"Taking The Queen" as written by and Bruce/ramirez Dickinson....
Who stole your heartbeat in the night?
The acolytes fearful in the flickering light
They hold a mirror to catch the breath from your mouth
But your breath was stolen by the wind from the south

Another winter's tale is done
Your immortal lover is gone
The chalice stolen from her hand
Eternal life at her command
Now all that she rules must see...

The howling shriek of death in your eyes
The whole court and the beast enter your room
The gold will turn to rust
Your empire follows you into your tomb

The wraiths of night caress
And whisper softly now, "We are the dead"
They bear your life away
They tear your heart in two
They've taken the queen

To some better place, so they think
As the flame burns low

Now the flame burns higher
And it purifies the love that died
And scared rats closed in alive
Back to the earth, sealing the tomb

Our skeletons rise through the veil of blood
Who summons us now from our graves?
"We are the dead"
The shriek of death in your eyes

The whole court and the beast enter your room
The wraiths of night caress
And whisper softly now, "We are the dead"
They bear your life away

They've torn your heart in two
They've taken the queen


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"Taking the Queen" as written by Roger Ramirez Bruce Dickinson

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    General CommentSuch an amazing song, I wish I knew what it was about...
    RainbowDemonon February 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentNow I know what it's about ^_^...

    Quote (from Accident of Birth solo collection sleeve): Taking the Queen was "a full on fairy tale," the subject of which is a dying monarch whose kingdom will perish with her. "The only thing that can keep her alive is remaining a virgin," winking Dickinson, "and she falls in love with a young stud of a prince."
    RainbowDemonon February 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBruce describes this as a "twisted fairy tale" on...I don't remember if it's the Anthology DVD or the "The Voice of Crube" track on his "Best of..." CD.
    Zughiaqon August 27, 2007   Link

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