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Iron maiden

A matter of life and death
A matter of life and death
bbcode
different world
these colours don't run
brighter than a thousand suns
the pilgrim
the longest day
out of the shadows
the reincarnation of benjamin breeg
for the greater good of god
lord of light
the legacy
different world
you lead me on a path, keep showing me the way
i feel a little lost, a little strange today
i think i'll take a hold of whatever comes my way
then we'll see what happens take it day by day

i thought i had it all, i had it all worked out
just what the future held, that there would be no doubt
but then the card came up and i took another turn
but i don't know if it's forever that i run

tell me what you can hear
and then tell me what you see
everybody has a different way to view the world
i would like you to know, when you see the simple things
to appreciate this life it's not too late to learn

don't wanna be here
somewhere i'd rather be
but when i get there
i'm afraid it's not for me

tell me what you can hear
and then tell me what you see
everybody has a different way to view the world
i would like you to know, when you see the simple things
to appreciate this life it's not too late to learn

solo

tell me what you can hear
and then tell me what you see
everybody has a different way to view the world
i would like you to know, when you see the simple things
to appreciate this life it's not too late to learn

don't wanna be here
somewhere i'd rather be
but when i get there
i'm afraid it's not for me

dont know what i want
all there i want to be
feeling part confused
the more the days go by
				
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these colours don't run
it's the same in every country
when you say you're leaving
left behind the loved ones
waiting silent in the hall
where you're going lies adventure
others only dream of
red and green light this is real
and so you go to war

for the passion, for the glory
for the memories, for the money
you're a soldier, for your country
what's the difference, all the same

far away from the land of our birth
we fly a flag in some foreign earth
we sailed away like our fathers before
these colours don't run, from cold bloody war

there is no one that will save you
going down in flames
no surrender certain death you
look in the eye
on the shores of tyranny you
crashed a human wave
paying for my freedom with your
lonely unmarked graves

for the passion, for the glory
for the memories, for the money
you're a soldier, for your country
what's the difference, all the same

far away from the land of our birth
we fly a flag in some foreign earth
we sailed away like our fathers before
these colours don't run, from cold bloody war
				
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brighter than a thousand suns
we are not the sons of god
we are not his chosen people now
we have crossed the path he trod
we will feel the pain of his beginning

shadow fingers rise above
iron fingers stab the desert sky
oh behold the power of the earth.
are your children ready for the fall?

locking hands together well
raze a city, build a living hell
join the race to suicide
listen for the tolling of the bell

out of the the universe, a strange light is born
unholy union, trinity reformed

yellow sun it's evil twin
in the black the winds deliver him
we will sleep to souls within
at a siege a nuclear gust is riven

out of the the universe, a strange light is born
unholy union, trinity reformed

out of the darkness, brighter than a thousand suns
out of the darkness, brighter than a thousand suns
out of the darkness, brighter than a thousand suns
out of the darkness, brighter than a thousand suns

out of the darkness, brighter than a thousand suns
out of the darkness, brighter than a thousand suns

solo #1 adrian

burying our morals and burying our dead
burying our head in the sand
e equals mc squared, you can't relate
how we made god with our hands

whatever would robert have said to his god
about he made war with the sun
e equals mc squared, you can't relate
how we made god with our hands

all nations are rising
through acid bells of love and hate
chain medals of satan
uncertainty led us all to this

all nations are raising
through acid bells of love and hate
confusion and fury

solo #2 janick

this body carried em' down in vain
i was preaching of a small pray
in the bunker where we'll die
we're the executioners that lie

bombers launched with no recall
minute warning of the missile fall
take a look at your last day
guessing you won¿t have the time to cry

out of the the universe, a strange light was born
unholy union, trinity reformed

out of the darkness...
out of the darkness...
out of the darkness, brighter than a thousands suns

out of the darkness, brighter than a thousands suns
out of the darkness, brighter than a thousands suns
out of the darkness, brighter than a thousands suns
out of the darkness, brighter than a thousands suns

holy father we have sinned
				
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the pilgrim
the keys to death and hell
the ailing kingdom doomed to fail
the bonds of sin and heart will break
the pilgrims course will take

quelling the devils might
and ready for eternal fight
aching limbs and fainting soul
holy battles take their toll

liberty and hope divine
changing the water into wine
so to you we bid farewell
kingdom of heaven to hell

spirit holy life eternal
raise me up take me home
pilgrim sunrise pagan sunset
onward journey begun

to courage find and gracious will
deliver good from ill
clean the water clean our guilt
with us do what you will

then will my judge appear
bear no false angel that i hear
for only then i will confess
to my eternal hell

now give ur our holy sign
changing the water into wine
so to you we bid farewell
kingdom of heaven to hell

spirit holy life eternal
raise me up take me home
pilgrim sunrise pagan sunset
onward journey begun
				
