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Judas Be My Guide

Discussion in 'Fear Of The Dark' started by Anonymous, Apr 11, 2004.

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How good is Judas Be My Guide on a scale of 1-10?

  1. 10

    24.3%
  2. 9

    24.3%
  3. 8

    37.8%
  4. 7

    2.7%
  5. 6

    8.1%
  6. 5

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. 4

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. 3

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. 2

    2.7%
  10. 1

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. Night Prowler

    Night Prowler ɹǝlʍoɹԀ ʇɥƃᴉN Staff Member

    Finally a good song. Great chorus. Bruce's gruff vocals don't fit the verses, but he sings good on the chorus. I'll give it 6/10.
     
  2. 8. Nice rocker, very catchy, and good lyrics.
     
  3. Revelations85

    Revelations85 Trooper

    9/10. A seriously underrated song.
     
  4. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    8.

    A criminally underrated and overlooked song.
     
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  5. Maturin

    Maturin Sköldpadda

    This is a 10 for me. Would be for others too, had it not been on Fear of the Dark. :p
     
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  6. Gk1

    Gk1 Ancient Mariner

    This is the type of song I miss from Maiden albums for more than 20 years now.
     
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  7. Eddieson

    Eddieson Nomad

    This is exactly what this album needed after all these filler-ish songs. Great melodies, great guitar playing and Bruce sounds good to my ears!
    A hidden gem overlooked because it hides between two of Maidens worst songs ever. I think this should have worked perfect as the second single instead of From Here To Eternity!

    8/10
     
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  8. Kashmir75

    Kashmir75 Prowler

    An underrated Maiden song. I never skip this one. Catchy chorus , great solos, fine lyrics. A solid 8 out of 10
     
  9. DJMayes

    DJMayes Educated Fool

    An easy 8. Just a great song all the way through.


    Rankings:

    Previous Albums:

    Iron Maiden - 6.67

    8 - Prowler
    6 - Sanctuary
    7 - Remember Tomorrow
    6 - Running Free
    9 - Phantom Of The Opera
    7 - Transylvania
    4 - Strange World
    6 - Charlotte The Harlot
    7 - Iron Maiden

    Killers - 5.91

    6 - The Ides Of March
    6 - Wrathchild
    6 - Murders In The Rue Morgue
    5 - Another Life
    5 - Genghis Khan
    5 - Innocent Exile
    8 - Killers
    5 - Prodigal Son
    8 - Purgatory
    6 - Twilight Zone
    5 - Drifter

    The Number Of The Beast - 7.56

    6 - Invaders
    7 - Children Of The Damned
    8 - The Prisoner
    7 - 22 Acacia Avenue
    9 - The Number Of The Beast
    10 - Run To The Hills
    6 - Gangland
    5 - Total Eclipse
    10 - Hallowed Be Thy Name

    Piece Of Mind - 7.44

    8 - Where Eagles Dare
    9 - Revelations
    9 - Flight Of Icarus
    7 - Die With Your Boots On
    8 - The Trooper
    7 - Still Life
    6 - Quest For Fire
    6 - Sun And Steel
    7 - To Tame A Land

    Powerslave - 6.75

    8 - Aces High
    7 - 2 Minutes To Midnight
    3 - Loss Fer Words
    7 - Flash Of The Blade
    5 - The Duellists
    6 - Back In The Village
    9 - Powerslave
    9 - Rime Of The Ancient Mariner

    Somewhere In Time - 8.00

    8 - Caught Somewhere In Time
    9 - Wasted Years
    8 - Sea Of Madness
    8 - Heaven Can Wait
    8 - The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner
    7 - Stranger In A Strange Land
    8 - Deja Vu
    8 - Alexander The Great

    Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son - 8.25

    7 - Moonchild
    9 - Infinite Dreams
    9 - Can I Play With Madness
    9 - The Evil That Men Do
    10 - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
    6 - The Prophecy
    8 - The Clairvoyant
    8 - Only The Good Die Young

    No Prayer For The Dying - 6.90

    6 - Tailgunner
    6 - Holy Smoke
    8 - No Prayer For The Dying
    7 - Public Enema Number One
    7 - Fates Warning
    7 - The Assassin
    6 - Run Silent Run Deep
    8 - Hooks In You
    8 - Bring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter
    6 - Mother Russia

    Fear Of The Dark

    7 - Be Quick Or Be Dead
    8 - From Here To Eternity
    9 - Afraid To Shoot Strangers
    5 - Fear Is The Key
    6 - Childhoods End
    8 - Wasting Love
    7 - The Fugitive
    8 - Chains Of Misery
    6 - The Apparition
    8 - Judas Be My Guide
     
  10. Pand

    Pand Ancient Mariner

    Despite the rave reviews above, I've always found this to be a pretty average kind of track. An enjoyable listen, but not more than that.
    6/10
     
  11. Poto

    Poto Ancient Mariner

    Another really good track. One of the most memorable songs from the album, with yet another killer solo by Dave fucking Murray!
     
