Iron Maiden

Death on the Road tracks

Lyrics


DISC 1

1. WILDEST DREAMS

I'm gonna organise some changes in my life
I'm gonna exorcise the demons of my past
I'm gonna take the car and hit the open road
I'm feeling ready to just open up and go

And I just feel I can be anything
That I might ever wish to be
And fantasize just what I want to be
Make my wildest dreams come true

[Chorus #1]
I'm on my way - Out on my own again
I'm on my way - Out on the road again

When I remember back to how that things just used to be
And I was struck inside a shroud of misery
I felt I disappeared so deep inside myself
I couldn't find a way to break away the Hell

When I'm feeling down and low
I vow I'll never be the same again
I just remember what I am
And visualize just what I'm gonna be

[Chorus #2]
I'm on my way - Out on my own again
I'm on my way - I'm gonna break away

I'm gonna break away
I'm out on my own
I'm out on my own
Gonna break away
Break them away

[Chorus #1]
[Chorus #2]




2. WRATHCHILD

I was born into a scene
Of angriness and greed
Of dominance and persecution

My mother was a queen
My dad I've never seen
I was never meant to be

[Chorus #1]
Now I spend my time looking all around
For a man that's nowhere to be found
Until I find him, I'm never gonna stop searching
I'm gonna find my man, gonna travel round

[Chorus #2]
'Cause I'm a wrathchild
Well, I'm a wrathchild
Yeah, I'm a wrathchild
I'm coming to get you, oh yeah, yeah !

Some say I shouldn't matter
Ain't nothing gonna alter
The course of my destination

But I know I've gotta find
Some serious peace of mind
Or I know I'll just go crazy

[Chorus #1]
[Chorus #2]




3. CAN I PLAY WITH MADNESS

Can I play with madness ?

Give me the sense to wonder, to wonder if I'm free
Give me a sense of wonder, to know I can be me
Give me the strength to hold my head up spit back in their face
Don't need no key to unlock this door, gonna break down the walls
Break out of this bad place...

[Chorus]
Can I play with madness ?
The prophet stared at his crystal ball
Can I play with madness ?
There's no vision there at all
Can I play with madness ?
The prophet looked and he laughed at me, he said...
Can I play with madness ?
He said you're blind, too blind to see
Oh, he said you're too blind to see

I screamed aloud to the old man, I said don't lie, don't say you don't know
I say you'll pay for this mischief in this world or the next
Oh and then he fixed me with a freezing glance and the Hell fires raged in his eyes
He said do you want to know the truth son - I'll tell you the truth
Your soul's gonna burn in the lake of fire...

[Chorus]
Oh, "listen to me" said the prophet

[Chorus]
Can I play with madness ?




4. THE TROOPER

You'll take my life but I'll take yours too
You'll fire your musket but I'll run you through
So when you're waiting for the next attack
You'd better stand, there's no turning back

The bugle sounds and the charge begins
But on this battlefield no one wins
The smell of acrid smoke and horse breath
As I plunge into a certain death

[Chorus]
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh !
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh !

The horse he sweats with fear, we break to run
The mighty roar of the russian guns
And as we race towards the human wall
The screams of pain as my comrades fall

We hurdle bodies that lay on the ground
And the Russians fire another round
We get so near, yet so far away
We won't live to fight another day

[Chorus]

We get so close, near enough to fight
When a Russian gets me in his sights
He pull the trigger and I feel the blow
A burst of rounds take my horse below

And as I lay there gazing at the sky
My body's numb and my throat is dry
And as I lay forgotten and alone
Without a tear I draw my parting groan

[Chorus]




5. DANCE OF DEATH

Let me tell you a story to chill the bones about a thing that I saw
One night wandering in the Everglades, I'd one drink but no more

I was rambling, enjoying the bright moonlight, gazing up at the stars
Not aware of a presence so near to me, watching my every move

Feeling scared and I felt to my knees as something rushed me from the trees
Took me to an unholy place, and that is where I fell from grace

Then they summoned me over to join in with them to the dance of the dead
Into the circle of fire I followed them, into the middle I was led

As if time has stopped still I was numb with fear, but still I wanted to go
And the blaze of the fire did no hurt upon me as I walked on to the goals

