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BRUCE DICKINSON LYRICS

The Best Of Bruce Dickinson

"The Best Of Bruce Dickinson" (2001 Best of/Compilation)

1. Broken (previously unreleased)
2. Tattooed Millionaire
3. Laughing In The Hiding Bush (live)
4. Tears Of The Dragon
5. The Tower
6. Born In '58
7. Accident Of Birth
8. Silver Wings (previously unreleased)
9. Darkside Of Aquarius
10. Chemical Wedding
11. Back From The Edge
12. Road To Hell
13. Book Of Thel (live)
14. Dracula







1. Broken (previously unreleased)

I will not be pushed
I will not be stamped defiled
I will not be crushed
I am not your only child

I am not a freak
object of your own desire
I am not ashamed
I am not an alibi

CHORUS:
I stand alone, now I can see
You won't bring me down
For all this pain and misery
I'm not broken

Crushed, crushed

I am not a pawn
This is not a game of chess
I am not a pin stuck into your shiny vest
I am not a slave
I will do what I do best
Walking out on you
Take my life and leave the rest

REPEAT CHORUS

CHORUS II:
All the hatred can't you see
You won't bring me down
?Open your eyes up? set me free
I'm not broken

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh (x4)

REPEAT CHORUS & CHORUS II

I'm not broken (x3)




2. 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 out on the tiles
Same old rgeed behind the P.R. smiles

You and all your entourage to me you're all the same
to me
You and all your entourage 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 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 running for cover




3. Laughing In The Hiding Bush (live)

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




4. 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...




5. The Tower

There are twelve commandments There are twelve divisions Twelve are the pagans who have mapped the sky In the outer circle To the inner sanctum From the octave at the end of time The fountain, the trinity The pilgrim is searching for blood (searching for his blood) To look for his own free will The stone of infinity, washed in the flood Lovers in the tower The moon and sun divided, and the hanged man smiles Lovers in the tower The moon and sun divided, let the fool decide In the atom circle Where we break the stars Hammer into anvil, stuffing out the sun Witness all the killing (killing) See the birth of Mars Our religion thrown into the fire The fountain, the trinity The pilgrim is searching for blood (searching for his blood) To look for his own free will The stone of infinity, washed in the flood Lovers in the tower The moon and sun divided, the hanged man smiles Lovers in the tower The moon and sun divided, the magician laughs Lovers in the tower The moon and sun divided, and the priestess kneels (priestess kneels) Lovers in the tower The moon and sun divided, let the fool decide Lovers in the tower The moon and sun divided, and the hanged man smiles Lovers in the tower The moon and sun divided, let the fool decide Lovers in the tower The moon and sun divided, the priestess kneels to receive Lovers in the tower The moon and sun divided, the magician laughs




6. Born In '58

Born in a mining town in 58
When black and white T.V. was up to date
And men were still around
Who fought for freedom stood their ground and died
That I could be alive
And see the damage that we've managed since
In this sceptered Isle
Is nothing sacred but the one square mile

Justice and liberty
You can buy but you don't get free
In a world of steel and glass
We bury our past

On and on we slept till dawn
When we awoke we hardly spoke

My Grandfather tought me how to fight
Old fashioned stuff like wrong and right
But all around I see his morals
Buried in a mess of money troubles
Born in a mining town in 58
When black and white T.V. was up to date
And men were still around
Who fought for freedom stood their ground and died

Justice and liberty
You can buy but you don't get free
In a world of steel and glass
We bury our past

On and on we slept till dawn
When we awoke we hardly spoke

On and on we slept till dawn
When we awoke it was... all the same




7. Accident Of Birth

Journey back to the dark side, back into the womb
Back to where the spirits move like vapor from the tomb
The center of the cyclone, blowing out the sun
Break the shackles of your union to the light

I might've had a brother
As I was born, they dragged him under
To the other side of twilight
He's waiting for me now

Nativity was lost on me
I didn't ask, I couldn't see
What created me?
What and where and how?

