Feel the sweat break on my brow
Is it me or is it shadows that are
Dancing on the walls
Is this a dream or is it now?
Is this a vision or normality I see before my eyes

I wonder why, I wonder how
That it seems the powers getting stronger every day
I feel a strength an inner fire
But I'm scared I won't be able to control it anymore

There's a time to live and a time to die
When it's time to meet the maker
There's a time to live but isn't it strange
That as soon as you're born you're dying

There's a time to live and a time to die
When it's time to meet the maker
There's a time to live but isn't it strange
That as soon as you're born you're dying

Just by looking through your eyes
He could see the future penetrating right
In through your mind
See the truth and see your lies
But for all his power couldn't foresee his own demise

There's a time to live and a time to die
When it's time to meet the maker
There's a time to live but isn't it strange
That as soon as you're born you're dying
There's a time to live and a time to die
When it's time to meet the maker
There's a time to live but isn't it strange
That as soon as you're born you're dying

I fell reborn again


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    General CommentAs many Iron Maiden songs, this one too has a side of subliminal irony. In this setting there's a man who in order to become wealthy passes for a fortune-teller. Apparently, someone caught on to his scheme and is now stalking him to kill him. If this DOES NOT make sense just keep reading.


    The sweat on his brow symbolizes his nervousness but if I was seeing him "predict" the future I'd say he was concentrating real hard.

    Shadows dancing on the walls are the actual shadows of those hired to kill him.

    Then he mentions if it's real or not; he's been lying so much that he can't tell apart the lies from the truth.

    The increase in his power is the increase of his lie, I suppose he was close to getting caught but he probably had a lucky guess or rigged something to make it believable, but he is scared that someone might actually catch on.

    The chorus is just stating the fact that he will die someday eventually. "As soon as you're born you're dying", in all this time he lived his lie he didn't accomplish anything so when he dies it's a change of mind he wants to go through too hence being born again (great symbolization of reincarnation).

    Now this paragraph could be talking about the person who hired him and how he is like interrogating him. He feels like his mind being read and the lies are there as well as the truth, the truth is the lie. Then he ends up killing his boss and escaping. OR it could be him... no I'm pretty sure someone might try to correct me but that paragraph is precisely not about him. If I know one thing of Steve Harris is the riddles he leaves in his songs. The double meanings in them. So yeah thats about it. Any questions? Comments? Numbers?

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    gunthora91on November 22, 2007   Link

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