• Iron Maiden lyrics - Album: The Number Of The Beast [1982]



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    Longboats have been sighted the evidence of war has begun
    Many Nordic fighting men their swords and shields all gleam in the sun
    Call to arms defend yourselves get ready to stand and fight for your lives
    Judgement day has come around so be prepared don't run stand your ground

    They're coming in from the sea
    they've come the enemy
    beneath the blazing sun
    the battle has to be won
    Invaders ... Pillaging
    Invaders ... Looting

    Set ablaze the campfires alert the other men from inland
    Warning must be given there's not enough men here for a stand
    The Vikings are too many too powerful to take on our own
    We must have reinforcements we cannot fight this battle alone

    They're coming over the hill
    they've come to attack
    they're coming in for the kill
    there's no turning back
    Invaders ... Fighting
    Invaders ... Marauding

    Axes grind and maces clash as wounded fighters fall to the ground
    Severed limbs and fatal woundings bloody corpses lay all around
    The smell of death and burning flesh the battle weary light to the end
    The Saxons have been overpowered victims of the mighty Norsemen

    You'd better scatter and run
    the battle's lost and not won
    you'd better get away
    to fight another day
    Invaders ... Raping
    Invaders ... Plundering
    Children Of The Damned4:34

    He's walking like a small child
    But watch his eyes burn you away
    Black holes in his golden stare
    God knows he wants to go home
    Children of The Damned
    (repeat another 3 times)

    He's walking like a dead man
    If he had lived he would crucified us all
    Now he's standing on the last step
    He thought oblivion well it beckons us all
    Children of The Damned
    (repeat 3 times)

    Now it's burning his hands he's turning to laugh
    Smiles as the flame sears the flesh
    Melting his face screaming in pain
    Peeling the skin from his eyes
    Watch him die according to plan
    He's dust on ground what did we learn

    You're Children of The Damned
    Your back's against the wall
    You turn into the light
    You're Children of The Damned
    Like candles watch them burn
    Burning in the light
    You'll burn again tonight
    You're Children of The Damned
    The Prisoner5:34

    On the run kill to eat
    You're starving now you're dead on your feet
    Going all the way nature's beast
    Do what I want as I please

    Run fight to breathe it's tough
    Now you see me now you don't
    Break the walls I'm coming out

    Not a prisoner I'm a free man
    And my blood is my own now
    Don't care where the past was
    I know where I'm going ... out

    If you kill me it's self defence
    If I kill you then I call it vengeance
    Spit in your eye I will defy
    You'll be afraid when I call out your name

    I'm not a number I'm a free man
    I'll live my life how I want to
    You'd bettor scratch me from your black book
    Cos I'll run rings round you
    22 Acacia Avenue6:34

    If you're feeling down depressed and lonely
    I know a place where we can go
    22 Acacia Avenue meet a lady that I know
    So if you're looking for a good time
    And you're prepared to pay the price
    Fifteen quid is all she asks for
    Everybody's got their vice

    If you're waiting for a long time for the rest to do their piece
    You can tell her that you know me and you might even get it free
    So any time you're down the East End don't you hesitate to go
    You can take my honest word for it she'll teach you more than you can know

    Charlotte can't you get out from all of this madness
    Can't you see it only brings you sadness
    When you entertain your men don't you know the risk of getting disease

    Some day when you're reaching the age of forty
    I bet you'll regret the days when you were laying
    Nobody then will want to know
    You won't have any beautiful wares to show any more

    22 the avenue that's the place where we all go
    You will find it's warm inside the red light's burning bright tonight

    Charlotte isn't it time you stopped this mad life
    Don't you ever think about the bad times
    Why do you have to live this way
    Do you enjoy your lay or is it the pay

    Sometimes when you're strolling down the avenue
    The way you walk it makes men think of having you
    When you're walking down the street
    Everybody stops and turns to stare at you

    Beat her mistreat her do anything that you please
    Bite her excite her make her get down on her knees
    Abuse her misuse her she can take all that you've got
    Caress her molest her she always doest what you want

    You're running away don't you know what you're doing
    Can't you see it'll lead you to ruin
    Charlotte you've taken your life and you've thrown it away
    You believe that because what you're earning
    Your life 's good don't you know that you're hurting
    All the people that love you don't cast them aside
    All the men that are constantly drooling
    It's no life for you stop all that screwing
    You're packing your bags and you're coming with me
    The Number Of The Beast4:25

    I left alone my mind was blank
    I needed time 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 dream 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 this all 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 it's course
    Run To The Hills3:50

    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 the stab in the back
    Women and children are cowards attack

    Run to the hills run for your lives
    Run to the hills run for your lives

    Soldier blue in the barren wastes
    Hunting and killing their game
    Raping the women and wasting the men
    The only good Indians are tame
    Selling them whiskey and taking their gold
    Enslaving the young and destroying the old

    Run to the hills run for your lives
    (repeat to end)

    Shadows may hide you but also may be your grave
    You're running today maybe tomorrow you'll be saved
    You pray for daylight to save you for a while
    You wonder if your children will face the killer's smile

    Dead men - tell no tales
    In Gangland - murders up for sale
    Dead men - tell no tales
    In Gangland - where jail birds die

    Face at the window leers into your own
    But it's only your reflection still you tremble in your bones
    How long can you hide? How long till they come?
    A rat in a trap but you've got to survive

    Once you were glad to be free for a while
    The air tasted good and the world was your friend
    Then came the day when the hard times began
    Now your alone but alive for how long?

    A knife at your throat another body on the pile
    A contract to keep and it's service with a smile
    Murder for vengeance or murder for gain
    Death on the streets or a blacked out jail

    Dead men - tell no tales
    In Gangland - murders up for sale
    Dead men - tell no tales
    In Gangland - where jail birds die

    In Gangland you tell no tales
    Hallowed Be Thy Name7:08

    I'm waiting in my cold cell when the bell begins to chime
    Reflecting on my past life and it doesn't have much time
    Cos at 5 o'clock they take me to the Gallows Pole
    The sands of time for me are running low

    When the priest comes to read me the last rites
    I take a look through the bars at the last sights
    Of a world that has gone very wrong for me

    Can it be there's been some sort of an error
    Hard to stop the surmounting terror
    Is it really the end not some crazy dream

    Somebody please tell me that I'm dreaming
    It's not easy to stop from screaming
    But words escape me when I try to speak
    Tears they flow but why am I crying
    After all am I not afraid of dying
    Don't believe that there never is an end

    As the guards march me out to the courtyard
    Someone calls from a cell "God be with you"
    If there's a God then why has he let me die?

    As I walk all my life drifts before me
    And though the end is near I'm not sorry
    Catch my soul cos it's willing to fly away

    Mark my words please believe my soul lives on
    Please don't worry now that I have gone
    I've gone beyond to see the truth

    When you know that your time is close at hand
    Maybe then you'll begin to understand
    Life down there is just a strange illusion
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