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The brilliance of this song is soooo underappreciated, it's such artful parody. The title is "He Is" and it starts with clean guitars playing a simple but sad melody, it actually sounds like a typical Christian worship song. In fact even once the triumphant chorus comes in "He is/He's the shining and the light without whom I cannot see" sounds like a line you'd hear in some white guy with an acoustic guitar worship song, but then "And he is/Insurrection, he is spite, he's the thing that makes me be" you realize the song isn't about God, it's about Satan, then the following verses get darker.
Ghost's music, as compared to other metal bands singing about Satan, feel like actual worship music and this song is the ultimate parody of it.
Outside of the base lyrics, I remember at one point hearing Tobias saying this was actually written about a friend and hero of his that committed suicide, but was able to morph it into something that fit into the Ghost umbrella
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@chadwick57 would u say they are a parody band in total
@chadwick57 I know this comment is 4 years old but I just had to say, this is the most accurate description of this song I have heard. It does sound like a worship song, and I think that is what they are going for but, it made me love it even more.
I worked on this awhile, nostro dis pater is 'our dark father' , nost' alma mater is 'our nourishing mother'. I'm 99% sure this will be as close as it gets..
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Has someone been able to translate the line 'Nostro Dis Pater Nostr' alma mater'? I've also found lyrics in which the line is 'Nostro Dis Pater Nostra Domate'. In both cases google translate is unable to translate the last part from Latin..
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@Onlyonepapa <br /> "I believe the title “Dis Pater” or “Father of Riches” originally belonged to a deity of “riches that came from below” (either referring to precious minerals or to agriculture), and when it was adapted by later contributors to the Roman Pantheon “riches” were interpreted as material temptations and “below” as the underworld. This potentially gives further significance to the title as it may refer to someone who was misconstrued as malevolent."<br /> <br /> Nostr' alma mater<br /> <br /> Latin: Translates to “Our tamer/breaker/dominator/conqueror”<br /> <br /> Note the use of Nostra indicates a feminine perspective.<br /> <br /> However, the lyrics may actually be Nostr'Alma Mater, which would translate to “Our Nurturing Mother”<br />
@Onlyonepapa "Dis Pater" is a roman god of the Underworld. Kinda the roman equivalent of Hades. As far as i know CBR600RRon were completely correct about the "Alma Mater" line. So it translates to "Our lord of the Underworld/Satan, our Master/Conqerour" or "Our lord of the Underworld/Satan, our Mother" However "Dis Pater" can also mean "our dark father". So the line could also mean "Our dark father, our nourishing mother"<br /> <br /> So the line means something along the lines of "Our evil ruler and creator"
@Onlyonepapa I'm pretty sure Nostro means "us"...or the nous. Dis is similar to the french des meaning our, or the universal....Pater is obvious. Nostro Alma Mater is more individually personal like 'my old womb'....but would be everyone's womb, or where they originated from.
@Onlyonepapa \r\nI would translate it as:\r\nOur God of the Underworld, our Teacher.\r\n\r\nLiterally it is "Our rich father, our nourishing mother" but Dis Pater is the pagan god of the underworld and alma mater is the school/college you graduated from.
This is a great track ... something you could imagine being on commercial radio with the catchy nature and clean vocals. I really enjoy their music, even if I don't really relate to their lyrical content (is it all part of their "act"?)
I am going out on a limb and going to assume that "He" is the Devil / Satan and in essence this song talks about the "saviour" that He is ... quite ironic considering that the saviour is generally seen as Jesus.
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@sokorny Yes, it's part of the act. Catch them live if you can - they put on a killer show. The whole band concept is developed around them being sort of a polar opposite of Catholicism but the band members themselves have said its tongue-in-cheek and shouldn't be taken as true satanism. <br />
This is all I got- Our gods, the Father, of our 'alma mater.
"Dīs Pater was a Roman god of the underworld, later subsumed by Pluto or Hades (Hades was Greek). Originally a chthonic god of riches, fertile agricultural land, and underground mineral wealth, he was later commonly equated with the Roman deities Pluto and Orcus, becoming an underworld deity." - Wikipedia
"Alma mater (Latin: alma "nourishing/kind", mater "mother") is an allegorical Latin phrase for a university or college. In modern usage, it is a school or university which an individual has attended, or a song or hymn associated with that school. The phrase is variously translated as "nourishing mother", "nursing mother", or "fostering mother", suggesting that a school provides intellectual nourishment to its students." - Wikipedia
"Nostro Dis Pater" and "Nostr' alma mater" are Latin phrases. The meaning of the first one is: "Our force driving father". Some of you are right about the second phrase, "mater" can be translated as "mother", but according to a Latin professor, the whole phrase could mean "Our driving force." On the other hand, the the song is about Satan: "He Is". To complement the parady nature of the song, I recommend you to watch the music video at minute 02:09, there is a frame where you can see Tony Alamo, the evangelist who sexually abused children, that actually died this year in prison.
