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Iron maiden

Best of the beast
Best of the beast
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Best of the beast
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Virus
Sign of the cross
Man on the edge
Afraid to shoot strangers (live)
Be quick or be dead
Fear of the dark (live)
Bring your daughter... ...to the slaughter
Holy smoke
The clairvoyant
Can i play with madness
The evil that men do
Heaven can wait
Wasted years
Rime of the ancient mariner (live)
Running free (live)
2 minutes to midnight
Aces high
Where eagles dare
The trooper
The number of the beast
Run to the hills
Hallowed be thy name
Wrathchild
Phantom of the opera
Sanctuary
Strange world
Iron maiden
Virus
there’s an evil virus that’s threatening mankind
not state of the art, a serious state of mind
the muggers, the backstabbers, the two faced elite
a menace to society, a social disease

rape of the mind is a social disorder
the cynics, the apathy one-upmanship order

watching beginnings of social decay
gloating or sneering at life’s disarray
eating away at your own self esteem
pouncing on every word that you might be saying

rape of the mind is a social disorder
the cynics, the apathy one-upmanship order

superficially smiling a shake of the hand
as soon as the back is turned treachery is planned

rape of the mind is a social disorder
the cynics, the apathy one-upmanship order

watching beginnings of social decay
gloating or sneering...at life’s disarray

when every good thing’s laid to waste
by all the jealousy and hate
by all the acid wit and rapier lies

and every time you think you’re safe
and when you go to turn away
you know they’re sharpening all their paper knives

all in your mind
all in your head
try to relate it

all in your mind
all in your head
try to escape it

without a conscience they destroy
and that’s a thing that they enjoy
they’re a sickness that’s in all our minds

they want to sink the ship and leave
the way they laugh at you and me
you know it happens all the time

all in your mind
all in your head
try to relate it

all in your mind
all in your head
try to escape it

the rats in the cellar you know who you are....
or do you?

watching beginnings of social decay....
				
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Sign of the cross
eleven saintly shrouded men
silhouettes stand against the sky
one in front with a cross held high
come to wash my sins away

standing alone in the wind and rain
feeling the fear that is growing
sensing the change in the tide again
brought by the storm that is brewing
feel the anxiety hold off the fear
some of the doubt in the things you believe
now that your faith will be put to the test
nothing to do but await what is coming

why the is god still protecting me
even when i don't deserve it
though i am blessed with an inner strength
some they would call it a penance
why am i meant to face this alone
asking the question time and again
praying to god won't keep me alive
inside my head feel the fear start to rise...

they'll be saying their prayers when the moment comes
there'll be penance to pay when it's judgment day
and the guilty'll bleed when that moment comes
they'll be coming to claim, take your soul away

the sign of the cross
the name of the rose... a fire in the sky
the sign of the cross

they'll be comming to bring the eternal flame
they'll be bringing us all immortality
holding communion so the world be blessed
my creator, my god'll lay my soul to rest

the sign of the cross
the name of the rose... a fire in the sky
the sign of the cross

lost the love of heaven above
chose the lust of the earth below
eleven saintly shrouded men
came to wash my sins away
				
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Man on the edge
the freeway is jammed
and it's backed up for miles
the car is an oven and baking is wild
nothing is ever the way it should be
what we deserve we just don't get you see

a briefcase, a lunch and a man on the edge
each step gets closer to losing his head
is someone in heaven are they looking down
'cause nothing is fair just you look around

falling down
falling down
falling down

he's sick of waiting of lying like this
there's a hole in the sky for the angels to kiss
branded a leper because you don't fit
in the land of the free
you can live by your wits

once he built missiles a nation's defense
now he can't even give birthday presents
across the city he leaves in his wake
a glimpse of the future a canibal state

falling down
falling down
falling down
				
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Afraid to shoot strangers (live)
lying awake at night i wipe the sweat from my brow
but it's not the fear 'cos i'd rather go now

trying to visualize the horrors that will lay ahead
the desert sand mound a burial ground

when it comes to the time
are we partners in crime?
when it comes to the time
we'll be ready to die

god let us go now and finish what's to be done
thy kingdom come
thy shall be done... on earth

trying to justify to ourselves the reasons to go
should we live and let live forget or forgive

