"Bring Your Daughter... to the Slaughter" as written by and Bruce Dickinson....
Honey its getting close to midnight, and all the myths are still in town
True love and lipstick on your linen, bite the pillow make no sound
If there's some living to be done before your life becomes your tomb
You'd better know that I'm the one, so unchain your back door invite me around

Bring your daughter, bring your daughter to the slaughter
Let her go, let her go, let her go
Bring your daughter, bring your daughter to the slaughter
Let her go, let her go, let her go
Let her go, yeah!
Honey its getting close to daybreak, the sun is creeping in the sky
No patent remedies for heartache, just empty words and humble pie
So get down on your knees honey, assume an attitude
You just pray that I'll be waiting cos you know I'm coming soon

Bring your daughter, bring your daughter to the slaughter
Let her go, let her go, let her go
Bring your daughter, bring your daughter to the slaughter
Let her go, let her go, let her go

So pick up your foolish pride, no going back
No where, no way, no place to hide

(2:24-Solo: Janick Gers)

Bring your daughter, bring your daughter
Bring your daughter, bring your daughter
Bring your daughter, bring your daughter to the slaughter
Bring your daughter, fetch your daughter
Bring your daughter, fetch your daughter
Bring your daughter, fetch your daughter to the slaughter

Bring your daughter, bring your daughter to the slaughter
Let her go, let her go, let her go
Bring your daughter, bring your daughter to the slaughter
Let her go, let her go, let her go


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"Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter" as written by Bruce Dickinson

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  • +4
    General CommentI think this song is actually about groupies. Anybody who's been to a Maiden show knows the crowds can get pretty physical. Basically I think it's about a girl going to a Maiden show as a way of rebellion.
    If I'm not mistaken, in 1990 the Riot Grrl movement of all girl rock bands was starting to take off. Maybe this could be a reference to that as well?
    In fact, there was a Riot Grrl band, The Gits, that referenced Iron Maiden in one of their songs, Slaughter of Bruce. Basically they wrote the song from Bruce's point of view when he was leaving Iron Maiden in 1993.
    weathergirl123on February 11, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think that the song is about the ancient Greek Agamemnon, who had to sacrifice his daughter, Iphinginia, to get a favourable wind so he could sail his army to Troy. His daughter was saved at the last minure by Athena with a stag in her place, but that didn't stop Agamemnon's wife, Clytemnestra, from killing him when he got back from Troy. Typical, survives 10 years war, and then gets killed by his own wife.
    I think this song actually was Christmas number 1, if you look on the inside of one of the covers of one of the albums, it say got to number one before Christmas and stayed there for 2 weeks, or something. But that muight just be my imagination.
    UpTheIronson April 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song went to number one as (sum would will say) a result of one of the pioneering "fixing" of a record makin it a hit, releasing it a couple weeks after christmas or sumthing where not many records are released
    hell it would of gone no 1. any way!!!!
    LET HER GO
    BeastWithinon August 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlol the videos great too
    b/w B-movie horror lol tis kool
    BeastWithinon September 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFunny how this is not a very popular Maiden song, yet it's one of if not the only to go the #1 on the charts (England chats, mind you). It's also on what many Maiden fans consider the weakest Bruce album, yet that one debuted rather high in england as well. Great song, though.
    EvilLawyeron March 22, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAs far as I understand, this song (written for A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child) was Bruce Dickinson's take on what the Nightmare movies were really about - adolescent fear of period pains. Seems strange, I know...
    Solinuson May 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDidn't this song win a razzie for worst song of the year. I think I read that somewhere, not sure why, cause it's pretty cool song.
    RobGarcinon May 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDidn't this song win a razzie for worst song of the year. I think I read that somewhere, not sure why, cause it's pretty cool song.
    RobGarcinon May 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentat least it was included on one of the Nightmare on Elm Street soundtracks...haven't seen more than a couple of 'em, but from what I could figure out they sucked. Cool song, although I prefer the Bruce solo version.
    katharoson June 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe only people who would put this up for worst song of the yar would be morons who are trying to get metal out of the charts. Oh, and it definately says on the inside of the No Prayer for the Dying sleeve that this got to number 1 on December 24th and stayed there for 2 weeks. That makes it Christmas number 1.
    UpTheIronson September 23, 2004   Link

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