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Iron Maiden lyrics tournament final: Starblind versus Empire of the Clouds

Discussion in 'Forum Games' started by mckindog, Aug 31, 2016.

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Pick the song with the best lyrics from each pair

This poll will close on Mar 26, 2017 at 6:12 PM.
  1. Starblind

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  2. *****

    0 vote(s)
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  3. Empire of the Clouds

    50.0%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. The Flash

    The Flash Dennis Wilcock did 9/11

    Trooper, ATSS, Paschendale off the top of my head. Quite a few more, too.
     
  2. Lampwick 43

    Lampwick 43 Waiting in line at the ending of time

    What do people see in Moonchild? It's alright in the context of the album, but on its own it doesn't really have much to offer lyrically..
     
  3. mckindog

    mckindog Living for Sanctuary from the law Staff Member

    Longest Day and Sign of the Cross are eliminated. We are down to the sweet 16

    STARBLIND

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    Take my eyes the things I've seen in this world coming to an end
    My reflection fades I'm weary of these earthly bones and skin
    You may pass through me and leave no trace, I have no mortal face
    Solar winds are whispering, you may hear me call

    We can shed our skins and swim into the darkened void beyond
    We will dance among the worlds that orbit stars that aren't our sun
    All the oxygen that trapped us in a carbon spider's web
    Solar winds are whispering, you may hear the sirens of the dead

    Let the elders do their parley meant to satisfy our lust
    Leaving Damocles still hanging over all their promised trust
    Walk away from freedoms offered by the jailers in their cage
    Step into the light startripping over mortals in their rage

    Starblind with sun The stars are one
    We are the light that brings the end of night



    Starblind with sun The stars are one
    We are with the Goddess of the Sun tonight


    The preacher loses face with Christ
    Religion's cruel device is gone
    Empty flesh and hollow bones make pacts of love but die alone

    The crucible of pain will forge
    The blanks of sin begin again
    You are free to choose a life to live or one that's left to lose



    Virgins in the teeth of God are meat and drink to feed the damned
    You may pass through me and I will feel the life that you live less
    Step into my light startripping
    We will rage against the night
    Walk away from comfort offered by your citizens of death

    Starblind with sun The stars are one
    We are the light that brings the end of night

    Starblind with sun The stars are one
    We are with the Goddess of the Sun tonight


    Take my eyes for what I've seen, I will give my sight to you
    You are free to choose whatever life to live or life to lose
    Whatever god you know he knows you better than you believe
    In your once and future grave you'll fall endlessly deceived


    Look into our face reflected in the moonglow in your eyes
    Remember you can choose to look but not to see and waste your hours
    You believe you have the time, but I tell you your time is short
    See your past and future all the same and it cannot be bought

    Starblind with sun The stars are one
    We are the light that brings the end of night

    Starblind with sun The stars are one
    We are with the Goddess of the Sun tonight


    Take my eyes for what I've seen, I will give my sight to you
    You are free to choose whatever life to live or life to lose
    Whatever god you know he knows you better than you believe
    In your once and future grave you'll fall endlessly deceived
    The preacher loses face with Christ
    Religion's cruel device is gone
    Empty flesh and hollow bones make pacts of love but die alone

    The crucible of pain will forge
    The blanks of sin begin again
    You are free to choose a life to live or one that's left to lose

    versus

    FOR THE GREATER GOOD OF GOD

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    Are you a man of peace or man of holy war
    Too many sides to you, don't know which any more
    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 a sheep's clothing, or saintly or sinner
    Or someone that would believe, a holy war winner

    They fire off many shots and many parting blows
    Their 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
    Sometimes it seems more like the blind leading the blind
    It brings upon us more of famine death and war
    You know religion has a lot to answer for

    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


    And as they search to find the bodies in the sand
    They find its ashes that are scattered across the land
    And as their 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 there's 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 war is
    Again tell me what life is


    For the greater good of God

    He gave his life for us he fell upon the cross
    To die for all of those who never mourn his loss
    It wasn't meant for us to feel the pain again
    Tell me why, tell me why

    and

    PASCHENDALE

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    In a foreign field you lay
    Lonely soldier unknown grave
    On his dying words he prays
    Tell the world of Paschendale


    Relive all that he's been through
    Last communion of his soul
    Rust your bullets with his tears
    Let me tell you about his years


    Laying low in a blood-filled trench
    Killing time 'til my very own death
    On my face I can feel the falling rain
    Never see my friends again
    In the smoke, in the mud and lead
    Smell the fear and the feeling of dread
    Soon be time to go over the wall
    Rapid fire and the end of us all

