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BRUCE DICKINSON LYRICS

Skunkworks Live Video

"Skunkworks Live Video" (1997 Video/VHS)

1. Space Race
2. Back From the Edge
3. Tattooed Millionaire
4. Inertia
5. Faith
6. Meltdown
7. I Will Not Accept the Truth
8. Laughing in the Hiding Bush
9. Tears of the Dragon
10. God's Not Coming Back
11. Dreamstate
12. The Prisoner







1. Space Race

Yes, yes, I'd launch into the rising sun
My living breath is measured
Every step is gone
Fare you well my friends
See you down the line, yeah, yeah
I don't belong to nation, state or dying race
I leave my prejudice
With you my religion's in space
So have a little respect

Why are we running in this space race?
Why are we acting like we own the place?
Just want to feel the starlight on my face
Reach out my hand and touch beyond...

Yes, yes, I'd float around till gravity's end, unity is coming
Singular again
See you then my friends at the end of time, yeah, yeah
Secret knowledge, science, logic is all gone
Nothing left but burning up into the sun
On a cosmic beach, I'll see ya there




2. Back From the Edge

A silent river flowing black
Strange attractors, no turning back
Present danger I recall
That pins my senses to the wall

Back from the edge where the darkness has fled
And I'm swimming in light and I'm falling...falling from the edge...
Back from the edge

I fell from grace and that's a fact
I still have urges I fight back
Cold decisions wear me thin
Kill yourself...begin again

Back from the fear that you're not worth a damn
Throw yourself into light and the rush as you spin from the edge
Back from the edge

Now and then I wonder where the faces from my childhood have gone?
Like father like son in your bones it lives on glowing shadows
Back from the edge
Back from the edge




3. Tattooed Millionaire

Tattooed boys with expensive toys
Living in a bubble of sin
Money can buy you most of anything
Fix your nose or the mess you're in
Front page news you can share your views
With a population that wants to be like you
Out on the strip Ė out on the tiles
Same old rgeed behind the P.R. smiles

You and all your entourage Ė to me you're all the same
to me
You and all your entourage Ė playing foolish games

I don't want you big city shining
I don't want your silver lining
I don't wanna be a tattooed millionaire

He's got a wife Ė she ain't no brain child
Ex mud Queen of Miami
In his stretch cadillac he keeps her in the back
L.A. dude L.A. attitude
Laid back selfish and getting fat
Body guards porn stars gold credit cards
Using each other Ė running for cover




4. Inertia

These are the pictures
These are the feelings from the front line
Living in silence
Feeling the deafness like heavy smoke
Smiling with strangers counting the days
Like a spring coiled up inside
Welcome to your future
Welcome to your book of lies
Fingers crawl through pages
Nothing changes living here...

Inertia
No wish to move at all
Inertia
E verything's a stone wall
Inertia
H istory lets you die

A ragged pile of silent accusers
Smell the blood of strangers here
No eyes no ears no smell no taste
The mouth of the maggot is full ofthis place
Murdered conscience the pressure is crushing heads
Like paper lanterns now
Unbreakable grip a dead hand
Driving us forward to the end
Kicking through traces
A thousand years from now

Inertia
No wish to think at all
Inertia
Everything's a stone wall
Inertia
History lets you die




5. Faith

You knew I wouldn't go
That's why you threatened me...would I stay?
Said I was sick...I'd be alone, said my mind was at my own...I didn't learn
You crawled up on your knees...a victim's pretty please...
Would I stay? Would I stay? ...and I stayed

How many more times, till I broke down from that guilty mess
You taught me to hate to love you
That's because you love to hate yourself

I wish it had a happy end
Like the fairy-tales pretend there can be
But things are not the same
When your life love was a game
Of make believe
You get everything you want
But not everything you need
A nd it's true..you receive...what you achieve

How many screaming fights, tears of rage
Until it ended
How many more times till I say who I am
And don't pretend




6. Meltdown

Hey you wait...cringing in the dark
You create what you always fear
A puppet of hatred dishing out poison
You use me for bait, your begging bowl of lies,
Chain letters of snivelling compromise
I can smell the difference...your truth and your fiction
You and your twisted convictions

Were you my friend when I belonged?
Were you my friend when I was strong?
Were you my friend when I was weak?
Were you my friend when I was crawling, calling...out of my head

Cold...like your blood, the snake is always cool (cool)
When things get tough
You slither on the ground
You cover up your tracks when I'm around

Its over now my friend
Your dog has had its day
Its payback time for what you had to say
You're stuck with the life you made
Stuck with the plans you made
Stuck with everything you are




