As soon as you hear the first piano notes you know your listening to a classic. I can see music shops having a sign in the piano section in the future "No Empire of the Clouds"
spot on. the phrasing of the lyrics is brilliant as well it's like something a folk band would do. I can see a bearded old man in the corner of a dark boozer, with a few pints of guinness on board, bellowing out the verses unaccompanied
Early in the thread people were arguing about the climax of the track etc.
if it's not "to the moon and the stars, now what have we done, oh the dreamers may die, but the dreams live on" then I don't know what it is.
The possibility of playing this song live with an orchestra was mentioned yesterday in Budapest. Bruce explained that someone "who has an orchestra" asked him recently if he'd be interested in singing with his orchestra. In return, Bruce asked if playing EOTC would be possible and the other guy agreed. Bruce explained that he'd like to do an longer version of the song, "maybe with addtional spoken words". He also told that the studio version lacks orchestrations but they ran out of time.
Very obviously the best song and highlight of the album, and one of the very, very top Maiden songs ever. I stand over all the earlier quotes I have in this thread. One thing I haven't mentioned yet is the whole 6 minutes plus instrumental section starting from the SOS call, that completely paints a picture of the storm and crash of the airship without uttering a single word. 10/10 obviously.