    Whistles, shouts, and more gun fire
    Lifeless bodies hang on barbed wire
    Battlefield nothing but a bloody tomb
    Be reunited with my dead friends soon
    Many soldiers eighteen years
    Drown in mud, no more tears
    Surely a war no-one can win,
    Killing time about to begin

    Home, far away from the war, a chance to live again
    Home, far away but the war, no chance to live again


    The bodies of ours and our foes
    The sea of death it overflows
    In no man's land God only knows
    Into jaws of death we go


    Crucified as if on a cross,
    Allied troops they mourn their loss
    German war propaganda machine
    Such before has never been seen
    Swear I heard the angels cry
    Pray to God no more may die
    So that people know the truth
    Tell the tale of Paschendale

    Cruelty has a human heart
    Every man does play his part
    Terror of the men we kill
    The human heart is hungry still
    I stand my ground for the very last time
    Gun is ready as I stand in line
    Nervous wait for the whistle to blow
    Rush of blood and over we go

    Blood is falling like the rain
    Its crimson cloak unveils again
    The sound of guns can't hide their shame
    And so we die in Paschendale


    Dodging shrapnel and barbed wire
    Running straight at cannon fire
    Running blind as I hold my breath
    Say a prayer, symphony of death
    As we charge the enemy lines
    A burst of fire and we go down
    I choke a cry but no-one hears
    Feel the blood go down my throat

    Home, far away from the war, a chance to live again
    Home, far away from the war, a chance to live again


    See my spirit on the wind
    Across the lines, beyond the hill
    Friend and foe will meet again
    Those who died at Paschendale

    versus

    WASTED YEARS

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    From the coast of gold, across the seven seas
    I'm travellin' 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

    So understand
    Don't waste your time always searching for
    those wasted years
    Face up... make your stand
    And realize 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
     
  4. The Flash

    The Flash Dennis Wilcock did 9/11

    Starblind & Paschendale, easily.

    Ridiculous that The Longest Day lost to Moonchild. These two verses alone take a dump on Moonchild's lyrics.

    "All summers long the drills to build the machine
    To turn men from flesh and blood to steel
    From paper soldiers to bodies on the beach
    From summer sands to armageddon's reach

    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"
     
  5. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

     
  6. Brigantium

    Brigantium Work Geordie for hire Staff Member

    Starblind Paschendale
     
  7. RTC

    RTC Libera et impera!

    Wait, Moonchild beat Longest Day?
     
  8. desultory

    desultory 1-2-3-compassion

    Wasted Years always clicked with me.
     
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  9. mckindog

    mckindog Living for Sanctuary from the law Staff Member

    Starblind and Paschendale go through

    Next up:

    BOOK OF SOULS

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    Sacrifices buried with kings
    Accompany them on a journey with no end
    To an afterlife that’s rich with fruit of all the gods
    And to face the demons of their underworld haunts

    The sentient is sent to seek out all the truth
    A flight to earth that is a given from his birth
    To rise from ashes of the dead
    Out of the fire is sent to fulfill man’s desire

    By power day and night and death he ruled them
    The sky and earth and the fires too
    Two headed reptile symbol of his reign
    Universes of the underworld
    A life that’s full of all the wealth and riches
    Can never last for an eternity
    After living in a golden paradise
    The ultimate sacrifice


    Prophecy of sky gods, the sun and moon
    Passing of old ways will come true soon
    Falling of ages, forest of kings
    The search for the truth, the book of souls


    The rulers of planets and stars
    The power of the kings of traders and the wars
    Planetary cycles and the phases of the moon
    Is in the document a kingdom they will learn

    They were praying to the gods of nature
    And were living in the cities of stone
    Towers reaching upward to the heavens
    Sacred wonders for the world unknown
    Make their lives be a mystery no more
    Records kept and the passing of laws
    Sacred gods to the book of lies
    When a civilization dies


    Prophecy of sky gods, the sun and moon
    Passing of old ways will come true soon
    Falling of ages, forest of kings
    The lost book of souls, destruction begins


    Ascending the throne wearing feathers and shells
    He brought back their lives from the void
    Alien invasion brings nothing but death
    Mass exodus and plant life destroyed

    Domain of the Earth to the journey of truth
    The underworld caves, Mayan slaves
    Defeat of the dark Lords
    The ultimate proof
    In the place where the ancestors rule


