Iron Maiden

A Matter of Life and Death tracks

Lyrics


1. DIFFERENT WORLD

You lead me on the path, keep showing me the way
I feel a little lost, a little strange today

I think I'll take a hold of whatever comes my way
Then we'll see what happens, take it day by day

I thought I had it all, I had it all worked out
Just what my future held, that where would be no doubt

But then the card came up and I took another turn
But I don't know if it's fulfilment that I yearn

[Chorus]
Tell me what you can hear and then tell me what you see
Everybody has a different way to view the world
I would like you to know when you see the simple things
To appreciate this life, it's not too late to learn

Don't want to be here
Somewhere I'd rather be
But when I get there
I might find it's not for me

[Chorus] (x2)

Don't want to be here
Somewhere I'd rather be
But when I get there
I might find it's not for me

Don't know what I want
Or where I want to be
I'm feeling more confused
The more the days go by




2. THESE COLOURS DON'T RUN

It's the same in every country when you say you're leaving
Left behind the loved ones, waiting silent in the hall
Where you're going lies adventure others only dream of
Red and green light, this is real, and so you go to war

[Chorus #1]
For the passion
For the glory
For the memories
For the money
You're a soldier
For your country
What's the difference?
All the same

[Chorus #2]
Far away from the land of our birth
We fly a flag in some foreign earth
We sailed away like our fathers before
These colours don't run from cold bloody war

There is no one that will save you, going down in flames
No surrender, certain death, you look it in the eye
On the shores of tyranny you crashed a human wave
Paying for my freedom with your lonely unmarked graves

[Chorus #1]
[Chorus #2]

Oh, oh, oh... Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh... Oh, oh, oh... Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh... Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh... Oh, oh, oh... Oh, oh, oh

[Chorus #2] (x2)

These colours don't run from cold bloody war




3. BRIGHTER THAN A THOUSAND SUNS

We are not the sons of God
We are not his chosen people now
We have crossed the path he trod
We will feel the pain of his beginning

Shadow fingers rise above
Iron fingers stab the desert sky
Oh, behold the power of man
On its tower, ready for the fall

Knocking heads together well
Raise a city, build a living hell
Join the race to suicide
Listen for the tolling of the bell

Out of the universe, a strange love is born
Unholy union, trinity reformed

Yellow sun its evil twin
In the black the wings deliver him
We will spit our souls within
Atom seed to nuclear dust is riven

Out of the universe, a strange love is born
Unholy union, trinity reformed

Out of the darkness, brighter than a thousand suns (x6)

Bury your morals and bury your dead
Bury your head in the sand
E=mc squared you can relate
How we made God with our hands

Whatever would Robert have said to his God
About how we made war with the sun
E=mc squared you can relate
How we made God with our hands

All nations are rising through acid veils of love and hate
Chain letters of Satan, uncertainly leads us all to this
All nations are rising through acid veils of love and hate
Cold fusion and fury

Divide and conquer while you may
Others preach and others fall and pray
In the bunkers where we'll die
There the executioners they lie

Bombers launch with no recall
Minutes warning of the missile fall
Take a look at your last sky
Guessing you won't have the time to cry

Out of the universe, a strange love is born
Unholy union, trinity reformed

Out of the darkness, out of the darkness
Out of the darkness, brighter than a thousand suns (x5)

Holy Father, we have sinned




4. THE PILGRIM

The keys to death and hell
The ailing kingdom doomed to fail
The bonds of sin and heart will break
The pilgrims course will take

Quelling the devils might
And ready for eternal fight
Aching limbs and fainting soul
Holy battles take their toll

Liberty and hope divine
Changing the water into wine
So to you we bid farewell
Kingdom of heaven to hell

[Chorus]
Spirit holy life eternal
Raise me up, take me home
Pilgrim sunrise, pagan sunset
Onward journey begun

To courage find and gracious will
Deliver good from ill
Clean the water, clean our guilt
With us do what you will

