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Hell To Pay At The Gates Of Heaven

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Hell To Pay At The Gates Of Heaven is the title of a track from Peter Doherty's second solo album, Hamburg Demonstrations. The song was written following terrorism attacks in Paris in November 2015, in which 130 were killed, many at the Bataclan club during an Eagles Of Death Metal concert. Speaking to The NME Doherty states: “Hell To Pay At The Gates Of Heaven is about the fucking Bataclan. It’s about how we’re under attack."

Doherty added that he was concerned at how young the terrorists who carried out the attacks were. He said: “At that age, when you’re desperate to fight for something, it can catch you off balance. When you’ve got faith and belief, you’ll put as much into it as a lad who’s obsessed with guitars. So the lyrics are ‘Come on boys, choose your weapons/J-45 or an AK-47?’

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Hamburg Demonstrations Peter DohertyAlbum2016-12-02

Lyrics

Come on boys you gotta choose your weapon
J-45 or AK-47
There's hell to pay at the gates of heaven
And the whole show it comes tumbling down
There's hell to pay at the gates of heaven
Come on choose your weapon
J-45 or AK-47

And the whole show it comes tumbling down

The only way out of the ghetto or the [?]
Join a band or join the army
It's a hell of a kickback from the grind
Kick back and blow your tiny mind

Three-page advert on the LA Times
They want you religious fanatics with a military mind
They want from London to Bangkok
Moscow to Palestine

Come on you gotta choose your weapon
J-45 or AK-47
It's all aboard for Armageddon
And the whole show it comes tumbling down

How you're gonna provide for your [?] or your family?
Join a band or join the army
It's a hell of a kickback from the grind
Kick back and blow your tiny mind

Two-page advert on the LA Times
They want religious fanatics with military minds
From Bangkok to Palestine

Come on you gotta choose your weapon
J-45 or AK-47
There's hell to pay at the gates of heaven
And the whole show comes tumbling down

NameHell To Pay At The Gates Of Heaven
BandPeter Doherty
CreditsPeter Doherty