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Heaven Can Wait

Discussion in 'Somewhere In Time' started by Anonymous, Apr 11, 2004.


How good is Heaven Can Wait on a scale of 1-10?

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  1. lordantwarrior

    lordantwarrior Prowler

    Re: Daily Song: Heaven Can Wait

    Not a bad song, but not really a standout either. If it weren't for the middle part this probably wouldn't be played live nearly as often. I give it a 7, as it is the weakest track on SIT but then SIT is an excellent album.
  2. Zare

    Zare Dream of broken citadels

    Re: Daily Song: Heaven Can Wait

    Here we have a pretty happy song, which goes well with the lyrical theme...a person foresees the end of his physical existence, but wishes for his life to continue, thus the happy feel can be described as a celebration of corporeal life.

    I always felt that this song was somewhat too "constructed" from several parts, eg. that it doesn't flow as naturally as other SiT songs do. However, if we refer to this interview of Bruce;

    This interview is dated May 1986, inside the period of recording sessions. Bruce clearly mentions Wasted Years and Sea Of Madness, Caught Somewhere In Time, Heaven Can Wait, Alexander The Great + an instrumental of Steve that didn't turn out like that, obviously.

    5 minute timeframe for HCW is 2 and a half minutes shorter than record version, so it fits my impression that the oooh part was added after the basic song was already written. Also note that the Harris instrumental is probably became instrumental part of ATG, with all the timeshifts and complexity, and that basic verse/chorus structure minus instrumental part also fits in 4-5 minutes category.

    Dave's solo is good, but Adrian feels a bit uninspired, at least compared to his other leads on this album (which really set the bar sky high). But his chords beneath the oooh singing are excellent, and the transition from his solo to verses again is very good.

    All in all, it's a very good song, but not as good as other SiT stuff (which just says what standard that album sets as whole). I can't escape the feeling that it was crafted to please audience...with all the experimentation and new stuff that SiT introduced, seems like the fast rocking ordinary riffs + singalong section was something that they needed for crowd participation in concert. Let's also consider this : CSiT was an integral opening track of the show, and in that position it couldn't be that mid setlist highlight. Sea Of Madness didn't work live well, it was too unconventional and a lot of it's magic is based on the production sound they weren't able to reproduce in concert, so they dropped it from the list. The Loneliness Of Long Distance Runner pays greatly to it's background synths, and i bet it was dropped right after first (or second) show because they needed to operate all those MIDI gadgetry on guitars, having focus on that and not being able to fully release their energy into the show. Stranger In A Strange land is slow-paced and melancholic, it's also good live but it can't be considered as crowd highlight. Deja Vu wasn't played because of background synths, but also because the great buildup is based on doubing guitars one at the time, which again wasn't possible in live setting. ATG was immediately dismissed by Bruce because of lyrics. If we take all that into mind, only two songs that could really work and be a mainstay were Wasted Years and HCW. So HCW needed a bit of tune-up for live setting.

    Never the less, it's 8/10.
  3. Invader

    Invader Ancient Mariner

    Re: Daily Song: Heaven Can Wait

    This song works great live, but it's not bad in the studio.  I rarely skip it, but then I don't skip any song when listening to Somewhere in Time.  Somewhere between 7 and 8, but closer to 8.
  4. mckindog

    mckindog Living for Sanctuary from the law Staff Member

    Re: Daily Song: Heaven Can Wait

    This is one of those Maiden songs that when you hear it on its own, you go “yeah, good tune.” Then you start stacking it up against the rest of the catalogue and realize it’s well down the list. I love the intro even though I agree with those who think the synths are too prominent. But overall, it doesn’t quite deliver on the opening promise, with the biggest bump being the way Bruce’s voice goes way up in the wa- AAA- AIIIT!! part. Bottom line: good song, seven.
  5. Vortex

    Vortex Invader

    Re: Daily Song: Heaven Can Wait

    I actually really like this song, I think it has very strong lyrics and verses. The chorus is the only real let down but is more than made up for by the haunting soccer chant mid section. I rate it 9/10.
  6. Prowler_108

    Prowler_108 Trooper

    Re: Daily Song: Heaven Can Wait

    9.  I'd give it a flat ten if it wasn't for the chorus, but the rest of the song is fantastic, and while its become the common opinion that this is the worst song of SIT, i personally think it slays Loneliness and is a little better then CSIT.
  7. Unknown One

    Unknown One I see the ghost of navigators.