    The book of souls

    versus

    EMPIRE OF THE CLOUDS

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    To ride the storm, to an empire of the clouds
    To ride the storm, they climbed aboard their silver ghost
    To ride the storm, to a kingdom that will come
    To ride the storm, and damn the rest, oblivion


    Royalty and dignitaries, brandy and cigars
    Grey lady giant of the skies, you hold them in your arms
    The millionth chance they laughed, to take down his majesty's craft
    "To India," they say, "magic carpet float away," an October fateful day


    Mist is in the trees, stone sweats with the dew
    The morning sunrise, red before the blue
    Hanging at the mast, waiting for command
    His majesty's airship, the R101

    She's the biggest vessel built by man, a giant of the skies
    For all you unbelievers, the titanic fits inside
    Drum roll tight, her canvas skin, silvered in the sun
    Never tested with the fury, with the beating yet to come

    The fury yet to come…

    In the gathering gloom, the storm rising in the west
    The coxswain stared into the plunging weather glass
    We must go now, we must take our chance with fate
    We must go now, for a politician he can't be late

    The airship crew awake for thirty hours at full stretch,
    But the ship is in their backbone, every sinew, every inch
    She never flew at full speed, a trial never done
    Her fragile outer cover, her Achilles would become

    An Achilles yet to come...


    Sailors of the sky, a hardened breed
    Loyal to the king, and an airship creed
    The engines drum, the telegraph sounds
    Release the cords that bind us to the ground

    Said the coxswain, "Sir, she's heavy, she'll never make this flight."
    Said the captain, "Damn the cargo! We'll be on our way tonight."
    Groundlings cheered in wonder, as she backed off from the mast
    Baptizing them her water, from the ballast fore and aft

    Now she slips into our past…


    Fighting the wind as it rolls you
    Feeling the diesels that push you along
    Watching The Channel below you
    Lower and lower, into the night

    Lights are passing below you
    Northern France, asleep in their beds
    Storm is raging around you
    A million to one, that's what he said

    Reaper standing beside her
    With his scythe cuts to the bone
    Panic to make a decision
    Experienced men, asleep in their graves

    Her cover is ripped and she's drowning
    Rain is flooding into the hull
    Bleeding to death and she's falling
    Lifting gas is draining away

    "We're down, lads!" came a cry, bow plunging from the sky
    Three thousand horses silent as the ship began to die
    The flares to guide her path ignited at the last
    The empire of the clouds, just ashes in our past

    Just ashes at the last…


    Here lie their dreams as I stand in the sun
    On the ground where they built, and the engines did run
    To the moon and the stars, now what have we done?
    Oh the dreamers may die, but the dreams live on

    Dreams live on
    Dreams live on


    Now a shadow on a hill, the angel of the east
    The empire of the clouds may rest in peace
    And in a country churchyard, laid head to the mast
    Eight and forty souls, who came to die in France…

    and

    BRIGHTER THAN A THOUSAND SUNS

    View attachment 5074

    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 man
    On its tower, ready for the fall

    Knocking heads together well
    Raze a city, build a living hell
    Join the race to suicide
    Listen for the tolling of the bell

    Out of the universe, a strange love is born
    Unholy union, trinity reformed


    Yellow sun its evil twin
    In the black the wings deliver him
    We will split our souls within
    Atom seed to nuclear dust is riven

    Out of the universe, a strange love is born
    Unholy union, trinity reformed


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


    Bury your morals and bury your dead
    Bury your head in the sand
    E=mc2 you can relate
    How we made God with our hands

    Whatever would Robert have said to his God
    About how he made war with the sun
    E=mc2 you can relate
    How we made God with our hands


    All nations are rising through acid veils of love and hate
    Chain letters of Satan, uncertainty leads us all to this
    All nations are rising through acid veils of love and hate
    Cold fusion and fury


    Divide and conquer while ye may
    Others preach and others fall and pray
    In the bunkers where we'll die
    There the executioners they lie

    Bombers launch with no recall
    Minute-warning of the missile fall
    Take a look at your last sky
    Guessing you won't have the time to cry

    Out of the universe, a strange love is born
    Unholy union, trinity reformed


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

    Holy Father we have sinned

    versus

    HALLOWED BE THY NAME


    View attachment 5244

    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
    'Cause at five o'clock they'll take me to the gallows pole
    The sands of time for me are running low...
    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 been some kind 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 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'm not afraid of dying
    Don't I believe that there never is 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 go?
    As I walk all my life drifts before me
    And though the end is near I'm not sorry
    Catch my soul 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 here is just a strange illusion

    Yeah, hallowed be thy name
    Yeah, hallowed be thy name
     
  10. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    All good lyrics, but I'm going with both of the story songs. They manage to do as much as the other two while simultaneously taking you on a journey.
     
