"The Clansman" as written by and Stephen Percy Harris....
Wake alone in the hills
With the wind in your face
It feels good to be proud
And be free and a race
That is part of a clan
And to live on highlands
And the air that you breathe
So pure and so clean

When alone on the hills
With the wind in your hair
With a longing to feel
Just to be free

Is it right to believe
In the need to be free
It's a time when you die
And without asking why
Can't you see what they do
They are grinding us down
They are taking our land
That belongs to the clans

Not alone with a dream
Just want to be free
With a need to belong
I am a clansman
Freedom

It's a time wrought with fear
It's a land wrought with change

Ancestors could hear
What is happening now
They would turn in their graves
They would all be ashamed
That the land of the free
Has been written in chains
And I know what I want

When the timing is right
Then I'll take what is mine
I am the clansman

And I swear to defend
And we'll fight to the end
And I swear that I'll never
Be taken alive
And I know that we'll stand
And we'll fight for our land
And I swear that my bairns Will be born free

And I know what I want
When the timing is right
Then I'll take what I want
I am the clansman
Freedom

And I know what I want When the timing is right
Then I'll take what is mine I am the clansman

No, no we can't let them take anymore
No we can't let them take anymore
We've the land of the free
Freedom

Is it right to believe
In the need to be free
It's a time when you die
And without asking why
Can't you see what they do
They are grinding us down
They are taking our land
That belongs to the clans

Not alone with a dream
Just want to be free
With a need to belong
I am a clansman


And I know what I want
When the timing is right
Then I'll take what is mine
I am the clansman
Freedom


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"The Clansman" as written by Stephen Percy Harris

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  • +2
    General CommentThis song takes place in medieval Scotland, and it's about freedom. The fight for freedom for all generations to come. Definitely Blaze's best song while with Maiden. This song was my first true Iron Maiden love.
    RainbowDemonon January 28, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe Rock in Rio version is amazing, the FREEDOM chorus with the crowd is very inspiring
    Chard121on March 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is my personal favourite Iron Maiden track, and as Bruce said at the Rock in Rio concert ("A song for everybody out there. A song based in medieval Scotland, called The Clansman. The song is about Freedom. Should be something familiar to you all, but it sometimes is not.") the song is about Freedom.

    As well as supporting possibly one of the best solos in Maiden History!


    Up the Irons!
    lucky19on June 12, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIf it had been about the KKK, it would have been called "The Klansman." I think that interpretation is a bit of a stretch anyway.
    rock_hawkon June 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI totally agree with you lucky19, did you get your nickname from buffy?
    Shaharaon June 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNot only does the song mean freedom, but also been proud of yourself, your race, and your homeland. Its saying to be passionate and stand up for what you believe in.
    Metblokeon July 21, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMetbloke, I never thought of it that way before. Awesome. Excellent guitar and bass work, kick ass vocals (so much better when Bruce does it, not Blaze) and a great message/theme. Composition aside, it's really a good feeeling sitting in the car shouting "FREEDOM" at the top of your lungs as the song blasts and people are staring at you stupidly.
    EvilLawyeron March 22, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnd the award for the best idea of how to listen to this song goes to EvilLawyer. You've got it sussed m8!!!
    widgetoneon June 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentif you guys like this song you must listen to the clairvoyant such as good song. this song has some really got rifts makes you feel like standing up for who you are and what you beleive. second this cant be dickinson!! this is for sure diano you can tell by the voice
    Riley28on July 02, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think it's better when sung by dickinson, it's just different when Blaze sings it, rather than worse. The fact that Bruce sings it live also helps him a lot. Sorry about adding another clansman lyric, I thought that it had been left out (I didn't think to look under "T" for The Clansman) and so I was irate and wrote my own lyric. This is also my favourite song. I have a huge clansman flag and it's easily the best Eddie on it, I think.
    UpTheIronson April 28, 2004   Link

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