1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

These Colours Don't Run

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


How good is These Colours Don't Run on a scale of 1-10?

  1. 10

  2. 9

  3. 8

  4. 7

  5. 6

  6. 5

    0 vote(s)
  7. 4

    0 vote(s)
  8. 3

    0 vote(s)
  9. 2

    0 vote(s)
  10. 1

    0 vote(s)
  1. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    Re: Brighter Than A Thousand Suns

  2. Travis The Dragon

    Travis The Dragon The dreamers may die, but the dreams live on.

    A simple, but great rocker with an amazing vocal performance. 9/10
  3. Fugazi

    Fugazi Alchemist

    An emotive song, good lyrics and vocals, tight drumming from Nicko, 9/10, a very high 9.
  4. Dr. Eddies Wingman

    Dr. Eddies Wingman Brighter than thousand_suns

    By the way, I stumbled across this image:


    I guess the older guard of Englishmen on the forum know what it's about. For the others: ICF stands for Inter City Firm, a hooligan firm associated with West Ham United.
  5. Jupz

    Jupz Ancient Mariner

    Nice find haha!
  6. Vap

    Vap Ancient Mariner

    One damn good track. 10
  7. Forostar

    Forostar Conjure the Death Star again

    Re: Daily Song: These Colours Don't Run

    Sorry for the late reaction, I stumbled upon it, while being busy with the album ranking.
    Anyway, I find this pretty cool info. If I may ask, where did you read, hear and/or seen that?
    Thanks in advance!  :ok:

    Great find. Weird coincidence, because West Ham clearly has a connection with Maiden as well.
  8. Revelations85

    Revelations85 Trooper

    9/10. I love the feel of this one, as well as the guitar line in the intro.
  9. TheSeventhSonRoberto

    TheSeventhSonRoberto Rockin in Rio

    10/10 best song on the album for me
  10. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    I voted 7 awhile back, but I wish I'd given it a 9.

    Great verses, simple but brilliant lyrics, amazing bridge and solos, and a "whoa oh oh" part. Killer tune.
  11. Gk1

    Gk1 Ancient Mariner

    I'd say the arrngement has some flows.I can'tfind a bad section in this one.It is that in a typical Steve style some parts could be less repetitive
  12. Eddieson

    Eddieson Nomad

    I guess this is quite a controversial opinion, but I don't see anything special in this song. The intro sounds is not particular interesting, Bruce seems strained through out the song, the chord progression is not so exciting. Of course the lyrics are good, but there are better lyrics on other Maiden songs, and the same thing about the solos, good solos but average for Maidens standard. The harmony in the end is good, but the same thing there, I've heard better.

    As a album track it's okay, I usually don't skip it as I think it works great in the context of the album of war, religion, life and death topics. As a stand alone track on the other hand, I can't say I listen too if often.

    DJMayes likes this.
  13. ironbaz

    ironbaz Nomad

    I gave it a solid 8. The opening is very emphatizing, if you close your eyes and think about the ships in Normandy beach the atmosphere is awesome. The only part that leaves me with a little disappointment is the bridgem too slow and repetitive, IMO a better change of tempo is needed.
  14. Mosh

    Mosh The years just pass like trains Staff Member

    This album has a ton of really great things going on. Maiden wastes no time getting to the real meat of the album with a song that probably encapsulates the whole musical and lyrical concept of AMOLAD the best out of them all. The way it builds up is haunting. The best part of the song has to be the instrumental section, with two excellent guitar solos from Adrian and Dave, and a very cool riff underneath. There's a very chaotic sound to it all, which fits the subject matter nicely.

  15. LooseCannon

    LooseCannon Yorktown-class aircraft carrier Staff Member

    Love this track. It actually reminds me quite a lot of growing up, the uncertainty of having someone in your family in the military. You never really know what's going to happen. This was driven home on September 12th, 2001. My old man was deployed to Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11 as part of the naval contingent. You just never know.

  16. BeThyJames

    BeThyJames Trooper

    Absolutely loved this when I heard it first though it's worn off a little. I don't think it's Bruce's best moment (on the album anyway) and not keen on the plodding instrumental between the chorus and solo which seems to bog it all.down.

    Nevertheless it's a brutal, aggressive song and I love the chorus. I also like the moral ambiguity of the lyrics. I'm not an expert but something about the tempo and timing of the song sounds quite unique for Maiden. Can't quite put my finger on it and that's part of its charm

  17. Poto

    Poto Ancient Mariner

    Very good track. The intro is beautiful, and then all hell breaks loose. Love the change from the chorus into the instrumental section. Adrian's solos is great, Dave's is average. This is the song that really starts the album.

  18. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands


    These Colours Don’t Run is where the magic begins. The melancholy riff and guitar melody slowly build, the calm before the storm of a swinging, crunchy verse. Told through the eyes of a soldier determined to stand tall in the wake of cold bloody war, it’s a mid-tempo romp with impeccable musicianship all around. A Matter of Life and Death finds the band hitting their peak lyric writing with stark, violent, and vaguely profound lines running throughout each song. Colours is one of the best, with a truly brilliant chorus lyric and lines like, “Paying for my freedom with your lonely unmarked graves.” Chilling stuff. The bridge here (and honestly, the bridges on the entire album) is phenomenal: each hit of the drums and bass sounding like a gunshot anchored by a strong melodic guitar line. Adrian shines again with another powerful solo, as well.
  19. Diesel 11

    Diesel 11 Gott Mit Uns

    Another strong song, able to hold its own with the epics of the album despite only being around 7 minutes long. 9/10.

Share This Page