"Moonchild" as written by Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Frederick Smith....
Seven deadly sins
Seven ways to win
Seven holy paths to hell
And your trip begins

Seven downward slopes
Seven bloodied hopes
Seven are your burning fires
Seven your desires

I am he the born-less one
The fallen angel watching you
Babylon, the scarlet whore
I'll infiltrate your gratitude
Don't you dare to save your son
Kill him now and save the young ones
Be the mother of a birth strangled babe
Be the devils own, Lucifer's my name

Moonchild hear the mandrake scream
Moonchild open the seventh seal

I count the heads of those unborn
The accursed ones I'll find them all
And if you die by your own hand
As a suicide you shall be damned
And if you try to save your soul
I will torment you, you shall not grow old
With every second and passing breath
You'll be so alone your soul will bleed to death

Moonchild hear the mandrake scream
Moonchild open the seventh seal
Moonchild you'll be mine soon child
Moonchild take my hand tonight

The twins they are exhausted, seven is this night
Gemini is rising as the red lips kiss to bite
Seven angels seven demons battle for his soul
When Gabriel lies sleeping, this child was born to die

One more dies one more lives
One baby cries one mother grieves
For all the sins you will commit
You'll beg forgiveness and none I'll give
A web of fear shall be your coat
To clothe you in the night
A lucky escape for you young man
But I'll see you damned in endless night

Moonchild hear the mandrake scream
Moonchild open the seventh seal
Moonchild you'll be mine soon child
Moonchild take my hand tonight


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"Moonchild" as written by Tony Pettitt Carl Mccoy

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    Song Meaning***THIS IS MY MEGA METAL MENTALITY ON THIS MASTERPIECE***

    Ok. This song is the opening title for the album "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son". This album is a concept album that follows the life of the seventh son of a seventh son. In ancient times, this person was regarded to have powers such as clairvoyance. The character in the album expresses that he does not want these powers and that he never asked for them, however, he must live with them. He must pick which side he desires: the good or the evil, which path will he take (Seventh Son of a Seventh Son song lyrics). In this song, Moonchild, the person talking is the "devil" character.
    "I am he the bornless one
    The fallen angel watching you
    Babylon, the scarlet whore
    I'll infiltrate your gratitude
    Don't you dare to save your son
    Kill him now and save the young ones
    Be the mother of a birth strangled babe
    Be the devils own, Lucifer's my name"

    The devil wants the mother to kill her child (strangling him) so that the seventh son will not grow and defeat Lucifer, the devil character.

    "I count the heads of those unborn
    The accursed ones I'll find them all
    And if you die by your own hand
    As a suicide you shall be damned
    And if you try to save your soul
    I will torment you - you shall not grow old
    With every second and passing breath
    You'll be so alone your soul will bleed to death"

    Lucifer is saying he will kill all of the Seventh Sons. When he is talking about suicide, he is saying that if the Son kills himself, he will be damned to a life in hell. If he tries to escape the devil's hold, he will be tormented and tortured by the devil forever.

    "The twins they are exhausted, seven is this night
    Gemini is rising as the red lips kiss to bite
    Seven angels seven demons battle for his soul
    When Gabriel lies sleeping, this child was born to die"

    The twins, I believe refer to the Gemini astrological sign as mentioned in the next line. The seven angels and seven demons represent the question of whether he will choose to do good or evil. Gabriel is a reference to the angel from the bible who delivered Mary the news that she would give birth to Jesus. Since Gabriel is sleeping, there is no one to deliver the news. Therefore, the child will not die.

    "One more dies one more lives
    One baby cries one mother grieves
    For all the sins you will commit
    You'll beg forgiveness and none I'll give
    A web of fear shall be your coat
    To clothe you in the night
    A lucky escape for you young man
    But I'll see you damned in endless night"

    I believe this is the devil once more speaking about how the mother must kill the Seventh Son. When Harris (the writer) is speaking about all the sins the Son will commit and how he will beg for forgiveness but receive none, I believe, is saying that when the Son does wrong to the devil, but then comes crawling back for forgiveness, the devil will not take him and will damn him to hell. This web of fear is possibly referring to how the devil will torment and frighten the Son due to the fact that the son escaped his grasp and escaped him. Harris is then saying that the Son's escape was very lucky, but the devil will one day find him and make the Son wish he stayed with the devil.

    I hope I have helped :) UP THE IRONS!
    TheDrifteron August 30, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThe whole album is in reference to the book "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" by Orson Scott Card. Though I read some places that say only 5-8 tracks are part of the concept, the connections between this song and the book are PERFECT.
    Naliamegodon April 15, 2004   Link
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    General CommentObvious references to the birth of Alvin Maker, the seventh son of a seventh son from the orson scott card novel. "Don't you dare to save your son
    Kill him now and save the young ones
    Be the mother of a birth strangled babe
    Be the devils own, Lucifer's my name"
    The mother is pregnant with the child and one of her sons has to sacrifice himself to save her and the baby
    "The twins they are exhausted, seven is this night"
    Older twin brothers of the seventh son helped to save the family.
    "One more dies one more lives
    One baby cries one mother grieves"
    after the baby is born the oldest son, Vigor, dies soon after, the mother grieves over the death of her son.
    Eddiethehead666on June 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe whole album is a concept.

    Moonchild- Lucifer comes to warn the parents of the Seventh Son, basically saying that all resistance is futile.
    Infinite Dreams- The Father of the Seventh Son, him self a Seventh Son, begins to have dreams that confuse him.
    Can I Play With Madness- The Father seeks a prophet for an answer to his strange visions.
    The Evil That Men Do- The Seventh Son is conceived, but the details in this song are very vague.
    Seventh Son of a Seventh Son- The Seventh Son is born, and begins to show signs of supernatural powers.
    The Prophecy- The Seventh Son learns that he is "The Chosen One", and part of a prophecy.
    The Clairvoyant- The Seventh Son begins to harness his powers, but loses control. This is probably the cause of his death.
    Only The Good Die Young- The Seventh Son is dead, and the cycle begins again. This may be a sentiment on how mankind is inable to learn from it's mistakes.
    samsarabassiston December 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is interesting... Iron Maiden aren't afraid to talk about the devil like this... just look at "The Number of the Beast"... I like how they can do this without taking the unholy black metal route (i.e. incorporating blasphemy against God). That's part of why I like Maiden. Up the Irons!!!!!!
    SMUSER17456518on December 28, 2011   Link
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    General Commenti dontbelieave nyone hasnt posted... this is one kick ass song... how come people dont have any taste for good music anymore???
    tekanaon April 10, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have taste in good music. And this is one of my favorite Maiden songs....
    Disposition_987on April 14, 2003   Link
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    General CommentOh that's right... people are too busy posting in Avril Lavigne and Dashboard Confessional.
    Disposition_987on April 14, 2003   Link
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    General Commentyea, i just got the book a few days and it makes alot more sense to me. its a gr8 book as well
    stormweaveron March 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI can't listen to the album without hearing it all the way through (oh crap! i sound like an iron maiden fan!)

    But yeah, I love this song in particular for Rhyming night and bite. Oh yeah, It went there.
    Kaine_lawlesson April 07, 2006   Link

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