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Iron maiden

Flight 666
Flight 666
bbcode
churchill's speech
aces high
2 minutes to midnight
revelations
the trooper
wasted years
the number of the beast
can i play with madness
rime of the ancient mariner
powerslave
heaven can wait
run to the hills
Fear of the dark
Iron maiden
moonchild
the clairvoyant
hallowed be thy name
churchill's speech
we shall go on to the end.
we shall fight in france,
we shall fight on the seas and oceans,
we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air.
we shall defend our island whatever the cost may be.
we shall fight on beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds,
we shall fight in the fields and in the streets.
we shall fight in the hills,
we shall never surrender.
				
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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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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.

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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.

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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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revelations
"o god of earth and altar,
bow down and hear our cry,
our earthly rulers falter,
our people drift and die,
the walls of gold entomb us,
the swords of scorn divide,
take not thy thunder from us,
but take away our pride."
(g. k. chesterton; english hymnal)

just a babe in the black abyss,
no reason for a place like this,
the walls are cold and souls cry out in pain,
an easy way for the blind to go,
a clever path for the fools who know
the secret of the hanged man-the smile on his lips.
the light of the blind-you'll see,
the venom that tears my spine,
the eyes of the nile are opening-you'll see.

she came to me with a serpent's kiss,
as the eye of the sun rose on her lips,
moonlight catches silver tears i cry,
so we lay in the black embrace,
and the seed is sown in a holy place
and i watched, and i waited for the dawn.

the light of the blind-you'll see,
the venom that tears my spine,
the eyes of the nile are opening-you'll see.

bind all of us together,
ablaze with hope and free,
no storm or heavy weather
will rock the boat you'll see.
the time has come to close your eyes
and still the wind and rain,
for the one who will be king
is the watcher in the ring,
it is you.
				
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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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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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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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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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rime of the ancient mariner
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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powerslave
into the abyss i'll fall-the eye of horus
into the eyes of the night-watching me go
green is the cat's eye that glows-in this temple
enter the risen osiris-risen again.

chorus
tell me why i had to be a powerslave
i don't wanna die, i'm a god, why can't i live on?
when the life giver dies, all around is laid to waste.
and in my last hour,
i'm a slave to the power of death.

when i was living this lie-fear was my game
people would worship and fall-drop to their knees
so bring me the blood and red wine for the one to succeed me
for he is a man and a god-and he will die too.

chorus

now i am cold but a ghost lives in my veins,
silent the terror that reigned-maarbled in stone
shell of a man god preserved-a thousand ages
but open the gates of my hell-i will strike from the grave.

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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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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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Fear of the dark
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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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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moonchild
Seven deadly sins
Seven ways to win
Seven holy paths to hell
And your trip begins

Seven downward slopes
Seven bloodied hopes
Seven are your burning fires
Seven your desires....

I am he the bornless one
The fallen angel watching you
Babylon, the scarlet whore
I'll infiltrate your gratitude
Don't you dare to save your son
Kill him now and save the young ones
Be the mother of a birth strangled babe
Be the devils own, Lucifer's my name

Moonchild - hear the mandrake scream
Moonchild - open the seventh seal
Moonchild - You'll be mine soon child
Moonchild - take my hand tonight

I count the heads of those unborn
The accursed ones I'll find them all
And if you die by your own hand
As a suicide you shall be damned
And if you try to save your soul
I will torment you - you shall not grow old
With every second and passing breath
You'll be so alone your soul will bleed to death

Moonchild - hear the mandrake scream
Moonchild - open the seventh seal
Moonchild - You'll be mine soon child
Moonchild - take my hand tonight

The twins they are exhausted, seven is this night
Gemini is rising as the red lips kiss to bite
Seven angels seven demons battle for his soul
When Gabriel lies sleeping, this child was born to die

One more dies one more lives
One baby cries one mother grieves
For all the sins you will commit
You'll beg forgiveness and none I'll give
A web of fear shall be your coat
To clothe you in the night
A lucky escape for you young man
But I'll see you damned in endless night
				
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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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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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