Tracks

01. Satellite 15... The Final Frontier
02. El Dorado
03. Mother Of Mercy
04. Coming Home
05. The Alchemist
06. Isle Of Avalon
07. Starblind
08. The Talisman
09. The Man Who Would Be King
10. When The Wild Wind Blows



01. Satellite 15... The Final Frontier

Music & lyrics by Adrian Smith, Steve Harris
I try to call the Earth's command
Desperation in my voice
I'm drifting way off course now
With very little choice

The loneliness is hard to bear
I try to calm my fear
Just hoping any second now
Some contact filters through

Desperate calls...
Signal back from Satellite
As my life flashes right in front of me

Try again... must get through
Hear me now...
For I've very little time

Not much time... hear my call
Please get through... I am here

I'm stranded in Space
I'm lost without trace
I haven't a chance of getting away

Too close to the Sun
I surely will burn
Like Icarus before me
Or so legend goes

I think of my life
Reliving my past
There's nothing but wait 'til my time comes

I've had a good life
I'd do it again
Maybe I'll come back
Some time afresh

For I have lived my life to the full
I have no regrets
But I wish I could talk to my family
To tell them one last goodbye

The Final Frontier...
The Final Frontier

If I could survive
To live one more time
I wouldn't be changing
A thing at all

Done more in my life
Than some do in ten
I'd go back and do it
All over again

For I have lived my life to the full
I have no regrets
But I wish I could talk to my family
To tell them that one last goodbye

The Final Frontier...
The Final Frontier

There isn't much time
Must say my last rites
Nobody is here to read them to me

Must say my goodbyes
If only a kine
A message to tell them
In case they might find...


For I have lived my life to the full
I have no regrets
But I wish I could talk to my family
To tell them that one last goodbye

The Final Frontier...
The Final Frontier


02. El Dorado

Music & lyrics by Adrian Smith, Steve Harris, Bruce Dickinson
Gotta tell you a story
On a cold winters night
You'll be sailing for glory
Before you know what is right
So come over here now
I got a vision for you
It's my personal snake oil
It's just something I do
I'm the jester with no tears
And I'm playing on your fears
I'm a trickster smiling underneath this mask of love and death
The eternal lie I've told
About the pyramids of gold
I've got you hung down, every turn, your money's left to burn
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

You'll be wanting a contract
You'll be waiting a while
I'd like to give you my contact
But that isn't my style
Well you only get one chance
And it's too good to miss
If I didn't lie to you
Then I wouldn't exist
Free lust and envied pride
Is the same old same old way
The smoke and mirrors visions that you see
Are just like me
I'm a clever bankers face
With just a letter out of place
I know someone just like you know someone just like me

El Dorado come and play
El Dorado step this way
Take a ticket for the ride
El Dorado streets of gold
See the ship is oversold
You've got one last chance to try

So gone is the glory
And gone is the gold
Well if you need a story
I'll come, it has to be told
Well you could say I'm a devil
And I wouldn't say no
But out here on the dark side
Hey, on with the show
So now my tale is told
Big and bad and twice as bold
This ship of fools is sinking as cracks begin to grow
There is no easy way
For an honest man to die
Which is something you should think of
As my lifeboat sails away

El Dorado come and play
El Dorado step this way
Take a ticket for the ride
El Dorado streets of gold
See the ship is oversold
You've got one last chance to try

El Dorado come and play
El Dorado step this way
Take a ticket for the ride
El Dorado streets of gold
See the ship is oversold
You've got one last chance to try.


