The way i'm rating this tracks goes like this : i'm not being overly objective, i score by the opinion i have right now about the particular track, and i'm referring and comparing by Maiden standards, eg, how the song scores against others in discography. My score guidlines are these :
10 - brilliant
9 - almost there
8 - a very good song
7 - good song, but something missing, can be filler also if it's well constructed
6 - typical filler or unfinished business, serious flaws in some compartment (arrangement, music, lyrics)
5 - not good at all, but with listenable parts
4...1 - one of worst tracks in discography
Ok, Die With Your Boots on. I'm between 7 and 8. Intro is excellent, lyrics are excellent, if i'm not mistaken it's one of first social commentary tracks they've rolled out. However, the verse riffs are too simple, chorus is...don't know, sometimes i feel like i like it, sometimes i feel like i don't. The second excellent part is "they've died..." followed by H's solo. I like how the vocal tempo doubles up on final chorus. Still feel like there's space for improvement, eg. it's missing several elements. Hence, 7.
I know this topic hasn't been posted in for a while, but nevertheless here are a few of my thoughts on the song:
I'd give it a 7/10, it's got some pretty awesome parts, but compared to other songs on the album like Revelations and To Tame a Land it doesn't quite stand up.
Looking at the lyrics it's (as others have concluded) a criticism of false prophets, politicians and media types throughout time who have spread lies and propaganda throughout time, the "Frenchman" could refer to Nostradamus who made lots of prophecies and claimed to dabble in the occult. The line "the truth of all predictions, is surely in your hands" quite clearly expresses the view that our actions determine the courses of our lives and that if we resigned ourselves to believeing all the bad news we hear on a daily basis then we would surely be doomed.
A slightly dull and repetitive chorus brings the song down a little in my opinion, but I do quite like the lyrics!
That opening is killer, and the chorus is so ridiculous and catchy (especially the final chorus). H's solo is awesome. But The song is also a little bit silly, and I swear Bruce is out of key in the bridge.
I agree that this song has a silly nature to it that is hard to overcome. The chorus is catchy, but also perhaps a tad corny/repetitive. It is still a fun song though and that helps. Great guitar solo in the middle/end. 8/10
This one is rocking and it puts a smile on my face!
Seems to my as this one have got more shit then it deserves, as I think it is great and deserves praise.
The solos, and the breakdown in the middle are the best part of the song, and Bruce passage into Adrian's Solo is so well done!
What bring down the score is the cliche and sometimes repetive lyrics.
But a nice song overall and it deserves a;
An enjoyable song, and I remember thinking it was brilliant when I first heard it. I still think it's great, but it feels a little repetitive, I'm not a fan of the bridge and the chorus isn't as strong as it might have been. Works out at a...