but how can we let them go on this way?
the reign of terror corruption must end
and we know deep down there's no other way
no trust, no reasoning, no more to say

afraid to shoot strangers
afraid to shoot strangers
				
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Be quick or be dead
covered in sinners and dripping with gilt
making you money from slime and from filth
parading your bellies in ivory towers
investing our lives in your schemes and your powers

you got to watch them - be quick or be dead
snake eyes in heaven - the thief in your head
you've got to watch them - be quick or be dead
snake eyes in heaven - the thief in your head...
be quick! or be dead!
be quick! or be dead

see... what's ruling all our lives
see... who's pulling the strings...
i bet you won't fall on your face...
your belly will hold you in place

the serpent is crawling inside of your ear
he says you must vote for what you want to hear
don't matter what's wrong as long as you're alright
so pull yourself stupid and rob yourself blind
				
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Fear of the dark (live)
i am a man who walks alone
and when i'm walking a dark road
at night or strolling through the park

when the light begins to change
i sometimes feel a little strange
a little anxious when it's dark

fear of the dark, fear of the dark
i have constant fear that something's always near
fear of the dark, fear of the dark
i have a phobia that someone's always there

have you run your fingers down the wall
and have you felt your neck skin crawl
when you're searching for the light?
sometimes when you're scared to take a look
at the corner of the room
you've sensed that something's watching you

have you ever been alone at night
thought you heard footsteps behind
and turned around and no one's there?
and as you quicken up your pace
you find it hard to look again
because you're sure there's someone there

watching horror films the night before
debating witches and folklores
the unknown troubles on your mind
maybe your mind is playing tricks
you sense, and suddenly eyes fix
on dancing shadows from behind

fear of the dark, fear of the dark
i have constant fear that something's always near
fear of the dark, fear of the dark
i have a phobia that someone's always there

when i'm walking a dark road
i am a man who walks alone
				
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Bring your daughter... ...to the slaughter
				
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Holy smoke
Believe in me send no money
I died on the cross and that ain't funny
But my so called friends they're making me a joke
They missed out what I said like I never spoke
They choose what they wanna hear they don't tell a lie
They just leave out the truth as they're watching you die
They're saving your souls by taking your money
Flies around shit bees around honey

CHORUS

Holy smoke holy smoke
There's plenty bad preachers for the devil to stoke
Feed 'em in feet first this is no joke
This is thirsty work making holy smoke yeah
Making holy smoke
Jimmy reptile and all his friends
Say they gonna be with you at the end
Burning records burning books
Holy soldiers nazi looks
Crocodile smiles just wait a while
Till the tv queen gets her make-up clean
I've lived in filth I've lived in sin
and I still smell cleaner than the shit you're in

REPEAT CHORUS

Holy smoke
Smells good
They ain't religious but they ain't no fools
When noah built his cadillac it was cool
Two by two they're still going down
And the satellite circus just left town
I think they're strange and when they're dead
They can have a lincoln for their bed
Friend of the president trick of the tail
Now they ain't got a prayer 100 years in jail

REPEAT CHORUS

HOLY SMOKE
				
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The clairvoyant
Feel the sweat break on my brow
Is it me or is it shadows that are
Dancing on the walls
Is this a dream or is it now
Is this a vision or normality I see
Before my eyes

I wonder why I wonder how
That it seems the powers getting stronger
Every day
I feel a strength an inner fire
But I'm scared I won't be able to control it anymore

There's a time to live and a time to die
When it's time to meet the maker
There's a time to live but isn't it strange
That as soon as you're born you're dying

Just by looking through your eyes
He could see the future penetrating right
In through your mind
See the truth and see your lies
But for all his power couldn't foresee his own demise

There's a time to live and a time to die
When it's time to meet the maker
There's a time to live but isn't it strange
That as soon as you're born you're dying...
... and reborn again?
				
