"The Alchemist" as written by Stephen Percy Harris, Bruce Dickinson and Janick Gers....
Stranger than the comet as it streaks across the sky
Stranger than the truth I know before my open eyes
I have dealt in mysteries and trickery of light to entertain
Looked into the abyss, called it by its name

I have plundered time itself, put the world inside it
I'm the mysteries, day and night, divide it
A plague of wonders, on your knees beside me
Know the secrets, you shall not deride us

My dreams of empire from my frozen queen will come to pass
Know me, the Magus, I am Dr. Dee and this is my house
I am the master of the tides, I shame the mirror in my sight
What random music of the spheres across the years

Know this, I will return to this land
Rebuild where the ruins did stand
Chain up the demons set free
Strange alchemy

Gather round the aimless and the feckless and the lame
Hear the master summon up the spirits by their names
I curse you Edward Kelley, your betrayal for eternity is damned
Know you speak with demons, you cannot command

Even as I looked into the glass then I was blinded
Burning by the Mortlake shore, my house, my books inside it
You have taken up my wife and lain beside her
Now the black rain on my house, the timbers burning

My dreams of empire from my frozen queen will come to pass
Know me, the Magus, I am Dr. Dee and this was my house
I was the keeper of the books, I had the knowledge of the scrolls
But now through ignorance and fear, I cast a shadow through the years

Know this, I will return to this land
Rebuild where the ruins did stand
Chain up the demons set free
Strange alchemy

Know this, I will return to this land
Rebuild where the ruins did stand
Chain up the demons set free
Strange alchemy

Know this, I will return to this land
Rebuild where the ruins did stand
Restore the knowledge memory
Strange alchemy




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"The Alchemist" as written by Bruce Dickinson Stephen Percy Harris

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    General CommentThis song is about the english mathematician and, well, alchemist John Dee:

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…

    Reading this page from Wikipedia really explains all the lyrics, I guess. Much of them are anyway not grounded in reality, they talk in metaphores about many mystical things and amazing accomplishments (I have dealt in mysteries, looked into the abyss, I shame the mirror in my sight etc etc).

    However, the more specific parts of the lyrics refer to historical events; for example, Dee's companion, Edward Kelley, told him that an angel appeared and told him that the two should share their respective wives (hence all the anger against Kelley in the lyrics, and the reference to sleeping with his wife), and Dee had his house with a wonderful library by Mortlake, that one day burned down.

    Well, that's essentially it, lyrics about the life and works of John Dee with a lot of "magical" imaginery thrown in.
    TimeWeaveron August 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentExcellent song, one of my faves of the new album, very nostagic, good old maiden riffs as this song has elements of aces high , and man on the edge, a absolute necessity on any album.
    RichardHarriison September 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentTimeWeaver is spot on but one thing does confuse me

    "My dreams of empire for my frozen queen"

    I know dee was the first to advocate a brittish empire which did happen but frozen queen? Queen Elizabeth I went by many names but I don't get that one.
    EdSmithon November 30, 2010   Link
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    General CommentYou guys are right about the meaning. I can just see Bruce waving the Union Jack while playing this in concert.
    jpwiseguyon April 19, 2015   Link

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