Killers

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Anonymous

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Anybody that know the original "Killers" lyrics? As you may know, the words sung on that track, on the album is a little different than the ones on their pre-Killers touring. I've got the "Live at the Rainbow"-video and "Invasion of Rarities" and on both of them there are these other lyrics that i would love to get if anybody knew them [img src=\"style_emoticons/[#EMO_DIR#]/smile.gif\" style=\"vertical-align:middle\" emoid=\":)\" border=\"0\" alt=\"smile.gif\" /]
 
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Anonymous

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'killers'

From what I've heard, they are not proper lyrics. Paul was making them up as he was singing and they only sat down to write the lyrics when they had to record the song for the Killers album.

I don't know if all of this is true though...
 

Uwe

Trooper
'killers'

The lyrics of the versions of Live At The Rainbow and Live At Reading are indeed different on one or two lines. I found the following lyrics posted on the Maiden BB - they're not completely correct either, but a good point to start:

You fought in the street and you make all your claims every night
You've turned on the power to burn out the weak candle light*
We will stay here, pull up your self and you breathe Y
You won't stop us while London is looking to be

I'll challenge your kingdom of those that you want to succeed
I'll step on their bodies and squeeze, your holy ones bleed
we have found you and now there is no place to run
You won't stop us cause we have the power as well, as well.

I can see, what a life's meant to be.
You'll never know, how I came to foresee, see, see.

I take you and suck you 'till you won't cry out anything
I'll beat you and whip you cause I have the power in me
Me, I found you am bound to there's no place to run
You can't stop us, cause we have the power as well

You fought in the street and you make all your claims every night
You've turned on the power to burn out the weak candle light*
You have found us you pull up yourself and you breathe
We torment you, I'm looking for rest, don't you see?**

* On live at Reading this line goes something like
You've turned on the power to burn out the weak and the wrong

** This line is something like
We torment you, while London is looking to be

Greets,
Uwe
 
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Anonymous

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'killers'

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Anonymous

Guest
'killers'

IMO this is one of the best songs on the "Killers" album, because the solos and lyrics are both brilliant! I especially love the live version from the Maiden England video. Dave's guitar solo is brilliant, it's a masterpiece IMO.
 

Uwe

Trooper
'killers'

The intro part is absolutely stunning, those bass sounds and Paul screaming - really great. A very good song, and a true classic.
 
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Anonymous

Guest
'killers'

I defy anyone (well, the Ancient Mariner actually [!--emo&:p--][img src=\'style_emoticons/[#EMO_DIR#]/tongue.gif\' border=\'0\' style=\'vertical-align:middle\' alt=\'tongue.gif\' /][!--endemo--] ) to post the lyrics as sung by Paul on the Live At The Rainbow video [!--emo&^_^--][img src=\'style_emoticons/[#EMO_DIR#]/happy.gif\' border=\'0\' style=\'vertical-align:middle\' alt=\'happy.gif\' /][!--endemo--]
 

gor

Ancient Mariner
'killers'

take note that the lyrics variate between the performance at Reading 1980 (BBC Archives) and the Live At The Rainbow gig... mostly in order of the sung parts, but some more as well. Bellow is a mix of both versions, with each part only written once (you might have to trace the chorus a bit further down when Paul sings it that is...)

KILLERS (ALTERNATIVE LYRICS)
(Harris/DiAnno) 4.43


YOU FIGHT IN THE STREET AND YOU MAKE ALL YOUR CLAIMS EVERY NIGHT
YOU TURN ON THE POWER TO BURN OUT THE WEAK CANDLE LIGHT

WE WILL STAY HERE!
YOU PULL UP YOURSELF AND YOU BREATHE
YOU PUSH NUMBERS!
WHILE LONDON IS LOOKING TO BE, YEAH!

WE HAVE FOUND YOU!
AND NOW THERE IS NO PLACE TO RUN
YOU WON'T STOP US!
'CAUSE WE HAVE THE POWER AS ONE, AS ONE!