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Can i play with madness
give me the sense to wonder
to wonder if i'm free
give me a sense of wonder
to know i can be me
give me the strength to hold my head up
spit back in their face
don't need no key to unlock this door
gonna break down the walls
break out of this bad place

can i play with madness - the prophet stared at his crystal ball
can i play with madness - there's no vision there at all
can i play with madness - the prophet looked and he laughed at me
can i play with madness - he said you're blind too blind to see

i screamed aloud to the old man
i said don't lie don't say you don't know
i say you'll pay for your mischief
in this world or the next
oh and then he fixed me with a freezing glance
and the hell fires raged in his eyes
he said do you want to know the truth son
- i'll tell you the truth
your soul's gonna burn in the lake of fire

can i play with madness - the prophet stared at his crystal ball
can i play with madness - there's no vision there at all
can i play with madness - the prophet looked and he laughed at me
can i play with madness - he said you're blind too blind to see

can i play with madness - the prophet stared at his crystal ball
can i play with madness - there's no vision there at all
can i play with madness - the prophet looked and he laughed at me
can i play with madness - he said you're blind too blind to see
				
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The evil that men do
love is a razor and i walked the line on that silver blade
slept in the dust with his daughter, her eyes red with
the slaughter of innocence
but i will pray for her
i will call her name out loud
i would bleed for her
if only i could see her now

living on a razors edge
balancing on a ledge
living on a razors edge

the evil that men do lives on and on.....
the evil that men do lives on and on.....
the evil that men do lives on and on.....
the evil that men do lives on and on.....

circle of fire my baptism of joy at an end it seems
the seventh lamb slain, the book of life opens before me
but i will pray for you
and some day i may return
don't you cry for me
beyond is where i learn
				
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Heaven can wait
can't understand what is happening to me,
this isn't real, this is only a dream,
but i never have felt, no i never have felt this way before,
i'm looking down on my body below,
i lie asleep in the midst of a dream,
is it now could it be that the angel of death has come for me?
i can't believe that really my time has come,
i don't feel ready, there's so much left undone,
and it's my soul and i'm not gonna let it get away.

chorus:
heaven can wait,
heaven can wait,
heaven can wait,
heaven can wait til another day.

[reapeat chorus]

i have a lust for the earth below
and hell itself is my only foe,
'cause i've no fear of dying,
i'll go when i'm good and ready,
i snatch a glimpse of the light's eternal rays,
i see a tunnel, i stand amazed,
at all of the people standing there in front of me,
into the paths of rightness i'll be led,
is this the place where the living join the dead?
i wish i knew this was only just a nightmare.

[chorus *2]

take my hand, i'll lead you to the promised land,
take my hand, i'll give you immortality,
eternal youth, i'll take you to the other side,
to see the truth, the path for you is decided.

oh oh * lots.

my body tingles, i feel so strange,
i feel so tired, i feel so drained,
and i'm wondering if i'll ever be the same again,
is this in limbo or in heaven or hell?
maybe i'm going down there as well,
i can't accept my soul will drift forever.
i feel myself floating back down to earth,
so could this be the hour of my rebirth?
or have i died or will i wake from dreaming?

[chorus]
				
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Wasted years
from the coast of gold, across the seven seas,
i'm travelling on, far and wide,
but now it seems, i'm just a stranger to myself,
and all the things i sometimes do, it isn't me but someone else.

i close my eyes, and think of home,
another city goes by, in the night,
ain't it funny how it is, you never miss it til it's gone away,
and my heart is lying there and will be til my dying day.

chorus:
so understand
don't waste your time always searching for those wasted years,
face up...make your stand,
and realise you're living in the golden years.

too much time on my hands, i got you on my mind,
can't ease this pain, so easily,
when you can't find the words to say, it's hard to make it through another day
and it makes me wanna cry, and throw my hands up to the sky.

chorus:
so understand
don't waste your time always searching for those wasted years,
face up...make your stand,
and realise you're living in the golden years.
				
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Rime of the ancient mariner (live)
hear the rime of the ancient mariner
see his eye as he stops one of three
mesmerises one of the wedding guests
stay here and listen to the nightmares of the sea.

and the music plays on, as the bride passes by
caught by his spell and the mariner tells his tale.

driven south to the land of the snow and ice
to a place where nobody's been
through      the snow fog flies on the albatross
hailed in god's name, hoping good luck it brings.

and the ship sails on, back to the north
through the fog and ice and the albatross follows on.

the mariner kills the bird of good omen
his shipmates cry against what he's done
but when the fog clears, they justify him
and make themselves a part of the crime.

sailing on and on and north across the sea
sailing on and on and north 'til all is calm.

the albatross begins with its vengeance
a terrible curse a thirst has begun
his shipmates blame bad luck on the mariner
about his neck, the dead bird is hung.

and the curse goes on and on at sea
and the curse goes on and on for them and me.

