"The Nomad" as written by Stephen Percy Harris and David Michael Murray....
Like a mirage riding on the desert sand
Like a vision floating with the desert winds
Know the secret of the ancient desert lands
Your are the keeper of the mystery in your hands

Nomad, rider of the ancient east
Nomad, rider that men know the least
Nomad, where you come from no one knows
Nomad, where you go to no one tells

Undercover of the veil of your disguise
The men that fear you are the ones that you despise
No one's certain what you future will behold
You're a legend you own story will be told

Nomad, rider of the ancient east
Nomad, rider that men know the least
Nomad, where you come from no one knows
Nomad, where you go to no one tells

No one dares to even look or glance your way
Your reputation goes before you they all say
Like a spirit that can disappear at will
Many claim of things but no one's seen you kill

Nomad, you're the rider so mysterious
Nomad, you're the spirit that men fear in us
Nomad, you're the rider of the desert sands
No man's ever understood your genius

Those who see you in horizon desert sun
Those who fear your reputation hide or run
You send before you a mystique that's all your own
Your silhouette is like a statue carved in stone

Nomad, you're the rider so mysterious
Nomad, you're the spirit that men fear in us
Nomad, you're the rider of the desert sands
No man ever understood your genius

Legend has it that you speak an ancient tongue
But no one's spoke to you and lived to tell the tale
Some may say that you have killed a hundred men
Others say that you have died and live again

Nomad, you're the rider so mysterious
Nomad, you're the spirit that men fear in us
Nomad, you're the rider of the desert sands
No man ever understood your genius


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"The Nomad" as written by Stephen Percy Harris David Michael Murray

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    General CommentThe Brave New World CD is written all about the book with the same title by Aldous Huxley. This song portrays the way the people of the new world see John the Savage, as someone to be feared and someone that they know little about. He is fascinating, but at the same time, he is everything that they fear.
    RainbowDemonon January 27, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis is one of my favorite maiden songs.
    its way to underrated
    SisterFister6905on June 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentPretty danm good song. You just cant go wrong with Maiden can you. All of their songs are good. This song is about a nomad who everyone fears. Quite good lyrics, and the music is very Powerslave.
    IronBlackZeppon April 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI believe this song speaks of the mysteries inside of us that no one has ever comprehended, the wandering of our spirits, a nomad. In a sense we are all wandering from place to place, living our lives. Can anyone really understand the ancient tongues that we all speak inside of us?
    DVDAon March 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis has to be the top 5 maiden songs along with sign on the cross, Phantom, Rime, and Powerslave. As for the instrumental, it's only rivaled by Powerslave. Words cannot describe the beauty of this song. It brings you into a desert. This is the most underrated song by Maiden so far. This song is a reminder of how awesome Maiden is. I read somewhere that the instrumental was borrowed from a song from a band called Beckett. I don't know but either way I know this song is better.

    As for the meaning, I think it's more than just about a mysterious nomad. Well maybe not because the lyrics are pretty simple but Steve Harris is my god and a genious and the best songwriter out there!
    The Matterhornon June 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah right, "they borrowed instrumental from some blizzy flizzy Beckett", yeah of course it is, yeah... Listen man, do a favor to the world - go jump through window
    Vlachegon October 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"The Brave New World CD is written all about the book with the same title by Aldous Huxley."

    You sure "Out of the Silent Planet" isn't about.."Out of the Silent Planet"? "The Wicker Man" about "The Wicker Man"? etc
    ARedSlimeon July 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWicker Man is about the film, Brave New World is about the book, Out of the Silent Planet, however is NOT about the book. It's actually about the 1956 film: The Forbidden Planet.
    Atno000on September 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is what i love about maiden, in this case the music gives you the sensation that you are really in a desert, the same with powerslave in which you feel you are in Egypt
    Trooper132on July 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIMO this song is underrated, well i don't think that it has a deeper meaning than what is shown because the descriptions are precise "you're the rider of the desert sands"
    But what struck me most about this song is the second solo, very few instrumentalists can combine a quiet and powerful effect on a solo AND match the theme of the song (which is more "heavy"), i heard something close to that in Master Of Puppets, but the way Iron Maiden make it is far more delicate
    paulhilanion January 23, 2011   Link

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