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IRON MAIDEN LYRICS

17 Numbers by the Beast

"17 Numbers by the Beast" (2002 Best of/Compilation)

1. Iron Maiden (Demo)
2. Phantom of the Opera
3. Wrathchild
4. Run to the Hills
5. The Trooper
6. 2 Minutes to Midnight
7. Flight of Icarus (Live)
8. Wasted Years
9. The Evil That Men Do
10. Tailgunner
11. Be Quick or Be Dead
12. Fear of the Dark (Live)
13. Afraid to Shoot Strangers (Live)
14. Man on the Edge
15. Futureal
16. The Wicker Man
17. The Number of the Beast (Live)







1. Iron Maiden (Demo)

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 faught, Iron Maiden can't be sought.

*Chorus*:
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 faught, Iron Maiden can't be sought.




2. Phantom of the Opera

I've been looking so long for you now you won't get away from my grasp.
You've been living so long in hiding in hiding behind that false mask.
And you know and I know that you ain't got long now to last.
Your looks and your feelings are just the remains of your past.

You're standing in the wings, there you wait for the curtain to fall.
Knowing the terror and holding you have on us all.
Yeah, I know that you're gonna scratch me, maim me and maul.
You know I'm helpless from your mesmerising cat call.

Keep your distance, walk away, don't take his bait.
Don't you stray, don't fade away.
Watch your step, he's out to get you, come what may.
Don't you stray, from the narrow way.

I'm running and hiding in my dreams you're always there.
You're the Phantom of the Opera, you're the devil, you're just out to scare.
You damaged my mind and my soul it just floats through the air.
Haunt me, you taunt me, you torture me back at your lair.




3. Wrathchild

I was born into a scene of angriness and greed, and dominance and persecution.
My mother was a queen, my dad I've never seen, I was never meant to be.
And 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 around.

*Chorus*:
'Cos I'm a wrathchild, well I'm a wrathchild.
Yeah I'm a wrathchild. I'm coming to get you, oooh yeah.

Say it doesn't matter ain't nothin' gonna alter the course of my destination.
I know I've got to find some serious piece of mind, or I know I'll go crazy.
But now I spend my time looking all around,
For a man thats nowhere to be found.
Until I find him I'm never gonna stop searching,
I'm gonna find my man, gonna travel around.




4. Run to the Hills

White man came across the sea
Brought us pain and misery
Killed our tribes killed our creed
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 dustclouds and barren wastes
Galloping hard on the plains
Chasing the redskins back to their holes
Fighting them at their own game
Murder for freedom a 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

Soldier blue on the barren wastes
Hunting and killing their 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
(repeat to end)




5. 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.

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.

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




6. 2 Minutes to Midnight

Kill for gain or shoot to maim
But we donít 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
Hereís my gun for a barrel of fun
For the love of living death

The killerís breed or the demonís seed
The glamour, the fortune, the pain
Go to war again, blood is freedomís stain
Donít 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
Weíll 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 killerís breed or the demonís seed
The glamour, the fortune, the pain
Go to war again, blood is freedomís stain
Donít 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 killerís breed or the demonís seed
The glamour, the fortune, the pain
Go to war again, blood is freedomís stain
Donít 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... midnight... It's all night
Midnight... midnight... midnight... It's all night




7. Flight of Icarus (Live)

As the sun breaks, above the ground,
An old man stands on the hill,
As the ground warms, to the first rays of light
A birdsong shatters the still.

His eyes are ablaze,
See the madman in his gaze.

Fly, on your way, like an eagle,
Fly as high as the sun,
On your way, like an eagle,
Fly and touch the sun.

Now the crowd breaks and a young boy appears
Looks the old man in the eye
As he spreads his wings and shouts at the crowd
In the name of God my father I fly.

His eyes seem so glazed
As he flies on the wings of a dream,
Now he knows his father betrayed
Now his wings turn to ashes to ashes his grave.

Fly, on your way, like an eagle,
Fly as high as the sun,

On your way, like an eagle,
Fly as high as the sun.




