Song Lyric Sunday: Full Metal Racket

Jim Adams is the host for Song Lyric Sunday. This week’s theme is Metal.


I’m not a big fan of metal, but luckily the Husband is, and he introduced me to the wonder that is Bruce Dickinson. He’s a wee pint-sized bundle of energy with a swooping, operatic voice. And he’s a gingernut who flies planes and wears really odd trousers. What’s not to like?

Best known as the frontman of Iron Maiden, he’s been in the music biz since 1976 and is a phenomenal performer. I’ve never seen him gig, but I have seen him live.

A few years back, he was doing a book tour to promote his autobiography, and at the end of a night of hilarious anecdotes, he sang Revelations a cappella. This man has an amazing set of pipes.

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 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
The light of the blind
You’ll see
The venom that tears my spine
The Eyes of the Nile are opening
You’ll see
Go
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, oh
It is You
Songwriter: Bruce Dickinson
© Universal Music Publishing Group

Song Lyric Sunday: Inside Our Heads

The prompt for Song Lyric Sunday from Jim Adams is Brain/Mind/Think. The song must contain one of these words in either the title or the lyrics.

I would like to write something witty and pertinent, but I can’t. Today is Valentine’s Day and in Bulgaria, this has bugger all to do with love. Because for Bulgarians this is the feast day of Trifon (also known as Trifon Zarezan), the patron saint of vine growing and wine-producing.

This involves meeting at a friend’s house for a ceremonial cutting of the vines, followed by drenching the plant roots in red wine. Then whoever had the best harvest is crowned king or queen, and everyone retires indoors to eat their own body weight in food and drink way too much wine for a Sunday afternoon.

So, my brain has closed up shop because my mind is spinning and I can’t think straight.

The only song that springs to mind is Tom Jones’ 1968 hit Delilah. A sweet ditty about a person driven out of their mind by a cheating lover. Who can resist this karaoke classic about obsession and jealousy? Not forgetting a violent death.

I saw the light on the night that I passed by her window
I saw the flickering shadows of love on her blind
She was my woman
As she deceived me, I watched and went out of my mind

My, my, my, Delilah
Why, why, why, Delilah
I could see, that girl was no good for me
But I was lost like a slave that no man could free

At break of day when that man drove away, I was waiting
I crossed the street to her house and she opened the door
She stood there laughing
I felt the knife in my hand and she laughed no more

My, my, my, Delilah
Why, why, why, Delilah
So before they come to break down the door
Forgive me Delilah, I just couldn’t take anymore

She stood there laughing
I felt the knife in my hand and she laughed no more

My, my, my, Delilah
Why, why, why, Delilah
So before they come to break down the door
Forgive me, Delilah, I just couldn’t take anymore
Forgive me, Delilah, I just couldn’t take anymore

Songwriters: Henry Katzman, J. Shirl, Jack Mendelsohn & H. Manners Pseud.
© Double Vinyl Music, Universal Muzik Taksim Ed. A. S., Donna Music Ltd

And just for a laugh here’s a version by Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden fame…