"Electric Eye" as written by and Glenn Raymond/halford Tipton....
Up here in space
I'm looking down on you
My lasers trace
Everything you do

You think you've private lives
Think nothing of the kind
There is no true escape
I'm watching all the time

I'm made of metal
My circuits gleam
I am perpetual
I keep the country clean

I'm elected electric spy
I'm protected electric eye

Always in focus
You can't feel my stare
I zoom into you
You don't know I'm there

I take a pride in probing all your secret moves
My tearless retina takes pictures that can prove

I'm made of metal
My circuits gleam
I am perpetual
I keep the country clean

Electric eye, in the sky
Feel my stare, always there
There's nothing you can do about it
Develop and expose
I feed upon your every thought
And so my power grows

I'm made of metal
My circuits gleam
I am perpetual
I keep the country clean

Protected. Detective. Electric eye


Lyrics submitted by Mokushi

"Electric Eye" as written by Kenneth Downing Glenn Raymond Tipton

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  • +7
    My InterpretationI must respectfully disagree with those who think that these lyrics directly reference "1984". Perhaps Priest had George Orwell's classic in the back of their minds when they penned these words, but it seems more likely that they were referencing the growing sophistication of spy satellites and their use in suppressing socio-political dissent when this was written way back in 1982.

    This song is amazingly prophetic when you consider how every one of us are under a great deal more surveillance today than we were thirty years ago. They can keep an eye on us with satellites when we're on the street and via software and security cameras when we step inside.

    Plus, "Electric Eye" just rocks hard, period.
    ThreeSongRuleon May 13, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General CommentHere, Rob Halford sings from two points of view in two different tones: One as the hunter, one as the hunted- man and the satellites observing his every move.
    Dreamer Deceiveron December 09, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think it has a "Big Brother" feel to it, where your every move is being monitored and Big Brother is always watching you.
    TheSeventhOneon July 27, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentObama's and NSA's song
    GabrielCCCPon November 05, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General Commentits obvious. songs about satellites and how the government is spying on us and how we cant get away with anything anymore!
    Mettal_Rules18on February 01, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song was definitely influenced by the book 1984 by George Orwell.
    KillaEddehon November 21, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is awesome
    they opened with it
    last year at ozzfest
    judas priest kick ass
    i wish d been here twenty years ago to see them when they were younger
    ULlilLadyon February 24, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song like you guys have said defiantly has to do with big brother, i get the feeling of the book 1984 and brave new world from this song because of, "You think you’ve private lives"
    "I take a pride in probing all your secret moves
    My tearless retina takes pictures that can prove"
    King_Chaoson May 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song rules, i think it's about the downside to security surveilance, how it takes away our privacy, even though it prevents crime ("keeps the country clean")
    mattxq86on April 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust wondering Dreamer Decieve whats the point of view from the hunted...?
    shaun050on February 11, 2006   Link

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