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the longest day
in the gloom the gathering storm abates (how long on this longest day)
in the ships gimlet eyes await ('til we finally make it through)
the call to arms to hammer at the gates (how long on this longest day)
to blow them wide throw evil to its fate ('til we finally make it through)

all summers long the drills to build the machine (how long on this longest day)
to turn men from flesh and blood to steel ('til we finally make it through)
from paper soldiers to bodies on the beach (how long on this longest day)
from summer sands to armageddon's beach ('til we finally make it through)

overlord, your master not your god
the enemy coast dawning grey with scud
these wretched souls puking, shaking fear
to take a bullet for those who sent them here

the world's alight, the cliffs erupt in flame
no escape, remorseless shrapnel rains
drowning men no chance for a warrior's fate
a choking death enter hell's gate

sliding we go, only fear on our side
to the edge of the wire,
and we rush with the tide
oh the water is red,
with the blood of the dead
but i'm still alive, pray to god i survive

how long on this longest day
'til we finally make it through
how long on this longest day
'til we finally make it through

the rising dead, faces bloated torn
they are relieved, the living wait their turn
your number's up, the bullet's got your name
you still go on, to hell and back again

valhalla waits, valkyries rise and fall
the warrior tombs, lie open for us all
a ghostly hand reaches through the veil
blood and sand, we will prevail

sliding we go, only fear on our side
to the edge of the wire,
and we rush with the tide
oh the water is red,
with the blood of the dead
but i'm still alive, pray to god i survive
				
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out of the shadows
hold a halo round the world
golden is the day
princes of the universe
your burden is the way
so there is no better time,
who will be born today
a gypsy child at day break
a king for a day

out of the shadow and into the sun
dreams of the past as the old ways are done
oh there is beauty and surely there is pain
but we must endure it, to live again

dusty dreams in fading daylight
flicker on the walls
nothing new your life's adrift,
what purpose to it all?
eyes are closed and death is calling
reaching out its hand
call upon the starlight to surround you

out of the shadow and into the sun
dreams of the past as the old ways are done
oh there is beauty and surely there is pain
but we must endure it, to live again

out of the shadow and into the sun
dreams of the past as the old ways are done
oh there is beauty and surely there is pain
but we must endure it, to live again

out of the shadow and into the sun
dreams of the past as the old ways are done
oh there is beauty and surely there is pain
but we must endure it, to live again

out of the shadow and into the sun
dreams of the past as the old ways are done
oh there is beauty and surely there is pain
but we must endure it, to live again

a man who casts no shadow has no soul
				
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the reincarnation of benjamin breeg
let me tell you about my life
let me tell you about my dreams
let me tell you about the things that happened
always real to me

let me tell you of my hope
of my need to reach the sky
let me take you on an awkward journey
let me tell you why

let me tell you why

why should these curses be laid upon me?
i won't be forgiven 'till i can break free
what did i do to deserve all this guilt?
paid for my sins for the sale of my soul

demons are trapped all inside of my head
my hopes have gone, i reach for heaven from hell
my sins are many, my guilt is too heavy
the pressure of knowing, of having what i know

i'm able to see things, things i don't want to see
the lives of a thousand souls, weighing down on me
i know they're crying for help, reaching out
the burden of them will take me down as well

the sin of a thousand souls not died in vain
reincarnates to let me live again

chorus: (x2)
someone to save me
something to save me from myself
to bring salvation
to exorcise this hell

2nd chorus:
someone to save me
something to save me from my hell
i taste damnation
awake from this nightmare

chorus:
someone to save me
something to save me from myself
to bring salvation
to exorcise this hell
				
