"Out of the Shadows" as written by Bruce Dickinson and Stephen Percy Harris....
Hold a halo round the world
Golden is the day
Princes of the Universe,
Your burden is the way
So there is no better time,
Who will be born today
A gypsy child at the day break
A King for a day

[Chorus:]
Out of the Shadow and into the sun
Dreams of the past as the old ways are done
Oh there is beauty and surely there is pain
But we must endure it to live again

Dusty dreams in fading daylight
Flicker on the walls
Nothing new your life's adrift
What purpose to it all?
Eyes are closed and death is calling
Reaching out its hand
Call upon the starlight to surround you

Out of the Shadow and into the sun
Dreams of the past as the old ways are done
Oh there is beauty and surely there is pain
But we must endure it to live again

[Chorus x3]

A man who casts no shadow has no soul


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"Out of the Shadows" as written by Stephen Percy Harris Bruce Dickinson

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    General CommentWell, in context with the rest of the album being in some form or way related to war, I would take it to be how much pain, suffering, and misery there is in the world (princes of the Universe, your burden is the way), but despite this there is still beauty and hope as well (out of the shadow and into the sun representing that it is still possible to escape the misery that engulfs the world). But thats just me and I'm strange.
    Rebbal Aceon April 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentEveryone can have a different interpretation, that's what a song is for. Even if the artist wrote itmwith one meaning in mind, everyones opinion and individual feeling about a song is what makes it special.

    I partly agree with the majority. Birth and rebirth. I think the first part of the song shows a person being born, everything being white and clean. He is the king for a day and nothing can harm him.

    Next the chorus tells us how this person enters a whole new, different world than before. He sees the war and hate and pain.
    He "dreams of the past" longing to be young and free of hate and worry again.

    Next our person lives in this world of constant rush and hate, nothing changes, nothing makes any greater difference, what's the point? The inspiring dreams he had are flickering away as he grows older. Death seems so comforting now, away from this pointless life, but he pulled though it, a good person in the end, sure he has his shadows, but no man is perfect.

    Then comes the chorus; the man is once more leaving this world and entering a new one. Maybe heaven, maybe another life all in itself. I'd think heaven because no one really wants to endure this life only to be born again.

    I absolutely love this song, every part of it is perfect, from the vocals to the amazing solos. I'm surprised there are so few comments.
    Hypocriticalon November 22, 2014   Link
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    General Commentno comments yet?

    this is maiden for gods sake!

    very nice song

    bruce sounds very nice with the low notes,sadly though i hate to say that hes singing out of his range,its all the producers fault actually,bring back martin berch!
    mrifai91on September 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentgreat song, infact the whole album is awesome. according to Mr Dickinson, the song is about birth. ie when you are born you are king for a day.
    skalra63on September 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSkalra is correct on the meaning.
    Beautiful song, beautiful album!
    Communist_Redon September 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentamazing
    Nameless123on October 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNot only birth... rebirth! We must endure to live again.
    Death is calling because we are dying the moment we are conceived.
    shokkon October 16, 2006   Link
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    General Comment^I agree with Shokk. I'd also add that the song takes a very Buddhist approach to life; not only in re-incarnation, but the general idea of suffering. I think that may be what the last verse signifies: "A man who casts no shadow has no soul" == A man who does not suffer within his life hasn't really lived life.


    Coincidentally, does anyone know Bruce Dickinson's or the other band members' official stance on re-incarnation? References to it also pop up in "Infinite Dreams" and "Hallowed Be Thy Name".
    Swift Go Lightlyon December 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI must agree with Swiftgolightly everyone has to suffer in lifet happens to everyone and once it does it makes you stronger. I had jus got this album for x-mas and it rox my sox! So rad!
    heaven-shall-burnon January 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorites off of the new album. Lyrically, I like to believe that it's about reincarnation in a deeper sense. Now I know this goes a bit beyond that of my spiritual beliefs but I believe it's saying that to evolve, we must endure pain and out of that comes change (beauty). That's what I got from it. Feel free to debate/critique/flame.. whatever. :)
    Lateralus518on February 11, 2007   Link

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