03. Mother Of Mercy

Music & lyrics by Adrian Smith, Steve Harris
Sitting waiting in the falling rain
Getting ready to begin again

Wounded lying crying
Bodies moving dying
All around there is the smell
Of death and fire

Here the planes are coming
Hear the soldiers running
Killing on a scale to comprehend

Why are we here
In this place... here to kill
Please God forgive us for
what we have done

I always though I was doing right
As of now I'm not feeling so sure

I'm at a place of where
I give no grace
I'm a soldier of war

I sit waiting for my darkest hour
To come
I cannot think about the things
That I have done
It shouldn't take a fool to see
That I believe
Accept the consequence
Repent for what I've done

You tell me what is certain
But I'll tell you what is true
You tell me what is honesty
When all around is death and cruelty

The making of a man is fire
Not giving in to our desires
Within the truth that lies
Within the only thing

Mother Of Mercy
Angel of death desire
Mother Of Mercy
Taking my last breath of fire

Mother Of Mercy
Angel of pain
Mother Of Mercy
Taking my last breath

Some say you are a lost cause
Some say you're a Saint
Just being here's an act of
Suffering and restraint

Walk down the long dark road
To ruin panic not
I'll die a lonely death of that
I'm certain of

Rivers flow with blood
There's nowhere left to hide
It's hard to comprehend
There's anyone left alive

Sick of all the killing
And the reek of death
Will God tel me
What religion is to man

I don't hold with bad religion
Understand what's underneath it
Now I come to think of it
I just don't hold at all you know it

You say you are a holy man
But what is it you do
From where I stand is nothing
But a hollow man I see

Mother Of Mercy
Angel of death desire
Mother Of Mercy
Taking my last breath of fire

Mother Of Mercy
Angel of pain
Mother Of Mercy
Taking my last breath

I'm just a lonely soldier fighting
In a bloody hopeless war
Don't know what I'm fighting
Who it is or what I'm fighting for

Thought it was for money
Make my fortune now I'm not
So sure
Seem to just have lost my way


04. Coming Home

Music & lyrics by Adrian Smith, Steve Harris, Bruce Dickinson
When I stand before you,
shining in the early morning sun.
When i feel the engines roar,
and I think of what we've done.

Oh, the bittersweet reflection
as we kiss the earth goodbye,
as the waves and echoes of the towns
become the ghosts of time.

Over borders that divide the earthbound tribes,
no creed and no religion,
just a hundred winged souls.
We will ride this thunderbird,
silver shadows on the earth.
A thousand leagues away,
our land of birth.

To Albion's land, coming home
when I see the runway lights.
In the misty dawn the night is fading fast.
Coming home, far away as their vapor trails align.
Where I've been tonight, you know I will not stay.

Curving on the edge of daylight
'til it slips into the void.
Waited in the long night,
dreaming til the sun is born again.
Stretched the fingers of my hand,
covered countries with my span
Just a lonely satellite,
speck of dust and cosmic sand.

Over borders that divide the earthbound tribes,
through the dark Atlantic,
over mounting stormy waves.
We will ride this thunderbird,
silver shadows on the earth.
A thousand leagues away, our land of birth.

To Albion's land, coming home
when I see the runway lights.
In the misty dawn the night is fading fast.
Coming home, far away as their vapor trails align.
Where I've been tonight, you know I will not stay.


05. The Alchemist

Music & lyrics by Janick Gers, Steve Harris, Bruce Dickinson
Stranger than the comet
As it streaks across the sky
Stranger than the truth I know
Before my open eyes

I have dealt in mysteries
And trickery of light to entertain
Looked into the abyss
Called it by it's name

I have plundered time itself
Put the world inside it
And the mysteries day and night divide it

A plague of wonders on your knees beside me
Know the secrets
You shall not deride us
My dreams of empire for my frozen queen will come to pass
Know me the Magus I am
Doctor Dee and this is my house

I am the master of the tides
I shame the mirror in my sight
What random music of the spheres across the years

Know this I will return to this land
Rebuild where the ruins did stand
Chain of the demons set free
Strange Alchemy

Gather round the aimless and the feckless and the lame
Hear the master summon up
The spirits by their names

I curse you Edward Kelly you
Betrayal for eternity is damned
Know you speak with demons you cannot command