7. I Will Not Accept the Truth

I will not accept the truth
I will not accept the truth
I will not accept the truth
That I'll never get there never get there, yeah, yeah

I must not push forward, no
I must not push forward, no
I must not push forward, no
Cuz I'll never get there I'll never get there, no way

I will not believe your lies
I will not believe your lies
I will not believe your lies
You say I'll never get there never get there

Hold on,
hold on
Hold on,
hold on

I will not accept the truth
I will not believe your lies
I will not acknowledge pain
I will survive and live again
Coming back now,
rising up now

Hold on,
hold on Hold on,hold on Hold on, hold on
I will not accept the truth
I will not accept the truth
I will not accept the truth!




8. Laughing in the Hiding Bush

There's a sinister game that children play
Hey, hey, hey, hey
When they get to the end of each schoolday
Hey, hey, hey, hey

They spend their lives getting ready for the kill...Ha!

Laughing in the hiding bush
The joker is back
Laughing in the hiding bush
The joker is back

Who remembers the names of fallen heroes
Hey, hey, Hey, hey
Who remembers today to fly their flags
Hey, hey, Hey, hey

I couldn't say I loved you like I did before...Ha!

Laughing in the hiding bush
The joker is back
Laughing in the hiding bush

It's the laughing attack
The joker is back
He's wild in the pack
The joker is back
Laughing in the hiding gonna kick him in the bush, yeah

Laughing in the hiding bush
The joker is back
Laughing in the hiding bush
The joker is back

Laughing in the hiding bush
He's wild in the pack
Laughing in the hiding bush
The joker is back




9. Tears of the Dragon

For too long now
There were secrets in my mind
For too long now
There were things I should have said

In the darkness, I was stumbling for the door
To find a reason, to find the time, the place, the hour

Waiting for the winter sun, and the cold light of day
The misty ghosts of childhood fears
The pressure is building and I can't stay away

I throw myself into the sea
Release the wave, let it wash over me
To face the fear, I once believed
The tears of the dragon, for you and for me

Where I was
I had wings that couldn't fly
Where I was
I had tears I couldn't cry

My emotions, frozen in an iced lake
I couldn't feel them, until the ice began to break

I have no prayer over this, you know I'm afraid
The walls I built are crumbling
The water is moving, I'm slipping away

I throw myself into the sea
Release the wave, let it wash over me
To face the fear, I once believed
The tears of the dragon, for you and for me

Slowly I awake
Slowly I rise
The walls I built are crumbling
The water is moving, I'm slipping away

I throw myself into the sea
Release the wave, let it wash over me
To face the fear, I once believed
The tears of the dragon, for you and for me


I throw myself into the sea
Release the wave, let it wash over me
To face the fear, I once believed
The tears of the dragon, for you and for me...




10. God's Not Coming Back

Yeah, standing by the three kings and I thought I saw a star
[mumble]
I could smell the holy spirit, it was coming from the bar
[mumble]

CHORUS:
Itís magic they said, back from the dead
Itís not Christmas yet, Godís not coming back

[mumble]
Godís not coming back [mumble]

You turn my water into wine, you fix my table, itís just fine
Two ton rocks he rolled away, Lepers cured every Sunday
["OK, goodnight, thank you very much,
be back next Sunday, alright?"]

REPEAT CHORUS

SOLO

Hanging with Magdalene
He never dug the little queen
["Sheís a little stunner, you know what I mean?"]
You look like Ian Gillan but I bet you couldnít scream
Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!!

REPEAT CHORUS

Godís not coming back (x3)

Oh well...




11. Dreamstate

Well you bred me
Well you fed me
Well you made me what I am
Something for nothing
Good for nothing Well...

It's a dreamstate, a dreamstate
To kill me with your kindness you'll just have to wait

You say I'm nothing
You say I'm nothing
Never gonna be something Well then, that's life for me
Your expectations,
your reservations
Aw, come on, please

It's a dreamstate, a dreamstate
You bought into the vision so you don't have to wait
A dreamstate of bliss, a dreamstate of bliss
A dreamstate, a dreamstate

Now I'm standing up here before the judge
Juries got their head where the sun don't shine
Everybody's lying on my case they're lying on my, lying on my, lying on my Lying on my case

Eyes above me, eyes above me
Never realised there was someone else in here
No resolution and no conclusion
Do I believe?

It's a dreamstate, a dreamstate
You fell for it sucker, you fell for the bait
A dreamstate of bliss, a dreamstate of bliss
A dreamstate, a dreamstate




12. The Prisoner

 


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