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DANCE OF DEATH

 

Původní celosvětové vydání:

1. "Wildest Dreams" (Adrian Smith, Steve Harris) – 3:52

   2. "Rainmaker" (Bruce Dickinson, Dave Murray, Harris) – 3:48

   3. "No More Lies" (Harris) – 7:22

   4. "Montségur" (Dickinson, Janick Gers, Harris) – 5:50

   5. "Dance of Death" (Gers, Harris) – 8:36

   6. "Gates of Tomorrow" (Dickinson, Gers, Harris) – 5:12

   7. "New Frontier" (Dickinson, Smith, Nicko McBrain) – 5:04

   8. "Paschendale" (Smith, Harris) – 8:28

   9. "Face in the Sand" (Dickinson, Smith, Harris) – 6:31

  10. "Age of Innocence" (Murray, Harris) – 6:10

  11. "Journeyman" (Dickinson, Smith, Harris) – 7:07

 

 

Texty

 

1. Wildest Dreams

 

[Smith / Harris]

 

I'm gonna organize some changes in my life

I'm gonna exorcise the demons of my past

I'm gonna take the car and hit the open road

I'm feeling ready to just open up and go

 

And I just feel I can be anything

That all I might ever wish to be

And fantasize just what I want to be

Make my wildest dreams come true

 

I'm on my way

Out on my own again

I'm on my way

Out on the road again

 

When I remember back to how that things just used to be

And I was stuck inside a shroud of misery

I felt I'd disappeared so deep inside myself

I couldn't find a way to break away my hell

 

When I'm feeling down and low

I vow I'll never be the same again

I just remember what I am

And visualize just what I'm gonna be

 

I'm on my way

Out on my own again

I'm on my way

Out on the road again

 

I'm on my way

Out on my own again

I'm on my way

I'm gonna breakaway

 

2. Rainmaker

 

[Murray / Harris / Dickinson]

 

When I was wandering in the desert

And was searching for the truth

I heard a choir of angels calling out my name

I had the feeling that my life would never be the same again

I turned my face towards the barren sun

 

And I know of the pain that you feel the same as me

And I dream of the rain as it falls upon the leaves

And the cracks in our lives like the cracks upon the ground

They are sealed and are now washed away

 

[Refrén:]

You tell me we can start the rain

You tell me that we all can change

You tell me we can find something to wash the tears away

You tell me we can start the rain

You tell me that we all can change

You tell me we can find something to wash the tears.....

 

And I know of the pain that you feel the same as me

And I dream of the rain as it falls upon the leaves

And the cracks in the ground like the cracks are in our lives

They are sealed and now far away

 

[opakování refrénu]

 

3. No More Lies

 

[Harris]

 

There's a darkened sky before me

There's no time to prepare

Salvage a last horizon

But no regrets from me

 

Maybe I'll be back some other day

To live again just who can say

In what shape or form that I might be

Just another chance for me

 

A hurried time no disgrace

Instead of racing to conclusion

And wishing all my life away

No-one can stop me now

 

Time is up it couldn't last

But there's more things I'd like to do

I'm coming back to try again

Someday maybe I'll wait till then

 

No more lies...

 

They're all sitting at my table

Talking tall and drinking wine

Their time is up just like me

But they just don't know it yet

 

So just a word of warning

When you're in your deepest dreams

There's nothing you can hide from

I've got my eye on you

 

The clock is fast, the hour is near

Eventful past is everclear

My life is set, the time is here

I think I'm coming home

 

No more lies...

 

A hurried time, no disgrace

Instead of racing to conclusions

And wishing all your life away

No-one can stop me now

 

Time is up it couldn't last

But there's more things I have to do

I'm coming back to try again

Don't tell me that this is the end

 

No more lies...

 

4. Montségur

 

[Gers / Harris / Dickinson]

 

I stand alone in this desolate space

In death they are truly alive

Massacred innocence, evil took place

The angels were burning inside

 

Centuries later I wonder why

What secret they took to their grave

Still burning heretics under our skies

Religion's still burning inside

 

[refrén:]

At the gates and the walls of Montségur

Blood on the stones of the citadel

At the gates and the walls of Montségur

Blood on the stones of the citadel

At the gates and the walls of Montségur

Blood on the stones of the citadel

At the gates and the walls of Montségur

Blood on the stones of the citadel

 

As we kill them all so God will know his own

The innocents died for the Pope on his throne

Catholic greed and its paranoid zeal

Curse of the grail and the blood of the cross

 

Templar believers with blood on their hands

Joined in the chorus to kill on demand

Burned at the stake for their soul's liberty

To stand with the cathars, to die and be free

 

