Iron Maiden

Flight 666 tracks

Lyrics

DISC 1

1. ACES HIGH

There goes the siren
That warns of the air raid
Then comes the sound
Of the guns sending flak
Out for the scramble
We've got to get airborne
Got to get up
For the coming attack

Jump in the cockpit
And start up the engines
Remove all the wheel blocks
There's no time to waste
Gathering speed
As we head down the runway
Got to get airborne
Before it's too late

Running, scrambling, flying
Rolling, turning, diving
Going in again
Running, scrambling, flying
Rolling, turning, diving...

Run, live to fly, fly to live
Do or die,
Won't you
Run, live to fly, fly to live
Aces high

Move in to fire
At the mainstream of bombers
Let off a sharp burst
And then turn away
Roll over, spin round
To come in behind them
Move to their blind sides
And firing again

Bandits at 8 O'clock
Move in behind us
Ten Me-109s
Out of the sun
Ascending and turning
Our spitfires to face them
Heading straight for them
I press down my guns

Rolling, turning, diving
Rolling, turning, diving
Going in again
Rolling, turning, diving
Rolling, turning, diving
Going in again

Run, live to fly, fly to live
Do or die,
Won't you
Run, live to fly, fly to live
Aces high




2. 2 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT

Kill for gain or shoot to maim
But we don't need a reason
The Golden Goose is on the loose
And never out of season
Blackened pride still burns inside
This shell of bloody treason
Here's my gun for a barrel of fun
For the love of living death

The killer's breed
Or the Demon's seed
The glamour, the fortune, the pain
Go to war again
Blood is freedom's stain
But don't you pray for my soul anymore

2 minutes to midnight
The hands that threaten doom
2 minutes to midnight
To kill the unborn in the womb

The blind men shout let the creatures out
We'll show the unbelievers
The napalm screams of human flames
Of a prime-time Belsen feast...
YEAH!

As the reasons for the carnage
Cut their meat and lick the gravy
We oil the jaws of the war machine
And feed it with our babies

The killer's breed
Or the Demon's seed
The glamour, the fortune, the pain
Go to war again
Blood is freedom's stain
But don't you pray for my soul anymore

2 minutes to midnight
The hands that threaten doom
2 minutes to midnight
To kill the unborn in the womb

The body bags and little rags
Of children torn in two
And the jellied brains of those who remain
To put the finger right on you
As the madmen play on words
And make us all dance to their song
To the tune of starving millions
To make a better kind of gun

The killer's breed
Or the Demon's seed
The glamour, the fortune, the pain
Go to war again
Blood is freedom's stain
But don't you pray for my soul anymore

2 minutes to midnight
The hands that threaten doom
2 minutes to midnight
To kill the unborn in the womb

Midnight... midnight... it's all night
Midnight... midnight... all night!




3. REVELATIONS

"O God of Earth and Altar
Bow down and hear our cry
Our earthly rulers falter
Our people drift and die
The walls of gold entomb us
The swords of scorn divide
Take not thy thunder from us
But take away our pride"
(G. K. Chesterton: English Hymnal)

Just a babe in a black abyss
No reason for a place like this
The walls are cold and souls cry out in pain
An easy way for the blind to go
A clever path for the fools who know
The Secret of the Hanged Man
– The smile on his lips

The light of the Blind – you'll see
The venom that tears my spine
The Eyes of the Nile are opening – you'll see

She came to me with a serpent's kiss
As the Eye of the Sun rose on her lips
Moonlight catches
Silver tears I cry
So we lay in a black embrace
And the Seed is sown in a holy place
And I watched her and I waited for the Dawn

The light of the Blind – you'll see
The venom that tears my spine
The Eyes of the Nile are opening – you'll see

Bind all of us together
Ablaze with Hope and Free
No storm or heavy weather
Will rock the boat you'll see
The time has come to close your eyes
And still the wind and rain
For the one who will be King
Is the Watcher in the Ring

It is You, it is You...




