Revelations

Album: Piece Of Mind (1983)
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  • "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 Writer/s: Bruce Dickinson
    Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Group
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 7

  • Paulo Pereira from Yonkers, Ny"The whole first verse is taken straight from the book of Revelations in the King James Version of the bible"

    No. It's from a hymnal by G. K. Chesterton.
  • Simon from Usa@Ashleigh - The first verse in this song is from 'A Hymn' by (G. K.) Chesterton, http://www.bachlund.org/A_Hymn_Chesterton.htm ("O God of earth and altar[...]")
    You're right in that there *is* a Maiden song that quotes the Book of Revelation, that song is "The Number of the Beast." Using KJV, the first part of the opening "Woe to you[...]" is from Revelation 12:12 and the second part "Let him who hath understanding[...]" is from Revelation 13:18.
    Up the Irons \m/
  • Ashleigh from Melbourne, AustraliaThe whole first verse is taken straight from the book of Revelations in the King James Version of the bible
  • Mark from Hshshshss, Wallis And Futuna Islandsthis song is about washing your car, actually it's about opening a pair of curtains
  • Marcelo from San Jose, OtherMaiden live is just awesome...saw them 2 times in Costa Rica on their Somewhere Back in Time World Tour...wow...they're amazing...
  • Edgar from Athens, GreeceOne of the best songs ever!!The live version is magnificent!!!
  • Ryan from Bethany, Okthis is my favorite maiden song next to "where eagles dare"
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