  12. Best song on the album.
     
  13. Operations666

    Operations666 Educated Fool

    Dave Murray soars on this song. Love the lyrics. A real hidden gem, one of my favorite Maiden songs. 10/10.
     
  14. What a wonderful, catchy rocker this is. Dave's lead work is immaculate, his solo here makes my eyes water every time. Kudos, Davey!
     
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  15. Moonchild

    Moonchild Educated Fool

    One of the best songs from '90s era!
     
  16. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    9/10

    Judas Be My Guide, another Murray credit (and my but he seems good at writing rocking penultimate tunes), is awesome. Musically, it sounds like something that could have been on Somewhere In Time but the vocals are more mature and more confidently delivered. The chorus is incredibly catchy and the quick turnarounds during the bridge really add a flavor of unpredictability to the song.
     
  17. Nognir

    Nognir Prowler

    Signed up just to comment on that song, favorite track on Fear Of The Dark. Was utterly surprised no one had ever mentioned it before I heard it for the first time, 13 years ago

    I think the title is an intended change of "Jesus be my guide" with a lyrical theme on how the world has lost the motive for becoming a better place (say, being guided by Jesus who preached benevolence and forgiveness) and instead follows the path of Judas (betraying the world's hope for a handful of silver). Not that I wouldn't expect Iron Maiden to adopt the Judas of Kazantzakis's "The Last Temptation", I just don't think Judas here refers to Judas as a person but as a symbol of betrayal

    'Lights out - we live in a world of darkness
    No doubt, everything's up for sale
    We sleep - all of the world is burning
    We pray to God for a better deal'

    World is going astray and the people's reaction? Inaction and prayer to God

    'Nothing is sacred back then or now
    Everything's wasted'

    Disillusionment about the world's morality and future

    'Is that all there is? Can I go now?'
    But in truth not even the one who hits the nail on the matter really cares enough to do anything to change it

    'Judas my guide
    Whispers in the night
    Judas my guide'

    The way we live our lives is mandated by betrayal. Not necessarily for money

    'Fight wars, die in a blaze of glory
    Come home meat in a plastic sack'

    You go to war to fight and eventually die for nothing

    'Fall down, better pray to your God for mercy
    So kneel and help the blade cut clean'

    If you're resigned and have given up, all that is left for you is to pray for mercy. But you're nothing more than an easier victim

    'Nothing is sacred back then or now
    Everyone's wasted
    Is that all there is? Is that it now?'

    Again the disillusionment, with a bit more despair that things could be better but are getting hopelessly worse.

    'I live in the black, I have no guiding light
    I'm whispering in your dreams'

    The quintessential lyrics of the song. With no light of hope within sight, you are susceptible to the whispers of Judas. Or becoming a Judas oneself

    That's my take of the song lyrics, hope you'll find it interesting. Up the Irons lads
     
  18. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    This song actually only revealed itself to me recently. I never paid much attention to it before, but it's probably the next best song after ATSS. Really great riffing and the energy is finally there. This is one of the few songs where it feels like they're actually trying, I can't believe they never played it live or put it out as a single. It's also buried so deep within the album that it's almost as if they didn't want it to get any attention. But really, if the whole album was like this song it'd be great. Melodically it's like a high speed version of what a lot of the American metal acts were doing at the time, but with the Maiden flair to it.

    The classic 3+3+2 rhythm is there but they're doing something different with it. The more staccato changing guitar chords really give it a different flair.

    9
     
  19. BeThyJames

    BeThyJames Trooper

    Probably the best short rocker on the album. Much better melodies and much better from Nicko and Dave in particular than on the opener say. Still a bit lacking though

    6
     
  20. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    This is one of those songs that is really on the cusp of greatness. For its length, I think it's pretty fantastic, and Bruce sounds his best on this album. The little intro solo is blistering. 8/10. Could have been a 9 with a bit more substance.
     

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