Then I felt I was in a trance and my spirit was lifted from me
And if only someone had the chance to witness what happened to me

And I danced and I pranced and I sang with them, all had death in their eyes
Lifeless figures they were undead all of them, they had ascended from Hell

As I danced with the dead, my free spirit was laughing and howling down at me
Below my undead body just danced the circle of death

Until the time came to reunite us both, my spirit came back down to me
I didn't know if I was alive or dead as the others all joined in with me

By luck then a skirmish started and took the attention away from me
When they took their gaze from me, was the moment that I fled

I ran like Hell faster than the wind but behind I did not glance
One thing that I did not dare was to look just straight ahead

When you know that your time has come around, you know you'll be prepared for it
Say your last goodbyes to everyone, drink and say a prayer for it

When you're lying in your sleep, when you're lying in your bed
And you wake from your dreams to go dancing with the dead

When you're lying in your sleep, when you're lying in your bed
And you wake from your dreams to go dancing with the dead

So this day I guess I'll never know just why they let me go
But I'll never go dancing no more 'till I dance with the dead




6. RAINMAKER

When I was wandering in the desert and was searching for the truth
I heard a choir of Angels calling out my name
I had the feeling that my life would never be the same again
I turn my face towards the barren sun

And I know of the pain that you feel the same as me
And I dream of the rain as it falls upon the leaves
And the cracks in our lives like the cracks upon the ground
They are sealed and are now washed away

[Chorus #2]
You tell me we can start the rain
You tell me that we all can change
You tell me we can find something to wash the tears away

[Chorus #3]
You tell me we can start the rain
You tell me that we all can change
You tell me we can find something to wash the tears...

And I know of the pain that you feel the same as me
And I dream of the rain as it falls upon the leaves
And the cracks in the clouds like the cracks are in our lives
They are sealed and are now far away

[Chorus #2]
[Chorus #3]
[Chorus #2]
[Chorus #3]

And I know of the pain that you feel the same as me
And I dream of the rain as it falls upon the leaves
And the cracks in the clouds like the cracks are in our lives
They are sealed and are now far away




7. BRAVE NEW WORLD

Dying swans twisted wings
Beauty not needed here
Lost my love, lost my life
In this garden of fear
I have seen many things
In a lifetime alone
Mother love is no more
Bring this savage back home

Wilderness house of pain
Makes no sense of it all
Close this mind, dull this brain
Messiah before his fall
What you see is not real
Those who know will not tell
All is lost, sold your souls
To this brave new world

[Chorus]
A brave new world - In a brave new world (x2)
In a brave new world - A brave new world (x2)

Dragon kings, dying queens
Where is salvation now ?
Lost my life, lost my dreams
Rip the bones from my flesh
Silent screams laughing here
Dying to tell you the truth
You are planned and you are damned
In this brave new world

[Chorus] (x2)

Dying swans twisted wings
Bring this savage back home




8. PASCHENDALE

In a foreign field he lay
Lonely soldier, unknown grave
On his dying words he prays
Tell the world of Paschendale

Relive all that he's been through
Last communion of his soul
Rust your bullet with his tears
Let me tell you 'bout his years

Laying low in a blood filled trench
Killing time 'till my very own death
On my face I can feel the falling rain
Never see my friends again

In the smoke, in the mud and lead
Smell the fear and the feeling of dread
Soon the time to go over the wall
Rapid fire and the end of us all

Whistles, shouts and more gun fire
Lifeless bodies hang on barbed wire
Battlefield nothing but a bloody tomb
Be reunited with my dead friends soon

Many soldiers eighteen years
Drown in mud, no more tears
Surely a war no-one can win
Killing time about to begin

[Chorus]
Home...
Far away from the war
A chance to live again
Home...
Far away, but the war
No chance to live again

The bodies of ours and our foes
The sea of death it overflows
In no man's land God only knows
Into jaws of death we go

Crucified as if on a cross
Allied troops they mourn their loss
German war propaganda machine
Such before has never been seen

Swear I heard the Angels cry
Pray to God no more may die
So that people know the truth
Tell the tale of Paschendale