The book of Old Testament crippled and black

Satan - his weapon is lust

Leaving this evil damnation of flesh

Back to the torture of lies

 

The perfect ones willingly died at the stake

And all of their followers slain

As for the knowledge of God they had claimed

Religion's still burning inside

 

[opakovat refrén]

 

Templar believers with blood on their hands

Joined in the chorus to kill on command

Burned at the stake for their soul's liberty

Still running heretics under our skies

 

As we kill them all so God know his own

Laugh at the darkness and in god we trust

The eye in the triangle smiling with sin

No passover feast for the cursed within

 

Facing the sun as they went to their grave

Burn like a dog or you live like a slave

Death is the price for your soul's liberty

To stand with the cathars and to die and be free

 

[opakovat refrén]

 

5. Dance Of Death

 

[Gers / Harris]

 

Let me tell you a story to chill the bones

About a thing that I saw

One night wandering in the everglades

I'd one drink but no more

 

I was rambling, enjoying the bright moonlight

Gazing up at the stars

Not aware of a presence so near to me

Watching my every move

 

Feeling scared and I fell to my knees

As something rushed me from the trees

Took me to an unholy place

And that is where I fell from grace

 

Then they summoned me over to join in with them

To the dance of the dead

Into the circle of fire I followed them

Into the middle I was led

 

As if time had stopped still I was numb with fear

But still I wanted to go

And the blaze of the fire did no hurt upon me

As I walked onto the coals

 

And I felt I was in a trance

And my spirit was lifted from me

And if only someone had the chance

To witness what happened to me

 

And I danced and I pranced and I sang with them

All had death in their eyes

Lifeless figures they were undead all of them

They had ascended from hell

 

As I danced with the dead

My free spirit was laughing and howling down at me

Below my undead body

Just danced the circle of dead

 

Until the time came to reunite us both

My spirit came back down to me

I didn't know if I was alive or dead

As the others all joined in with me

 

By luck then a skirmish started

And took the attention away from me

When they took their gaze from me

Was the moment that I fled

 

I ran like hell faster than the wind

But behind I did not glance

One thing that I did not dare

Was to look just straight ahead

 

When you know that your time has come around

You know you'll be prepared for it

Say your last goodbyes to everyone

Drink and say a prayer for it

 

When you're lying in your sleep, when you're lying in your bed

And you wake from your dreams to go dancing with the dead

When you're lying in your sleep, when you're lying in your bed

And you wake from your dreams to go dancing with the dead

 

To this day I guess I'll never know

Just why they let me go

But I'll never go dancing no more

'Til I dance with the dead

 

 

6. Gates Of Tomorrow

 

[Gers / Harris / Dickinson]

 

Weaving a thread round your heart and your soul

Deceiving your eyes and delaying your goal

Ships in the night when they pass out of sight

Deliver their cargo of earthly delights

 

To the women and children, the souls of the dead

I've opened their book and no mercy is shed

You want forgiveness and you want it cheap

I don't give redemption rewards for the meek

 

Suffering evil when you pay the price of fame

There isn't a god to save you if you don't save yourself

You can't blame a madman for this, if you go insane

Give me the strength so I carry on

 

[refrén:]

Trapped in the web - but I cut the threads

Show you the gates of tomorrow

Trapped in the web - no mercy is shed

Show you the gates of tomorrow

Trapped in the web - slaves to the dead

Show you the gates of tomorrow

Trapped in the web - but I cut the threads

Show you the gates of tomorrow

 

[refrén:]

Trapped in the web - but I cut the threads

Show you the gates of tomorrow

Trapped in the web - slaves to the dead

Show you the gates of tomorrow

Trapped in the web - no mercy is shed

Show you the gates of tomorrow

Trapped in the web - but I cut the threads

Show you the gates of tomorrow

 

7. New Frontier

 

[McBrain / Smith / Dickinson]

 

Bleeding you dry from the start

The sum of my parts

To give it away

New life in a day

Some new Frankenstein

Damned for all time

 

Cursed by the angel who fell

Who saves me from hell?

And who is my god?

And where is my soul?

Too tired to jump too young to run

 

Neverending, forever searching

Chasing dreams, the dreams of my heart

Always seeking, always asking

Questions right from the start

 

[refrén:]

Out beyond the new frontier

Playing god without mercy, without fear

Create a beast, made a man without a soul

Is it worth the risk - a war of god and man?

Is it worth the risk - a war of god and man?

