"Run To The Hills" as written by and Stephen Percy Harris....
The white man came across the sea,
He brought us pain and misery.
He killed our tribe, he killed our creed,
He took our game for his own need.
We fought him hard, we fought him well.
Out on the plains, we gave him Hell.
But many came to much for Cree,
Oh will we ever be set free?

Riding through dust clouds and barren wastes, Galloping hard on the plains.
Chasing the Redskins back to their holes,
Fighting them at their own game.
Murder for freedom, stab in the back.
Women and children are cowards, attack!

Run to the hills;
Run for your lives!
Run to the hills;
Run for your lives!

Soldier blue in the barren wastes, hunting and killing's the game.
Raping the women and wasting the men,
The only good Injuns are tame.
Selling them whiskey and taking their gold, Enslaving the young and destroying the old!

Run to the hills, run for your lives!
Run to the hills, run for your lives!

Run to the hills;
Run for your lives!
Run to the hills;
Run for your lives!


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"Run to the Hills" as written by Stephen Percy Harris

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  • +5
    General CommentIt is hard to determine exactly which time period Maiden is referring to, mainly because of a small error in the lyrics.
    The Cree, I believe, lived in the Dakotas or somewhere else on the Great Plains, so to them the Europeans would not have come accross the sea. If Maiden had changed the lyrics to leave out any reference to the sea, it would make more sense.
    I think the song is just about the conflict between the Native Americans and Europeans in general and spans different regions, time periods, and povs.
    Testaheadon March 09, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe song potrays what was going on from both armies own point of view
    extremely clever and effective
    BeastWithinon August 23, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentActually I think it is the Americans that the song refers too.

    Joey is right...It is about the Indian Massacres.

    Reasons why I disagree with Drav:

    1. The English did not fight the Indians on the plains, they never made it that far west.
    2. "Soldier BLUE on the barren wastes". Everyone knows that the British were redcoats and the Americans were blue.


    I really don't think they are sympathetic or not sympathetic. I think they are just narrating it from each sides point of view. They seem to remain neutral to me.
    Mitch1on September 09, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentFirst and foremost: This song rocks.

    Secondly: The lyrics are about 50% bullshit. I'm so sick of people lumping every American Indian tribe together and labelling them "The Noble Red Man" who was happy and free and clean and industrious till we fucked them over, like a real life version of Disney's Pocahontas or something..

    Fact is, we did fuck the Indians. Some of them were decent, industrious tribes. A lot of them, including the Apaches, Mescaleros, Blackfeet, etc. were monstrously brutal savages who practiced torture and rape on their prisoners, valued their men by how many scalps he'd taken, and had been massacring the women and children of any OTHER INDIAN tribe nearby for many years before we got there.

    Just like different European cultures, there's different Indian cultures. Some of them were Klingons and literally spent their days raiding and massacring anybody who came close.

    Most of the tribes didn't deserve the two-timing crap they got from us. But at least a few of the ones who got ground out of existence by the US Army were the ones who built their entire tribe on war and murder and had been killing their neighbors for a long time already.

    Go read the reports of somebody who actually saw what things were like instead of some shithead bleeding-heart "I'm embarassed to be white" cultural anthropologist who wouldn't know a real Indian if he fell over one.
    Bullzeyeon September 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentok so this song is about the american army and the native americans and the wars they had in the 1800's. it appears to portray the whites as bastards and the netives as victims which is more or less true in most peoples oppinions.
    anyway a brilliant song, one of maidens best.
    joeytheboyon July 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYour right on that one joey.
    BoneofFearon August 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeastWithin is right, Joey is kinda wrong. It's not one person's point of view, but both sides as Beast pointed. Anyway, a phenomenal song and I love it.
    Teufelon September 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFirstly, America did not exist in those days, it was the Europeans, namely England and France who came to North America and ran down the Natives.

    I find it difficult to decide whether Maiden is sympathetic towards the Natives, as expressed in the beginning of the song, or if they are proud of what has happened throughout the rest of the song.
    Dravon September 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe british setlemants were on the east coast of the USA and a border fronteir was set up which wasnt to be crossed but when USA got its independence the fronteir was breached so technicaly it was the americans although it was actually the same people who decided to chnge their nationality.
    joeytheboyon October 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is classic. Thats all i need to say.
    hattieon May 08, 2003   Link

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