Cruelty has a human heart
Every man does play his part
Terror of the men we kill
The human heart is hungry still

I stand my ground for the very last time
Gun is ready as I stand in line
Nervous wait for the whistle to blow
Rush of blood and over we go

Blood is falling like the rain
Its crimson cloak unveils again
The sound of guns can't hide their shame
And so we die on Paschendale

Dodging shrapnel and barbed wire
Running straight at cannon fire
Running blind as I hold my breath
Say a prayer symphony of death

As we charge the enemy lines
A burst of fire and we go down
I choke a cry but no-one hears
Feel the blood go down my throat

[Chorus] (x2)

See my spirit on the wind
Across the lines, beyond the hill
Friend and foe will meet again
Those who died at Paschendale




9. LORD OF THE FLIES

I don't care for this world anymore
I just want to live my own fantasy
Fate has brought us to this shores
What was meant to be is now happening

I've found that I like this living in danger
Living on the edge it feels... It makes feel as one
Who cares now what's right or wrong
It's reality

Killing so we survive
Wherever we may roam
Wherever we may hide
We've got to get away

I don't want existence to end
We must prepare ourselves for the elements
I just want to feel like we're strong
We don't need a code of morality

I like all the mixed emotion and anger
It brings out the animal, the power you can feel
And feeling so high on this much adrenalin
Excited but scary to believe what we've become

[Chorus #1]
Saints and sinners
Something within us
We are Lord of the flies

[Chorus #2]
Saints and sinners
Something within us
To be Lord of the flies

[Chorus #1]
[Chorus #2]
[Chorus #1]
[Chorus #2]




DISC 2

1. NO MORE LIES

There's a darkening sky before me
There's no time to prepare
Salvage a last horizon
But no regrets from me

Maybe I'll be back some other day
To live again just who can say
In what shape or form that I might be
Just another chance for me

A hurried time, no disgrace
Instead of racing to conclusion
And wishing all my life away
No one can stop me now

Time is up, it couldn't last
But there's more things I'd like to do
I'm coming back to try again
Someday maybe I'll wait 'till then

[Chorus]
No more lies, no more lies (x4)

They're all sitting at my table
Talking tall and drinking wine
Their time is up just like me
But they just don't know it yet

So just a word of warning
When you're in your deepest dreams
There's nothing you can hide from
I've got my eye on you

The clock is fast, the hour is near
Eventful past is ever clear
My life is set, the time is here
I think I'm coming home

[Chorus]

A hurried time, no disgrace
Instead of racing to conclusion
And wishing all your life away
No-one can stop me now

Time is up, it couldn't last
But there's more things I have to do
I'm coming back to try again
Don't tell me that this is the end

[Chorus]
No more lies, no more lies
No more lies...




2. HALLOWED BE THY NAME

I'm waiting in my cold cell when the bell begins to chime
Reflecting on my past life and it doesn't have much time
'Cause at five o'clock they take me to the Gallows Pole
The sands of time for me are running low... running low...

When the priest comes to read me the last rites
I take a look through the bars at the last sights
Of a world that has gone very wrong for me

Can it be there's been some sort of error
Hard to stop the surmounting terror
Is it really the end not some crazy dream

Somebody please tell me that I'm dreaming
It's not easy to stop from screaming
But words escape me when I try to speak

Tears flow but why am I crying
After all I'm not afraid of dying
Don't I believe that there never is an end

As the guards march me out to the courtyard
Somebody cries from a cell "God be with you"
If there's a God then why has he let me go ?

As I walk all my life drifts before me
And though the ends is near I'm not sorry
Catch my soul 'cause it's willing to fly away

Mark my words please believe my soul lives on
Please don't worry now that I have gone
I've gone beyond to see the truth

When you know that your time is close at hand
Maybe then you'll begin to understand
Life down there is just a strange illusion

Yeah... Hallowed be thy name (x2)




3. FEAR OF THE DARK

I am a man who walks alone
And when I'm walking a dark road
At night or strolling through the park
When the light begins to change
I sometimes feel a little strange
A little anxious when it's dark

[Chorus]
Fear of the dark, fear of the dark
I have a constant fear that something's always near
Fear of the dark, fear of the dark
I have a phobia that someone's always there

