Church Hymn Or Metal Song? You Tell Us

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Rocks Off recently unearthed a bunch of old hymnals while digging around in our attic, and, coincidentally enough, we also unearthed a box of metal albums we'd meant to mail to the Backstreet Boys several years ago but never got around to it. We put the albums in our rotation and leafed through the hymnals and realized, hey: Thematically, these can be kind of similar. In fact, they can be damn near indistinguishable.

See if you can tell which lyrics are from an old-fashioned Christian hymn, and which are from a heavy metal song. If you're stumped - and we don't really blame you; they're a lot closer than anyone has any right to expect - don't worry; we'll post an answer key a little later on today.

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A. "Now let my people go, land of Goshen/ Go, I will be with thee, bush of fire"

B. "Signs of endings all around us/ Darkness, death, and winter days/ Shroud our lives in fear and sadness/ Numbing mouths that long to praise"

C. "O sacred head, sore wounded/ Defiled and put to scorn/ O kingly head surrounded/ With mocking crown of thorn"

D. "God give me the answer to my life/ God give me the answer to my dreams/ God give me the answer to my prayers/ God give me the answer to my being"

E. "And still they come, new preys of plague/ While often in their rooms of prayer/ God's people worship, safe and sound/ Unheeding, even unaware"

F. "In His purpose I will stand/ I've been renewed by the Maker/ In His purpose I will stand/ I've been renewed by Him alone"

G. "Tombstones are bursting, poor sinner stands a-trembling/ The trumpet sounds within my soul, I ain't got long to stay here"

H. "O Lord, here is thy offertory/ Here is thy glory sown/ Here is the hunting ground/ Here is thy rightful throne"

I. "Voices of victory all shout and proclaim/ The Kingdom of Glory is mine/ The raise of the will, our prophecy filled"

J. "Yet nations still prey on the meek of the world/ And conflict turns parent from child/ Your people despoil all the sweetness of Earth/ The briar and the thorn grow wild"


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