"The Clairvoyant" as written by and Stephen Percy Harris....
Feel the sweat break on my brow
Is it me or is it shadows that are
Dancing on the walls
Is this a dream or is it now
Is this a vision or normality I see
Before my eyes

I wonder why I wonder how
That it seems the powers getting stronger
Every day
I feel a strength an inner fire
But I'm scared I won't be able to control it anymore

There's a time to live and a time to die
When it's time to meet the maker
There's a time to live but isn't it strange
That as soon as you're born you're dying

Just by looking through your eyes
He could see the future penetrating right
In through your mind
See the truth and see your lies
But for all his power couldn't foresee his own demise

There's a time to live and a time to die
When it's time to meet the maker
There's a time to live but isn't it strange
That as soon as you're born you're dying
And reborn again?

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"The Clairvoyant" as written by Stephen Percy Harris

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  • +2
    General CommentIm surprised no one wants to comment on this song, well ill be the first then, this is my favorite song. not many people know about this one but its an awsome song the rifts are amazing. Hallow be thy name and the trooper are very much close but this song has always been my favorite! keep on rockin fellow maiden fans!
    Riley28on July 02, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt a sequel to Seventh Son of a Seventh Son. Which the son supposed to have powers to forsee the future and stuff. But all his power and he cannot see his own end
    JoshPRon September 25, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a pretty damn good song. All about dying, and how strange life is, I think.
    UpTheIronson April 28, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe album is sort of a concept album charting the story of the clairvoyant and this song is one of the best on the album
    sanityassassinon May 17, 2006   Link
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    Song MeaningI have read somewhere, i can't remember where sorry, but the meaning to this song is, it's about an actual supposed 'clairvoyent', at the time they were making this album a supposed 'clairvoyent' died and people were questioning him being a clairvoyent and such," how could he not see his death and avoid it?" and questions like that were raised and iron maiden (WOOOO!!!!) wrote this song about that, 'But for all his power couldn't foresee his own demise' is bottom-lining it really, This song IS, about that, but everyone's interpritations about the song are brilliant anyway, without the knowledge of that this was based on a real life occasion you wouldn't have guessed, but most of the interpritations aren't exact but they are actually right, this is the actual meaning and NOT an interpritation.
    APixieKilleron October 16, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsong is about premenitions of the future and foresight. the definition of the word 'claivoyant', is one who can see the future. the who album is about prophecy and shit like that, hence songs like 'the prophecy', 'infinite dreams', 'moonchild', ect. maybe insanity too...
    GogetaSSJ4on January 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song really reminds me of the movie 'The Dead Zone'-from the standpoint of the leading character John Smith who becomes clairevoyant after awakening from 7 years in a coma but ultimately does not forsee his own death.
    Sozlukon December 26, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is about a guy pondering life and reality.
    this one is more focused on ones power over life, its beginning, its end... so he consults a clairvoyant for answers. still not satisfied, i get the impression that the guy is curious about killing the clairvoyant

    another subtle reference to the possibility of reincarnation. i love maiden, they are such an intelligent band, but their music still holds its own in intensity
    paccyon May 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song while very unclear to me seems to dwell on the life and death of people. The powers mentioned seem to be similar to how people (especially teenagers) think they are invincible and will not die. Of course some come to realize that they are going to die, however some others never do.

    Humorously the line "
    But for all his power couldn't foresee his own demise" reminds me of a part of Star Wars: Episode 3 where Palpatine tells Anakin of the Sith Lord Darth Plagus the Wise who had the power to keep others alive but in the end could not save himself from death and died by the hands of his apprentice. Otherwise good song and sounds nice.
    Sheogorathon June 21, 2007   Link
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    General Commentmy favorite song on the album, love how it starts
    FRYLORD13on August 10, 2007   Link

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