Bring Your Daughter To the Slaughter

Album: No Prayer For The Dying (1990)
Charted: 1
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  • This was inspired by the poem To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell.
  • The "single" (the cover of which depicted Eddie romancing a red devil woman in an alley in Gotham City, the bat-signal visible clearly with several Maiden-esque creatures on the ground) was really more of a mini-album. Besides the title track, there were two covers: "I'm a Mover" (originally by the band Free for their 1968 album Ton of Sobs) and "Communication Breakdown" (originally by Led Zeppelin for their 1969 album Led Zeppelin).
  • Used in the film A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child, the fifth installment of the horror series. The version used on the soundtrack featured Janick Gers on guitar, before he had actually joined the band.
  • The Nightmare on Elm Street version is usually considered an independent work by lead singer Bruce Dickinson because the band wasn't involved and only recorded it after the film and soundtrack were released.
  • Dickinson: "Here I tried to sum up what I thought Nightmare On Elm Street movies are really about, and it's all about adolescent fear of period pains. That's what I think it is - deep down. When a young girl first gets her period she bleeds and it happens at night, and so she is afraid to go to sleep and it's a very terrifying time for her, sexually as well, and Nightmare On Elm Street targets that fear. The real slaughter in the Freddie movies is when she loses her virginity. That is the rather nasty thought behind it all, but that's what makes those kind of movies frightening."
  • This was released on December 24 and quickly hit #1 on the UK charts. It stayed there for 2 weeks.
  • This is the band's highest charting single to date. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Brett - Edmonton, Canada, for all above
  • Listeners of BBC Radio 1 voted this the second best #1 single of all time in January 2005. Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" was voted #1. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Tom - Trowbridge, England
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Comments: 17

  • Caitlin from Colmesneil, Txhttp://www.themetalinquisition.com/2009/03/day-that-dave-murray-blew-me-off.html

    Ironic considering whenever I hear this song it reminds me of the movie "Bordello of Blood". Like, this would be coming from Lilith's point of view as she's pursuing Caleb's sister Katherine. The middle section with the "aah's" would be like the part where Katherine sneaks up on Lilith and kills her, and then the "I'm coming to get you!" at the end is like the ending of the movie where Katherine and the detective are in the car and she reveals she's a vampire and bites him.
    But maybe that's just me. ;)
  • Carlos from Santa Rita,The chorus is good, well sung but the lyrics are really disgusting. The evil that men do is very much better. Anyway, the lyrics has fit its purposes.
  • Carlos from Santa Rita,The chorus is good, well sung but the lyrics are really disgusting. The evil that men do is very much better. Anyway, the lyrics has fit its purposes.
  • Rachel from North Jersey, NjLove it or hate it this song is a guilty pleasure for a lot of fans. Since VH1 put it on their worst metal song list, all of a sudden everyone says they hate it. Personally, I think it's a very naughty song (ya really need to read between the lines ) and I like it. Just my opinion though.
  • Damien from Edmonton, CanadaWorst. Maiden. Song. Ever!
  • Jaymz from Ayr, ScotlandThis is one of the most over-rated Iron Maiden songs ever, infact it's second only to Run to the Hills.
  • Kaurl from Pittsburg, Caya i also think it has to do with girls after all metal hasalot of double meanings
  • Devon from Westerville, Ohpretty good song. i thought it would have been cool in the intro to say honey it's two minutes to midnight instead of it's getting close to midnight. thats just me though.
  • Jed Burningham from Highland, UtNot maidens best song, but it was good.
  • Dave from London, EnglandI hate to be pedantic but the Iron Maiden version of this song is NOT the version used on A Nightmare On Elm Street 5, it was actually Bruce Dickinson's original solo version which even appears on Bruce's "Very Best Of..." album. Jannick does play on this version though, but he replaced Adrian in the band after working with Bruce on Tattooed Millionaire.
  • Billy from Otway, OhThis Should Have Been Used In Jason Takes Manhattan
  • Matt from Millbrae, Cacharming title
  • Josh from Las Vegas, Nvyeah, it was on their list of worst metal songs of all time... BS.
  • Ahab from Slam Town, CaThere's an added element to the song that some people don't know about: BUM SEX! Supposedly Bruce kept up the 'period' angle by inserting (ooerr) allusions to anal intercourse. Look in the lyrics!
  • Cody from Houston, AkI think this song is somehow about groupies. He says "Bring your daughter to the slaughter, let her go..." The 'slaughter' could count as one of their concerts (NE1 who's seen them live knows that their audiences soon grow pretty physical).
  • Tom from Trowbridge, EnglandThough I read somewhere it was voted worst song of the year!
  • Tom from Trowbridge, EnglandGreat song. Deserved to be #1.
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