My Sunday Song – “Nostradamus” by Judas Priest

For My Sunday Song #293, we are going to discuss the title track, “Nostradamus”, from the Judas Priest 2008 concept album ‘Nostradamus’. The album focuses on the life and times of the great 16th Century writer and prophecy maker which I think is brilliant. The album went to #11 on the Billboard Charts but I think fell flat after that as people just didn’t get it. They were wrong in my book. The title track did get nominated for a Grammy for Best Metal Performance but lost.

The song is an homage to the man himself. It celebrates everything about the man, the myth, the legend. It vindicates the man that was persecuted for his beliefs. He lived in the 16th Century so I am sure they thought he was a witch or evil with all his visions.

“Nostradamus” has some brilliance to it. Rob is full on operatic in his vocals and he really hits some great notes at the beginning and then the band comes in and slams it home with a massive Halford scream. It does actually have a little of the speed metal and has some classic Priest sounds and that Halford SCREAM!!!! What more could you want. I really love the epic, grandness feel to the song. It takes you on a journey and one you will want to travel again and again. The band went for it on this song and album I personally love it.

Give the song a listen and let me know what you think. Is it too much or just right. If you haven’t heard this album, you have to give it a chance. It gets better with each listen. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful and Happy Sunday!!

“Nostradamus”

They never broke my will
Cause my heart was strong
They won’t justify
Condemnation, my vindication
But I will survive

Stood my ground ’till the end
Engaged the enemy protect my friends

Nostradamus [x2]

Tamed the beast
They sent to kill
The congregation never broke my will

Nostradamus [x2]

He has overcome
He can take the throne

Nostradamus; vindication
Nostradamus; is avenged

Nostradamus; our salvation
Nostradamus; he’s avenged

I walked through fire to justify
Their inquisitions all condemned to die

Nostradamus [x2]

Adversity on which I thrived
Destroys the altar now I’m vilified

Nostradamus [x2]

He has seized the day
He is here to stay

Nostradamus; vindication
Nostradamus; is avenged

Nostradamus; our salvation
Nostradamus; he’s avenged

Vindication,
He has been avenged

They never broke my will
Because my heart was strong
They can’t justify
I will survive

He has overpowered
It’s his finest hour

Nostradamus; vindication
Nostradamus; is avenged

Nostradamus; our salvation
Nostradamus; he’s avenged

Nostradamus [x4]

Written by K.K. Downing, Glenn Tipton and Rob Halford

12 thoughts on “My Sunday Song – “Nostradamus” by Judas Priest

  1. A wicked song from a great album, that keyboard solo at about the halfway mark is scintillating, and definitely one of my favourite moments on the disc

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  2. Interesting to read it made it to #11 on the charts – I just looked up the spreadsheet from the LeBrain Train episode, it also made it to #11 on your list (#7 on Harrison’s, looks like it had to settle for ‘honorable mention’ on Mike’s)!

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