"Nostro Dispater, Nostr'alma Mater" = "Our Gods, our Father, our Nourishing Mother"
They do not do much to hide the song's subject matter. The Beast with Many Names, the Morning Star. He is our dark lord Satan, the Son of the Morning, the Lord of this World, the Lord of the Flies, Old Nick, the first and most beautiful, cast out but reborn...IN ME!!! I love the obvious parody of this song, it is a real praise him kind of song, for the motherfucking devil.
As a Christian, and an avid GHOST fan (been to three concerts) I am inclined to change the lyrics when I listen to them. (He IS, He is Jesus Christ, the force that lets me be). Just saying.......
@andrea1056 - I don't I've ever laughed harder at a comment.<br />
@andrea1056 <br />
- Tobias is a Satanist, the rest of the band likely is, too<br />
- The entire song has nothing but Satanic references. You'd literally be changing the entire song.<br />
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“He Is” By Ghost: Lyrics Meaning And Interpretation
Do you like listening to heavy metal genres? Have you heard about the band named Ghost? The article focuses on Ghost’s “ He Is ” song lyrics meaning . Let’s take a glance at the band’s biography first. Ghost is a rock band that came in 2006 in Linkoping, Sweden. The band plays heavy metal and hard rock music and their songs are usually about Satan. The band is made of the lead singer and songwriter Tobias Forge along with a group of ‘anonymous ghouls’ hidden in identical heavy makeup and masks.
Before the formation of Ghost, Tobias was a part of the band Repugnant, a death metal band and, Crashdiet, a sleaze metal band. The leader Tobias himself wears a mask and disguises himself as Satanic Pope. Tobias hides behind the character (Papa Emeritus) that has been changed five times so far with names-Papa Emeritus I, Papa Emeritus II, Papa Emeritus III, and Nihil. Since 2018, Forge is playing the character of Cardinal Copia.
1. Papa Emeritus was the main singer in their debut album, Opus Eponymous.
2. He was replaced in 2012 by Papa Emeritus II in their second album Infestissumam in 2015. Then his younger brother, Papa Emeritus III, became a part of the album Meliora.
3. In 2017, Papa Emeritus III was replaced in front of the public by Papa Emeritus 0 who was later named Papa Nihil. He was the ancestor of all the Papas.
4. In 2018 Cardinal Copia became the new leader.
Nameless Ghouls were supposed to be nameless, but fans provided nicknames to them. Their names were made from the symbols labeled on their costumes.
· Lead Guitar as Fire Ghoul
· Bass as Water Ghoul
· Rythym Guitar as Aether Ghoul
· Keyboards as Air Ghoul
· Drums as Earth Ghoul
Tobias Forge contacted one of his former bandmates Gustaf Lindstrom and they both started the band by recording three songs “ Stand By Him “, “ Prime Mover “, and “ Death Knell “. The band released the three-track demo and first single titled “ Elizabeth “, and slowly after, their first album Opus Eponymous . The album reached number 50 on Swedish charts. It also got a nomination for the Grammis.
Their second album was released in 2013 named Infestissumam . At that time the name of the band changed to Ghost B.C in the USA for a short period due to some legal reasons. The band faced a lot of backlash in the USA. It won the Grammis for the category Best Hard Rock/Metal Album. Ghost released their EP If You Have Ghost in 2013 which Dave Grohl had produced. Ghost’s third album named Meliora, released in 2015 bagged them a Grammy Award for their single “ Cirice ”. Their fourth album Preqelle, released in 2008 and their fifth album Impera released in 2022.
Before learning about G host’s “ He Is ” lyrics meaning let’s know what their music relates to. Ghost has maintained its identity anonymous. The frontmen of the group never attended any interviews. These interviews were handled by the Nameless Ghouls. Their music roots are in black metal with King Diamond and Mercyful Fate being their influence. But critics have also classified them under many other genres like arena rock, psychedelic rock, occult rock, etc. Their lyrics often have the presence of Satanic nature like the presence of the devil, the birth of Anti Christ, and so on.
What does the title mean?
The band Ghost produced the song “ He Is ” as the fifth track under the album Meliora, released in May 2015. As soon as Meliora was released, “ He Is ” became fans’ favorite track. The song is an anti-hymn but its unique choice of verses and the repetition of the title makes the song sound like a hymn. If listened to with full attention, then only thing one gets to know about the song is its devilish remarks.