    Re: Daily Song: Heaven Can Wait

    Not a real fan of the song but I do like the instrumental sections. The rest of the song is still a bit mehish to me though and this is def the worst song off the album for me. Definitely better live when everyone sings along (even if it is way overplayed live). 6/10.
  8. Travis The Dragon

    Travis The Dragon The dreamers may die, but the dreams live on.

    Re: Daily Song: Heaven Can Wait

    Another amazing rocker! 9/10.
  9. Jeffmetal

    Jeffmetal Ancient Mariner

    Re: Daily Song: Heaven Can Wait

    Rocker?! Man, this term is overused and annoying. How can a multi parted 7:20 minutes song be a rocker? It's like the guy who said it's a decent song, and he gives 5 out of 10. :S

    8. This is one that I love the instrumental section and once again, Davey and H's fantastic solos. It's a funny song lyrically and has an atmosphere that makes me look to the sound with more width and depth. Majestic!!!
  10. Albie

    Albie Keeping an open eye on the Weeping Angels.

    Re: Daily Song: Heaven Can Wait

    8/10. I quite like this song and like it better when played live.
  11. Black Thunder

    Black Thunder Ancient Mariner

    Re: Daily Song: Heaven Can Wait

    OMG! when I said "decent", I meant it's not that bad, but it's not great either.

    I gave SOM a 7, and there's no way this song is better than SOM.
  12. The Mid-Distance Runner

    The Mid-Distance Runner Climb like a lemur!!

    Re: Daily Song: Heaven Can Wait

    All in all the song is quite solid but the chorus is weak. Coming in at track number 4 HCW holds a fairly critical position on the album...maybe Stranger in a Strange Land would have sat better in that spot. An opening four of CSIT, WY,SOM and SIASL would have been immortal. Not sure why this is the most frequently played SIT...I hazard a guess that Steve loves it and in particular thinks the crowd loves the singalong part. 

  13. Babo 91

    Babo 91 Nomad

    Re: Daily Song: Heaven Can Wait

    My joint worst song on the album. The chorus kinda annoys me but i find the song to be really energetic. The mid section is epic and i love how adrian plays a short lick and then dave answers it with a lick of his own. Adrian also delivers another epic solo on this one. It makes you think how poor this album would have been without smith. If he doesn't write a song on this album he plays an epic godlike solo on it anyway. Pretty decent song

  14. national acrobat

    national acrobat Ancient Mariner

    Not really too fond of this song, and I don't like the chorus particularly. The 'Whoa oh oh' chant is a highlight. 5/10
  15. Jonszat

    Jonszat Trooper

    Instrumental section is cool. Chorus is annoying and the song is waaaaaayyyyyyyyy too long. 5/10.
  16. Taker

    Taker Cannon Fodder

    7 out of 10... I too, find the chorus annoying, although the rest of the song holds up pretty well. I was quite surprised when the lads chose to include it on the SBIT setlist... I would have picked from at least a dozen others before this one. :blink:
  17. Genghis Khan

    Genghis Khan Ancient Mariner

    This is really a live track.  Like FotD the song comes alive during its chorus.  But the rest of the song seems somewhat clumsy sort of like Where Eagles Dare singing.  Great bass, but the guitars are not as good as most of the album.  Still a solid track on a solid album. 8/10.
  18. Night Prowler

    Night Prowler ɹǝlʍoɹԀ ʇɥƃᴉN Staff Member

    Great song. It sounds better when played live, but the studio version is also good. Maybe it's slightly overlong, so I'll give it 9/10.
  19. Dr. Eddies Wingman

    Dr. Eddies Wingman Brighter than thousand_suns

    In retrospect I think I should have given this one 7, considering which songs I've later given a 6.
  20. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    Let me start by saying, I really don't like this song. Nothing special about it, overly long, and the only good thing is the chorus, which is ok. 6/10

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