"Brighter Than a Thousand Suns" as written by Bruce Dickinson, Stephen Percy Harris and Adrian Frederick Smith....
We are not the sons of God
We are not his chosen people now
We have crossed the path he trod
We will feel the pain of his beginning

Shadow fingers rise above
Iron fingers stab the desert sky
Oh behold the power of the Earth.
Are your children ready for the fall?

Locking hands together well
Raze a city, build a living hell
Join the race to suicide
Listen for the tolling of the bell

Out of the the universe, a strange light is born
Unholy union, trinity reformed

Yellow sun it's evil twin
in the black the winds deliver him
We will sleep to souls within
At a siege a nuclear gust is riven

Out of the the universe, a strange light is born
Unholy union, trinity reformed

Out of the darkness, brighter than a thousand suns
Out of the darkness, brighter than a thousand suns
Out of the darkness, brighter than a thousand suns
Out of the darkness, brighter than a thousand suns
Out of the darkness, brighter than a thousand suns
Out of the darkness, brighter than a thousand suns

Burying our morals and burying our dead
Burying our head in the sand
E equals MC squared, you can't relate
How we made God with our hands

Whatever would Robert have said to his God
About he made war with the Sun
E equals MC squared, you can't relate
How we made God with our hands

All nations are rising
Through acid bells of love and hate
Chain medals of Satan
Uncertainty led us all to this

All nations are raising
Through acid bells of love and hate
Confusion and Fury

This body carried em' down in vain
I was preaching of a small pray
In the bunker where we'll die
We're the executioners that lie

Bombers launched with no recall
Minute warning of the missile fall
Take a look at your last day
Guessing you won't have the time to cry

Out of the the universe, a strange light was born
Unholy union, trinity reformed

Out of the darkness
Out of the darkness
Out of the darkness, brighter than a thousands suns
Out of the darkness, brighter than a thousands suns
Out of the darkness, brighter than a thousands suns
Out of the darkness, brighter than a thousands suns
Out of the darkness, brighter than a thousands suns

Holy father we have sinned


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"Brighter Than a Thousand Suns" as written by Bruce Dickinson Adrian Frederick Smith

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  • +5
    General CommentThe above version of the lyrics contain errors as I have the sleeve insert right now in front of me. The song is about the progression and possible future of atomic weapons.

    "Iron fingers stab the sky...on it's tower, ready to fall" describes hundreds of early atomic weapons tests in which bombs were suspended on steel towers for above ground desert testing.

    E=MC^2 relates to direct energy-to-mass conversion formula made famous by Einstein obviously. However the lyrics mention a Robert instead. Robert Oppenheimer led the Manhattan Project.

    The part that segways into the future is the "cold fusion and fury" line. We have fission and fusion nuclear capabilities, but cold fusion is a debatable (even dubious) principle which has no scientific validity as of today.

    The last verse deals with "bombers launch with no recall" and the rest of that verse is pretty obvious what will happen in this grim prediction of the future.
    IronSpongeon September 13, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis section gives me the shivers

    Bombers launched with no recall
    Minute warning of the missile fall
    Take a look at your last day
    Guessing you won’t have the time to cry
    LordOfLighton April 28, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIroned Maidens: There is no Robert in the Bible. The name originated in proto-Germanic.

    "Robert" is most likely Julius Robert Oppenheimer, who headed the team who designed the first nuclear test and was greatly troubled by what he was doing.

    The title of the song comes from a line from the Bhagavad Gita that Oppenheimer said he recalled as he watched the Trinity explosion: "If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendour of the mighty one". He also quoted "Now I have become Death, the destroyer of worlds".

    Seems the concept of "playing god" with nuclear weapons is based on Oppenheimer's ideas.

    The "iron fingers" are not missiles, they are the steel pylons they built in the desert, both to hold the warhead (simulating an above-ground explosion), and to support the cameras and other instruments used.

