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
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