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for the greater good of god
are you a man of peace
or a man of holy war
too many sides to you
don¿t know which anymore
so many full of life
but also filled with pain
don¿t know just how many
will live to breathe again

a life that¿s made to breath
destruction or defense
a mind that¿s vain corruption
bad or good intent
a wolf in sheep¿s clothing
or saintly or sinner
or some that would believe
a holy war winner

they fire off many shots
and many parting blows
there actions beyond a reasoning
only god would know
and as he lies in heaven
or it could be in hell
i feel he¿s somewhere here
or looking from below
but i don¿t know, i don¿t know

please tell me now what life is
please tell me now what love is
well tell me now what war is
again tell me what life is

more pain and misery in the history of mankind
sometime it seems more like
the blind leading the blind
it brings upon us more famine, death and war
you know religion has a lot to answer for

and as they search to find the bodies in the sand
they find its ashes that are
scattered across the land
and as the spirits seem to whistle on the wind
a shot is fired somewhere another war begins

and all because of it you¿d think
that we would learn
but still the body count the city fires burn
somewhere theres someone dying
in a foreign land
meanwhile the world is crying stupidity of man
tell me why, tell me why

please tell me now what life is
please tell me now what love is
well tell me now what ware is
again tell me what life is

please tell me now what life is
please tell me now what love is
well tell me now what war is
again tell me what life is

for the greater good of god (x 8)

please tell me now what life is
please tell me now what love is
well tell me now what war is
again tell me what life is

please tell me now what life is
please tell me now what love is
well tell me now what war is
again tell me what life is

for the greater good of god (x 8)

he gave his life for us he fell upon the cross
to die for all of those who never mourn him
it wasn¿t meant for us to feel the pain again
tell me why, tell me why
				
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lord of light
there are secrets that you keep
there are secrets that you keep
there are secrets that you tell to me alone
i can't reach things i can't see
you don't see this strange world
quite the same as me
don't deny me what i am
nothing hidden still you fail to see the truth
there are things you can't reveal
there are things you can't reveal

we are part of some strange plan
why the slaughter of the brotherhood of man
infernal sacrifice of hell
fire breathing lead the way
mounds of bodies as they all burn into one
revenge is living in the past
time to look into a new millennium

spiral path leads through the maze
down into the fiery underworld below
fire breathing lead the way
lucifer was just an angel led astray

free your soul and let it fly
give your life to the lord of light
keep your secrets and rain on me
all i see are mysteries

free your soul and let it fly
give your life to the lord of light
keep your secrets and rain on me
all i see are mysteries

we are not worthy in your black
and blazing eyes
we gather demons in the mirror every day
the bridge of darkness casts a
shadow on us all
and all our sins to you we give this day

others wait their turn
their lives were meant to last
use yours wisely as the light is fading fast
free your soul and let if fly
mine was caught i couldn't try
time returns again to punish all of us

we are cast out by our bloody fatheres hand
we are strangers in this lonely promised land
we are the shadows of the one unholy ghost
in our nightmare world the only one we trust

free your soul and let it fly
give your life to the lord of light
keep your secrets and rain on me
all i see are mysteries

free your soul and let it fly
give your life to the lord of light
keep your secrets and rain on me
all i see are mysteries
				
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the legacy
tell you a thing
that you ought to know
two minutes of your time
then on you go

tell tala of the men
all dressed in black
that most of them
not coming back

sent off to war
to play little games
and on their return
can't name no names

some strange yellow gas
has played with their minds
has reddened their eyes
removed all the lies

and strange as ut sounds
death knows no bounds
how many get well
only time will tell
only time will tell

you lie in your death bed now
but what did you bring to the table
brought us only holy sin
utter trust is a deadly thing

to the prayer of hole peace
we didn't know what was lying underneath
so how could we be such fools
and to thing that we thought you the answer

i can't begin to understand in all the lies
but on your death bed i can see it in you eyes
just as clear as all the sewat upon your brow
it really makes sense i can see it clearly now

tangled up in a web of lies
could have been a way to prophesise
unaware of the consequence
not aware of the secrets that you kept

nothing that we could believe
to reveal the facade of faceless men
not a thing that we could foresee
now a sign that whould tell us the outcome

you had us all strung out with
promises of peace
but all along you cover plan was to deceive
can it put to rights now only time will tell
your prophecies will send us all to hell as well

left to all our golden sons
all to pick up on the peace
you could have given all of them
a little chance ... at least

take the world to a better place
given them all just a little hope
just think what a legacy
you know ...will leave

we seem destinated to live in fear
and some that would say armageddon is near
but where there's a life while there's hope
that man won't self destruct

why can't we treat our fellow men
with more respect and a shake of their hands
but anger and loathing is rife
the death on all sides is
becoming a way of life

we live in an uncertain world
fear understanding and ignorance
is leading to death
only the corpses are left
for vultures that prey on their bones

but some are just not wanting peace
their whole life is death and misery
the only thing that they know
fight fire with fire life is cheap

but if they do stop to think
that man is teetering right on the brink
but do you think that they care
they benefit from death and pain and despair
				
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