"Tailgunner" as written by Bruce Dickinson and Stephen Percy Harris....
Trace your way back 50 years
To the glow of Dresden, blood and tears
In the black above by the cruel searchlight
Men will die and men will fight, yeah|
Who shot who and who fired first?
Dripping death to whet the blood thirst
No radar lock on, skin and bone
The bomber boys are going home

[Chorus: x2]
Climb into the sky never wonder why, tailgunner
You're a tailgunner

Nail that fucker kill that son.
Gonna blow your guts out with my gun
The weather forecast's good for war
Cologne and Frankfurt? Have some more|
Tail end Charlie in the boiling sky
The Enola Gay was my last try
Now that this Tailgunner's gone
No more bombers (just one big bomb)

[Chorus]


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"Tailgunner" as written by Stephen Percy Harris Bruce Dickinson

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    General CommentThis song appears to be about the fire bombing raids on German cities but is in fact about the band coming out about being gay.

    "Trace your way back 50 years
    To the glow of Dresden - blood and tears"

    Dresden is considered the birthplace of the gay movement in mainland Europe. The glow of Dresden was the light of Nazi power eradicating gays along with other minorities and of course resulting in blood and tears.

    "In the black above by the cruel searchlight
    Men will die and men will fight - yeah"

    The black represents the emptiness and lack of acceptance in common society being gay. The cruel searchlight is society and it's prejudice.

    "Who shot who and who fired first?
    Dripping death to whet the bloodthirst"

    The dripping death represents the HIV infected semen dripping from an anus. The AIDS epidemic was blamed on homosexuals.
    The who fired first line refers to the ludicrous rumours about who had sex with a monkey first.

    "No radar lock on - skin and bone
    The bomber boys are going home"

    Only in the dark unlit room, away from societies eyes could the gay man get down to skin and bone.
    The bomber boys are the gay community. They are going home to Germany after the war now that the fascists no longer hold power.

    "Climb into the sky never wonder why - Tailgunner
    You're a Tailgunner"

    This one is self explanatory and Maiden answer the question of whether being gay is a choice. Bruce Dickenson says no with the line "never wonder why". Climbing into the sky represents the joy in homosexual sex.
    Tailgunner is a mantra and acceptance of being homosexual. Tailgunner is a common term for a gay man.

    "Nail that fokker kill that son.
    Gonna blow your guts out with my gun"

    This is a line written from the point of view of the bigot. The meaning being that gay men can't control themselves and will nail other men at the first chance they get. Even so far as having sex with young boys and killing them with AIDS.
    The second line is rather graphic and depicts a gay man ejaculating semen deep inside his partner and thus "blowing his guts out with my gun".

    "The weather forecast's good for war
    Cologne and Frankfurt? Have some more"

    Tha gay man always wears nice smelling Cologne and is always eager for more Frankfurt (read: wiener).

    "Tail end Charlie in the boiling sky
    The Enola Gay was my last try"

    Tail end Charlie is another name for the gay man.
    The Enola Gay was also the name of a famous Transvestite from Dresden who had a cult following in the late 70's.

    "Now that this Tailgunner's gone
    No more bombers (just one big bomb)"

    The gay man has succumbed to the AIDS virus and there is only one big bomb left. This bomb is AIDS.
    DarkenRahlon August 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSure it's about World War II
    Enola Gay - plane from which was dropped "one big bomb" on Hirosima (or was it Nagasaki?)
    Mankijson November 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentboth...
    snowdogon April 30, 2005   Link
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    General Commentoh, sorry, this isn't right: enola gay dropped only the first atomic bomb, called little boy, on hiroshima
    snowdogon June 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentA Tailgunner was a WWII bomber crewman who armed the anti-aircraft .50 cal machineguns in the tail-end of the plane. Dresden, Cologne, and Frankfurt were 3 German cities which were heavily bombed during WWII. And the reference to the Enola Gay is about the introduction of atomic warfare and the end for the need of bombers and "Tailgunners" in war.
    prax22aon September 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentPS-A "Fokker" was the nickname for a German fighter plane produced by the Fokkwolfe company during WWII. No miss-spelling, just a bad pun.
    prax22aon September 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song appears to be about the fire bombing raids on German cities but is in fact about the band coming out about being gay.

    "Trace your way back 50 years
    To the glow of Dresden - blood and tears"

    Dresden is considered the birthplace of the gay movement in mainland Europe. The glow of Dresden was the light of Nazi power eradicating gays along with other minorities and of course resulting in blood and tears.

    "In the black above by the cruel searchlight
    Men will die and men will fight - yeah"

    The black represents the emptiness and lack of acceptance in common society being gay. The cruel searchlight is society and it's prejudice.

    "Who shot who and who fired first?
    Dripping death to whet the bloodthirst"

    The dripping death represents the HIV infected semen dripping from an anus. The AIDS epidemic was blamed on homosexuals.
    The who fired first line refers to the ludicrous rumours about who had sex with a monkey first.

    "No radar lock on - skin and bone
    The bomber boys are going home"

    Only in the dark unlit room, away from societies eyes could the gay man get down to skin and bone.
    The bomber boys are the gay community. They are going home to Germany after the war now that the fascists no longer hold power.

    "Climb into the sky never wonder why - Tailgunner
    You're a Tailgunner"

    This one is self explanatory and Maiden answer the question of whether being gay is a choice. Bruce Dickenson says no with the line "never wonder why". Climbing into the sky represents the joy in homosexual sex.
    Tailgunner is a mantra and acceptance of being homosexual. Tailgunner is a common term for a gay man.

    "Nail that fokker kill that son.
    Gonna blow your guts out with my gun"

    This is a line written from the point of view of the bigot. The meaning being that gay men can't control themselves and will nail other men at the first chance they get. Even so far as having sex with young boys and killing them with AIDS.
    The second line is rather graphic and depicts a gay man ejaculating semen deep inside his partner and thus "blowing his guts out with my gun".

    "The weather forecast's good for war
    Cologne and Frankfurt? Have some more"

    Tha gay man always wears nice smelling Cologne and is always eager for more Frankfurt (read: wiener).

    "Tail end Charlie in the boiling sky
    The Enola Gay was my last try"

    Tail end Charlie is another name for the gay man.
    The Enola Gay was also the name of a famous Transvestite from Dresden who had a cult following in the late 70's.

    "Now that this Tailgunner's gone
    No more bombers (just one big bomb)"

    The gay man has succumbed to the AIDS virus and there is only one big bomb left. This bomb is AIDS.
    DarkenRahlon August 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWow... DarkenRahl sure nows a lot about that subject... Could it be because he is gay too?
    Metalmaidenon August 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOh... and Iron maiden is not gay. Nickos married, and I think the others have girlfriends. You're just hating on a band that you obviously don't like, or are extremely biased, or even gay yourself and fatasize about Bruce and Steve.

    UP THE IRONS!!!
    Metalmaidenon August 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhy do you think Maiden had long hair and wore tights? It made it easier to pretend it was a woman from behind.

    It's ok to repress feelings. You enjoy watching Iron Maiden live because the music is so good, not because you are surrounded by hairy, sweaty men in an anonymous crowd where if you accidently touch someones weiner they won't know. They also won't know that the hard bulge in your pants is for them and not the music because they feel the same...
    DarkenRahlon September 22, 2006   Link

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