I CHALLENGE YOUR KINGDOM OF THOSE WHICH YOU WANT TO SUCCEED
I STEP ON THEIR BODIES AND SQUEEZE, THE UNHOLY ONES BLEED

YOU CAN’T STOP US!
THE KINGDOM OF THOSE (UNINTELLIGIBLE)
WE WON’T LET YOU!
I’M LOOKING FOR REST, DON’T YOU SEE?

I CAN SEE
WHAT A LIFE’S MEANT TO BE
YOU’LL NEVER KNOW
HOW I CAME TO FORESEE

I TAKE YOU AND SUCK YOU 'TILL YOU WON'T CRY OUT ANYTHING
I BEAT YOU, I WHIP YOU 'CAUSE I HAVE THE POWER WITH ME

YOU HAVE FOUND US!
YOU PULL UP YOURSELF AND YOU BREATHE
WE TORMENT YOU!
WHILE LONDON IS LOOKING TO BE, YEAH!​
 
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Anonymous

Guest
'killers'

I had indeed a slightly different version:


You fight in the street end, you make all your claims every night
You turn on the power to burn out the meek and the mild
We will stay here, you're full of yourself and your greed
You won't stop us, while London is looking to me

I challenge your kingdom and those that you want to succeed
I step on their bodies and squeeze till your holy ones bleed
We have found you and now there is no place to run
You won't stop us'cause we have the power

I can't see what a knife meant to be
You'll never know how I came to foresee

I take and sack you till you will cry out in defeat
I beat you and whip you 'cause I have the power in me
We have found you and now there is no place to run
You can't stop us 'cause we have the power

You fight in the street end, you make all your claims every night
You turn on the power to burn out the meek and the mild
We will stay here, you're full of yourself and your greed
You won't stop us, while London is looking to me

[!--emo&B)--][img src=\'style_emoticons/[#EMO_DIR#]/cool.gif\' border=\'0\' style=\'vertical-align:middle\' alt=\'cool.gif\' /][!--endemo--]
 

gor

Ancient Mariner
'killers'

[!--QuoteBegin-Maverick+Nov 27 2004, 02:06 PM--][div class=\'quotetop\']QUOTE(Maverick @ Nov 27 2004, 02:06 PM)[/div][div class=\'quotemain\'][!--QuoteEBegin--]I had indeed a slightly different version:
You fight in the street end, you make all your claims every night
You turn on the power to burn out the meek and the mild
We will stay here, you're full of yourself and your greed
You won't stop us, while London is looking to me

I challenge your kingdom and those that you want to succeed
I step on their bodies and squeeze till your holy ones bleed
We have found you and now there is no place to run
You won't stop us'cause we have the power

I can't see what a knife meant to be
You'll never know how I came to foresee

I take and sack you till you will cry out in defeat
I beat you and whip you 'cause I have the power in me
We have found you and now there is no place to run
You can't stop us 'cause we have the power

You fight in the street end, you make all your claims every night
You turn on the power to burn out the meek and the mild
We will stay here, you're full of yourself and your greed
You won't stop us, while London is looking to me

[!--emo&B)--][img src=\'style_emoticons/[#EMO_DIR#]/cool.gif\' border=\'0\' style=\'vertical-align:middle\' alt=\'cool.gif\' /][!--endemo--]
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very very intresting version. did you make it out on your own or did you find it somewhere? Out of the hard-to-tell parts, the only one we can be sure about is the "you push numbers" which is subtitled on the early years DVD as such... but your version seems pretty tight. I will listen to it again when I get home and will come back to you...
 