  11. mckindog

    mckindog Living for Sanctuary from the law Staff Member

    Empire wins 7-4 over the other epic of the latest.
    Suns edges Hallowed by a single vote.

    Next up:

    EL DORADO

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    Gotta tell you a story
    On a cold winter's night
    You'll been sailing for glory
    Before you know what is right

    So come over here now
    I've got a vision for you
    It's my personal snake oil
    It's just something I do

    I'm the Jester with no tears
    And I'm playing on your fears
    I'm a trickster smiling underneath this mask of love and death
    The eternal lie I've told
    About the pyramids of gold
    I've got you hooked at every turn, your money's left to burn


    You'll be wanting a contract,
    You'll be waiting a while
    I'd like to give you my contact
    But that isn't my style
    Well, you'll only get one chance
    And it's too good to miss
    If I didn't lie to you
    Then I wouldn't exist

    Greed, lust, and envy, pride
    It's the same old same old way
    The smoke and mirrors
    Visions that you see are just like me
    I'm a clever banker's face
    With just a letter out of place
    I know someone just like you know someone just like me


    El Dorado come and play
    El Dorado step this way
    Take a ticket for the ride
    El Dorado streets of gold
    See the ship its oversold
    You've got one last chance to try


    So gone is the glory
    And gone is the gold
    Well if you need a story
    I'll come, it has to be told

    Well you may say I'm a devil
    And I wouldn't say no
    But out here on the dark side
    Hey! On with the show!

    So now my tale is told
    Big and bad and twice as bold
    The ship of fools is sinking as the cracks begin to grow
    There is no easy way
    For an honest man today
    Which is something you should think of as my lifeboat sails away


    El Dorado come and play
    El Dorado step this way
    Take a ticket for the ride

    El Dorado streets of gold
    See the ship its oversold
    You've got one last chance to try

    versus

    THE TROOPER

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    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

    Ooooooooh! Ooooooooh!

    The horse he sweats with fear we break to run
    The mighty roar of the Russian guns
    And as we race toward 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

    Ooooooooh! Ooooooooh!

    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

    Ooooooooh! Ooooooooh!
    and

    MAN OF SORROWS

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    Like a man without a home
    Watching people come and go
    Carry on their daily lives
    Without a thought for the ones alone

    Cast the dream aside like throwing
    A pebble into the ocean tide
    And I’m feeling so alone again

    Free the angry from their pain
    Free the captives from the chains
    Cast aside the doubt that
    Nothing good can come their way again

    Living in a world of lies
    No matter how or hard we try
    Living life without a dream today

    Looking through a mist of truth
    That we believe an elusive cloud
    The things we find are hard to say now
    That we live through day to day
    Find it hard to force the reasons
    Why we find it hard to die


    Now we need to know the truth now
    Open our eyes that we can see
    So we live and breathe again
    Better days for you and me
    Can we even hope to deliver this
    We are so far away

    As one turns against the other
    With a brother against brother
    Situation like no other
    it’s a picture of despair


    As we look to see the man of sorrows
    Passing knowledge to those who don’t know
    As we watch all our friends passing over
    As they pass through the edges of time
    And we see what’s ahead that awaits us
    That no longer do we feel afraid
    So we look to see the man of sorrows
    And the light is the darkness no more

    versus

    REVELATIONS

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    "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"


    Just a babe in a 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 a black embrace and the Seed is sown in a holy place
    And I watched her 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, the Watcher in the Ring

    It is You, oh oh
    It is You...
     
  12. mckindog

    mckindog Living for Sanctuary from the law Staff Member

    Had some good discussion about Man of Sorrows, but next to nothing on the other three.
    I expect the Play Classics pair to win. Love to hear your whys.
     
  13. Brigantium

    Brigantium Work Geordie for hire Staff Member

    Dorado Sorrows
     
  14. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    El Dorado is a really great lyric. It's sharp and easy-to-digest while still being poetic and rather dark. I love the different layers at play throughout as we hear the song from the viewpoint of the snake oil man. Honestly, the lyrics here are better than the song. By comparison, The Trooper is the all around packaged: fast, rollicking, dire, violent, but it's made by the music and the melodies more so than the lyrics. When just considering the lyrics alone, El Dorado is stronger.

