"Can I Play With Madness" as written by Bruce Dickinson, Stephen Percy Harris and Adrian Frederick Smith....
Give me the sense to wonder
To wonder if I'm free
Give me a sense of wonder
To know I can be me
Give me the strength to hold my head up
Spit back in their face
Don't need no key to unlock this door
Gonna break down the walls
Break out of this bad place

Can I play with madness - the prophet stared at his crystal ball
Can I play with madness - there's no vision there at all
Can I play with madness - the prophet looked and he laughed at me
Can I play with madness - he said you're blind too blind to see

I screamed aloud to the old man
I said don't lie don't say you don't know
I say you'll pay for your mischief
In this world or the next
Oh and then he fixed me with a freezing glance
And the hell fires raged in his eyes
He said do you want to know the truth son
I'll tell you the truth
Your soul's gonna burn in the lake of fire

Can I play with madness - the prophet stared at his crystal ball
Can I play with madness - there's no vision there at all
Can I play with madness - the prophet looked and he laughed at me
Can I play with madness - he said you're blind too blind to see

Can I play with madness - the prophet stared at his crystal ball
Can I play with madness - there's no vision there at all
Can I play with madness - the prophet looked and he laughed at me
Can I play with madness - he said you're blind too blind to see


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"Can I Play with Madness" as written by Bruce Dickinson Adrian Frederick Smith

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    General CommentAncient??? Their stuff is as fresh as it was when it came out. Any Maiden song, ANY....is not dated. Check out Rime of the Ancient Mariner. Kick ASS.
    joepellion May 05, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is truly brilliant. They played it when I went to see them live in December. Truly awesome. Suddenly, out of nowhere, there's a cry of "CAN I PLAY WITH MADNESS?" and the whole crowd goes nuts. Brilliant song. I think it might be about some guy who's with a prophet. The guy wants to know the future to gain power etc. and the prophet isn't gonna give it to him. The guy annoys the prophet by shouting things like "Don't lie don't say you don't know it". In the end the prophet reveals that the guy is gonna burn in hell.
    UpTheIronson September 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentHmmm, Some young-uns still getting into the Maiden. Good stuff.
    Now.... To understand the Song you have to understand that the Entire ALBUM is actually a Concept album!
    Its about, as said the Apocalypse of the end. Its more a biblical Story of Satan verses God. And the entire album tells of this story unfolding.
    'Can I play with Madness' Is about a caricature that is pulled into the story, and believes he plays a part in the way the events will end. If he chooses to ignore the "Signs" it may be his own demise. And so he has to Help the "Chosen one" Live... Which is an unborn child.
    There are movies based on the story. One going back to the 80s called the 7th sign.

    And as of the Black sabbath comment. Buddy, clearly your ignorance is showing your age. Black sabbath not only ARE Metal, But was the THE Band that MADE METAL what it is. They first hand created metal. If you look back on what sounds where available in the same period, You'll see that Sabbath was a ground breaking and original (Heavy) band.
    The only band that came even close was Zepplin. And I can tell you, Zep, has nothing on metal!!!
    KustomCandyon May 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentryhme of the ancient mariner is one of the best songs i have heard i had downloaded a song of iron maiden Run to the Hills and i liked it but not enough to get more music so i quit listening to it for about a year and i listened to it and i said to myself u retard this is the kind of music that deserves to be bought not downloaded.
    Steve_Harris1on May 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYou're right. The album "Seventh Son of a Seventh Son" was all based around the concept of a prophet trying to warn a village of an oncoming apocalypse, and his varying treatment. This was quite a hit back in 1988; all four songs from the album which were released as singles hit the UK Top 10. Excellent video as well if you've ever seen it! :D
    Dreamer Deceiveron December 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentFuck the Beatles, Iron Maiden are the greatest UK metal band since the dawn of time.
    And before you all start, Sabbath are not metal IMO, more rock.
    LEEFUCKINGJONESon August 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSabbath are metal!!
    (anyway IM are better than Sabbath..)
    LOL that's right, FUCK THE BEATLES!!!!!!!!!
    Ddaduttaon October 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTo me, it sounds like the part from Oedipus Rex when tiresias refuses to tell Oedipus the truth, because he knows that it will bring his demise.

    Fits perfectly with the song.
    MetalKing00on January 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of the best if not the best tracks of one of their greatest albums to date, c'mon the album hit number 1 in the UK!!!
    Maiden Maniacon February 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe video of this song was one of my favourite of all time and the song is amazing this was actually the first maiden song I heard back in 88 and 7th son was one of the first albums I ever bought a brilliant album
    sanityassassinon May 17, 2006   Link

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