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The Evil That Men Do


Iron Maiden

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This song is based on a quote from William Shakespeare's tragedy Julius Caesar: "The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones." Bruce Dickinson says this sometimes before performing the song live, but with the quote slightly reversed. (thanks, Todd - Timmins, Canada)
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Comments (6):

I hear you Donna. If it hadn't been for Maiden I wouldn't have ever picked up a copy of "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding or "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley. And it was really interesting, that the song helped me understand the book and the book helped me understand what they were talking about in the song!
- Caitlin, Colmesneil, TX
My favorite Maiden song. i love the lyrics, i love the music and I love how Bruce delivers the vocals. I do believe this came before Man on the Edge, yes?
- Rachel, north jersey, NJ
This song is real good, but bares some similarity to Man on the Edge
- Joshua, London, England
They've always been interesting writers and some of their early songs actually made me go read. Not kidding. That's how I got interested in Coleridge. Laugh if you want, but it worked! I never thought of them as a negative band, the way they were publicly portrayed sometimes. Always good playing, adventurous and whole lot of fun.

D.R., FL
- Donna, NY , NY
Huh? i agree! iron maiden rules...
the lovely thing is iron maiden helped created the'death' stereotypes... though, i thought a lot of the songs people do know the stories on the song, as it is based on novels/poems/events...
such as this song is named from Julius Ceasar, and as part of a concept albulm, this is based on the Orson Scott Card Tales of Alvin Maker series...maybe im too much a bookworm :p
- Rae, Sydney, Australia
One of my favorites. Iron Maiden is one of those bands that is stereotyped and no one ever really knows the great stories and thoughts behind the music.
- Drew, Butler, NJ
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