Then will my judge appear
Bear no false angel that I hear
For only then I will confess
To my eternal hell

Now give us our holy sign
Changing our water into wine
So to you we bid farewell
Kingdom of heaven to hell

[Chorus]

Now give us our holy sign
Changing our water into wine
So to you we bid farewell
Kingdom of heaven to hell

[Chorus] (x2)




5. THE LONGEST DAY

In the gloom the gathering storm abates
In the ships gimlet eyes await
The call to arms to hammer at the gates
To blow them wide throw evil to its fate

All summers long the drills to build the machine
To turn men from flesh and blood to steel
From paper soldiers to bodies on the beach
From summer sands to Armageddon's reach

Overlord, your master not your god
The enemy coast dawning grey with scud
These wretched souls puking, shaking fear
To take a bullet for those who sent them here

The world's alight, the cliffs erupt in flame
No escape, remorseless shrapnel rains
Drowning men no chance for a warrior's fate
A chocking death enter hell's gate

[Chorus #1]
Sliding we go
Only fear on our side
To the edge of the wire
And we rush with the tide
Oh, the water is red
With the blood of the dead
But I'm still alive
Pray to God I survive

[Chorus #2]
How long on this longest day 'til we finally make it through? (x4)

The rising dead, faces bloated torn
They are relieved, the living wait their turn
Your number's up, the bullet's got your name
You still go on, to hell and back again

Valhalla waits, valkyries raise and fall
The warrior tombs, lie open for us all
A ghostly hand reaches through the veil
Blood and sand, we will prevail

[Chorus #1]

[Chorus #2] (x2)




6. OUT OF THE SHADOWS

Hold a halo round the world, golden is the day
Princes of the Universe, your burden is the way
So there is no better time, who will be born today
A gipsy child at day break, a king for a day

[Chorus]
Out of the shadows and into the sun
Dreams of the past as the old ways are done
Oh, there is beauty and surely there is pain
But we must endure it to live again

Dusty dreams in fading daylight, flicker on the walls
Nothing new your life's adrift, what purpose to it all?
Eyes are closed and death is calling, reaching out its hand
Call upon the starlight to surround you

[Chorus] (x4)

A man who casts no shadow has no soul




7. THE REINCARNATION OF BENJAMIN BREEG

Let me tell you about my life, let me tell you about my dreams
Let me tell you about the things that happen always real to me

Let me tell you of my hope, of my need to reach the sky
Let me take you on an awkward journey, let me tell you why
Let me tell you why...

Why should these curses be laid upon me
I won't be forgiven 'til I can break free
What did I do to deserve all this guilt
Pays for my sins with the sale of my soul
Demons are trapped all inside of my head
My hopes are gone reach for heaven from hell

My sins are many, my guilt is too heavy
The pressure of knowing, of hiding what I know
I'm able to see things... things I don't want to see
The lives of a thousand souls, weigh heavy down on me

I known they're crying for help reaching out
The burden of them will take me down as well
The sin of a thousand souls not died in vain
Reincarnate still in me live again

[Chorus]
Someone to save me
Something to save me from myself
To bring salvation, to exorcise this hell

[Chorus]

Someone to save me
Something to save me from myself
A destination away from this nightmare

[Chorus]




8. FOR THE GREATER GOOD OF GOD

Are you a man of peace or man of holy war?
Too many sides to you, don't know which anymore
So many full of life but also filled with pain
Don't know just how many will leave to breathe again

A life that's made to breath, destruction or defence
A mind that's vain corruption, bar or good intent
A wolf in sheep's clothing or saintly or sinner
Or some that would believe a holy war winner

They fire off many shots and many parting blows
Their actions beyond a reasoning, only God would know
And as he lies in heaven or it could be in hell
I feel he's somewhere here or looking from below

But I don't know
I don't know

[Chorus]
Please tell me now what life is
Please tell me now what love is
Well tell me know what war is
Again tell me what life is