 

I want to end my life now

But I don't know how

Recycled again a lifetime of pain

The spawn of a man

The devil has planned

 

8. Paschendale

 

[Smith / Harris]

 

In a foreign field he lay

Lonely soldier, unknown grave

On his dying words he prays

Tell the world of Paschendale

 

Relive all that he's been through

Last communion of his soul

Rust your bullets with his tears

Let me tell you 'bout his years

 

Laying low in a blood filled trench

Kill time 'til my very own death

On my face I can feel the falling rain

Never see my friends again

 

In the smoke, in the mud and lead

Smell the fear and the feeling of dread

Soon be time to go over the wall

Rapid fire and end of us all

 

Whistles, shouts and more gun fire

Lifeless bodies hang on barbed wire

Battlefield nothing but a bloody tomb

Be reunited with my dead friends soon

 

Many soldiers eighteen years

Drown in mud, no more tears

Surely a war no-one can win

Killing time about to begin

 

Home, far away

From the war, a chance to live again

Home, far away

But the war, no chance to live again

 

The bodies of ours and our foes

The sea of death it overflows

In no man's land, God only knows

Into jaws of death we go

 

Crucified as if on a cross

Allied troops they mourn their loss

German war propaganda machine

Such before has never been seen

 

Swear I heard the angels cry

Pray to god no more may die

So that people know the truth

Tell the tale of Paschendale

 

Cruelty has a human heart

Every man does play his part

Terror of the men we kill

The human heart is hungry still

 

I stand my ground for the very last time

Gun is ready as I stand in line

Nervous wait for the whistle to blow

Rush of blood and over we go

 

Blood is falling like the rain

Its crimson cloak unveils again

The sound of guns can't hide their shame

And so we die on Paschendale

 

Dodging shrapnel and barbed wire

Running straight at cannon fire

Running blind as I hold my breath

Say a prayer symphony of death

 

As we charge the enemy lines

A burst of fire and we go down

I choke a cry but no-one hears

Feel the blood go down my throat

 

Home, far away

From the war, a chance to live again

Home, far away

But the war, no chance to live again

 

Home, far away

From the war, a chance to live again

Home, far away

But the war, no chance to live again

 

See my spirit on the wind

Across the lines, beyond the hill

Friend and foe will meet again

Those who died at Paschendale

 

9. Face In The Sand

 

[Smith / Harris / Dickinson]

 

Everybody's waiting for something to happen

Everybody's waiting for something to see

Lunatics waiting for bigger disasters

Everyone's waiting for news on TV

 

Winding lives at the end of the spiral

Waiting dictators with their next big thrill

Everyone's looking, but no one is listening

Everybody wants to be in at the kill

 

I wait for the signs, they tell me true

I see the signs of the end of time

 

Everyone's searching, but nothing's revealing

Everyone's looking for the reason why

Everyone's hoping for life everafter

Everyone's looking at death from the sky

 

Everyone's nightmares are going to happen

Everybody's ripping the mask from their eyes

Everyone's praying but no one's believing

Everyone's heroes tell everyone's lies

 

I wait for the signs, they tell me true

I see the signs of the end

 

[refrén:]

So I watch and I wait

And I pray for an answer

An end to the strife and the world's misery

But the end never came

And we're digging the graves

And we're loading the guns for the kill

 

Can the end be at hand?

Is the face in the sand

Future memory of our tragedy?

Can the end be at hand?

Is the face in the sand

Future memory of our tragedy?

 

[opakovar refrén]

 

10. Age Of Innocence

 

[Murray / Harris]

 

I can't be compromising in my thoughts no more

I can't prevent the times my anger fills my heart

I can't be sympathizing with a new lost cause

I feel I've lost my patience with the world and all

 

And all the politicians and their hollow promises

And all the lies, deceit and shame that goes with it

The working man pays everything for their mistakes

And with his life too if there was to be a war

 

[refrén:]

So we can only get one chance, can we take it?

And we only got one life, can't exchange it

Can we hold on to what we have, don't replace it

The age of innocence is fading like an old dream

 

A life of petty crime gets punished with a holiday

The victims' mind are scarred for life most everyday

Assailants know just how much further they can go

They know the laws are soft, conviction chances low

 

[opakovat refrén]

 

You can't protect yourselves even in your own home

For fear of vigilante cries, the victims wipe their eyes

So now the criminal they launch right in our face

Judical system lets them do it, a disgrace

 

Despondent public worries, where it will all end?

We can't protect ourselves, our kids from the crime trend

We cannot even warn each other of evil in our midst

They have more rights than us, you cannot call that just

 

[opakovat refrén]

 

11. Journeyman

 

[Smith / Harris / Dickinson]

 

From the red sky of the east

To the sunset in the west

We have cheated death

And he has cheated us

 

But that was just a dream

And this is what it means

We are sleeping

And we'll dream for evermore

 

And the fragment remains of our memories

And the shadows we made with our hands

Deep grey, came to mourn

All the colours of the dawn

Will this journeyman's day be his last?