    I think it's "raze [destroy] a city" not "raise a city", but if it is "raise" then I think it refers to the large-scaled mockups of cities that were built for later tests to see what the Bomb did to buildings. Some of these even had human-shaped dummies inside - really creepy.

    Also, might "We will feel the pain of his beginning" be about the vengeful old-testament God?
    BCMMon September 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentgreat song about the atomic bomb, great album aswell. 10/10
    Monkeywrench74on August 29, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Holy father we have sinned"

    Very much about how we will destroy ourselves with our own creations, with our own science, with our own synthetic gods.
    Rebbal Aceon September 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningBruce Dickinson said that this song likens the nuclear bomb to man trying to play God. There are actually a lot of double meanings in the lyrics of this song, such as "Trinity reformed". In Christianity, "Trinity" is a collective term refering to God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost, and it was also the name of the site where the first full scale nuclear weapons test was ever held in 1945.
    Genius, as always...
    weathergirl123on February 11, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThese lyrics are all wrong. I really wish people wouldn't post lyrics unless they have the lyrics sheet from a copy of the album.

    "Oh behold the power of the Earth
    Are your children ready for the fall"
    is
    "Oh behold the power of man
    On its tower, ready for the fall"

    "Locking hands together well
    Raze a city, build a living hell"
    is
    "Knocking hands together well
    Raise a city, build a living hell"

    "Out of the universe a strange light is born"
    is
    "Out of the universe a strange love is born"

    "Yellow sun it's evil twin
    In the black the winds deliver him
    We will sleep to souls within
    At a siege a nuclear gust is riven"
    is
    "Yellow sun its evil twin
    In the black the wings deliver him
    We will split our souls within
    Atom seed to nuclear dust is riven"

    "Burying our morals and burying our dead
    Burying our head in the sand
    E equals MC squared, you can't relate
    How we made God with our hands"
    is
    "Bury your morals and bury your dead
    Bury your head in the sand
    E=mc squared you can relate
    How we made God
    With our hands"

    "Whatever would Robert have said to his God
    About he made war with the sun
    E equals MC squared, you can't relate
    How we made God with our hands"
    is
    "Whatever would Robert have said to his God
    About how we made war with the sun
    E=mc squared you can relate
    How we made God
    With our hands"

    "All nations are rising
    Through acid bells of love and hate
    Chain medals of Satan
    Uncertainty led us all to this
    All nations are raising
    Through acid bells of love and hate
    Confusion and fury"
    is
    "All nations are rising,
    Through acid veils of love and hate
    Chain letters of Satan
    Uncertainty leads us all to this
    All nations are rising,
    Through acid veils of love and hate
    Cold fusion and fury"

    "This body carried 'em down in vain
    I was preaching of a small prey
    In the bunkers, where we'll die
    We're the executioners that lie"
    is
    "Divide and conquer while ye may
    Others preach and others fall and pray
    In the bunkers where we'll die
    There the executioners they lie"

    "Bombers launched with no recall
    Minute warning of the missile fall
    Take a look at your last day
    Guessing you won’t have the time to cry"
    is
    "Bombers launch with no recall
    Minutes warning of the missile fall
    Take a look at your last sky
    Guessing you won't have time to cry"

    How many mistakes can you make in one song's lyrics? Did you even listen to the song, let alone look at a copy of the album's booklet?
    ShoTheVipaon February 12, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBruce says it's about the Manhattan Experiment, and how mankind has become God, being able to destroy the entire world! Maiden is better than ever!!
    .ChildOfTheNight.on August 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHow dark the world has become and "God"'s divine punishment for it. I have a much better idea in my head to explain this, just can't quite articulate it.
    TakerRulezon September 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think that sponge is right; but what about the unholy trinity line- its to long ago for me to recall whether if that could be a referance to the reaction within nuclear fission. three atoms forcibly combined
    the painkilleron October 10, 2006   Link

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