Iron Maiden – Piece of Mind Lyrics (1983)

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Piece of Mind Lyrics
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Iron Maiden – Piece of Mind Lyrics (1983)

1. Where Eagles Dare

It’s snowing outside but rumbling sound of engines roar in the night
The mission is near, the confident men are waiting to drop from the sky

The Blizzard goes on but still they must fly
No one should go where eagles dare

Bavarian Alps that lay all around, they seem to stare from below
The enemy lines a long time passed are lying deep in the snow

Into the night they fall through the sky
No one should fly where eagles dare

They’re closing in, the fortress is near, it’s standing high in the sky
The cable cars the only way in it’s really impossible to climb

They make their way but maybe too late
They’ve got to try to save the day

The panicking cries, the roaring of guns are echoing all round the valley
The mission complete, they make to escape away from the eagles nest

They dared to go, where no one would try
They chose to fly where eagles dare

2. Revelations

Oh, 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, take away our pride

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 tears my spine
The eyes of the Nile are opening, you’ll see

She came to me with a serpents kiss as the eye of the sun rose on her lips
Moonlight catches silver tears that I cry
So we lay in a black embrace and the seed is sown in a holy place
And I watched and I waited for the dawn

The light of the blind, you’ll see
The venom 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, still the wind and rain
For the one who will be king, the watcher in the ring

It is you, oh
Oh oh, you

3. Flight of Icarus

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 wings like an eagle
Fly, touch the sun, yeah

Uh!

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 wings like an eagle
Fly, touch the sun

Yeah, 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

On your way like an eagle
Fly, touch the sun
On your way like an eagle, fly

Fly as high as the sun! Ah!

4. Die with Your Boots On

Yeah, another prophet of disaster, who says this ship is lost
Another prophet of disaster leaving you to count the cost
Taunting us with visions, afflicting us with fear
Predicting war for millions, in the hope that one appears

No point asking, when it is
No point asking, who’s to go
No point asking, what’s the game
No point asking, who’s to blame

‘Cause if you’re gonna die (If you’re gonna die)
If you’re gonna die, die (If you’re gonna die)
If you’re gonna die (If you’re gonna die)
If you’re gonna die

If you’re gonna die, die with your boots on if you’re gonna try, well, stick around
Gonna cry, just move along if you’re gonna die, you’re gonna die
Gonna die, die with your boots on if you’re gonna try, well, stick around
Gonna cry, just move along if you’re gonna die, you’re gonna die

13, the beast is rising, the Frenchman did surmise
Through earthquakes and starvation, the Warlord will arise
Terror, death, destruction pour from the eastern sands
But the truth of all predictions is always in your hands

No point asking, when it is
No point asking, who’s to go
No point asking, what’s the game
No point asking, who’s to blame

‘Cause if you’re gonna die (If you’re gonna die)
(If you’re gonna die)
If you’re gonna die (If you’re gonna die)
If you’re gonna die

If you’re gonna die, die with your boots on if you’re gonna try, well, stick around
Gonna cry, just move along if you’re gonna die, you’re gonna die
Gonna die, ha ha, die with your boots on if you’re gonna try, well, stick around
Gonna cry, just move along if you’re gonna die, you’re gonna die

They die, when they found sun
Yes, they die
They die, they die, when they found sun
We die, we die, we die, we die, we die, we die

No point asking, when it is
No point asking, who’s to go
No point asking, what’s the game
No point asking, who’s to blame

‘Cause if you’re gonna die (If you’re gonna die)
(If you’re gonna die)
If you’re gonna die (If you’re gonna die)
If you’re gonna die

If you’re gonna die, die with your boots on if you’re gonna try, try and just stick around
Gonna cry, just move along if you’re gonna die, you’re gonna die
Gonna die, die with your boots on if you’re gonna try, well, stick around
Gonna cry, just move along if you’re gonna die, die

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 as the charge begins
But on this battlefield no one wins
The smell of acrid smoke and horses breath
As you plunge into a certain death

O-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-oh!
O-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-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

O-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-oh!
O-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-oh!

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 takes 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

O-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-oh!
O-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-oh!