A lyric video of the song was first uploaded in 2015 on YouTube on the official page of the band. The song’s music video directed by Zev Deans, released in 2017. In the video, Papa Emeritus can be seen covered with skeletal face makeup. He uses religious enacting and imagery of evangelical leaders, particularly similar to people in the Baptist position. He does some wild poses and “spiritually” pushes members of his congregation at the front of the chapel. Papa Emeritus passes a plate around and feeds something to the people present there. He baptizes women in white clothing at the end of the video.
Watching the music video one may not find anything related to the dark or the devil. The characters played were straight, but the only difference was they were all led by a person with skeletal makeup. The face-painted man evoked dark and devilish imagery. He was also the one who Baptized the women, which is creepy. Let’s look at what the Ghost’s “ He Is ” lyrics meaning looks like.
Verse 1 What does it mean?
We’re standing here by the abyss
And the world is in flames
Two star-crossed lovers reaching out
To the beast with many names
Papa Emeritus III sings the part and tries to say that ‘we’ are standing near a bottomless pit watching the world in flames. He also mentions two ‘star-crossed’ lovers reaching toward the beast.
Chorus- What does it mean?
He is, He’s the shining and the light without whom I cannot see
And He is insurrection, He is spite, He’s the force that made me be
He is Nostro Dispater, Nostr’Alma Mater
The chorus of the song repeats the phrase ‘He is’. This may sound like a reference to the Almighty. But as it is a heavy metal band’s production, to give it Ghost’s touch, the meaning of the lyrics becomes totally different. There is the use of Latin phrases like “Nostro Dis Pater” meaning our bad father or our father of Hell and “Nostr’ Alma Mater” our nourishing mother. Here ‘he’ is probably giving a reference to Satan or maybe some other dark entity.
Verse 2- What does it mean?
We are hiding here inside a dream
And all our doubts are now destroyed
The guidance of the morning star
Will lead the way into the void
In the second verse, Papa Emeritus III writes about how the guidance of the morning star will take us into a void. He says that we all are living in a world of dreams and doubts. Here, by ‘morning star’ he refers to Satan who will bring them out of their dreams and doubts. Contrary to Christian beliefs, here Papa is suggesting to get fully destroyed by Satan or the dark entity.
He is , He’s the shining and the light without whom I cannot see
And He is the disobedience that holds us together
And we are falling over the precipice
The chorus then repeats with the same lines where the phrase ‘he is’ repeats, which refers to Satan. The song ends with the same chorus with just a little difference in the lyrics. Papa Emeritus says that we have no value without ‘him’. He is the disobedience we need in life and the force that holds everything together. He ends the song by saying that all of us are falling over a precipice by following Satan and that is what we all should do.
The Ghost’s “ He Is ” lyrics meaning provides a look of any normal hymn sung in the church. But the song is a total anti-hymn thanking Satan for providing all the imperfections that we have in us. The imperfections for which we pray to God to take them away from us. The lyrics of the song show the dismissal of Christian thoughts. This feature is something that can be seen in many of Ghost’s songs. Probably that is the reason that made the band controversial at some point. And this may also be the reason that has made “ He Is ” lyrics meaning and the song such a hit.
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The meaning of the ghost song “he is”.
Led by Tobias Forge or his alter-ego Papa Emeritus, Ghost became one of the most praised and successful bands from the last decade and continues to get bigger. They already have 5 studio albums in their discography, besides many EPs and singles that were heard millions of times by their fans.
What makes the Swedish band so unique is that they mix Heavy Metal, Pop and many other styles, creating a really unique sound. That could be heard in all their albums, including their third one called “Meliora” released in 2015. Almost 10 years after the release of that album, many tracks continue to be part of their live setlist and one of them is “He Is”. But what is the meaning behind that song written by Tobias Forge, producer Klas Åhlund and Martin Persner?
A powerful ballad that can really define what Ghost is musically, “He Is” actually talks about death and the power of destruction, which is also credited to the Devil , which is obviously a common theme in Ghost’s songwriting. But the track was also influenced by the loss of a personal friend of Tobias Forge , which was Selim “SL” Lemouchi . He was the guitarist and vocalist of the Dutch Occult Rock band The Devil’s Blood and tragically decided to take his life in March 2014 at the age of 33.
Before the identity of Ghost’s mastermind Tobias Forge was revealed, he usually gave interviews to promote the record as a “Nameless Ghoul”, name the band called the other members, and in an interview with Loudwire back in 2016 (Transcribed by Rock and Roll Garage) he explained how the song was written and the influence of Selim’s death to the lyrics.
