Take a look in the pool and what do you see In the dark depths there faces beckoning me Can't you see them it's plain for all to see They were there oh I know you don't believe me
Oh, I've never felt so strange But, I'm not going insane
I've no doubt that you think I'm off of my head You don't say but it's in your eyes instead Hours I spend out just gazing into that pool Something draws me there I don't know what to do
Oh, they drain my strength away Oh, they're asking me to stay
Nightmares, spirits calling me Nightmares, they won't leave me be
All my life's blood is slowly draining away And I feel that I'm weaker every day Somehow I know I haven't long to go Joining them at the bottom of the pool
Now, I feel they are so near I, begin to see them clear
Nightmares, coming all the time Nightmares, will give me peace of mind
Now it's clear and I know what I have to do I must take you down there to look at them too Hand in hand then we'll jump right into the pool Can't you see not just me they want you too
Oh, we'll drown together It, will be forever
Nightmares, forever calling me Nightmares, now we rest in peace
Writer/s: David Michael Murray, Stephen Percy Harris
Publisher: BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group
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Boris Guitarloff from Austin, Texas The song is actually based on the short story, “Genius Loci” by Clark Ashton Smith. If you read the story, you’ll realize that it has much more in common with the song than “The Inhabitant of the Lake”.
Martin Sordo from Lawrenceville, GaI finally got it!!! Thx
Diverdriver from Petaluma, CaI saw them play this song live in Sacramento, California June 6, 1988. A couple months later a live version was recorded at Monsters of Rock, Donnington and is on disc ten of The First Ten Years box set. Bruce seems to have forgotten the lyrics as he sings them wrong in at least 3 parts.
Woody from Woodbridge, VaRead "The Inhabitant Of The Lake" in the book called "Cold Print" by Ramsey Campbell. Still Life is based on that short story.
Krk from Stockholm, SwedenWikipedia: "...the band included a hidden message which could only be understood by playing the album backwards. This was a joke and an intended swing back at the critics who had accused Maiden of being satanic. The backwards-message features Nicko McBrain mimicking Idi Amin (or rather mimicking John Bird mimicking Idi Amin) uttering the following phrase "What ho said the t'ing with the three "bonce", do not meddle with things you don't understand...", followed by a belch. The phrase itself is taken from the satirical album The Collected Broadcasts of Idi Amin by Bird and Alan Coren...."
Steve from Patchogue, NyA very cool and obscure Maiden song. I forgot all about this one!
Todd from Poynette, WiPiece of Mind was released in 1983 not 1993.
"Pink Cadillac" was a B-side for Bruce Springsteen in 1984, but after Aretha Franklin sang about pink Cadillacs on "Freeway Of Love" the following year, Natalie Cole covered the song and had a hit with it in 1988.