Even as I look into the glass
Then I was blinded
Burning the Mortlake shore
My house my books inside it
You have taken up my wife
And lain beside her
Now the black rain on my house
The timbers burning

My dreams of empire for my frozen queen will come to pass
Know me the Magus I am
Doctor Dee and this was my house

I was the keeper of the books
I had the knowledge of the scrolls
But now through ignorance and fear
I cast a shadow through the years

Know this I will return to this land
Rebuild where the ruins did stand
Chain of the demons set free
Strange Alchemy

Know this I will return to this land
Rebuild where the ruins did stand
Restore the knowledge of memory
Strange Alchemy


06. Isle Of Avalon

Music & lyrics by Adrian Smith, Steve Harris
I can hear them floating on the wind,
immortal souls, their weeping saddens me.
Mother Earth, you know your time is near.
Awaken lust, the seed is sown and reaped.

Through the western isle I hear the dead awaken,
rising slowly to the court of Avalon.
The cauldron of the head of Annwyn laced with envy,
dark around its edge with pearl and destiny.

All my days I've waited for the sign,
the one that brings me closer to Isle of Avalon.
I can feel the power flowing through my veins
My heart is beating louder, close to Avalon.

I can hear you, can you hear me?
I can feel you, can't you feel me?

Fertility Mother Goddess.
Celebration, sow the seeds of the born,
the fruit of her body
laden through the corn doll.
You will pray for them all.

The image of Mother Goddess,
lying dormant in the eyes of the dead.
The sheaf of the corn is broken.
End the harvest,
throw the dead of the pyre.

I hear her crying the tears of an angel,
the voices I hear in my head.
Blessed the fruits, are the corn of the earth,
Mother Earth, holy blood of the dead.

Mother Earth I can hear you.
Sacrifice, now united.

Rising levels of the tidal lakes protect them,
keepers of the goddess in the underworld.
Holding powers of the mystics, deep inside them,
nineteen maidens, guardians of the otherworld.
Mortal conflict born of Celtic legend
that apart from seven, non-returned from Avalon.

Mother Earth I can feel you,
my rebirth now completed.

Fertility Mother Goddess.
Celebration, sow the seeds of the born,
the fruit of her body
laden through the corn doll.
You will pray for them all.

The image of Mother Goddess,
lying dormant in the eyes of the dead.
The sheaf of the corn is broken.
End the harvest,
throw the dead of the pyre.

To have the belief of others,
looking for the Isle to show them a sign.
Fertility of all mothers stood in silence,
waiting now for their turn.

The gateway to Avalon,
the island where the souls of dead
are reborn, brought here to die,
and be transferred into the earth
and then for rebirth...

I hear her crying the tears of an angel,
the voices I hear in my head.
Blessed the fruits, are the corn of the earth,
Mother Earth, holy blood of the dead.

The water in rivers and rhymes rises quickly,
are flowing and flooding the land.
The sea shall return once again just to hide them,
lost souls on the Isle of the dead.


07. Starblind

Music & lyrics by Adrian Smith, Steve Harris, Bruce Dickinson
Take my eyes the things I've seen
In this world coming to an end
My reflection fades I'm weary
Of these earthly bones and skin

You may pass through me and
Leave no trace I have no mortal face
Solar winds are whispering you may hear me call

We can shed our skins and swim into the darkened void beyond
We will dance among the world
That orbit stars that aren't our sun

All the oxygen that trapped us in
A carbon spider's web
Solar winds are whispering you may hear the sirens of the dead
Let the elders to their parley
Meant to satisfy our lust
Leaving Damacles still handing over all their promised trust

Walk away from freedoms offered
By the jailors in their cage
Step into the light startripping
Over mortals in their rage

Starblind with the sun the stars are one
We are the light that brings the end of night
Starblind with the sun the stars are one
We are with the Goddess of the sun tonight

