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The title of this song is taken from a quote in William Shakespeare's Julius C?sar. It is part of Marcus Antonius's speech as he addresses the crowd of Romans after C?sar's murder, defending the defunct ruler and forcefully, yet indirectly, condemning Brutus, one of the murderers.

Friends, Romans, country men, lend me your ears; I come to bury C?sar, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones; so let it be with C?sar.

Julius Cesar. ACT III Scene 2.

The song however is unrelated, with lyrics that are extremely well-written, quite poetic, and difficult to understand. Its topic is similar to 'Infinite Dreams' in that it also seems to relate to whatever is beyond death. It could be some sort of "flashback" to the conception of the Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. The character telling this story is apparently the first Seventh Son, but it is not clear with whose daughter he "slept in the dust". Likewise, the "slaughter of innocence" may refer to the loss of the virginity. But whose?

It is however evident that the character is in love with that woman ("I would bleed for her"), but seems to have somehow lost contact with her ("If only I could see her now"). The rest of the lyrics hint at the Seventh Son contemplating suicide. Maybe the visions he has and the loss of his love are too much for him. Nevertheless, he still has hope to return some day...

Musically, 'The Evil That Men Do' is also very compelling, and is one of the best songs on the album. The chorus is absolutely blinding and constitutes a great opportunity of interaction with the audience during the concerts.



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