6. Still Life

Take a look in the pool and what do you see
In the dark depths their faces beckoning me
Can’t you see them it’s plain for all to see?
They were there oh, I know you don’t believe me

Oh… I’ve never felt so strange
But… I’m not going insane

I’ve no doubt that you think I’m off my head
You don’t say but it’s in your eyes instead
Hours I spend out just gazing into that pool
Something draws me there I don’t know what to do

Oh… they drain my strength away
Oh… they’re asking me to stay

Nightmares… spirits calling me
Nightmares… they won’t leave me be

All my life’s blood is slowly draining away
And I feel that I’m weaker every day
Somehow I know I haven’t long to go
Joining them at the bottom of the pool

Now… I feel they are so near
I… begin to see them clear

Nightmares… coming all the time
Nightmares… will give me peace of mind

Now it’s clear and I know what I have to do
I must take you down there to look at them too
Hand in hand then we’ll jump right into that pool
Can’t you see not just me they want you too?

Oh… we’ll drown together
It… will be forever

Nightmares… forever calling me
Nightmares… now we rest in peace

7. Quest for Fire

In a day when dinosaurs walked the earth, when the land was swamp and caves were home
In an age when prize possession was fire to search for landscapes men would roam
Then the tribes they came to steel the fire and the wolves they howled into the night
As they fought a vicious angry battle to save the power of warmth and light

Drawn by quest for fire, they searched all through the land
Drawn by quest for fire, discovery of man

And they thought that when the embers died away, that the flame of life had burnt and died
Didn’t know the sparks that made the fire were made by rubbing stick and stone
So they ploughed through forests and swamps of danger and they fought the cannibal tribes and beasts
In the search to find another fire to regain the power of light and heat

Drawn by quest for fire, they searched across the land
Drawn by quest for fire, discovery of man

Drawn by quest for fire, they searched across the land
Drawn by quest for fire, discovery of man
Drawn by quest for fire, they searched across the land
Drawn by quest for fire, discovery of man

8. Sun and Steel

Well you killed your first man at 13
Killer instinct, animal supreme
By 16, you had learned to fight
The way of the warrior, you took it as your right

Sunlight, falling on your steel
Death in life is your ideal, life is like a wheel
Sunlight, falling on your steel
Death in life is your ideal, life is like a wheel

Through earth and water, fire and wind
You came at last-nothing was the end
And make a cut by fire and stones
Take you and your blade and break you both in two, break you both in two

Sunlight, falling on your steel
Death in life is your ideal, life is like a wheel
Sunlight, falling on your steel
Death in life is your ideal, life is like a wheel, rolling on and on

Sunlight, falling on your steel
Death in life is your ideal, life is like a wheel
Sunlight, falling on your steel
Death in life is your ideal, life is like a wheel

Sunlight, falling on your steel
Death in life is your ideal, life is like a wheel
Sunlight, falling on your steel
Death in life is your ideal, life is like a wheel and it’s rolling still

9. To Tame a Land

He is the King of all the land in the Kingdom of the sands of a time tomorrow
He rules the sandworms and the Fremen in a land amongst the stars of an age tomorrow
He is destined to be a King, he rules over everything in the land called planet Dune
Body water is your life and without it that you would die in the desert the planet Dune, auh

Without a still suit you would fry on the sands so hot and dry in a world called Arrakis
It is a land that’s rich in spice, the sand riders and the mice, that they call the Muad Dib
He is the Kwizatz Haderach, he is born of Caladan and will take the Gom Jabbar
He has the power to foresee or to look into the past, he is the ruler of the stars

The time will come for him to lay claim his crown
And then the foe, yes, they’ll be cut down
You’ll see he’ll be the best that there’s been
Messiah supreme, true leader of men

And when the time for judgment’s at hand
Don’t fret, he’s strong, he’ll make a stand
Against evil and fire that spreads through the land
He has the power to make it all end

 

Piece of Mind Album Lineup:

Bruce Dickinson Vocals
Nicko McBrain Drums
Adrian Smith Guitars
Steve Harris Bass
Dave Murray Guitars

Additional Info:

The first title of this album was “Food for Thought” but it was changed to “Piece of Mind”.

Videos were made for the songs Flight of Icarus and The Trooper.

Recording information:

Recorded from January – March 1983 at Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas

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