"day after day, day after day,
we stuck nor breath nor motion
as idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean
water, water everywhere and
all the boards did shrink
water, water everywhere nor any drop to drink."

there calls the mariner
there comes a ship over the line
but how can she sail with no wind in her sails and no tide.

see...onward she comes
onward she nears out of the sun
see, she has no crew
she has no life, wait but here's two.

death and she life in death,
they throw their dice for the crew
she wins the mariner and he belongs to her now.
then...crew one by one
they drop down dead, two hundred men
she...she, life in death.
she lets him live, her chosen one.

"one after one by the star dogged moon,
too quick for groan or sigh
each turned his facce with a ghastly pang
and cursed me with his eye
four times fifty living men
(and i heard nor sigh nor groan)
with heavy thump, a lifeless lump,
they dropped down one by one."

the curse it lives on in their eyes
the mariner wished he'd die
along with the sea creatures
but they lived on, so did he.

and by the light of the moon
he prays for their beauty not doom
with heart he blesses them
god's creatures all of them too.

then the spell starts to break
the albatross falls from his neck
sinks down like lead into the sea
then down in      falls comes the rain.

hear the groans of the long dead seamen
see them stir and they start to rise
bodies lifted by good spirits
none of them speak and they're lifelesss in their eyes

and revenge is still sought, penance starts again
cast into a trance and the nightmare carries on.

now the curse is finally lifted
and the mariner sights his home
spirits go fromhe long dead bodies
form their own light and the mariner's left alone.

and then a boat came sailing towards him
it was a joy he could not believe
the pilot's boat, his son and the hermit,
penance of life will fall onto him.

and the ship sinks like lead into the sea
and the hermit shrieves the mariner of his sins.

the mariner's bound to tell of his story
to tell this tale wherever he goes
to teach god's word by his own example
that we must love all things that god made.

and the wedding guest's a sad and wiser man
and the tale goes on and on and on.
				
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Running free (live)
just sixteen, a pickup truck, out of money, out of luck.
i've got nowhere to call my own, hit the gas, and here i go.

i'm running free yeah, i'm running free.
i'm running free yeah, oh i'm running free.

spent the night in an l. a. jail, and listened to the sirens wail.
they ain't got a thing on me, i'm running wild, i'm running free.

i'm running free yeah, i'm running free.
i'm running free yeah, oh i'm running free.

puller here at the bottle top, whiskey, dancing, disco hop.
now all the boys are after me, and that's the way it's gonna be.

i'm running free yeah, i'm running free.
i'm running free yeah, oh i'm running free.
				
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2 minutes to midnight
kill for gain or shoot to maim
but we don't need a reason
the golden goose is on the loose
and never out of season
some blackened pride still burns inside
this shell of bloody treason
here's my gun for a barrel of fun
for the love of living death.

chorus
the killer's breed or the demon's seed,
the glamour, the fortune, the pain,
go to war again, blood is freedom's stain,
but don't you pray for my soul anymore.
2 minutes to midnight
the hands that threaten doom.
2 minutes to midnight
to kill the unborn in the womb.

the blind men shout let the creatures out
we'll show the unbelievers
the napalm screams of human flames
of a prime time belsen feast...yeah!
as the reasons for the carnage cut their meat and lick the gravy,
we oil the jaws of the war machine and feed it with our babies.

chorus

the body bags and little rags of children torn in two
and the jellied brains of those who remain to put the finger right on you.
as the madmen play on words and make us all dance to their song,
to the tune of starving millions to make a better kind of gun.

chorus

midnight...all night...
				
