth and close our eyes
While the world is burning and all the seas rise

Flash points everywhere
And everybody's scared
Complex systems failure
And the lord of chaos is in





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Writer(s): Geordie, Jaz Coleman, Paul Ferguson, Youth



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Erik Thiart

The most underrated band in history.
Absolutely one of the most important bands ever in human history.

Noel O SULLIVAN

Killing Joke are far from underrated.

RetroLongplayPit

The only band who screams about reality in the raw. They vomit up this sick world.

Bob Klijn

@RetroLongplayPit that is exactly how Big Paul Ferguson described KJ's sound: The Sound Of The Earth Vomiting..

Lemur369Tesla

You kidding? I was in concert. Every people was like after drugs or they was in specific trance mood. I just stay like i never stay on concert. Is not music for good people now maybe in past was but they changed personalities everything.

Noel O SULLIVAN

@Lemur369Tesla You missed the point of Killing Joke.

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MetalEd 72

For me personally Killing Joke and 70s Sabbath are the two most important bands in the history of heavy/aggressive music. This new material just proves how great and criminally underrated this band has always been.

Andrey Voronov

This is the prophecy song released just before the war Russia with Ukraine

Gonzo

Couldn't have put it better dude, I'm a younger guy, I'm 22, I only got into metal back in 2019, and now I'm seeing Killing Joke next month, I'm super excited!

Jean B. Couvrette

I agree so much with you.

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