Queensryche – Suite Sister Mary

August 8, 2019

Nel 1988 esce uno degli album più importanti della storia del progressive metal che influenzerà band come Dream Theater, Symphony X ed altre. Parliamo di Operation: Mindcrime dei Queensrÿche, un concept album basato sulla storia di un uomo di nome Nikki controllato dal malvagio Dottor X. La vicenda ruota attorno ad una prostituta che si è convertita diventando suora ed è a conoscenza di vari segreti del nemico. La canzone, realizzata come se fosse un’opera lirica, è un duetto tra Nikki, impersonato dal frontman Geoff Tate, e Sister Mary, interpretata da Pamela Moore. Il brano è sicuramente il migliore della carriera della band tedesca che riesce a narrare questa vicenda di amore e sangue mescolando musica classica e progressive metal.


[ SPOKEN ] Dr. X: “Kill her. That’s all you have to do.”

Nikki: “Kill Mary?”

Dr. X: “She’s a risk, and get the priest as well.”

10 P.M., I feel the rain coming down

My face feels the wet, my mind the storm

Flashing lights as people race to find shelter from the pour

Moving silent, through the streets, they’re mine, they’re mine

Midnite, she sings praises in the Hall

To saintly faces hallowed be their names she can’t recall

Sister Mary, virgin Mary, silent with her sin

[ Mary: “What are you doing out in the rain?” ]

She feels me, I can taste her breath when she speaks

[ Mary: “I’ve been waiting for you. Come in.” ]

Mary, Mary just a whore for the underground

They made you pay in guilt for your salvation

Thought you had them fooled? Now they’ve sent me for you

You know too much for your own good

Don’t offer me faith, I’ve got all I need here

My faith is growing, growing tight against the seam

What we need is trust, to keep us both alive

Help us make it through the night

[ Mary ]

I’ve no more want of any faith

Binds my arm and feed my mind

The only peace I’ve ever known

I’ll close my eyes and you shoot

No Mary, listen, you’ve got to pull your strength from my lips

I pray I feed you well

Your precious cross is gone, it made me wait so long

For what you gave to everyone

The priest is cold and dead on his knees he fed

From my barrel of death, he turned the Holy water red

As he died he said thank you

I just watched him bleed

[ Mary ]

I feel the flow, the blessed stain

Sweating hands like fire, and flames

Burn my thighs, spread in sacrificial rite

The hallowed altar burns my flesh once more tonight

Mary, sweet lady of pain

Always alone

Blind you search for the truth

I see myself in you, parallel lives

Winding at light-speed through time

No time to rest yet

We’ve got to stop his game

Before madness has the final laugh

Too much bloodshed

We’re being used and fed

Like rats in experiments

No final outcome here

Only pain and fear

It’s followed us both all our lives

There’s one thing left to see

Will it be him or me?

There’s one more candle left to light

[ Mary ]

Don’t turn your back on my disgrace

The blood of Christ can’t heal my wounds… so deep

The sins of man are all I taste

Can’t spit the memory from my mind

I can’t cry anymore

Mary, my lady of pain, always alone

Blind you search for the truth

I see myself in you, parallel lives

Winding at light-speed through time, you’re mine.

Roberta Rustico

Studia Culture e letterature del mondo moderno presso l’Università degli studi di Torino. Ballerina nell’infanzia, si è appassionata successivamente alla musica e alla scrittura, nutrendo un interesse specifico per le materie umanistiche ed artistiche.