Masquerade

What is it?

Masquerade is a kind of Christian battle song in the form of a fusion of rock, neo-Renaissance and Greek traditional styles. Typically eclectic and very 'me'. The lyrics are my take on the Biblical statement that "Satan masquerades as an angel of light".

It's best sung by a soloist in rock style, possibly with a small group of backing vocalists. You'll need fuzzed-up 5-string bass guitar, a distorted Hammond organ and two electro-bouzoukis to achieve the full effect!

Lyrics

We believe in the promise of our God
That in Christ and Christ alone
We can come before His throne.
We believe that in Him our feet are shod
With the readiness to go
And let everybody know
That in Christ alone can all be truly free.
So give him all the glory, claim His victory:

Keep our eyes on the Saviour, trust in Him for what's right,
Believe that He'll equip us to stand in His might;
Take the Sword of the Spirit, arm ourselves for the fight,
For Satan masquerades as an angel of light.

When he's hunting you won't hear Satan roar.
Does a lion on the prowl
Warn his breakfast with a growl?
Best believe Satan knows you to the core.
Every prejudice he'll use
To persuade you of his ruse:
Oh so godly, oh so righteous he can seem,
You wouldn't even know you're dancing to his theme:

Keep your eyes on the Saviour, trust in Him for what's right,
Believe that He'll equip you to stand in His might;
Take the Sword of the Spirit, arm yourself for the fight,
For Satan masquerades as an angel of light.

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Learn

Satan masquerades as an angel of light - and you'd better believe it. It's why we are urged to exercise discernment. Some lies are manifestly obvious, others less so, but they can be made to sound very beguiling: and then time and time again in life I see people responding to the lie as if it is God's given truth. It seemed to me that all too few people are able to discern truth from lie, particularly when the lie reinforces their subconscious prejudices and preconceptions, as in the case of the lies and half-truths used to promote the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union. In March 2014 I found myself playing keyboard alongside a particularly talented drummer (JJ). He asked me if I had ever tried to compose something in rock idiom. The more I thought about it, the more convinced I became that a rock idiom was the one for Masquerade. I was attracted to the idea of a rock band playing quasi-Elizabethan chord sequences, backed by a couple of electro-bouzoukis in order to give the music a slightly Greek feel. The music is almost impossible to pin down in terms of style and yet it works. Perhaps the whole thing is itself a masquerade, which would be the supreme irony.

Masquerade

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