8. Wasted Years

From the coast of gold, across the seven seas
Iím travellin on, far and wide
But now it seems, Iím just a stranger to myself
And all the things I sometimes do, it isnít me but someone else


I close my eyes, and think of home
Another city goes by in the night
Ainít it funny how it is, you never miss it `til itís gone away
And my heart is lying there and will be `til my dying day

So understand, donít waste your time always searching for those wasted years
Face up, make your stand
And realize youíre living in the golden years


Too much time on my hands
I got you on my mind
Canít ease this pain, so easily
When you canít find the words to say itís hard to make it through another
day
And it just makes me wanna cry and throw my hands up to the sky

So understand, donít waste your time always searching for those wasted years
Face up, make your stand
And realize youíre living in the golden years




9. The Evil That Men Do

Love is a razor and I walked the line on that silver blade
Slept in the dust with his daughter, her eyes red with the slaughter of innocence
But I will pray for her
I will call her name out loud
I would bleed for her
If only I could see her now

Living on a razors edge
Balancing on a ledge
Living on a razors edge
Balancing on a ledge
Balancing on a ledge
Living on a razors edge
Balancing on a ledge
You know, you know

The evil that men do lives on and on
The evil that men do lives on and on
The evil that men do lives on and on
The evil that men do lives on and on

Circle of fire my baptism of joy at an end it seems
The seventh lamb slain, the book of life opens before me
But I will pray for you
And some day I may return
Don't you cry for me
Beyond is where I learn

Living on a razors edge
Balancing on a ledge
Living on a razors edge
You know, you know

The evil that men do lives on and on
The evil that men do lives on and on
The evil that men do lives on and on
The evil that men do lives on and on




10. Tailgunner

Trace your way back 50 years
To the Glow of Dresden - blood and tears
In the black above by the cruel searchlight
Men will die and men will fight - yeah!
Who shot who and who fired first?
Dripping death to whet the bloodthirst
No radar lock on - skin and bone
The bomber boys are going home

[Chorus]
Climb into the sky never wonder why - Tailgunner
You're a Tailgunner
[repeat]

Nail that Fokker kill that son,
Gonna blow your guts out with my gun,
The weather forecasts good for War
Cologne and Frankfurt? have some more!
Tail end Charlie in the boiling sky
The Enola Gay was my last try
Now that this Tailgunner's gone
No more Bombers (just one big bomb)




11. Be Quick or Be Dead

Covered in sinners and dripping with guilt
Making you money from slime and from filth
Parading your bellies in ivory towers
Investing our lives in your schemes and your powers


You got to watch them - Be quick or be dead
Snake eyes in heaven - The thief in your head
Youíve got to watch them - Be quick or be dead
Snake eyes in heaven - The thief in your head
Be quick!
Or be dead!
Be quick Or be dead!


See.. whatís ruling all our lives
See.. whoís pulling strings...
I bet you wonít fall on your face...
Your belly will hold you in place
Who pulls the strings...


The serpent is crawling inside of your ear
He says you must vote for what you want to hear
Donít matter whatís wrong as long as youíre all right
So pull yourself stupid and rob yourself blind.


You got to watch them - Be quick or be dead
Snake eyes in heaven - The thief in your head
Youíve got to watch them - Be quick or be dead
Snake eyes in heaven - The thief in your head
Be quick!
Or be dead!
Be quick Or be dead!




12. Fear of the Dark (Live)

I am a man who walks alone
And when Iím 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 itís dark


Fear of the dark ,Fear of the dark
I have constant fear that somethingís always near
Fear of the dark, Fear of the dark
I have a phobia that someoneís always there


Have you run your fingers down the wall
And have you felt your neck skin crawl
When youíre searching for the light?
Sometimes when youíre scared to take a look
At the corner of the room
Youíve sensed that somethingís watching you.


