"Flash Of The Blade" as written by and Bruce Dickinson....
As a young boy chasing dragons with your wooden sword so mighty,
You're St. George or you're David and you always killed the beast.
Times change very quickly,
and you had to grow up early,
A house in smoking ruins and the bodies at your feet.

You'll die as you lived
In a flash of the blade,
In a corner forgotten by no one.
You lived for the touch
For the feel of the steel
One man, and his honor.

The smell of resigned leather
The steely iron mask
As you cut and thrust and parried at the fencing master's call.
He taught you all he knew
To fear no mortal man
and now you'll wreak your vengeance in the
Screams of evil men.

You'll die as you lived
In a flash of the blade,
In a corner forgotten by no one.
You lived for the touch
For the feel of the steel
One man, and his honor.


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"Flash of the Blade" as written by Bruce Dickinson

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    General CommentLove this song, but one thing that bothers me about these lyrics is it says you'll die "in a corner forgotten by no one." Dying in a corner implies being forgotten by EVERYONE, doesn't it?

    Also am I the only one who thinks the song is saying the character is living by the sword and so he will die? His obsession with vengeance (via his blade) will end badly. It's not saying, "Yeah go kick ass!!" It's saying, "Well you've got your sword, your purpose and your honor, but you're probably going to die and it won't be glorious."
    angvon March 24, 2011   Link
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    General Commentthis is such a good song. i mean like the fuedal times were so awesome. i can just imagine a man taking revenge on all that killed his family. it's awesome.
    tsucolon July 01, 2003   Link
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    General Commentsurprised not many comments, the beginning of this song with the guitar is enough to tell you its such a good song
    Element1711on April 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHell yeah the beginning is so badass.
    OpethIronMaiden666on September 19, 2005   Link
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    General Commentone of my favorite maiden songs, not only because of the badass guitar and vocals, but because its about fencing, something bruce and i have in common
    UP THE IRONS!
    ledhed4everon January 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhats awesome about bruce's fencing is that he turned down the olymics so that he could go on tour with maiden.
    Ariakon_guyon October 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song reminds me of Arthurian legends, although I can't really say which one.
    The Oligarchon August 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyeah kinda has the fuedal era feel to it.
    spooner113on October 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is used during a murder scene in Dario Argento's supernatural thriller movie "Phenomena"; probably the best scene in the film.
    6th_sadistic_sniperon March 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentLike many Maiden songs, very self-explanatory; The story of a swordfighter. It might reference a book or movie, as IM so often does, but I've never read it if it did.
    Reaverboton May 07, 2008   Link

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