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 horses breath
As I plunge on into certain death

Ooooooooh! Ooooooooh!

The horse he sweats with fear we break to run
The mighty roar of the Russian guns
And as we race toward 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

Ooooooooh! Ooooooooh!

We get so close near enough to fight
When a Russian gets me in his sights
He pulls 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

Ooooooooh! Ooooooooh!




5. WASTED YEARS

From the coast of gold, across the seven seas
I'm travelin' on far and wide
But now it seems
I'm just a stranger to myself
And all the things I sometimes do
It isn't me but someone else

I close my eyes and think of home
Another city goes by in the night
Ain't it funny how it is
You never miss it 'til it's gone away
And my heart is lying there
And will be 'til my dying day

So understand
Don't waste your time
Always searching for those wasted years
Face up... make your stand
And realise you're living
In the golden years

Too much time on my hands
I got you on my mind
Can't ease this pain so easily
When you can't find the words to say
It's hard to make it through another day
And it just makes me wanna cry
And throw my hands up to the sky

So understand
Don't waste your time
Always searching for those wasted years
Face up... make your stand
And realise you're living
In the golden years

So understand
Don't waste your time
Always searching for those wasted years
Face up... make your stand
And realise you're living
In the golden years

So understand
Don't waste your time
Always searching for those wasted years
Face up... make your stand
And realise you're living
In the golden years




6. THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST

Woe to you, oh Earth and Sea,
for the Devil sends the beast with wrath,
because he knows the time is short...
– Revelations 12:12

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 13:18




I left alone, my mind was blank
I needed time to think
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 dreams
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 had to see
Was someone watching me
In the mist
Dark figures move and twist
Was this all for real
Or just some kind of hell?

Six six six – 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 burning bright
The ritual has begun
Satan's work is done

Six six six – 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
Toward the evil chanting hordes
Seem to mesmerize me
Can't avoid their eyes

Six six six – the Number of the Beast
Six six six – 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. 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

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
Can I play with madness?
He said, "you're blind too blind too 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 your 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 a lake of fire"

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
Can I play with madness?
He said, "you're blind too blind too see"

"Oh listen to me," said the prophet

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
Can I play with madness?
He said, "you're blind too blind too see"

Can I play with madness?




8. RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER

Hear the rime of the ancient mariner
See his eye as he stops one of three
Mesmerises one of the wedding guests
Stay here and listen to the nightmares of the Sea

And the music plays on, as the bride passes by
Caught by his spell and the Mariner tells his tale

Driven south to the land of the snow and ice
To a place where nobody's been
Through the snow fog flies on the albatross
Hailed in God's name
Hoping good luck it brings

And the ship sails on, back to the North
Through the fog and ice
And the albatross follows on

The Mariner kills the bird of good omen
His shipmates cry against what he's done
But when the fog clears
They justify him
And make themselves a part of the crime

Sailing on and on and North
Across the sea
Sailing on and on and North
'Til all is calm

The albatross begins with its vengeance
A terrible curse a thirst has begun
His shipmates blame bad luck
On the Mariner
About his neck the dead bird is hung

And the curse goes on and on
At sea
And the curse goes on and on
For them and me

"Day after day, day after day,
We stuck nor breath nor motion
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean.
Water, water everywhere
And all the boards did shrink
Water, water everywhere
Nor any drop to drink."
SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE
(1798–1834)

There, calls the Mariner
There comes a ship over the line
But how can she sail
With no wind in her sails and no tide?