Fear of the dark ,Fear of the dark
I have constant fear that somethingís always near
Fear of the dark, Fear of the dark
I have a phobia that someoneís always there


Have you ever been alone at night
Thought you heard footsteps behind
And turned around, and no-oneís there?
And as you quicken up your pace
You find it hard to look again
Because youíre sure thereís someone there.


Fear of the dark ,Fear of the dark
I have constant fear that somethingís always near
Fear of the dark, Fear of the dark
I have a phobia that someoneís always there


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 constant fear that somethingís always near
Fear of the dark, Fear of the dark
I have a phobia that someoneís always there


When Iím walking a dark road
I am a man who walks alone




13. Afraid to Shoot Strangers (Live)

Lying awake at night I wipe the sweat from my brow
But itís not the fear, Ďcos Iíd rather go now


Trying to visualise the horrors that will lay ahead
The desert sand mound a burial ground


When it comes to the time
Are we partners in crime?
When it comes to the time Weíll be ready to die


God let us go now and finish whatís to be done
Thy Kingdom Come
Thy shall be done.. on earth


Trying to justify to ourselves the reasons to go
Should we live and let live
Forget or Forgive


But how can we let them go on this way?
The reign of terror corruption must end
And we know deep down thereís no other way
No trust, no reasoning, no more to say




14. Man on the Edge

The freeway is jammed and it's backed up for miles
The car is an over and baking is wild
Nothing is ever the way it should be
What we deserve we just don't get you see

A briefcase, a lunc and a man on the edge
Each step gets closer to losing his head
Is someone in heaven are they looking down
'Cause nothing is fair just look you around

Falling down

He's sick of waiting of lying like this
There's a hole in the sky for the angels to kiss
Branded a leper because you don't fit
In the land of the free you can live by your wits

Once he built missiles a nation's defence
Now he can't even give birthday presents
Across the city he leaves in his wake
A glimpse of the future a cannibal state




15. Futureal

Iím running out of my time, Iím running out of breath
And now itís getting, so I canít sleep at night
in the day , feel like death


Iím getting in far too deep, I feel them closing in
Iíve got to say that Iím scared, I know theyíll win
Even so, Iím prepared


Do you believe , what you hear
Can you believe, what you see
Do you believe, what you feel
Can you believe


What is real ?
Futureal
What is real ?
Futureal


Whenever anyone seems to treat me like a freak
It makes me see Iím the only one who feels
That I know what is real


Sometimes it feels like a game of deadly hide and seek
And when youíre reading this, then I will be gone
Maybe then, you will see


Do you believe, what you hear
Can you believe, what you see
Do you believe, what you feel
Can you believe ?


What is real ?
Futureal
What is real ?


Do you believe, what you hear
Can you believe, what you see
Do you believe, what you feel
Can you believe


What is real ?
Futureal
What is real ?
Futureal
What is real ?
Futureal
What is real ?
Futureal




16. The Wicker Man

Hand of fate is moving and the finger points to you
He knocks you to your feet and so what are you gonna do
Your tongue has frozen now you've got something to say
The piper at the gates of dawn is calling you his way.

You watch the world exploding every single night
Dancing in the sun a new born in the light
Say goodbye to gravity and say goodbye to death
Hello to eternity and live for every breath.

Your time will come
Your time will come

The ferryman wants his money you ain't going to give it back
He can push his own boat as you set up off the track
Nothing you can contemplate will ever be the same
Every second is a new spark, sets the universe aflame

You watch the world exploding every night
Dancing in the sun a new born in the light
Brothers and their fathers joining hands and make a chain
The shadow of the Wicker man is rising up again.

Your time will come
Your time will come




17. The Number of the Beast (Live)

"Woe to you, oh Earth and Sea
For the Devil sends the beast 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. It's number is six hundred and sixty six."

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

Cos in my dreams it's always there the evil face that twists my mind
and brings me to despair

The night was black was no use holding back
Cos I just had to see was someone watching me
In the mist dark figures move and twist
was all this for real or 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 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 evil chanting hordes
they seem to mesmerise me...can't avoid 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

 


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