More pain and misery in the history of mankind
Sometimes it seems more like the blind leading the blind
It brings upon us more of famine, death and war
You know religion has a lot to answer for

[Chorus]

And as they search to find the bodies in the sand
They find it's ashes that are scattered across the land
And as their spirits seem to whistle on the wind
A shot is fired somewhere another war begins

And all because of it you'd think that we would learn
But still the body count the city fires burn
Somewhere there's someone dying in a foreign land
Meanwhile the world is crying stupidity of man

Tell me why (x2)

[Chorus] (x2)

For the greater good of God, for the greater good of God (x4)

[Chorus] (x2)

For the greater good of God, for the greater good of God (x4)

He gave his life for us, he fell upon the cross
To die for all of those who never mourn his loss
It wasn't mean for us to feel the pain again
Tell me why, tell me why




9. LORD OF LIGHT

There are secrets that you keep
There are secrets that you keep
There are secrets that you tell to me alone
I can't reach things I can't see
You don't see this strange world quite the same as me
Don't deny me what I am
Nothing hidden still you fell to see the truth
These are things you can't reveal
These are things you can't reveal

We are part of some strange plan
Why the slaughter of the brotherhood of man
Infernal sacrifice of hell
Fire breathing lead the way
Mounds of bodies as they all burn into one
Revenge is living in the past
Time to look into a new millennium

Spiral path leads through the maze
Down into the fiery underworld below
Fire breathing lead the way
Lucifer was just an angel led astray

[Chorus]
Free your soul and let it fly
Give your life to the Lord of Light
Keep your secrets and rain on me
All I see are mysteries

[Chorus]

We are not worthy in your black and blazing eyes
We gather demons in the mirror every day
The bridge of darkness casts a shadow on us all
And all our sins to you we give this day

Others wait their turn, their lives were meant to last
Use your wisely as the light is fading fast
Free your soul and let it fly, mine was caught I couldn't try
Time returns again to punish all of us

We are cast out by our bloody fathers hand
We are strangers in this lonely promised land
We are the shadows of the one unholy ghost
In our nightmare world the only one we trust

[Chorus] (x2)




10. THE LEGACY

Tell you a thing that you ought to know
Two minutes of your time then on you go

Tell tale of the men all dressed in black
That most of them not coming back

Sent off to war to play little games
And on their return can't name no names

Some strange yellow gas has played with their minds
Has reddened their eyes, removed all the lies

And strange as it sounds death knows no bounds
How many get well, only time will tell
Only time will tell...

You lie in your death bed now
But what did you bring to the table
Brought us only holy sin
Utter trust is a deadly thing

To the prayer of holy peace
We didn't know what was lying underneath
So how could we be such fools
And to think that we thought you the answer

I can't begin to understand in all the lies
But on your death bed I can see it in your eyes
Just as clear as all the sweat upon your brow
It really makes sense I can see it clearly now

Tangled up in a web of lies
Could have been a way to prophesise
Unaware of the consequence
Not aware of the secrets that you kept

Nothing that we could believe
To reveal the facade of faceless men
Not a thing that we could foresee
Now a sign that would tell us the outcome

You had us all strung out with promises of peace
But all along you cover plan was to deceive
Can it put to rights now only time will tell
Your prophecies will send us all to hell as well

Left to all our golden sons
All to pick up on the peace
You could have given all of them
A little chance... at least

Take the world to a better place
Given them all just a little hope
Just think what a legacy
You now... will leave

We seem destined to live in fear
And some that would say Armageddon is near
But where there's a life while there's hope
That man won't self destruct

Why can't we treat our fellow men
With more respect and a shake of their hands
But anger and loathing is rife
The death on all sides is becoming a way of life

We live in an uncertain world
Fear understanding and ignorance is leading to death
Only the corpses are left
For vultures that prey on their bones

But some are just not wanting peace
Their whole life is death and misery
The only thing that they know
Fight fire with fire life is cheap

But if they do stop to think
That man is teetering right on the brink
But do you think that they care
They benefit from death and pain and despair