See... onward she comes
Onward she nears, out of the sun
See... she has no crew
She has no life, wait but there's two

Death and she Life in Death
They throw their dice for the crew
She wins the Mariner
And he belongs to her now
Then... crew one by one
They drop down dead, two hundred men
She... She Life in Death
She lets him live, her chosen one

"One after one by the star dogged moon,
Too quick for groan or sigh
Each turned his face with a ghastly pang,
And cursed me with his eye
Four times fifty living men,
(And I heard nor sigh nor groan)
With heavy thump, a lifeless lump,
They dropped down one by one."
SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE
(1798–1834)

The curse it lives on in their eyes
The Mariner he wished he'd die
Along with the sea creatures
But they lived on, so did he
And by the light of the moon
He prays for their beauty not doom
With heart he blesses them
God's creatures all of them too

Then the spell starts to break
The albatross falls from his neck
Sinks down like lead into the Sea
Then down in falls comes the rain

Hear the groans
Of the long dead seamen
See them stir and they start to rise
Bodies lifted by good spirits
None of them speak and they're lifeless in their eyes

And revenge is still sought
Penance starts again
Cast into a trance and the nightmare carries on

Now the curse is finally lifted
And the Mariner sights his home
Spirits go from the long dead bodies
Form their own light
And the Mariner's left alone

And then a boat came sailing toward him
It was a joy he could not believe
The Pilot's boat, his son and the hermit
Penance of life will fall onto Him

And the ship it sinks like lead into the sea
And the hermit shrieves the Mariner of his sins

The Mariner's bound to tell of his story
To tell his tale wherever he goes
To teach God's word
By his own example
That we must love
All things that God made

And the wedding guest's
A sad and wiser man
And the tale goes on and on and on...




DISC 2

1. POWERSLAVE

Into the Abyss I'll fall
The eye of Horus
Into the eyes of the night
Watching me go
Green is the cat's eye that glows
In this temple
Enter the risen Osiris
Risen again

Tell me why I had to be a Powerslave
I don't wanna die, I'm a God
Why can't I live on?
When the Life-Giver dies
All around is laid waste
And in my last hour
I'm a slave to the Power of Death

When I was living this lie
Fear was my game
People would worship and fall
Drop to their knees
So bring me the blood and red wine
For the one to succeed me
For he is a Man and a God
And He will die too

Tell me why I had to be a Powerslave
I don't wanna die, I'm a God
Why can't I live on?
When the Life-Giver dies
All around is laid waste
And in my last hour
I'm a slave to the Power of Death

Now I am cold but a ghost
Lives in my veins
Silent the terror that reigned
Marbled in stone
A shell of a man God preserved
For a thousand ages
But open the gates of my Hell
I will strike from the grave

Tell me why I had to be a Powerslave
I don't wanna die, I'm a God
Why can't I live on?
When the Life-Giver dies
All around is laid waste
And in my last hour
I'm a slave to the Power of Death

Slave to the Power of Death...
Slave to the Power of Death...




2. HEAVEN CAN WAIT

Can't understand what is happening to me
This isn't real this is only a dream
But I never have felt
No I never have felt this way before
I'm looking down on my body below
I lie asleep in the midst of a dream
Is it now could it be
The Angel of Death has come for me

I can't believe that really my time has come
I don't feel ready
There's so much left undone
And it's my soul and I'm not gonna let it get away

Heaven can wait
Heaven can wait
Heaven can wait
Heaven can wait 'til another day
Heaven can wait
Heaven can wait
Heaven can wait
Heaven can wait 'til another day

I have a lust for the earth below
And hell itself is my only foe
'Cause I've no fear of dying
I'll go when I'm good and ready
I snatch a glimpse of the light's eternal rays
I see a tunnel I stand amazed
At all of the people
Standing there in front of me

Into the paths of rightness I'll be led
Is this the place where the living join the dead?
I wish I knew this was only just a nightmare

Heaven can wait
Heaven can wait
Heaven can wait
Heaven can wait 'til another day
Heaven can wait
Heaven can wait
Heaven can wait
Heaven can wait 'til another day

Take my hand, I'll lead you to the promised land
Take my hand, I'll give you immortality
Eternal youth, I'll take you to the other side
To see the truth, the path for you is decided

My body tingles and I feel so strange
I feel so tired, I feel so drained
And I'm wondering if I'll ever be the same again
Is this in limbo or Heaven or Hell?
Maybe I'm going down there as well
I can't accept my soul will drift forever

I feel myself floating back down to Earth
So could this be the hour of my rebirth?
Or have I died or will I wake from dreaming?