 

[refrén:]

I know what I want

And I say what I want

And no one can take it away

I know what I want

And I say what I want

And no one can take it away

 

But the memory still remains

All the past years not so strange

Our winter times are like a silent shroud

And the heartbeat of the day

Drives the mist away

And winter's not the only dream around

 

In your life you may choose desolation

And the shadows you build with your hands

If you turn to the light

That is burning in the night

Then the journeyman's day has begun

 

[opakovat refrén]

 

 

Původní obal

Datum vydání

8.9.2003

(Japonsko 2.9.2003)

 

Doba nahrávání

prosinec 2002 - duben 2003

 

Místo nahrávání

Sarm West Studios, Londýn

 

Celková délka

1:07:59

 

Vydavatelství

EMI

 

Producent

Kevin Shirley, Steve Harris

 

Manažer

Rod Smallwood

 

Umístění v UK charts

2.

 

Sestava

Bruce Dickinson - zpěv

Steve Harris - baskytara, doprovodný zpěv, klávesy

Dave Murray - kytara

Janick Gers - kytara

Adrian Smith - kytara, doprovodný zpěv

Nicko McBrain - bicí

 

Singly k albu

Wildest Dreams

 

Rainmaker

 

No More Lies

 

Ilustrátor obalu

David Pratchett

 

Tour

Dance OF Death World Tour 2003/2004

 

Setlist tour

Intro
Wildest Dreams
Wrathchild
Can I Play With Madness
The Trooper
Dance Of Death
Rainmaker
Brave New World
Paschendale
Lord Of The Flies
No More Lies
Hallowed Be Thy Name
Fear Of The Dark
Iron Maiden
Journeyman
The Number Of The Beast
Run To The Hills

 

Videa

 

Wildest Dreams

 


 

 

Rainmaker


 

No More Lies


 

V pořadí třinácté studiové album Iron Maiden je vůbec první, na kterém se podílel Nicko McBrain jako spoluskladatel songu "New Frontier", přičemž jsou zde jako autoři zastoupeni všichni členové skupiny. A ještě jedno "poprvé" si může Nicko u této desky připsat. Při skladbě "Face In The Sand", jež se stala Brucovo reakcí na druhou válku v zálivu, nahrával na požádání poprvé s dvojšlapkou.

Po comebackovém albu "Brave New World" přichází tento ucelený projekt, který zahrnuje snad všechny typy melodií, jaké jste do té doby mohli od Iron Maiden slyšet v naprosto novém a neotřelém hávu, přičemž je zde zdůrazněn epický a dramatický prvek, který pak má za následek vyvolání vlny emocí při živých vystoupeních.

Fanoušci i kritika se tentokrát shodli, že jde o jedno z nejlepších alb Iron Maiden vůbec. Tuto skutečnost odráží i to, že ve většině zemí, kde se "Dance Of Death" dostalo na trh, vylétlo v žebříčcích prodeje na ty nejvyšší příčky. Na zcela odlišném a vrtkavém americkém trhu pak slavilo po letech návrat do první dvacítky a to konkrétně 18. místo.

Styl a směřování alba a titulní písně navrhl a vedl Janick Gers a nutno dodat, že to udělal bravurně. Základ si vzal ze závěrečné scény starého filmu z padesátých let, kdy odcházející mrtví začnou v poslední chvíli na obzoru tančit. Text se sice od filmové předlohy liší, ale jde o klasické vyprávění, při kterém, v podání Bruce oblečeného do masky a kápě divoce křepčícího po pódiu, běhá mráz po zádech.

Stejně jako námět alba se v pochmurném duchu nesl i obal znázorňující divoký karneval podivných monster se samotnou smrtí uprostřed. Fotografie se dělaly v domě "Luton Hoo", kde se také natáčel film "Eyes Wide Shut" s Tomem Cruisem a Nicol Kidmanovou. Janick Gers o tom v knize "Run To The Hills" říká: "To místo mělo hrozně divnou atmosféru, která vyvolávala zvláštní neklid. Já jsem si vyšel na procházku kolem domu a bylo to dost znepokojující. Když se člověk dostane na takový místo, natáhne do sebe tu atmosféru, bylo to všecko hrozně gotický a vyvolalo to ve mně stísněnej pocit".

Po letní tour, ve které Iron Maiden představili set odrážející celou historii skupiny, následně 19.října vyrazili na skutečné "Dance Of Death World Tour", největší od konce osmdesátých let, kdy byla skupina na pomyslném vrcholu. Celá show včetně dekorací byla pojata jako jedno velké drama a v publiku zanechala hluboký dojem, stejně jako celé album, které se nesmazatelně zapsalo zlatým písmem do dějin heavy metalu.

 

 

 

 

 

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