"Coming Home" as written by Stephen Percy Harris, Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Frederick Smith....
When I stand before you shining in the early morning sun
When I feel the engines roar and I think of what we've done
Oh the bittersweet reflection as we kiss the earth goodbye
As the waves and echoes of the towns become the ghosts of time

Over borders that divide the earthbound tribes
No creed and no religion just a hundred winged souls
We will ride this thunderbird, silver shadows on the earth
A thousand leagues away, our land of birth

To Albion's land
Coming home when I see the runway lights
In the misty dawn the night is fading fast
Coming home, far away as their vapor trails align
Where I've been tonight, you know I will not stay

Curving on the edge of daylight 'til it slips into the void
Waited in the long night, dreaming 'til the sun is born again
Stretched the fingers of my hand, covered countries with my span
Just a lonely satellite, speck of dust and cosmic sand

Over borders that divide the earthbound tribes
Through the dark Atlantic; over mariners stormy graves
We will ride this thunderbird, silver shadows on the earth
A thousand leagues away, our land of birth

To Albion's land
Coming home when I see the runway lights
In the misty dawn the night is fading fast
Coming home, far away as their vapor trails align
Where I've been tonight, you know I will not stay

To Albion's land
Coming home when I see the runway lights
In the misty dawn the night is fading fast
Coming home, far away as their vapor trails align
Where I've been tonight, you know I will not stay
Coming home, far away when I see the runway lights
In the misty dawn the night is fading fast
Coming home, far away as their vapor trails align
Where I've been tonight, you know I will not stay


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"Coming Home" as written by Constantin Vadim James Richard Newman

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    My InterpretationBruce Dickinson wrote beautifully pictorial lyrics about landing his aircraft after a long journey through the air, which could be interpreted also as the end of life or retirement - going along with the dual themes of The Final Frontier.

    Something that caught my attention was the pre-chorus. The two separate pre-choruses are about the things that can divide humans: religion and country of origin. Though on earth there may be racial and religious tensions, no belief system or place of birth can divide this team of brothers.

    Unless Bruce is taking pot-shots at Christianity with his lyrics for this album (unlikely, even on Starblind), this is likely the correct interpretation. Feel free to continue this point, though.
    Octavarium64on August 19, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThats spot on Octavarium(one of my favorite DT albums btw :) )
    Although I would disagree with the retirement, because despite what everyone is saying, I don't think this is Maidens last album. I bet they'll continue to make music until they die haha

    But yeah, as Octavarium said, this song is simply about Bruce flying his plane and the chorus is about him landing it. Simple enough and still an awesome song!
    Vbdudeon August 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentMy favourite off the new record. So beautiful. A nice little love child of Omega from Bruce's solo record Accident of Birth and Out of the Shadows of AMOLAD. He sings with such conviction and a beautiful solo toward the end just makes the song that much better.

    The theme of the record seems to be journeys in general, not Maiden's retirement (although WTWWB scared me as it sounded a tad like a swan song). Coming Home is just about flying home to Britain (Albion's land) and the feeling behind the wheel of a Boeing 757. I just love that lyric:
    "Stretched the fingers of my hand, covered countries with my span
    Just a lonely satellite, speck of dust and cosmic sand"

    Chills.
    star tripperon August 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first heard this song I instantly thought back to a book that I'm currently reading called Tail End Charlie which is about the RAF and USAAF bomber crews. I know that the RAF bombers flew at night and the chorus made me think of the many pilots who were cold, scared and tired seeing the very welcome sight of their home airfield and landing their damaged Lancaster, Halifax or Sterling.

    As a pilot myself I could listen to this song over and over again, just listening to it makes me think of my cross country solo, flying several hours in the summer sun, coming home to the small grass aerodrome and drinking an ice cold glass of lager in the garden at home afterwards.

    Octavarium, my first thoughts were the ones I've wrote above but I reckon that you are probably right, the landing after the long journey is probably the end of the Somewhere Back In Time tour.
    I'm a bit disappointed with myself that I didn't consider the song being about Bruce Dickinson flying the plane until I came here and saw your post.
    I don't think Iron Maiden will retire, look at bands like the Rolling Stones, The Who (yes I know there is only two original members) and AC/DC, performing is in their blood, muscle and in their bones, bands like that don't retire.
    Spitfire1984on September 04, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthis song is one of the greatest Iron Maiden songs, the instrumental, the solo, the vocal, man that guy's really still got it! all the band has progressed and overpassed themselves! but what most struck me is the lyrics!! it really makes you live the moment! IMO that this song talks about the theme of it's album (leaving earth and to the cosmos), that we are ruining the earth with wars, global warming, you name it.."and i think of what we've done" and naturely the peaple are looking to another planet to find life or a new habitat, i think this is the new "home", so the "astronaut" describes us his journey to "albion's land"
    paulhilanion January 23, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningBruce also said when he introduced this song in manchester on the 28th of july that its about there somwhere back in time world tour, about the flying experience ect and that at the end of tours there always "coming home" playing in the uk last
    cenduilon August 13, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song always makes me think of the feeling i get when i arrive home from my travels. Bruce says it so perfectly at the end of the chorus "Where i've been tonight, you know i will not stay"... Albion is a reference to England. Also his love for England comes through when he talks of the misty dawn. No country on earth has that continuios fog thing you get in London. Songs like this goes best when you miss home. Just you, your ipod, and the quietness of night. Man, i love this band.
    africaboyon December 14, 2011   Link

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