"The Pilgrim" as written by Janick Gers and Stephen Percy Harris....
The keys to death and hell
The ailing kingdom doomed to fail
The bonds of sin and heart will break
The pilgrims course will take

Quelling the devils might
And ready for eternal fight
Aching limbs and fainting soul
Holy battles take their toll

Liberty and hope divine
Changing the water into wine
So to you we bid farewell
Kingdom of heaven to hell

Spirit holy life eternal
Raise me up take me home
Pilgrim sunrise pagan sunset
Onward journey begun

To courage find and gracious will
Deliver good from ill
Clean the water clean our guilt
With us do what you will

Then will my judge appear
Bear no false angel that I hear
For only then I will confess
To my eternal hell

Now give us our holy sign
Changing the water into wine
So to you we bid farewell
Kingdom of heaven to hell

Spirit holy life eternal
Raise me up take me home
Pilgrim sunrise pagan sunset
Onward journey begun

Now give us our holy sign
Changing the water into wine
So to you we bid farewell
Kingdom of heaven to hell

Spirit holy life eternal
Raise me up take me home
Pilgrim sunrise pagan sunset
Onward journey begun


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"The Pilgrim" as written by Stephen Percy Harris Janick Gers

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    General CommentSonds like an internal battle between good and evil within the narrater. He tries to resist the evil, but over time he becomes to tired to fight and slowly begins to give in, thus forfieting his place in heaven for hell. Dunno, thats the best I can do at the moment.
    Rebbal Aceon September 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm never able to tell whether Iron Maiden are being sarcastic or trying to be genuine when talking about religion and occult stuff
    Ddaduttaon September 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commentits about the crusades
    skalra63on September 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentlol. i think metalmaiden is right here
    Bard40on September 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNow give us our holy sign
    Changing the water into wine
    So to you we bid farewell
    Kingdom of heaven to hell

    I think this was the pilgrims belief that the church of England was going to hell with corruption and such so they bid farewell and came to america
    Bard40on September 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentCool. I'm glad you analyzed that properly, it makes sense and is very plausible.
    Metalmaidenon October 01, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Spirit holy life eternal
    Raise me up take me home
    Pilgrim sunrise pagan sunset
    Onward journey begun"

    "Then will my judge appear
    Bear no false angel that I hear
    For only then I will confess
    To my eternal hell"

    Metalmaiden, you pompus ass, care to explaine these? I hate to critisize other peoples enterpretations, but your expression begs it. The crusade belief probaly arose from the second verse (however seemed to overlook the word eternal). Not to say your enterpretation is not plausable, however I still firmly retain my own, while knowing a hell of alot more about history than you.
    Rebbal Aceon October 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't like to criticize other people either, but frankly it doesn't matter whether you know more about history or not. Because Bruce himself says on the DVD that its about the mayflower.
    Bard40on October 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSry, I guess I realy do need to look into the background of things before I try to refute someone. That being so, could someone please explain the chorus, I still dont get the pagan and heaven to hell part. A 5, no crap, and I was proud of my 4, as for the history major part, same goes for me.
    Rebbal Aceon October 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWell cool. We have something in common, so now lets stop argument
    Metalmaidenon November 06, 2006   Link

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