"Journeyman" as written by and Bruce/smith Dickinson....
From the red sky of the east
To the sunset in the west
We have cheated death
And he has cheated us

But that was just a dream
And this is what it means
We are sleeping
And we'll dream for evermore

And the fragment remains of our memories
And the shadows remain with our hands
Deep gray, came to mourn
All the colors of the dawn
Will this journeyman's day be his last?

[Chorus:]
I know what I want
And I say what I want
And no one can take it away
I know what I want
And I say what I want
And no one can take it away

But the memory still remains
All the past years not so strange
Our winter times are like a silent shroud
And the heartbeat of the day
Drives the mist away
And winter's not the only dream around

In your life you may choose desolation
And the shadows you build with your hands
If you turn to the light
That is burning in the night
Then the journeyman's day has begun

[Repeat chorus, 5th verse, chorus]


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"Journeyman" as written by Adrian Smith Bruce Dickinson

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    General CommentSorry people, but i just found another possible meaning:

    From the red sky of the east
    To the sunset in the west
    We have cheated death
    And he has cheated us

    = First of all, this song is about a traveler. He made his journey always avoiding death, but he finds out that is impossible.

    But that was just a dream
    And this is what it means
    We are sleeping
    And we'll dream for evermore

    =He figure that he hasn't avoided death that much, and he thinks that everything is a dream.

    And the fragment remains of our memories
    And the shadows remain with our hands
    Deep grey, came to mourn
    All the colours of the dawn
    Will this journeyman's day be his last?

    =He think about his past and every bad things he has done. The "deeper grey" part is probably about a mist that hides the beauty of the morning, or, metaphorically, the good side of the people. He thinks that his journey will end.

    I know what I want
    And I say what I want
    And no one can take it away
    I know what I want
    And I say what I want
    And no one can take it away

    =He will continue his journey, no matter what.

    But the memory still remains
    All the past years not so stange
    Our winter times are
    like a silent shroud

    =All that the Journeyman had left behind is not so distant. Or he is speaking to someone that is part of his past, saying that he did not forgot.

    And the heartbeat of the day
    Drives the mist away
    And winter's not the
    only dream around

    =His past wasn't good, and is "fading like an old dream". Also, the mist makes it part again in this point.

    In your life you may choose desolation
    And the shadows you build with your hands
    If you turn to the light
    That is burning in the night
    Then the journeyman's day has begun

    =Now he's trying to convince the other person to free himself and search for a type of "illumination", and to become a journeyman too.

    Journeyman's day will never end
    TheJourneymanon June 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe first ever acoustic song by Iron Maiden, it's a heavy metal anthem, through and through. It's also my personal anthem. Fantastic song
    TheJoeInMeon May 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, a great song.
    6th_sadistic_sniperon November 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentMmm, and possibly the first ever song tributing the journeyman. Huzzah for apprentices.
    RainbowDemonon January 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan't beleive there not more comment about SUCH a song.

    Strangely the first time I heard it I was reading about the game planescape and the song's been linked to the game ever since.
    TheEyeIsBlindon August 29, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGREAT SONG
    Ddaduttaon October 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis is a really good song ... anywayz iron maiden rock !!
    marlynaon February 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commentbruce said somewhere that this song is about being a musician.. not typical of iron maiden, but none the less, it's good that they did at least one acoustic track!
    flaminmofoon April 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAgree, this song is my anthem. It is so me I don't know how they came up with such a song.
    Smellyfeeton June 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think the meaning behind this song is that you should look to and face your future with courage and build upon the memories of your past. Bruce did say that this is a song about being a musician but I suppose you could apply it to anything in life.
    It's a superb song and sounds great live.
    The intro reminds me a little of 'Dust in the Wind' by Kansas.
    BoneWeaponon August 11, 2006   Link

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