The Talisman

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When I stand and look about the port and contemplate my life
Will I ever see my countrymen again?
As the captain calls us on the deck, I take my things and walk
To the harbourside I glance back one last time

Fleeing a nation, our problems we leave behind
Ships by the tenfold sail out on the tide
We are pleased to be out and embracing the open sea
Free from our troubles and more free from thee...

Inheritors unfulfilled reason behind us
We flee from what is not what is will be
We flee the earth and face our harsh reality
Will death be low mist that hangs on the sea

We run from evil tongues, rash judgements, selfish men
Never to be seen on these shores again
As we sail into oceansize and lose sight of land
Face of contentment around in the air

We're off now to seek our fortunes, to the land
Of our dreams...

Riding the waves and the storm is upon us?
The winds lash the sails but the ropes keep them tight
Off in the distance a dark cloud approaching
None could imagine what there was to come

No, there's no one going back
No, there's not a second chance
As we strap on to the side
We pray to God that we won't die

As we ride the rough seas, as we soak from the ocean waves
I just hope for all our lives and pray that I survive
Four ships are lost in the stormy conditions
The spirits of the sunken crews, the phantoms follow us

Spirits sails they drive us on
Through the all consuming waves
Cold mortality no weapon
Against these ever raging seas

Four leagues and ten and we hit storms again
We just can't get away from the eye of the storm
The birds outsoar the raging storm but we can not escape it
Abandon earth that we now crave
Is many leagues from safe

Holding on for our dear lives
And we're praying once again
Rotten luck or just Jonahed
The Talisman is in my hand
Limbs fatigued trembling with cold
Blinded from the sea spray salt
Clasping anything we can hold
Heaven's rain upon us falls

Twenty days without a meal
And ten without fresh water still
Those that didn't die in storms
The scurvy rest is slaughter

Westward the tide!
Westward we sail on!
Westward the tide!
Sail by the Talisman!

We approaach the other side of the ocean with the tide
In our favour just for once, welcome greeting our new land
The elation in our hearts, the excitement in our veins
As we sail towards the coastline of our golden promise land

Weary limbs fatigued away
I have no life left in me
No more strength, and nothing left to give
Must find the will to live

Never thought that we could make it
Truly sight of shores divine
The sickness I am dying from
Never wanted it to end this way

Westward the tide!
Westward we sail on!
Westward the tide!
Sail by the Talisman!

Westward the tide!
Westward we sail on!
Westward the tide!
Sail by the Talisman!
Here's what I have of the last few minutes of the song:

We'll cross the other side,
of the ocean with the tide
in __________________
the elation in the hearts.
the excitement in our veins
as we sailed towards the coastline
of a golden promise land.

We're in ________ where
I have no life left in me.
No more strength and nothing left to give.
Must find the will to live!
Never thought that we could make it!
Truly sailed with souls divine(I don't know haha)
The sickness I am dying from.
I never wanted it to end this way!
Westward the tide!
Westward we sail on!
Westward the tide!
Sail by the talisman!
Westward the tide!
Westward we sail on!
Westward the tide!
Sail by the talisman!
brother2 said:
What an useless intro. However, the rest of the song is pretty   :edmetal:.

Have to disagree with you there, especially given the subject matter I think the intro captures the vibe superbly :) However I think this one's gonna be a grower more so than most of the others for me - can't quite put my finger on it.. but there's something that for me , doesnt gel quite right.. hmmm... ----> **scuttles off for another listen**.
I love the long accoustic intro on The Legacy. I think it fits perfect.

As for The Talisman, well it's not bad, I just don't think it's needed. It seems more tacked on then the one on The Legacy.

At the end of the day, I think The Talisman would get more plays on my Ipod if it didn't have the intro. I may in fact have two versions of it. One like how it's supposed to be, and one with the intro edited out. I've done that with a fair few Maiden songs. Call it Sacrilegious but hey. It works for me.
Yeah, Janick definitely needs to vary his acoustic playing. The chord progression to the intro is the same as The Legacy. Overall though, this song is one of the highlights of the album.
Mad love to the person who gets the lyrics up hahaha.  I've been trying, but I'm having problems because I'm a mental.
Nice.. guitar riff starting @ 2:21 sounds just like Ghost of the Navigator..

I'm beginning to wonder if these sea-faring epics have anything in common (even just a small yet intentional detail or two.)

Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Ghost of the Navigator, Isle of Avalon, The Talisman..?  Just a thought, but still.
The Talisman is about people moving overseas…without lyrics I can't tell you much more.