"Isle of Avalon" as written by Stephen Percy Harris and Adrian Frederick Smith....
I can hear them floating on the wind
Immortal souls their weeping saddens me
Mother Earth you know your time is near
Awaken lust the seed is sown and reaped

Through the western isle I hear the dead awaken
Rising slowly to the call of Avalon
The cauldron of the head of Annwyn laced with envy
Dark around its edge with pearl and destiny

All my days I've waited for the sign
The one that brings me closer to the isle of Avalon
I can feel the power flowing through my veins
My heart is beating louder, close to Avalon

I can hear you, can you hear me?
I can feel you, can't you feel me?
Fertility Mother Goddess
Celebration, sow the seeds of the born
The fruit of her body laden
Through the corn doll
You will pray for them all

The image of Mother Goddess
Lying dormant, in the eyes of the dead
The sheaf of the corn is broken
End the harvest
Throw the dead on the pyre

I hear her crying, the tears of an angel
The voices I hear in my head
Blessed the fruits are the corn of the earth
Mother Earth holy blood of the dead

Mother Earth I can hear you
Sacrifice, now united

Rising levels of the tidal lakes protect them
Keepers of the Goddess in the underworld
Holding powers of the Mystics, deep inside them
Nineteen maidens, guardians of the other world
Mortal conflict born of Celtic legend
That apart from seven, none returned from Avalon

Mother Earth I can feel you
My rebirth now completed

Fertility mother goddess
Celebration, sow the seeds of the born
The fruits of her body laden
Through the corn doll
You will pray for them all
The image of Mother Goddess
Lying dormant, in the eyes of the dead
The sheaf of the corn is broken
End the harvest, throw the dead on the pyre

To have the belief of others
Looking for the isle to
Show them a sign
Fertility of all mothers
Stood in silence
Waiting now for their turn

The gateway to Avalon
The island where the souls
Of dead are reborn
Brought here to die and be
Transferred into the earth
And then for rebirth

I hear her crying the tears of an angel
The voices I hear in my head
Blessed the fruits are
The corn of the earth
Mother Earth holy blood
Of the dead

The water in rivers and rhymes
Rises quickly
Are flowing and flooding the land
The sea shall return once again
Just to hide them
Lost souls on the isle of the dead.


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"Isle of Avalon" as written by Stephen Percy Harris Adrian Frederick Smith

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    Song MeaningWhat I deduce from wiki is that the Isle of Avalon is where King Arthur was taken to be recovered from the battle of Camlann and ultimately buried there.

    'Brought here to die and be transferred into the earth and then for rebirth'

    Why this strongly refers to King Arthur is because of the legend that Arthur was believed to have never died, instead, just retreated to safe haven to return/reborn again.

    About the celtic legend and none but seven returned from avalon, the reference is to the famous poem 'The Spoils of Annwn': igerne.tripod.com/…

    An interpretation of this poem is given here : timelessmyths.com/celtic/…

    In short, "Arthur and his band of warriors tried to steal a magic cauldron, by raiding the otherworld, which in the Welsh literature, it was called Annwfn. They raided several otherworldly fortress, but the expedition was failure. Arthur lost all but six of his men. "

    The magic cauldron described here is also believed to be the predecessor of the Holy Grail.
    tahersbon December 24, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI cant believe this song has only one song!It is one of the very best of this album!

    To me,it seems to say that our planet is protected by already dead people...
    armagezonon September 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentClearly rooted into the celtic and english folklore about Avalon, but I am not so knowledgeable in the matter to give a specific explanation for the lyrics.

    From what I found out googling here and there, Annywn is the term for the otherworld, and the goddess referred in the lyrics may be Brigid, since there are 19 virgins, labeled "Daughters of the flame", tending to the monument made in her honour.
    TimeWeaveron August 22, 2010   Link
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    General Commenttahersb's post is spot on. It's amazing Iron Maiden 30+ years into their career still pump out songs this beautiful and imaginative.
    Mastodonkeyon November 06, 2014   Link

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