Welcome home - it's been too long, we've missed you
Welcome home - we've opened up the gates
Welcome home - to your brothers and sisters
Welcome home - to an accident of birth

Feel our bodies breathing as you try to stop believing
There's nothing you can do about your shadows
You can fight us, you are like us
And your body will betray you
Lay down and die like all the others

Where are the angels and their wings of freedom?
Jesus had his day off when they pulled you through...

Welcome home - it's been too long, we've missed you
Welcome home - we've opened up the gates
Welcome home - to your brothers and sisters
Welcome home - to an accident of birth
...to an accident of birth

Vision's growing dim as the daylight fades away
A spinning, twisting black hole - it's your dying day

Welcome home - it's been too long, we've missed you
Welcome home - we've opened up the gates
Welcome home - to your brothers and sisters
Welcome home - to an accident of birth

Welcome home - it's been too long, we've missed you
Welcome home - we've opened up the gates
Welcome home - to your brothers and sisters
Welcome home - to an accident of birth




8. Silver Wings (previously unreleased)

Sound of merlins fired up and their spoiling for the fight
1000 bombers ready, it's the target for tonight
Deeper into Germany, but we all know the score
I know that I'm not coming back like those that did before

Now the flare gun fires and we get the go
Say goodbye to the earth below

CHORUS:
Tonight, on silver wings
I am soaring through the mountains of the moon
on silver wings
Flying where no angels fly

I have brought these engines to the very jaws of hell
Melat hearts are beating through this hail of shot and shell
Terror from the skies where the angels fear to tread
Nothing in my eyes, I am the living dead

Now the searchlight blinding us with its light
Can't shake this one off tonight

REPEAT CHORUS

SOLO

The sky is bleeding gasoline and fuel is running low
Tanks are blown to pieces soon the wing is going to go
All the crew have bailed out over Essen long ago
But every night since 45 this bomber boy has staeyd alive

I can't believe she's still in the sky
Me and my merlins fly

REPEAT CHORUS

on silver wings
I am soaring through the mountains of the moon
on silver wings
I can touch the face of God




9. Darkside Of Aquarius

The first hellrider came
On wings of plenty in the dark
Poured out his poison
And he blew away his mark
The fascist from the east is coming
Mothers, hide your sons
The second hellrider came
From flaming seas and molten sands
Pipers playing Hell's commands
Poured out his poison
With his promises of promised lands
Blackened tongues of lying leaders

Here come the riders
As the wheel of Dharma's running out of time
Here come the riders
As the wheel of Dharma's running out of time

The third hellrider came
Teaching brothers to kill brother men
And the fourth hellrider waits
On an acid trip for an acid world
Wars of old religious fools and superstitious men
Throw some scary Tarot cards and...

Here come the riders
As the wheel of Dharma's running out of time
Here come the riders
As the revolution's stepping into line
The dark side of Aquarius
Has robbed us of our souls and minds
Here come the riders
As the wheel of Dharma's running out of time

From the starlit sky, on a silver sea
A lonely silver surfer comes to push the wheel for me
A lonely silver surfer comes to push the wheel for me

Gotta move, gotta move
Gotta move that wheel right 'round
Gotta move, gotta move
Gotta move that wheel right 'round
Gotta move, gotta move
Gotta move that wheel around

Gotta push the wheel of Dharma 'round
Push the wheel of Dharma 'round
Push the wheel of Dharma 'round
Push the wheel right 'round, right 'round

I've gotta move the wheel of Dharma
Gotta move the wheel of Dharma
Gotta move the wheel of Dharma
Move that wheel right around

Gotta move the wheel of Dharma
Gotta move the wheel of Dharma now




10. Chemical Wedding

How happy is the human soul Not enslaved by dull control Left to dream and roam and play Shed the guilt of former days Walking on the foggy shore Watch the waves come rolling home Through the veil of pale moonlight My shadow stretches out its hand... And so we lay We lay in the same grave Our chemical wedding day And so we lay We lay in the same grave Our chemical wedding day Floating in the endless blue My seed of doubt I leave to you Let it wither on the ground Treat it like a plague you found All my dreams that were outside In living colour, now alive And all the lighthouses Their beams converge to guide me home... And so we lay We lay in the same grave Our chemical wedding day And so we lay We lay in the same grave Our chemical wedding day And so we lay We lay in the same grave Our chemical wedding day And so we lay We lay in the same grave Our chemical wedding day




