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Lyrics for Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind (1983)

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Cover of "Piece Of Mind" (1983)

Tracklist

Total length: 45:15
  1. Where Eagles Dare (6:11)
  2. Revelations (6:48)
  3. Flight Of Icarus (3:50)
  4. Die With Your Boots On (5:25)
  5. The Trooper (4:11)
  6. Still Life (4:55)
  7. Quest For Fire (3:42)
  8. Sun and Steel (3:26)
  9. To Tame A Land (7:25)

Where Eagles Dare

Steve Harris

It's snowing outside the 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

Solo

They're closing in the fortress is near, it's standing high in the sky
The cable car's 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

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Revelations

Bruce Dickinson

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

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

Chorus:
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 and I waited for the dawn

Chorus

Solo

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

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Flight Of Icarus

Steve Harris, Bruce Dickinson

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 bird song shatters the still
His eyes are ablaze, see the madman in his gaze

Chorus:
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'll 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

Chorus

Solo

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 toward the sun
On your way, like an eagle, fly.....

Solo

Fly as high as the sun

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Die With Your Boots On

Steve Harris, Bruce Dickinson, Adrian Smith

Another prophet of disaster who says the 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
'Cos if you're gonna die, if you're gonna die, if you're gonna die

Chorus:
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
'Cos if you're gonna die, if you're gonna die, if you're gonna die

Chorus

Solo

They die with their boots on, yes they die
They die with their boots on, they die, we die, we die,
we die, we die, we die

Solo

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
'Cos 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, die!

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The Trooper

Steve Harris

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 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

Solo

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

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Still Life

Steve Harris, Dave Murray

Solo

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

Solo

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

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Quest For Fire

Steve Harris

In a time 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 steal 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

Chorus:
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 plowed through forest 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

Chorus

Solo

Chorus

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Sun and Steel

Steve Harris, Bruce Dickinson

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
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

Solo

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

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To Tame A Land

Steve Harris

He is the king of all the land in the kingdom of the sands of a time tomorrow
He rules the sand worms 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
Bodywater is your life and without it you would die in the desert of planet Dune

Without a stillsuit 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 sandriders and the mice that they call the Muad Dib
He is the Kwizatz Hderach, he is born of Caladan and will take the Gom Jabbar
He has the power to forsee or to look into the past, he's 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, and he'll make a stand
Against evil the fire that spreads through the land
He has the power to make it all end

Solo

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