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Aces high
there goes the siren that warns of the air raid
then comes the sound of the guns sending flak
out for the scramble we've got to get airborne
got to get up for the coming attack.

jump in the cockpit and start up the engines
remove all the wheelblocks there's no time to waste
gathering speed as we head down the runway
gotta get airborne before it's too late.

running, scrambling, flying
rolling, turning, diving, going in again
run, live to fly, fly to live, do or die
run, live to fly, fly to live. aces high.

move in to fire at the mainstream of bombers
let off a sharp burst and then turn away
roll over, spin round and come in behind them
move to their blindsides and firing again.

bandits at 8 o'clock move in behind us
ten me-109's out of the sun
ascending and turning our spitfires to face them
heading straight for them i press down my guns

rolling, turning, diving
rolling, turning, diving, going in again
run, live to fly, fly to live, do or die
run, live to fly, fly to live, aces high.
				
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Where eagles dare
It's snowing outside the rumbling sound
of engines roar in the night.
The mission is near the confident men
are waiting to drop from the sky.

The Blizzard goes on but still they must fly
No one should go where eagles dare.

Bavarian alps that lay all around
they seem to stare from below.
The enemy lines a long time passed
are lying deep in the snow.

Into the night they fall through the sky
No one should fly where eagles dare.

They're closing in the fortress is near
it's standing high in the sky.
The cable car's the only way in
it's really impossible to climb.

They make their way but maybe too late
They've got to try to save the day.

The panicking cries the roaring of guns
are echoing all around the valley.
The mission complete they make to escape
away from the Eagles Nest.

They dared to go where no one would try
they chose to fly where eagles dare.
				
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The trooper
you'll take my life but i'll take yours too
you'll fire your musket but i'll run you through
so when you're waiting for the next attack
you'd better stand there's no turning back.

the bugle sounds and the charge begins
but on this battlefield no one wins
the smell of acrid smoke and horses breath
as i plunge on into certain death.

the horse he sweats with fear we break to run
the mighty roar of the russian guns
and as we race towards the human wall
the screams of pain as my comrades fall

we hurdle bodies that lay on the ground
and the russians fire another round
we get so near yet so far away
we won't live to fight another day.

we get so close near enough to fight
when a russian gets me in his sights
he pulls the trigger and i feel the blow
a burst of rounds take my horse below.

and as i lay there gazing at the sky
my body's numb and my throat is dry
and as i lay forgotten and alone
without a tear i draw my parting groan
				
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The number of the beast
"woe to you, oh earth and sea, for the devil sends the beast
with wrath, because he knows the time is short...
let him who hath understanding reckon the number of the beast
for it is a human number, its number is six hundred and sixty
six."
revelations ch. xiii v. 18

i left alone my mind was blank
i needed time to get the memories from my mind

what did i see can i believe that what i saw
that night was real and not just fantasy

just what i saw in my old dreams were they
reflections of my warped mind staring back at me

cos in my dreams it's always there the evil face that twists my mind
and brings me to despair

the night was black was no use holding back
cos i just had to see was someone watching me
in the mist dark figures move and twist
was all this for real or some kind of hell
666 the number of the beast
hell and fire was spawned to be released

torches blazed and sacred chants were praised
as they start to cry hands held to the sky
in the night the fires burning bright
the ritual has begun satan's work is done
666 the number of the beast
sacrifice is going on tonight

this can't go on i must inform the law
can this still be real or some crazy dream
but i feel drawn towards the evil chanting hordes
they seem to mesmerise me...can't avoid their eyes
666 the number of the beast
666 the one for you and me

i'm coming back i will return
and i'll possess your body and i'll make you burn
i have the fire i have the force
i have the power to make my evil take its course
				
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Run to the hills
white man came across the sea
brought us pain and misery
killed our tribes killed our creed
took our game for his own need

we fought him hard we fought him well
out on the plains we gave him hell
but many came too much for cree
oh will we ever be set free?

riding through dustclouds and barren wastes
galloping hard on the plains
chasing the redskins back to their holes
fighting them at their own game
murder for freedom a stab in the back
women and children and cowards attack

run to the hills run for your lives
run to the hills run for your lives

soldier blue on the barren wastes
hunting and killing their game
raping the women and wasting the men
the only good indians are tame
selling them whisky and taking their gold
enslaving the young and destroying the old

run to the hills run for your lives
				
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Hallowed be thy name
i'm waiting in my cold cell when the bell begins to chime
reflecting on my past life and it doesn't have much time
cos at 5 o'clock they take me to the gallows pole
the sands of time for me are running low

when the priest comes to read me the last rites
i take a look through the bars at the last sights
of a world that has gone very wrong for me

can it be there's some sort of error
hard to stop the surmounting terror
is it really the end not some crazy dream

somebody please tell me that i'm dreaming
it's not so easy to stop from screaming
but words escape me when i try to speak
tears they flow but why am i crying
after all i am not afraid of dying
don't believe that there is never an end

as the guards march me out to the courtyard
someone calls from a cell "god be with you"
if there's a god then why has he let me die?

