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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Discussion in 'Somewhere In Time' started by Shadow, Sep 26, 2003.

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How good is The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner on a scale of 1-10?

  1. 10

    25.5%
  2. 9

    31.4%
  3. 8

    15.7%
  4. 7

    15.7%
  5. 6

    7.8%
  6. 5

    2.0%
  7. 4

    2.0%
  8. 3

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. 2

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. 1

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. Pand

    Pand Ancient Mariner

    My favourite track on SiT, and one of my favourite Maiden tracks of all time. This is one of my go-to tracks if I have a small quantity of washing up.

    10/10
     
  2. DJMayes

    DJMayes Educated Fool

    Another 8, and another in the long line of songs that I love in this album but which don't quite make it any higher. "Must be so determined and push myself on..." is a fantastic part as it transitions into the solo.


    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 - Caught Somewhere In Time
    9 - Wasted Years
    8 - Sea Of Madness
    8 - Heaven Can Wait
    8 - The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner
     
  3. SirRobbins

    SirRobbins Ancient Mariner

    Majestic to hear live, the one time they did it :/
     
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  4. CriedWhenBrucieLeft

    CriedWhenBrucieLeft Ancient Mariner

    Loneliness is even close to being the best track on SiT, but I'd probably wet myself if they played it live again.
     
  5. Pand

    Pand Ancient Mariner

    I agree with both parts of this statement.
     
  6. eddienephwrack

    eddienephwrack Invader

    Agree with that. Best bit of the song
     
  7. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    4/10

    The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner is a lyrical misfire from the get-go. Heavy metal can be a lot of things, folks, and I’m generally open-minded about subject matter as long as it fits the tone of the music. This time around, though, Steve thought he should write an Iron Maiden song about running. Not running for your life, not running to be free, not running to the hills…just running. I’m sorry, but I cannot take it seriously. The whole song basically narrates what it feels like to run for a long while on a track (and apparently it’s all worthless because the runner is lonely). It’s a damn shame, too, because the music is phenomenal. The haunting intro could be the template for a few songs off of Brave New World, the verses have some furious riffing and synchronized full-band fills, the lead guitar underlying the chorus is magical, the bridge is superbly composed, the solos and unison sections are perfect, but the lyrics are just so dull.
     
  8. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    Lyrics are a bit odd but I think Steve was trying to go for something a bit more metaphorical, even if the execution wasn't great.

    Otherwise doesn't really affect the song at all for me. The main strength here is by far the guitars. There are so many great melodies, harmonies, and solos here. I'm not too well versed in the genres, but I imagine this song must've had a major influence on the speed and power genres. Usually when I listen to those bands I imagine this song is the vibe they're going for. Anyway, it's one of those songs where the lyrics take a back seat for a moment and Steve lets the music really tell the story. This song could be completely instrumental and would still work. That said, Bruce's vocals are pretty good on this all things considered. I think I could've done without that last verse though. Kinda drags down the momentum of the song for me.

    9
     
  9. BeThyJames

    BeThyJames Trooper

    Another mixed bag of a song from SiT. Absolutely love the staccato verse sections with the fast choppy riff. It's cool how it seems to mirror the rhythm of runnin. But the chorus is meh and the slow guitar harmony bits really weigh the song down.

    7
     
  10. Night Prowler

    Night Prowler ɹǝlʍoɹԀ ʇɥƃᴉN Staff Member

  11. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

  12. SixesAlltheway

    SixesAlltheway Yacht Rock

  13. It's based on a short story of the same name. Basically, a kid called Smith robs a bakery, and he gets arrested and sent to a 'Prison School'. He takes up long-distance running as an escape (mentally) from the school's regime. The higher-ups offer him a lighter workload for his last 6 months if he wins a cross-country competition against a rival school. During the race, he shoots past everyone else, but when he's getting close to the end, he stops and lets everyone else finish before him, in defiance. The school goes hard on him, but he feels it was worth it.
     
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  14. CriedWhenBrucieLeft

    CriedWhenBrucieLeft Ancient Mariner

    infliction has been waiting over ten years for someone just to quote him. He'll be pleased.
     
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  15. matic22

    matic22 H is shorter for God.

    Interesting track. not a fan of the rythm on the chorus, but the buildup to H's solo is a thing of beauty. Good song.

    7/10
     
  16. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 Gott Mit Uns

    How can one describe this song? It's a gem. Plainly and simply a gem. The music is great, the singing and lyrics fit, it's a gem, plain and simple. Really debating between 10 and 9, but I think I'll go with 10/10 for now.
     
  17. I love Bruce's vocal power on this and the galloping nature that fits with the theme... still never seen the film though!
     
  18. Does anyone know the reason LOTLDR was only played once????
    They say its because it didnt "work live"... what does that even mean? Also couldn't they tell how it would sound live from the rehearsals?
     
  19. Metal Warrior 330

    Metal Warrior 330 Educated Fool

    Its an amazing song and one of my all time favorite Maiden songs. Its also one of the very first songs that got me into Iron Maiden. I really hope to hear it live. I found out that I have Fatty Liver Disease a couple of weeks ago though I naturally freaked out at first I've been doing my best to eat right and exercise. I play The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner every time I'm on the treadmill or when I go out for a run. It works very well in pushing myself harder.
     
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  20. harrisdevot

    harrisdevot Ancient Mariner

    Steve, who liked it a lot during rehearsals, got bored with it, and said it didn't work. Maybe the band could not play it as tight as he wanted, or maybe they didn't get the expected reaction from the crowd.
     

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