Have you run your fingers down the wall
And have you felt your neck skin crawl
When you're searching for the light ?
Sometimes when you're scared to take a look
At the corner of the room
You've sensed that something's watching you

[Chorus]

Have you ever been alone at night
Thought you heard footsteps behind
And turned around and no-one's there ?
And as you quicken up your pace
You find it hard to look again
Because you're sure there's someone there

[Chorus]

Fear of the dark, fear of the dark (x4)

Watching horror films the night before
Debating witches and folklore
The unknown troubles on your mind
Maybe your mind is playing tricks
You sense and suddenly eyes fix
On dancing shadows from behind

[Chorus] (x2)

When I'm walking a dark road
I am a man who walks alone




4. IRON MAIDEN

Won't you come into my room
I want to show you all my wares
I just want to see your blood
I just want to stand and stare

See the blood begin to flow
As it falls upon the floor
Iron Maiden can't be fought
Iron Maiden can't be sought

Oh well, wherever, wherever you are
Iron Maiden's gonna get you, no matter how far
See the blood flow, watching it shed
Up above my head, Iron Maiden wants you for dead

(all the song : 3 times)




5. JOURNEYMAN

From the red sky of the East to the sunset in the West
We have cheated death and he has cheated us

But that was just a dream and this is what it means
We are sleeping and we'll dream for evermore

And the fragment remains of our memories
And the shadows we made with our hands
Deeper grey came to mourn, all the colours of the dawn
Will this journeyman's day be his last ?

[Chorus]
I know what I want and I say what I want and no one can take it away (x4)

But the memory still remains all the past years not so strange
Our winter times are like a silent shroud

And the heartbeat of the day drives the mist away
And winter's not the only dream around

In your life you may choose desolation
And the shadows you build with your hands
If you turn to the light that is burning in the night
Then your journeyman's day has begun

[Chorus]

In your life you may choose desolation
And the shadows you build with your hands
If you turn to the light that is burning in the night
Then your journeyman's day has begun

[Chorus]




6. THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST

"How to you, oh Earth and Sea, for the devil sends the Beast with wrath, because he knows the time is short... Let him who hath understanding reckon the number of the Beast for it is a human number, its number is six hundred and sixty six"
(Revelations, chapter XIII, V. 18)

I left alone, my mind was blank
I needed time to get the memories from my mind
What did I see, can I believe that what I saw
That night was real and not just fantasy
Just what I saw in my old dream were they
Reflections of my warped mind staring back at me
'Cause in my dreams it's always there,
The evil face that twists my mind and brings me to despair

Night was black, was no use holding back
'Cause I just have to see was someone watching me
In the mist, dark figures move and twist
Was all this for real or just some kind of Hell

666, the number of the Beast
Hell and fire was spawned to be released

Torches blazed and sacred chants were praised
As they start to cry, hands held to the sky
In the night the fires are burning bright
The ritual has begun, Satan's work is done

666, the number of the Beast
Sacrifice is going on tonight

This can't go on, I must inform the law
Can this still be real or some crazy dream
But I feel drawn towards the chanting hordes
They seem to mesmerise me... Can't avoir their eyes

666, the number of the Beast
666, the one for you and me

I'm coming back, I will return
And I'll possess your body and I'll make you burn
I have the fire, I have the force
I have the power to make my evil take its course




7. RUN TO THE HILLS

White man came across the sea
He brought us pain and misery
He killed our tribes, he killed our creed
He took our game for his own need

We fought him hard, we fought him well
Out on the plains, we gave him Hell
But many came, too much for cree
Oh, will we ever be set free ?

Riding through dust clouds and barren wastes
Galloping hard on the plains
Chasing the redskins back to their holes
Fighting them at their own game
Murder for freedom, the stab in the back
Women and children and cowards attack

[Chorus]
Run to the hills, run for your lives
Run to the hills, run for your lives

Soldier blue in the barren wastes
Hunting and killing their game
Raping the women and wasting the men
The only good Indians are tame
Selling them whiskey and taking their gold
Enslaving the young and destroying the old

[Chorus] (x3)