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"These Three Things" is a song by Type O Negative, included on the seventh album Dead Again, released in 2007. It is the band's second longest song and the longest that is not an altered version of one another, lasting fourteen and a third minutes. Given this really long track, it is not surprising that it is split into four parts, called cantos. It begins with the doomy instrumental canto titled "Perdition" before switching over to The Beatles-like music mixed with metal for "Canto II: Infanticide", which is about the abortion of his unborn child without being baptized which he unquestionably considers it a murder, condemning her and threatening to send her to Hell. Then it switches back to the same instrumental piece as the first canto, followed by the last and the band's longest canto, titled "Salvation", which is about seeking salvation through the deserts until it is found with lyrics based from the texts taken from the Book of Solomon.


Canto I: Perdition

Canto II: Infanticide
The child is torn from the womb unbaptised
There's no question it's infanticide
I'm guilty so therefore condemned
Destroying angels must come to an end
Now in Limbo deprived of paradise not so nice

At the end I'll escort you to hell
The dark one's forces lock your flaming cell
To murder the one's unborn
The worst sin you've ever performed
There are two other things I must tell know them well

With due respect hear these words of caution
If considering and abortion
If you did boiling sulphur
To which I will not concur
Leading to a path of misfortune no one won

Canto III: Perdition (revisited)

Canto IV: Salvation
On of a land, land that shuns the son
So alien call it area 5-1
Should there be failure to convert Zion?
What came as a lamb returning as a lion

Not a nation but a self proclaimed state
Since the year of our Lord 1-9-4-8
The road to redemption leads to through deserts
Rocky though the trip through is well worth it

I am the dual of the fisherman Simon
He brought alpha, omega, yes I'm the one
The twins fell beginning Armageddon
So the whore too who dwelleth in Babylon, Babylon

All his people gathered 'round
Through forgiveness
Salvation found, found, found, found, found

I'm a Christian

All his people gathered 'round
Through forgiveness
Salvation found, found, found, found, found

All his people gathered 'round
Through forgiveness
Salvation found me

Emworst [repeatedly]


Group performers

Session performers

  • The Bensonhoist Lesbian Choir – backing vocals


  • Peter Steele – writing, production
  • Josh Silver – engineering, recording, effects, mixing, mastering, production
  • Mike Marciano – engineering, recording, mixing, mastering
  • Paul Bento – additional recording engineering
  • Type O Negative – arrangement

Links to other songs[]

Type O Negative songs
Slow, Deep and Hard "Unsuccessfully Coping with the Natural Beauty of Infidelity" · "Der Untermensch" · "Xero Tolerance" · "Prelude to Agony" · "Glass Walls of Limbo" · "The Misinterpretation of Silence and its Disastrous Consequences" · "Gravitational Constant: G = 6.67 × 10−8 cm−3 gm−1 sec−2"
The Origin of the Feces "I Know You're Fucking Someone Else" · "Are You Afraid" · "Gravity" · "Pain" · "Kill You Tonight" · "Hey Pete" · "Kill You Tonight (reprise)" · "Paranoid"
Bloody Kisses "Machine Screw" · "Christian Woman" · "Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)" · "Fay Wray Come Out and Play" · "Kill All the White People" · "Summer Breeze" · "Set Me on Fire" · "Dark Side of the Womb" · "We Hate Everyone" · "Bloody Kisses (A Death in the Family)" · "3.0.I.F." · "Too Late: Frozen" · "Blood & Fire" · "Can't Lose You" · "Suspended in Dusk" · "Black Sabbath (From the Satanic Perspective)" · "Summer Girl" (unreleased)
October Rust "Bad Ground" · "Intro" · "Love You to Death" · "Be My Druidess" · "Green Man" · "Red Water (Christmas Mourning)" · "My Girlfriend's Girlfriend" · "Die with Me" · "Burnt Flowers Fallen" · "In Praise of Bacchus" · "Cinnamon Girl" · "The Glorious Liberation of the People's Technocratic Republic of Vinnland by the Combined Forces of the United Territories of Europa" · "Wolf Moon" · "Haunted" · "Outro"
World Coming Down "Skip It" · "White Slavery" · "Sinus" · "Everyone I Love Is Dead" · "Who Will Save the Sane?" · "Liver" · "World Coming Down" · "Creepy Green Light" · "Everything Dies" · "Lung" · "Pyretta Blaze" · "All Hallows Eve" · "Day Tripper"
Life Is Killing Me "Thir13teen" · "I Don't Wanna Be Me" · "Less than Zero (<0)" · "Todd's Ship Gods (Above All Things)" · "I Like Goils" · "...A Dish Best Served Coldly" · "How Could She?" · "Life Is Killing Me" · "Nettie" · "(We Were) Electrocute" · "IYDKMIGTHTKY (Gimme That)" · "Angry Inch" · "Anesthesia" · "Drunk in Paris" · "The Dream Is Dead" · "Out of the Fire"
Dead Again "Dead Again" · "Tripping a Blind Man" · "The Profit of Doom" · "September Sun" · "Halloween in Heaven" · "These Three Things" · "She Burned Me Down" · "Some Stupid Tomorrow" · "An Ode to Locksmiths" · "Hail and Farewell to Britain"
Songs from non-studio albums "Pictures of Matchstick Men" · "On with the Show" · "In the Flesh" · "Back in the U.S.S.R." · "It's Never Enough" · "12 Black Rainbows" · "Stay Out of My Dreams" · "Highway Star" · "Santana Medley"