Keeping an open eye on the Weeping Angels.
Not my favourite 'Arry epic. He has done so much better. 7.
What about Davey's solo?
Having also covered it, I came out of the experience with a different take on the song. There are early interviews for this album (probably on the commentary somewhere) where they're talking about SIT (still in early stages) and they say there aren't any epics but there is an instrumental. Listening to this song makes me wonder if it was originally an instrumental and for some reason the band didn't feel confident in it as is and through in some vocal parts as filler. The whole intro is epic, the melodies in between are great, the instrumental section is immense, the vocal parts are just kind of there. And the lyrics have been lambasted enough around here, they do come off as rushed. I do like the idea of a futuristic vibe for the album until the last song where they take us "somewhere back in time". I wish they would've taken the vocals out and replaced those with more glorious melodies under that really nice steady beat.7/10. Having covered it early this year, I've now seen how the sausage is made. Except for the 7/8 section, it's really not that noteworthy in terms of songwriting. This one came out of the oven too early. It broke the sequence of awesome album-closing epics.
I think I know which book he used to write it, and the book in question (a classic in Ancient history) has been written in 1938.