Heaven can wait
Heaven can wait
Heaven can wait
Heaven can wait 'til another day
Heaven can wait
Heaven can wait
Heaven can wait
Heaven can wait 'til another day




3. RUN TO THE HILLS

The 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

Run to the hills
Run for your lives
Run to the hills
Run for your lives

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

Run to the hills
Run for your lives
Run to the hills
Run for your lives

Run to the hills
Run for your lives
Run to the hills
Run for your lives




4. 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

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

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 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

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

Fear of the dark, fear of the dark
Fear of the dark, fear of the dark
Fear of the dark, fear of the dark
Fear of the dark, fear of the dark

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

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

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




5. IRON MAIDEN

Won't you come into my room
I wanna 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

Won't you come into my room
I wanna 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




6. MOONCHILD

Seven deadly sins
Seven ways to win
Seven holy paths to Hell
And your trip begins
Seven downward slopes
Seven bloodied hopes
Seven are your burning fires
Seven your desires...

I am he the Bornless One
The Fallen Angel watching you
Babylon, the Scarlet Whore
I'll infiltrate your gratitude
Don't you dare to save your son
Kill him now and save the young ones
Be the mother of a birth strangled babe
Be the devils own Lucifer's my name

Moonchild
Hear the Mandrake scream
Moonchild
Open the Seventh Seal

I count the heads of those unborn
The accursed ones I'll find them all
If you die by your own hand
As a suicide you shall be damned
And if you try to save your soul
I will torment you – you shall not grow old
With every second and passing breath
You'll be so alone your soul will bleed to death

Moonchild
Hear the mandrake scream
Moonchild
Open the seventh seal
Moonchild
You'll be mine soon child
Moonchild
Take my hand tonight

The twins they are exhausted
Seven is this night
Gemini is rising
As the red lips kiss to bite
Seven angels seven demons
Battle for his soul
When Gabriel lies sleeping
This child was born to die

One more dies and one more lives
One baby cries one mother grieves
For all the sins you will commit
You'll beg forgiveness and none I'll give
A web of fear shall be your coat
To clothe you in the night
A lucky escape for you young man
But I'll see you damned in endless night

Moonchild
Hear the mandrake scream
Moonchild
Open the seventh seal
Moonchild
You'll be mine soon child
Moonchild
Take my hand tonight

7. THE CLAIRVOYANT

Feel the sweat break on my brow
Is it me or is it shadows
That are dancing on the walls?
Is this a dream or is it now?
Is this a vision or normality
I see before my eyes?

I wonder why I wonder how
That it seems the power's Getting stronger every day
I feel a strength an inner fire
But I'm scared
I won't be able to control it anymore

There's a time to live
And a time to die
When it's time to meet the maker
There's a time to live
But isn't it strange
That as soon as you're born you're dying
There's a time to live
And a time to die
When it's time to meet the maker
There's a time to live
But isn't it strange
That as soon as you're born you're dying

Just by looking in through your eyes
He could see the future
Penetrating right in through your mind
See the truth and see your lies
But for all his power
Couldn't foresee his own demise

There's a time to live
And a time to die
When it's time to meet the maker
There's a time to live
But isn't it strange
That as soon as you're born you're dying
There's a time to live
And a time to die
When it's time to meet the maker
There's a time to live
But isn't it strange
That as soon as you're born you're dying

...and reborn again?




8. 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'll 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 kind 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 they 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
Someone calls 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 end is near I'm not sorry
Catch my soul 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 here is just a strange illusion

Yeah! Hallowed be Thy name!
Hallowed be Thy name!