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Anonymous

Guest
'killers'

A friend of mine posted it on another forum. No idea where he got it from though! [!--emo&:blink:--][img src=\'style_emoticons/[#EMO_DIR#]/blink.gif\' border=\'0\' style=\'vertical-align:middle\' alt=\'blink.gif\' /][!--endemo--]
 

Maidenfreak

Ancient Mariner
'killers'

when I hear that track, "atmospheric" is what comes to my mind first. Great track, eerie mood at the beginning that blasts into pure energy. It totally deserves to be the title track. 4,5 stars
 

gor

Ancient Mariner
'killers'

notice that in the 2 different occasions in which paul sung the alt lyrics, the lyrics were altered a bit:

1.
YOU FIGHT IN THE STREET AND YOU MAKE ALL YOUR CLAIMS EVERY NIGHT
YOU TURN ON THE POWER TO BURN OUT THE MEEK AND THE MILD

2.
WE WILL STAY HERE!
YOU ’RE FULL OF YOURSELF AND YOUR GREED
YOU WON’T STOP US!
WHILE LONDON IS LOOKING TO BE, YEAH!

3.
I CHALLENGE YOUR KINGDOM OF THOSE WHICH YOU WANT TO SUCCEED
I STEP ON THEIR BODIES AND SQUEEZE, THE UNHOLY ONES BLEED

4.
READING 1980 ---------- RAINBOW 1980
WE HAVE FOUND YOU! / YOU WON'T STOP US!
AND NOW THERE IS NO PLACE TO RUN / YOU ’RE FULL OF YOURSELF AND YOUR GREED
YOU WON'T STOP US! / WE WON’T LET YOU!
’CAUSE WE HAVE THE POWER AS ONE / Ι’M LOOKING FOR REST DON’T YOU SEE?
(AS ONE,) OH, YEAH!

5.
I CAN SEE
WHAT A KNIFE’S MEANT TO BE
YOU’LL NEVER KNOW
HOW I CAME TO FORESEE, YEAH!

(2:42-SOLO: DAVE MURRAY)
(3:06-SOLO: DENNIS STRATTON)

(6:48-SOLO: DAVE MURRAY)
(7:11-SOLO: ADRIAN SMITH)

6.
I TAKE YOU AND SUCK YOU ‘TIL YOU WON'T CRY OUT ANYTHING
I BEAT YOU, I WHIP YOU 'CAUSE I HAVE THE POWER IN ME!

4.
1.

7.
READING 1980 ---------- RAINBOW 1980
YOU CAN’T STOP US! / WE WILL STAY HERE!
YOU ’RE FULL OF YOURSELF AND YOUR GREED
WE WON’T LET YOU! / YOU WON'T STOP US!
WHILE LONDON IS LOOKING TO BE, YEAH, YEAH!
 

MigDaimon

Trooper
'killers'

There's no words which can describe how perfect Killers is. From the very hi-hat hit, the awesome bass line, the fierce and stunning screams (which Bruce never could make properly), passing from the astonishing "knife going down" riffs, the vocal melodies, to the fucking great solos (specially Dave's) and the gran finale with parts of the lyrics being repeated slightly different, this song is nothing but perfect. 6 6 6 stars !!!
 

Reumeren

Trooper
Re: 'killers'

This song really matches 'Prowler' when it comes to energy, those screams are just awesome!
 

LooseCannon

Enterprise-class aircraft carrier
Staff member
Daily Song: Killers

Welcome to the Daily Vote Thread! Rules are here.

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Today's song: Killers

Yesterday's song remains open for voting! You can find it here.

The quintessential Paul song. Everything about this track screams early Iron Maiden. Steve sounds heavy, the guitars duel constantly throughout the song, and both Davey and H just murder it. Paul is on fire, and he gets into the sound too. And even Clive is great. It has raw energy in buckets, and to be honest, I don't think this song ever sounded the same with Bruce. It should, however, have been a live staple for Blaze. Aw well. 10/10. 11 if I could manage it.
As an aside, sorry for the lateness. A hurricane has knocked out my internet, so what I get sporadically may slow updates.
 

Jeffmetal

Ancient Mariner
Re: Daily Song: Killers

9. Visceral, menacing, wicked. Paul steals the show here, the way his voice was captured on this album, particulary on this song, is one of those moments where you just feel the power surging through your veins and soul, then you feel alive and killing!!! Classic!!!
 

mckindog

Living for Sanctuary from the law
Staff member
Re: Daily Song: Killers

Nasty track. Epitomizes what this album is all about.
Good song. Solid eight.
 
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