"The Tower" as written by Bruce Dickinson and Roger Ramirez....
There are twelve commandments
There are twelve divisions
Twelve are the pagans who have mapped the sky

In the outer circle
To the inner sanctum
From the octave at the end of time

The fountain, the trinity
The pilgrim is searching for blood
To look for his own free will
The stone of infinity, washed in the flood

Lovers in the tower

The moon and sun divided

And the hanged man smiles

Lovers in the tower

The moon and sun divided

Let the fool decide
In the atom circle
Where we break the stars
Hammer into anvil, stuffing out the sun

Witness all the killing
See the birth of Mars
Our religion thrown into the fire

The fountain, the trinity
The pilgrim is searching for blood
To look for his own free will
The stone of infinity, washed in the flood

Lovers in the tower

The moon and sun divided

The hanged man smiles

Lovers in the tower

The moon and sun divided

The magician laughs

Lovers in the tower

The moon and sun divided

And the priestess kneels

Lovers in the tower

The moon and sun divided

Let the fool decide

Lovers in the tower

The moon and sun divided

And the hanged man smiles

Lovers in the tower

The moon and sun divided

Let the fool decide

Lovers in the tower

The moon and sun divided

The priestess kneels to receive

Lovers in the tower

The moon and sun divided

The magician laughs


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"The Tower" as written by Roger Ramirez Bruce Dickinson

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    General Commentthis song is incredibly cool. its all about tarot cards and astrology. the "pagans who mapped the sky" into "twelve divisions" (or 12 signs: aries, taurus, etc) are astrologers, whose practices originated in i believe the pre-christian era. everything else he mentions are actually pictured on tarot cards, one for ea. day of the month: the lovers, the hanged man, the magician, the priestess, and on and on. for more info, look this stuff up. its cool.
    dreamsdeferredon July 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThere are eight clear references, as I could point: The Moon, The Sun, The Fool, The Lovers, The Hanged Man, The Magician, The Priestess (it is actually High Priestess in the cards, but then again, who cares?) and the Tower. There are other two I believe to be a somewhat indirect reference: THe Pilgrim, related to the Hermit, and the Trinity, which in the Tarot cards, would be related to the Empress, the Emperor and the Hierophant. As dreamsdeferred said, very cool stuff :)
    Panzeron May 18, 2004   Link
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    General Commentits a great song, love it ^^
    dusk8on May 31, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou guys hit the nail on the head. Dickinson wrote this album originally about Alchemy and stuff, but then he connected to the poems by William Blake and it shifted a bit.
    RainbowDemonon February 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love it.
    baronesa rojaon July 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI've asked my gf (she is quite good at Tarot cards) about the meaning of the chorus. I assume, there are always Lovers followed by the Tower, then Moon and Sun (in this order) divided by the fifth card (the Hanged Man, the Fool, the Priestess, the Magician). As she said, in most common case (you should look at the person and the situation when you use Tarot), the lovers followed by the tower mean breaking of something good, relationships usually. The moon and the sun mean bad and good times, respectively. So, if I understand all this sh*t correctly, there are different ways to lead you to happiness (sun) after the bad things (tower and moon) - the hanged man (finding yourself through thoughts), the fool (going where your eyes watch), the magician (some happy luck) and the priestess (find yourself in religion or some other occult things).
    Of course, most likely Bruce didn't mean anything like this, or meant something completely different, but I always like to find some hidden messages in songs, especially from Bruce. :)
    Sorry for my poor English.
    Maximpon January 23, 2008   Link
  • -2
    General CommentThese two guys are right, there is nothing else meaning exept astrology and her mistical shits
    Vlachegon October 05, 2007   Link

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