"El Dorado" as written by Stephen Percy Harris, Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Frederick Smith....
Gotta tell you a story
On a cold winter's night
You'll be sailin' for glory
Before you know what is right

So come over here now
I got a vision for you
It's my personal snake oil
It's just something I do

I'm the jester with no tears
And I'm playing on your fears
I'm a trickster smiling underneath this mask of love and death
The eternal lie I've told
About the pyramids of gold
I've got you hooked at every turn your money's left to burn

You'll be wanting a contract
You'll be waiting a while
I'd like to give you my contact
But that isn't my style

Well you only get one chance
And it's too good to miss
If I gave a lot to ya
Then I wouldn't exist

Greed, lust and angry pride
It's the same old, same old ride
The smoke and mirrors visions that you see are just like me
I'm a banker's face
With just a letter out of place
I know someone just like you knows someone just like me

El Dorado come and play
El Dorado step this way
Take a ticket for the ride
El Dorado streets of gold
See the ship is oversold
You've got one last chance to try

So gone is the glory
And gone is the gold
Well if you need a story
I've come, it has to be told

Well you can say I'm a devil
And I wouldn't say no
But out here on the dark side
Hey, on with the show

So now my tale is told
Big and bad and twice as bold
This ship of fools is sinking as the cracks begin to grow
There is no easy way
For an honest man today
Which is something you should think of as my lifeboat sails away

El Dorado come and play
El Dorado step this way
Take a ticket for the ride
El Dorado streets of gold
See the ship is oversold
You've got one last chance to try

El Dorado come and play
El Dorado step this way
Take a ticket for the ride
El Dorado streets of gold
See the ship is oversold
You've got one last chance to try


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"El Dorado" as written by Bruce Dickinson Adrian Frederick Smith

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  • +3
    General Commentits about the old pre/columbian myth of eldorado, the city made of gold, that many conquistadores looked for, also is related to old pirate stories like treasure island,where people were convinced to pay for a discovery trip to find a treasure but it turned out to be a scam at the end....hey its iron maiden and its heavy metal,so it relates to lots of things,youknowwhatImean
    ricardolon January 26, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't really have anything to say in the way of analysing the lyrics, but Bruce said:

    "It has a cynical lyric about the economic crap that's been happening. It seemed a bit like a perfect storm; people were borrowing money like crazy. I thought, 'This is really going to screw people up' and sure enough, we're all in deep doo-doo! And that's what El Dorado is about, it's about selling somebody the myth that 'The streets are paved with gold' and them asking, 'Where do I sign up?'."

    So, I guess that's what it's about.
    ellaellaellaon June 18, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis does seem to be about the economic crash and the greed that led to it. I have not been swept away by this song but I am still on the edge of my seat awaiting The Final Frontier.
    Kotuku33on June 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm gonna go out on a limb and say it's about El Dorado. . .
    Man, I can't wait for The Final Frontier! One of the tracks, again, bears the same name as a Bruce Dickinson song unfortunately. That's two for the people keeping tab. ;D

    Seeing Maiden June 19th, one day before my birthday.(:
    star tripperon June 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like this song. I'm not going to say that I love it, because Maiden has definitely had better songs, but it's not bad by any means. Instrumentally, it's all Maiden. I like how the lyrics flow with the song, not all of their songs seem to do well at that.

    My only issue with this song is Bruce's voice. He's not letting it out as much as normal; he seems to be holding back a lot, especially if you compare this song to one like "Out of the Shadows".
    4t0utl3m0nd3on June 09, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningDoes anyone think it's about religion (eternal lie etc...)???
    Xiastison June 09, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think it is about how people get trapped in get-rich-quick scams and end up with nothing. It's about greed and how people let themselves get fooled because of it.
    From wikipedia: "the name of El Dorado came to be used metaphorically of any place where wealth could be rapidly acquired".
    shinacoon June 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionGreat song! I'm seeing them on July 7th in Montreal, at the Bell Center. It's surely going to be such a gooood show!
    VoiceOfTheSoulon June 18, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBruce DOES sound amazing on this song. The amount of sneering "gotcha!" attitude he packs into these lyrics is unmatched by any Iron Maiden song yet. One of my own favorite songs to sing...considering I can actually reach its notes.
    Octavarium64on August 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionI'm not 100% sure on these corrections, but I think you got a few lyrics wrong.

    "We lost an envy pry", I hear "Greed, Lust, and Envy Pride" or "Green, Lust, and Envied Pride"
    And "See, the ship has almost sold" I think is "See the ship that's over sold"
    "It's my personal snake hole" is supposed to be "It's my personal snake oil"

    This one I'm really unsure of: "If you need a story, I'll come, it has to be told" I hear as "If you need a story how come it has to be told?"

    Vjrrdron September 01, 2010   Link

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