11. 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




12. Road To Hell

Slowly bleeding, watch the vortex feeding
Like a swirling vulture on your face

Every hour the unseen rays devour
Your screaming eyes cry out but they are blind

Father, forgive me my sins
Give me the nails, I'll hammer them in

The road to hell is full of good intentions
Say farewell, we may never meet again
The road to hell is full of good intentions
Down the left-hand highway with no sinister regrets

Brave new world of secret fantasy
That hovers just beyond your bloody grasp

Close enough to thrill, the danger of the kill
Price for failure of your will

Father, forgive us our sins
'Cause we're all the junkies who never can win

The road to hell is full of good intentions
Say farewell, we may never meet again
The road to hell is full of good intentions
Down the left-hand highway with no sinister regrets

Father, forgive me my sins
Give me the nails, I'll hammer them in

The road to hell is full of good intentions
Parody of hope is the one that I must kill
We all have to live with our family inventions
Down the left-hand highway with no sinister regrets

The road to hell is full of good intentions
Say farewell, we may never meet again
The road to hell is full of good intentions
Down the left-hand highway with no sinister regrets




13. Book Of Thel (live)

The mark is on you now The furnace sealed inside your head Melting from the inside now Waxy tears run down your face The whore that never told her tale Relives it every night with you Far off stands the lamb and waits For the wolf to come and end its life Stand inside the temple As the book of Thel is opening The priestess stands before you Offering her hand out, she's rising Come the dawning of the dead In famine and in war Now the harlot womb of death Spits out its rotten core Serpent on the altar now Has wrapped itself around your spine So you look into its mouth And you kiss the pearly fangs divine Happy that your end is swift The weeping virgin cries in bliss The snake and priestess, they are one The veil of flesh is ripped undone Stand inside the temple As the book of Thel is opening The priestess stands before you Offering her hand out, she's rising Come the dawning of the dead In famine and in war Now the harlot womb of death Spits out its rotten core By the pricking of my thumbs Something wicked this way comes And when sleep takes you tonight Will you wake to see the light...? The burning sweat of poison tears The river flowing red with blood The cradle-robbing hand of death Caresses every dreaming head Waiting for the marriage hearse To take you to the funeral pyre So you burn the family tree The generations burning higher Stand inside the temple As the book of Thel is opening The priestess stands before you Offering her hand out, she's rising Come the dawning of the dead In famine and in war Now the harlot womb of death Spits out its rotten core By the pricking of my thumbs Something wicked this way comes And when sleep takes you tonight Will you wake to see the light By the dawning of the dead... By the dawning of the dead... By the dawning of the dead... By the dawning of the dead... What demon hath formed this abominable void... This soul-shuddering vacuum? Some said it is Urizen - But unknown, abstracted, brooding secret The dark power hid




14. Dracula

Waiting for the midnight hour (x6)

CHORUS:
My name is
Dracula, Come here, I've something for you
Dracula, I need a little life
Dracula, And you are gonna be my wife

Walking through the town when the streets are bare in the night
Shadows everywhere, are you sure it's a trick of the light?
Fear is at your heal but you kick it away,
you're so sure theres nothing behind you
Thats a mistake you can make just one time

I bet you thought that I was a ficticous guy from the movie screen
Now its far too late for you to break this date, you missed your chance to scream
My only sense of humor's in a jugular vein
and your neck is on the menu tonight
Soon you will know what it's like to be mine

REPEAT CHORUS

As long as you live
The Bride of Dracula
(x3)

As long as you live you'll be
Waiting, waiting for the midnight hour (x8)

 


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