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The Legacy

Discussion in 'A Matter Of Life And Death' started by Anonymous, Aug 30, 2006.


How good is The Legacy on a scale of 1-10?

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  1. Genghis Khan

    Genghis Khan Ancient Mariner

    Re: 'The Legacy'

    Read the commentary.  That line refers to the soldiers, themselves.  I believe so too.
  2. Shrike

    Shrike Trooper

    Re: 'The Legacy'

    I always took it as being "semi-referential" to Bush/Blair. I saw the death-bed as being a metaphor of the declining popularity of them both, and not a literal interpretation. I also agree that the "promises of peace"-line makes it unlikely to be a conventional dictator. ie. Saddam etc. The line "We live in an uncertain world" also suggest that it's meant to be taken as contemporary. And the line "Your prophecies will send us all to hell as well" to me echoes the London bombings.

    To me there's a lot more that points to it being a contemporary criticism of the war in Iraq than anything historical. The "yellow gas" is probably taken from WW1 mustard gas or Agent Orange, but as with most of the lyrics, I think that might be simply because it's a great image. Whenever people come home from war, be it Vietnam, Iraq or WW1, there's trauma, and the use of the gas that has "played with their minds" as opposed to simply saying "the horrors" or whatever, just proves more effective.

    But as Janick points out in the interview, while it may have originally been meant to be directed at a single individual (my guess is Bush/Blair), Steve altered the lyrics it to make it a much more general statement, thus blurring the line between any "black and white" interpretation.

    I found Janick's comment about them not being political is quite telling as well. They've always had a very heavy theme about War, and while some could be taken as being heroic/patriotic (Aces High in particular), most of them have been about the futility of war. They've definitely made a statement throughout their career. The only reason to "unpoliticise" any lyrics would be if it was too obvious a jeer at any one politician/party.
  3. seely

    seely Trooper

    Re: 'The Legacy'

    I sort of think that, the lyrics seem to refer to the Iraq War, but then seem to vary in places to other, more general, anti-war messages
  4. Reumeren

    Reumeren Trooper

    Re: 'The Legacy'

    OK two points:

    1 - OK, I'm new here. So an answer for this question MIGHT have been answered somewhere else on the forum: are you working on an ''Matter Of Life And Dath Tour'' and ''A Matter Of The Beast'' tour guide?

    2 - The intro for the tour is ''Mars, the Bringer of War''. That fits pretty good, since the whole album is about war, religion and basicly man's self destruction.
  5. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    Daily Song: The Legacy

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    I wish this was about something more particular. There is a lot to like here, but I just can't give it a 10. It is a fantastic track, however. 9.
  6. Night Prowler

    Night Prowler ɹǝlʍoɹԀ ʇɥƃᴉN Staff Member

    Re: Daily Song: The Legacy

    My least favorite song from AMOL&D. It takes too much time to begin, and beginning itself is kinda repetitive, but the rest of the song makes up for it. Still, it's only 8/10.
  7. Black Thunder

    Black Thunder Ancient Mariner

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  8. Eddieson

    Eddieson Nomad

    Re: Daily Song: The Legacy

    Their best song since the reunion (Yes, better then Pashendale) . I just love everything about this song, and the Intro i perfect as it is, those 3 minutes are one of the best parts of the song!
    Easily a 10.
  9. Albie

    Albie Keeping an open eye on the Weeping Angels.

    Re: Daily Song: The Legacy

    9 or 10? This was the stand-out track live on their tour. But is it the best on the album? Not sure....but it's a blinding song nevertheless. Hmm, 9.
  10. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    Re: Daily Song: The Legacy

    One of several songs which served as input for The Recycleman.
    The intro is majestic, full of haunting acoustic guitars and sudden interludes of bombast.
    I am not that fond of the last couple of minutes but up til Janick's solo (one of the best of the album!) it's a great ride.

  11. The Flash

    The Flash Dennis Wilcock did 9/11

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  12. Perun

    Perun Climbing like a monkey Staff Member

    Re: Daily Song: The Legacy

    Great song, one of the most atypical ones from the band, and yet captivating and engaging. The intro continues to give me one chill after another. All in all, I tend to think of it as a two-part song: The intro and first heavy segment tell you a story, while the second part (starting with the instrumental section at 5:10) is more of a reflection... in some way, both of the story and of the album in its entirety. That part sounds very strange, especially vocally, but it works. When I heard the song end the first time, I simply thought to myself: "They did it again." 10/10
  13. Donner

    Donner Ancient Mariner

    Re: Daily Song: The Legacy

    9/10 from me.  Honestly the only thing I don't totally love about this song are the double vocals on the chorus and the lack of a totally awesome solo.  That last chord really ends the album on the right note too.
  14. Cosmiceddie

    Cosmiceddie Back From The Edge

    Re: Daily Song: The Legacy

    'The Legacy', well, a very disappointing album closer, I must say. The song obviously consists of two parts. Part one is a clean Genesis/Gabriel era rip-off and part two a Queensryche rip-off, regarding to the vocals. To me, it's one of the worst Maiden songs ever. To cut a long story short, it's just not my cup of tea, it's just not Maiden (2/10).
  15. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

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    I can't think of a better way to end such a great album. 10/10
  16. Taker

    Taker Cannon Fodder

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    10/10. Personally, I think it's the finest song on an album full of outstanding material. Janick's solo is among my favourites, and his acoustic work is great too. The lyrics remain somewhat of a mystery to me, but Bruce's delivery of them overcomes that. This is not a typical Maiden tune, but I think it stands with the best of them.
  17. bearfan

    bearfan Ancient Mariner

    Re: Daily Song: The Legacy

    A really string finish to a great album.  I've grown to like this more and more over over the years to the point of giving it a 10.
  18. Chartwell

    Chartwell Trooper

    Re: Daily Song: The Legacy

    Sadly, I agree - would have been better off with Lord of Light, FTGGOG or TROBB as the closer. Legacy was a bit too far. 3/10 for me.
  19. Jupz

    Jupz Ancient Mariner

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    9/10. Another fantastic song from the album.
  20. mckindog

    mckindog Living for Sanctuary from the law Staff Member

    Re: Daily Song: The Legacy

    Another stab at something different. Unlike the last song, this one works very well. I like how it takes its time to get going. I like what it does when it gets going. I like the picture painted by the lyrics. I like the more traditional Maiden feel of the instrumental. And it like the way it closes — on its own and finishing the album. Eight

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