“There’s various degrees of really personal meaning in there. One of them is the one that sort of I guess of publicly known within our fan circles which is about Selim (Lemouchi) from Devil’s Blood that decided to take his life. We were far apart geographically and we didn’t see each other that often. But every time we met it was definitely, (like) we had something in common.”
“We were easily speaking to each other about different things and we had a real blast a few times where that was extremely strong. As I was saying, ‘He Is’ the song, with his own demo lyrics, didn’t really have a bite, because we knew the song was good but the lyrics were basically bogus. It was just a demo lyric, we recorded basically all our albums many, many songs have been demoed with complete bullshit lyrics. So it was one of those songs that had lived for a little bit too long with a demo lyric.”
“So we were so used to that and hearing the demo lyric that it was almost hard. There is a word for that is called ‘demotitis’. That means you have grown attached to the demo to the point where you’re unable to sort of do it again. With Salim’s passing the lyrics came and all sort of made sense. Well obviously, the suicidal elements in the song, directly obviously sort of leads to the idea of someone taking his or hers life. It’s just a faith to the great beyond. Is in this case is Satan, the great destroyer or whatever. But for me personally, it is even more personal,” the Nameless Ghoul said.
His wife also inspired the first version of the song
The first version of the song was actually inspired by Tobias Forge’s wife Boel Forge in 2007. At the time they were just friends and she had already traveled to many other places, including Italy. She loved Italian smarmy music and used to translate the lyrics of some tracks to Forge, who was then inspired to write a song like that which became kind of the first demo of “He Is”.
He recalled that in an interview with Värvet podcast in 2018 (Transcribed by slavghoul ). “The original lyrics were actually Italian. My girlfriend at the time, who is now my wife… When we met, I was 25, I hadn’t traveled very much. And since I wasn’t working, I didn’t have much money. Then I met Boel who was hard-working and had done lots of fun things. She’d studied in Italy, things like that. (She’d seen the world,she’d seen more. And I quickly tried to ‘man up’ and be a bit cool. I tried to hide my envy, I tried to play cool. But I have a predilection for Italian manners and Italian food, so I wanted to make a joke”.
Ghost leader continued:
“She liked a lot of smarmy songs. I like a lot of Italian prog music, but she also likes smarmy Italian music. Eros Ramazzotti is well known, but there’s a myriad of singers like him. She would sometimes translate the lyrics, which was great fun. Because all the lyrics are like, you know. ‘Where did you go? Where are you today? Our lives could have been so much more fun.”
“Let’s meet downstairs and escape together’ It’s all very moisty. There’s a lot of instigations to escape boredom, a lot of infidelity. ‘Let’s meet for a holy night, but tomorrow we’ll go separate ways.’ So I wrote a song that was supposed to be a travesty of that. It was called Lei È, which means ‘She is’. And that became ‘He is’,” Tobias Forge said.
The meaning of the song actually took a different route with the release of the official video. Since it shows a false preacher, more interested in the money of their followers and on the women. So by watching the clip, many fans believed it was actually a song talking about the stereotype of the famous TV Evangelists.
“Meliora” was the album which gave Ghost their first Grammy Award . The band was awarded in the “Best Metal Performance” category for the song “ Cirice ” at the time.
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"He Is" is a song by Swedish rock band Ghost. The fifth track from the group's third studio album Meliora, it was released as a promotional single on May 31, 2015. The song reached number 64 on the Sverigetopplistan chart. A live recording was later released in 2017.
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We′re standing here by the abyss And the world is in flames Two star-crossed lovers reaching out
To the beast with many names He is He's the shining and the light without whom I cannot see And he is Insurrection, he is spite, he′s the force that made me be He is Nostro dis pater, nostr' alma mater He is We're hiding here inside a dream And all our doubts are now destroyed The guidance of the morning star Will lead the way into the void He is He′s the shining and the light without whom I cannot see And he is Insurrection, he is spite, he′s the force that made me be He is Nostro dis pater, nostr' alma mater He is He is He′s the shining and the light without whom I cannot see And he is Insurrection, he is spite, he's the force that made me be He is He′s the shining and the light without whom I cannot see And he is The disobedience that holds us together He is Nostro dis pater, nostr' alma mater And we are falling over the precipice
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English translation by CoolMikeHatsune22 , corrected by Violet
- ↑ Something that probably got lost in translation: The style of speech used by the singer in this song is softspoken and feminine, the classic story of a young girl with a "maiden heart".
- ↑ Another classic Abu-Se-Ken wordplay. These three words share the same pronounciation.
- ↑ Another pun again.
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- 1 愛して愛して愛して (Aishite Aishite Aishite)
- 2 エンヴィーベイビー (Envy Baby)
- 3 んっあっあっ。 (Nh-Uh-Uh.)