I have the same feeling about 'Back In The Village'. People don't seem to like it, but I do. [!--emo&^_^--][img src=\'style_emoticons/[#EMO_DIR#]/happy.gif\' border=\'0\' style=\'vertical-align:middle\' alt=\'happy.gif\' /][!--endemo--]
[!--QuoteBegin-MaidenSweden+Sep 26 2003, 03:03 PM--][div class=\'quotetop\']QUOTE(MaidenSweden @ Sep 26 2003, 03:03 PM)[/div][div class=\'quotemain\'][!--QuoteEBegin--] Am I the only one here who doesn't play guitar? [/quote]
Yes. Even I play guitar.
Anyway, I think LOTLDR is a great track. Highly underrated.
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I think it's a great track! I think it's a wayyyy better track than HCW. I mainly like the allegorical aspect of it (lyric-wise). Or should we take it all at face value and assume that it is abouit some runner? My loose interpretation of it is if you want something you have to go and get it. If you run into a hurdle, then you must get over it to reach your dream (or whatever). I don't know, that's what it is to me. It's inspired me! [!--emo&--][img src=\'style_emoticons/[#EMO_DIR#]/biggrin.gif\' border=\'0\' style=\'vertical-align:middle\' alt=\'biggrin.gif\' /][!--endemo--]
I love the guitar solos and harmonies (esp. the intro), and I think Nicko's drumming on this song is superb. My only complaint is that the closing harmonized-guitar solo isn't up to the standard of the rest of the song. The rhythm of the melodic line has no variation, and the repeat adds nothing. I'd have ended the song after the recap of the intro melody which follows the last chorus.
What I find intresting about this song, is that, although there is no direct mention of time (which is the general theme of the album), the lyrics in my opinion really give you a perspective of how someone who is training / running perceives time...
anyone who has trained in sth that requires you to do sth repeatedly, such as running around a course, will have felt this: the exaustion along with the repetitive nature of the excersise makes time seem to stand still, and the only thing that progresses during this state are your thoughts... you might have ran a couple of laps more without realising how time goes by, because you are thinking. i think this song succesfuly conveys this feeling, at least thats what I get out of it.
[!--QuoteBegin-gor+May 15 2004, 04:14 PM--][div class=\'quotetop\']QUOTE(gor @ May 15 2004, 04:14 PM)[/div][div class=\'quotemain\'][!--QuoteEBegin--] anyone who has trained in sth that requires you to do sth repeatedly, such as running around a course, will have felt this: the exaustion along with the repetitive nature of the excersise makes time seem to stand still, and the only thing that progresses during this state are your thoughts... you might have ran a couple of laps more without realising how time goes by, because you are thinking. i think this song succesfuly conveys this feeling, at least thats what I get out of it. [/quote]
I like this song. It is well-done and works for full effect. Bruce's 'out of breath' vocals are perfect, and the solo is great. The only negative aspect I can think of right now is the title -I can't stand it. To me, it sounds pseudo-philosophical and is too long. I just don't like it. Other than that, the song is good. Not exactly the best song ever, but good.
this is a great song! good intro working up to the quicker parts great drumming good bass lines kick-ass harmonizing riffs and what they did with the singing fitting in with the guitar and bass is genious its a very fun song to play on guitar too
When I last heard The loneliness it reminded me of this:
The name "marathon" comes from the legend of Pheidippides, a Greek soldier who, according to legend, ran from the town of Marathon to Athens to announce that the Persians had been defeated in the Battle of Marathon, and died shortly after. There is no evidence that any such event took place; according to the Greek historian Herodotus, Pheidippides ran from Athens to Sparta. The legend that he ran from Marathon to Athens was invented by later writers and appears in Plutarch's On the Glory of Athens in the 1st century AD. The International Olympic Committee estimates the distance from the Marathon battlefield to Athens as 34.5 km (21.4 miles).
THIS SONG HAS A BAD REP ????? THE LYRICS ARE BAD ??????
WTH, TLOTLDR is a masterpiece, both musically and lyrically, the best song from SIT (along with the title track). If you know the story that it is based on , not only do the lyrics make sense but give me shivers .The melody at the beiginning and the end of the song is absolutely amazing and the fast tempo of the song is great also.
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I like this song, but I didn't always. When I first got into Maiden, I got heavily into the BNW album and the sound of Powerslave. As a result, going to SIT always seemed like I was moving to something a little more ponderous. TLOTLDR (I am not typing that fucking name again, I just did 3 bloody times) is definitely a ponderous song, but in a good way. I've come around to see it is a fantastic track, that takes awhile to get where its going, but deserves the buildup to get there. 8/10.