The preacher loses face with Christ
Religion's cruel device is gone
Empty flesh and hollow bones
Make pacts of love but die alone
The crucible of pain will forge the
Blanks of sin begin again
You are free to choose a life to live
Or one that's left to lose

Virgins in the teeth of God are
Meat and drink to feed the damned
You may pass through me and I
Will feel the life that you live less
Step into my light startripping
We will rage against the night

Walk away from comfort offered
By your citizens of death

Starblind with the sun the stars are one
We are the light that brings the end of night
Starblind with the sun the stars are one
We are one with the Goddess of the sun tonight

Take my eyes for what I've seen
I will give my sight to you
You are free to choose whatever
Life to live or life to lose

Whatever God you know
He knows you better than you
Believe
In your once and future grave
You'll fall endlessly deceived

Look into your face reflected in the
Moonglow in your eyes
Remember you can choose
To look but not to see and waste your hours

You believe you have the time
But I tell you your time is short
See your past and future all the
Same and it cannot be bought

Starblind with the sun the stars are one
We are the light that brings the end of night
Starblind with the sun the stars are one
We are with the Goddess of the sun tonight

Take my eyes for what I've seen
I will give my sight to you
You are free to choose whatever
Life to live or life to lose
Whatever God you know
He knows you better than you
Believe
In your once and future grave
You'll fall endlessly deceived

The preacher loses face with Christ
Religion's cruel device is gone
Empty flesh and hollow bones
Make pacts of love but die alone
The crucible of pain will forge the
Blanks of sin begin again
You are free to choose a life to live
Or one that's left to lose


08. The Talisman

Music & lyrics by Janick Gers, Steve Harris
When I stand and look about the port
And contemplate my life will I ever see my countrymen again
As the captain calls us on the deck
I take my things and walk
To the harbourside I glance back one last time

Fleeing our nation our problems we leave behind
Ships by the tenfold sail out on the tide
We are pleased to be out and embracing the open sea
Free from our troubles
And more free from thee

Inheritors unfulfilled reason behind us
We flee from what is not what is will be
We flee the earth and face our harsh reality
Will death be low mist that hangs on the sea

We run from evil tongues rash judgements selfish men
Never to be seen on these shores again

As we sail into oceansize
And lose sight of land
A face of contentment
Around in the air
We're off now to seek all our fortunes
To the land of our dreams

Riding the waves and the storm is upon us
The winds lash the sails but the ropes keep them tight
Off in the distance a dark cloud approaching
None could imagine what there was to come
No there's no one going back
No there's not a second chance
As we strap onto the side
We pray to God that we won't die

As we ride the rough seas
As we soak from the ocean waves
I just hope for all our lives
And pray that I survive

Four ships are lost in the stormy conditions
The spirits of the sunken crews
Their phantoms follow us

Spirits sail they drive us on
Through the all consuming waves
Cold mortality no weapon
Against these ever raging seas

Four leagues and ten and we hit storms again
We just can't get away from the eye of the storm

The birds outsoar the raging storm
But we cannot escape it
Abandoned earth that we now crave
Is many leagues from safe

Holding on for our dear lives
And we're praying once again
Rotten luck or just jonahed
The talisman is in my hand

Limbs fatigued trembling with cold
Blinded from the sea spray salt
Clasping anything we can hold
Heaven's rain upon us falls

Twenty days without a meal
And ten without fresh water still
Those that didn't die in storms
The scurvy rest did slaughter

Westward the tide
Westward we sail on
Westward the tide
Sail by the talisman

We approach the other side
Of the ocean with the tide
In our favour just for once
Welcome greeting our new land
The elation in our hearts
The excitement in our veins
As we sail towards the coastline
Of our golden promised land

Weary limbs fatigued away
I have no life left in me
No more strength and nothing left to give
Must find the will to live

Never thought that we could make it
Truly sight of shores divine
The sickness I am dying from
Never wanted it to end this way

