What I've pulled out of Futureal is a bit off the wall.
I think it's a suicide note from a paranoid person. The paranoid behavior, insomnia, and hullucinations are all symptoms of a psychological condition whose name escapes me at the moment. (Any psych people want to help me out?)
On the other hand, the song perfectly describes the premise for the Matrix feature film series. Interestingly, however, VirtualXI was released almost exactly 12 months BEFORE the first Matrix film.
Has the supernatural power of Iron Maiden's once again been proven?
It sounds to me like the story of someone stuck in a virtual world and unable to get out of it... Internet anyone? [!--emo&--][img src=\'style_emoticons/[#EMO_DIR#]/tongue.gif\' border=\'0\' style=\'vertical-align:middle\' alt=\'tongue.gif\' /][!--endemo--]
I think those lyrics are too vague to ascribe a specific meaning to them. Or to put it another way, everyone will have his/her own interpretation.
Two ideas that came to my mind:
1. A guy who owes a lot of money to the mob (maybe even the incorrigible gambler from the next song) and who's running from the goons sent to cause him grievous bodily harm.
2. A much more twisted thought: this song could apply to sick kids like the Columbine killers. (In this case I mean "sick" as in "mentally ill", not as a derogatory term.)
But I've always been into Maiden more for the music than the lyrics, and I love the musical side of this song.
[!--QuoteBegin-Maverick+Feb 23 2004, 10:55 PM--][div class=\'quotetop\']QUOTE(Maverick @ Feb 23 2004, 10:55 PM)[/div][div class=\'quotemain\'][!--QuoteEBegin--] It sounds to me like the story of someone stuck in a virtual world and unable to get out of it... Internet anyone? [!--emo&--][img src=\'style_emoticons/[#EMO_DIR#]/tongue.gif\' border=\'0\' style=\'vertical-align:middle\' alt=\'tongue.gif\' /][!--endemo--] [/quote]
Which is maybe exactly why Iron Duke saw it similar to The Matrix. It seems to describe those people who get lost on their computers to me.
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Great album openning, great concert openning (during Virtual XI World Tour).
Dave's "double" solo is one of his best.
And, as always, I prefer when it's Blaze who sing it even if it's one that Bruce sing not too bad... [!--emo&--][img src=\'style_emoticons/[#EMO_DIR#]/rolleyes.gif\' border=\'0\' style=\'vertical-align:middle\' alt=\'rolleyes.gif\' /][!--endemo--]
Yeah I'd agree that it would be a paranoiac talking in this song. Great song but a better song about delsuion and paranoia would Metallica's The Frayed Ends Of Sanity on ...And Justice For All. It's a lot more complex and detailed. Just my 2 cents on this topic [!--emo&--][img src=\'style_emoticons/[#EMO_DIR#]/cool.gif\' border=\'0\' style=\'vertical-align:middle\' alt=\'cool.gif\' /][!--endemo--] .
Looking at the album cover and the lyrics to this song, I suppose hardly anyone can help making a "Matrix" association. But then, isn't it true that in the late nineties, when the internet and all that really started to kick off, people began wondering where it will end? Couldn't it be that Maiden and "Matrix" have had the same inspiration but evolved independently from each other?
The commentary on 'Futureal' has been re-worked, along with a few others on the same album. [img src=\"style_emoticons/[#EMO_DIR#]/smile.gif\" style=\"vertical-align:middle\" emoid=\"\" border=\"0\" alt=\"smile.gif\" /]
7. Blaze's singing and tone is bad in this song, it's fast, it's in your face, but it doesn't knock you back, don't like the chorus (one of Maiden's worst), but the solo and the melody after the solo are brilliant, live, it worked a lot better and Bruce doesn't butcher it live, it's that the song isn't that good, indeed.
I agree with this a lot, but I also would like to point out my favourite part, namely the guitar section right after the solo. An incredibly energetic moment. This album has several of such strong moments where Janick and Dave do not form a harmony. Instead they play the same, with no accompaniment of rhythm guitars. This formula provides lots of space for the thundering rhythm section. Those accents are fantastic.
I too give a very high eight, but not enough for a nine.