"The Talisman" as written by Janick Gers and Stephen Percy Harris....
When I stand and look
About the port
And contemplate my life, will I
Ever see my countrymen again?
As the captain calls us on the deck
I take my things and walk
To the harbourside, I glance back
One last time.

Fleeing our nation, our problems
We leave behind.
Ships by the tenfold sail
Out on the tide.
We are pleased to be out and
Embracing the open sea.
Free from our troubles
And more free from thee.

Inheritors unfulfilled reason
Behind us.
We flee from what is not what
Is will be.
We flee the earth and face our
Harsh reality.
Will death be low mist that
Hangs on the sea?

We run from evil tongues, rash
Judgements, selfish men.
Never to be seen on these
Shores again.

As we sail into oceansize
And lose sight of land
A face of contentment
Around in the air.
We're off now to
Seek all our fortunes.
To the land of our dreams.

Riding the waves and the storm
Is upon us.
The winds lash the sails but
The ropes keep them tight.
Off in the distance a dark cloud
Approaching.
None could imagine what there
Was to come.
No, there's no one going back.
No, there's not a second chance.
As we strap onto the side
We pray to God that we don't die.

As we ride the rough seas,
As we soak from the ocean waves,
I just hope for all our lives
And pray that I survive.

Four ships are lost in the
Stormy conditions.

The spirits of the sunken crews,
Their phantoms follow us.

Spirits, sails, they drive us on
Through the all-consuming waves.
Cold mortality, no weapon
Against these ever raging seas.

Four leagues and ten and we
Hit storms again.
We just can't get away from
The eye of the storm.

The birds outsoar the raging storm
But we cannot escape it.
Abandoned earth that we
Now crave
Is many leagues from safe.

Holding on for our dear lives
And we're praying once again.
Rotten luck or just Jonahed?
The talisman is in my hand.

Limbs fatigued, trembling with cold.
Blinded from the sea spray salt.
Clasping anything we can hold.
Heaven's rain upon us falls.

Twenty days without a meal
And ten without fresh water still.
Those that didn't die in storms
The scurvy rest did slaughter.

Westward the tide.
Westward we sail on.
Westward the tide.
Sail by the talisman.

We approach the other side
Of the ocean with the tide
In our favour just for once.
Welcome greeting, our new land.
The elation in our hearts,
The excitement in our veins
As we sail towards the coastline
Of our golden promised land.

Weary limbs fatigued away.
I have no life left in me.
No more strength and nothing
Left to give.
Must find the will to live.

Never thought that we could
Make it.
Truly sight of shores divine.
The sickness I am dying from.
Never wanted it to end this way.

Westward the tide.
Westward we sail on.
Westward the tide.
Sail by the talisman.

Westward the tide.
Westward we sail on.
Westward the tide.
Sail by the talisman.


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"The Talisman" as written by Stephen Percy Harris Janick Gers

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  • +3
    General CommentIron Maiden is a band which is born once in a blue moon. I get inspired by their songs. Most of people around me hate maiden...but i don give a damn Fuck to them. Talisman is a gr8 song ...listening to it i feel nostalgic ...The Final Frontier is a mix of themes from War, Space, Life and Love.
    Talisman tells of a journey Through ones life analogus to sailing across Seas. We start our life rather comfortably and as we grow up...the sea turns rough and 'when the wild wind blows' we have to rely on our Talisman that is our instinct and our beliefs....these things can get us out of tricky situations in life.
    Up the Irons!!
    IronRSKmaideNon October 06, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThose that didn't die in storms
    The scurvy rest did slaughter.

    i'm sorry i guess i'm not that good at english. does that sentence exactly means those survived the storm slaughtered (and maybe ate after 20 days of hunger?) the scurvy (sick) rest, or defining those people's death as a slaughter?
    redbullahon July 13, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFreaking beautiful song. One of the best from the record.

    I'll post what I think it's about in a bit. ;)

    [Man the other lyrics that I submitted are still awaiting approval.]
    star tripperon August 15, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI haven't really thought about what this is about, its a great song. By the way, this part:
    "No, there's noone going back
    No, there's not a second chance
    As we strap onto side
    We pray to God that we won't die"

    ...is wrong.

    It should be: "As we strap onto the side"
    Vbdudeon August 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is absolutely amazing. It's up there with the very best Maiden tracks. And just listen to Brucie's wails - hasn't lost one bit of energy! I love that riff after he sings 'Sail by the talisman' - it just sounds like epic journey music. Perfect!

    Theme-wise, the most prominent one in the album concerns journeying away from home, homesickness etc. The journeys usually involve searching for fame/fortune etc, as in El Dorado. This one's similar to Ghost of the Navigator, but with the homesickness element.

    Up the Irons!
    gillytine777on August 21, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt sort of reminds me of the Ancient Mariner with the whole 'ship in a storm' vibe.
    deathbeans9on September 05, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionI reckon this song could be somehow linked to "The Pilgrim".
    edthehead96on September 12, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningYeah, it's mostly about a journey across the sea. And one thing I noticed is that the music picks up and becomes a lot faster when the currents become a lot more dangerous in the story.

    But this may just be me, but I feel that this is another metaphor for life. Each ship represents a person/friend. The storm represents the hardships of life. When he leaves, that could mean that he starts living on his own, or something on those lines. As to what the land would mean is beyond me. But again, it's just a hunch, I may be wrong. I always look for the meanings behind the what is put before you.
    ItalianJester92on September 15, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI think its about fleeing oppression and heading out to new lands perhaps those fleeing Europe for america. Maybee the pilgrims.

    In the old days crossing the Atlantic was immensely dangerous.

    Does anyone know of a voyage that lost four ships that seems oddly specific
    EdSmithon September 21, 2010   Link
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    General Commentjanick mentioned this song is about trying your hardest but not getting there (destination/mission/whatever). and the sea lyrics can be interpreted however, kind of like mariner/pilgrim+intro of the legeacy all mixed in.
    benjambreegon September 25, 2010   Link

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