Westward the tide
Westward we sail on
Westward the tide
Sail by the talisman


09. The Man Who Would Be King

Music & lyrics by Dave Murray, Steve Harris
As he travels on the beast of burden
Moving up along the mountainside
As he gazes looking down the valley
No regrets but his pride

As he journeys across mountain passes
Insignificance sweeps over him
His reflection of the beauty round him
Feeling empty inside

He is running from his wildest thoughts
He is running from his everything
He is looking now to find something
Hoping he can be saved

He's searching for the answer now
It's something that he's managed to avoid up 'til now
Real conviction that the craves
He needs to find the answer sooner or later

Pushed himself to the limits
He had to strive for all the harder things in life
But what the cost of giving now
His life his time are the only things that he has

Life is not a rehearsal
All he has is the one chance to get it right
Leaving really is the only way to know

Maybe one day they'll forgive him what he's done
But now the pain of lying too early in the grave

Destiny no good to hide away
Penance now will be his only way
Understand no good to run away
Penance now will be his saving grace

He tries to make his peace with God
All is forgivable but it's left a little late
Trying something that he's not
Is it possible to change such a lot

He's taken someone's life away
There's not a day goes by
He regrets what he's done
He should have found another way
But the good book says an eye for an eye

In reflecting of decisions that were made
On the judgements that will haunt him 'til his grave
No one has the right to take another life
But in his mind he had no choice
So be it

Destiny no good to hide away
Penance now will be his only way
Understand no good to run away
Penance now will be his saving grace

Far far away the man who would be king
So far away the man who would be king
Far far away the man who would be king


10. When The Wild Wind Blows

Music & lyrics by Steve Harris
Have you heard what they said on the news today?
Have you heard what is coming to us all?
That the world as we know it will be coming to an end
Have you heard, have you heard?

He sees them in the distance when the darkened clouds roll
He could feel tension in the atmosphere
He would look in the mirror, see an old man now
Does it matter they survive somehow?

They said there's nothing can be done about the situation
They said there's nothing you can do at all
To sit and wait around for something to occur
did you know, did you know?

As he stares across the garden looking at the meadows
wonders if they'll ever grow again
The desperation of the situation getting graver
getting ready when the wild wind blows

Have you seen what they said on the news today?
Have you heard what they said about us all?
Do you know what is happening to just every one of us
have you heard, have you heard?

There will be a catastrophe the like we've never seen
There will be something that will light the sky
that the world as we know it, it will never be the same
did you know, did you know?

He carries everything into the shelter not a fuss
getting ready when the moment comes
He has enough supplies to last them for a year or two
good to have because you never know

They tell us nothing that we don't already know about
They tell us nothing that is real at all
They only fill us with the stuff that they want
did you know, did you know?

He's nearly finished with the preparations for the day
He's getting tired -- that'll do for now
They are preparing for the very worst to come to them
getting ready when the wild wind blows

He sees the picture on the wall, it's falling down
upside down
He sees a teardrop from his wife roll down her face,
saying grace
Remember times they had, they flash right through his mind
left behind
of a lifetime spent together long ago
will be gone

They've been preparing for some weeks now
For when the crucial moment comes
To take their refuge in the shelter
Let them prepare for what will come

They make a tea and sit there waiting
They're in the shelter feeling snug
Not long to wait for absolution
Don't make a fuss; just sit and wait

Can't believe all the lying,
All the screams are denying
That the moments of truth have begun

Can't you see it on the t.v.?
Don't believe them in the least bit
Now the days of our ending have begun

Say a prayer when it's all over
Survivors unite, all as one
Got to try and help each other
Got the will to overcome

I can't believe all the lying,
all the screens are denying
that the moments of truth have begun

Can't you see it on the TV?
Don't believe them in the least bit
Now the days of our ending have begun

When they found them, [they] had their arms wrapped around each other
Their tins of poison laying near by their clothes
The day they both mistook an earthquake for the fallout,
Just another when the wild wind blows...