    I do like the calm, detached and poetic nature of Man of Sorrows. However, it suffers from Steve's broad statements and some words thrown in just to fit his obsessive need to write melodies "just so" down to every syllable (*cough* "Now we need to know the truth NOW" *cough*). Revelations is pure Bruce poetry getting into his obscure, mind-of-darkness mortality thing that he does so well. It's far more interpretative and very bizarre, but I think it's a very important part of Maiden's early catalogue as it allowed Bruce to get so deep and weird with the lyrics.
     
  15. mckindog

    mckindog Living for Sanctuary from the law Staff Member

    El Dorado and Revelations advance.

    Last songs of the Sweet 16:

    POWERSLAVE

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    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

    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 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

    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 waste
    And in my last hour I'm a slave to the power of Death


    Now I am cold but a ghost lives in my veins
    Silent the terror that reigned – marbled in stone
    A shell of a man God preserved for a thousand ages
    But open the gates of my Hell – I will strike from the grave

    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 waste
    And in my last hour I'm a slave to the power of Death

    Slave to the power of Death

    versus

    RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER

    View attachment 5148

    Hear the rime of the Ancient Mariner
    See his eye as he stops one of three
    Mesmerizes 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."
    (SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE)

    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 there'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 face 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."

    (SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE)

    The curse it lives on in their eyes
    The Mariner he 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 lifeless 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 from the long dead bodies
    Form their own light and the Mariner's left alone

    And then a boat came sailing toward 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 it 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 his 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...

    and

    GHOST OF THE NAVIGATOR

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    I have sailed to many lands, now I make my final journey
    On the bow I stand, west is where I go
    Through the night I plough, still my heart, calculate and pray
    As the compass swings, my will is strong, I will not be led astray
    Mysteries of time clouds that hide the sun
    But I know, but I know, but I know

    I see the ghosts of navigators but they are lost
    As they sail into the sunset they'll count the cost
    As their skeletons accusing emerge from the sea
    The sirens of the rocks, they beckon me


    Take my heart and set it free, carried forward by the waves
    Nowhere left to run, navigator's son,
    Chasing rainbows all my days


    Where I go I do not know, I only know the place I've been
    Dreams they come and go, ever shall be so,
    Nothing's real until you feel


    I steer between the crashing rocks, the sirens call my name
    Lash my hands onto the helm, blood surging with the strain
    I will not fail now as sunrise comes the darkness left behind
    For eternity I follow on there is no other way
    Mysteries of time clouds that hide the sun
    But I know, I know

    I see the ghosts of navigators but they are lost
    As they sail into the sunset they'll count the cost
    As their skeletons accusing emerge from the sea
    The sirens of the rocks, they beckon me


    Take my heart and set it free, carried forward by the waves
    Nowhere left to run, navigator's son,
    Chasing rainbows all my days


    Where I go I do not know, I only know the place I've been
    Dreams they come and go, ever shall be so,
    Nothing's real until you feel

    versus

    MOONCHILD

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    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


    I count the heads of those unborn the accursed ones I'll find them all
    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 and 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

    Moonchild – hear the mandrake scream
    Moonchild – open the seventh seal
    Moonchild – you'll be mine soon child
    Moonchild – take my hand tonight
     
  16. Brigantium

    Brigantium Work Geordie for hire Staff Member

    Mariner and Navigator. Mariner and Powerslave both do the colourful storytelling thing, but Rime gets it for managing to recapture some of the spirit of the original poem. I'm fond of Moonchild, but Navigator much more visual and poetic.
     
  17. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    Powerslave and Navigator.
     
  18. The Flash

    The Flash Dennis Wilcock did 9/11

    Still can't get over Longest Day losing to Moonchild.

    Powerslave & Navigator
     
  19. Zare

    Zare Dream of broken citadels

    ROTAM/Moonchild.
     
  20. mckindog

    mckindog Living for Sanctuary from the law Staff Member

    Sorry i have neglected this, especially since we are so close to the end.
    Advancing by the narrowest of margins are Moonchild and Powerslave.

    Iron Maiden's eight best lyrics are:
    Revelations, Powerslave, Moonchild, Paschendale, Brighter Than A Thousand Suns, El Dorado, Starblind, Empire of the Clouds

    Our first quarter finals:

    STARBLIND

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    versus

    MOONCHILD

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    and

    PASCHENDALE

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    versus

    EL DORADO

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