as i walk all my life drifts before me
and though the end is near i'm not sorry
catch my soul cos it's willing to fly away

mark my words please believe my soul lives on
please don't worry now that i have gone
i've gone beyond to see the truth

when you know that your time is close at hand
maybe then you'll begin to understand
life down there is just a strange illusion.
				
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Wrathchild
i was born into a scene of angriness and greed, and dominance and persecution.
my mother was a queen, my dad i've never seen, i was never meant to be.
and now i spend my time looking all around,
for a man that's nowhere to be found.
until i find him i'm never gonna stop searching,
i'm gonna find my man, gonna travel around.

'cos i'm a wrathchild, well i'm a wrathchild.
yeah i'm a wrathchild. i'm coming to get you, oh yeah.

say it doesn't matter ain't nothin' gonna alter the course of my destination.
i know i've got to find some serious piece of mind, or i know i'll go crazy.
but now i spend my time looking all around,
for a man that's nowhere to be found.
until i find him i'm never gonna stop searching,
i'm gonna find my man, gonna travel around.

'cos i'm a wrathchild, well i'm a wrathchild.
yeah i'm a wrathchild. i'm coming to get you, oh yeah.
				
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Phantom of the opera
i've been looking so long for you now you won't get away from my grasp
. you've been living so long in hiding in hiding behind that false mask.
and you know and i know that you ain't got long now to last.
your looks and your feelings are just the remains of your past.

you're standing in the wings, there you wait for the curtain to fall.
knowing the terror and holding you have on us all.
yeah, i know that you're gonna scratch me, maim me and maul.
you know i'm helpless from your mesmerising cat call.

keep your distance, walk away, don't take his bait.
don't you stray, don't fade away.
watch your step, he's out to get you, come what may.
don't you stray, from the narrow way.

i'm running and hiding in my dreams you're always there.
you're the phantom of the opera, you're the devil, you're just out to scare.
you damaged my mind and my soul it just floats through the air.
haunt me, you taunt me, you torture me back at your lair.
				
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Sanctuary
out of the route came a warhorse of steel. 
i've never killed a woman before, but i know how it feels. 

i know you'd have gone insane if you saw what i saw. 
so now i've got to look for sanctuary from the law. 
so give me sanctuary from the law and i'll be alright. 
just give me sanctuary from the law and love me tonight, tonight. 

i met up with a stranger last night to keep me alive. 
he spends all his money on gambling and guns to survive. 

i can laugh at the wind, i can howl at the rain. 
down in the canyon or out in the plain. 
				
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Strange world
The only place where you can dream, living here is not what it seems.
Ship of white light in the sky, nobody there to reason why.
Here I am, I'm not really there, smiling faces ever so rare.
A let's walk in deepest space, living here just isn't the place.

Stalks of light come from the ground, when I cry there isn't a sound.
All my feelings cannot be held, I'm happy in my new strange world.
Shades of green grasses twine, girls drinking plasma wine.
A look at love, a dream unfolds, living here, you'll never grow old.

Don't you hear me call? Ooh
				
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Iron maiden
won't you come into my room, i wanna show you all my wares.
i just want to see your blood, i just want to stand and stare.
see the blood begin to flow as it falls upon the floor.
iron maiden can't be faught, iron maiden can't be sought.

oh well, wherever, wherever you are,
iron maiden's gonna get you, no matter how far.
see the blood flow watching it shed up above my head.
iron maiden wants you for dead.

won't you come into my room, i wanna show you all my wares.
i just want to see your blood, i just want to stand and stare.
see the blood begin to flow as it falls upon the floor.
iron maiden can't be faught, iron maiden can't be sought.

oh well, wherever, wherever you are
iron maiden's gonna get you, no matter how far
see the blood flow, watching it shed, up above my head
iron maiden wants you for dead...
				
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