A lonely cry for help reaching out for help to anyone
A silent prayer to God to help you on your way
I've been depressed so long
It's hard to remember when I was happy
I've felt like suicide a dozen times or more
But that's the easy way, that's the selfish way
The hardest part is to get on with your life

You're searching in the dark
Clutching at straws to find a way
You take the Tarot cards and throw them to the wind

You questions your beliefs
Your inner thoughts, your whole existence
And if there is a God then answer if you will
And tell me of my fate, tell me of my place
Tell me if I'll ever rest in peace

If you could live your life again
Would you change a thing or leave it all the same
If you had the chance again
Would you change a thing at all
When you look back at your past
Can you say that you are proud of what we've done
Are there times when you believe
That the right you thought was wrong

All of my life I have believed
Judgment of Heaven is waiting for me

All of my life I have believed
Judgment of Heaven is waiting for me
Waiting for me
Waiting for me
Waiting for me
Yeah, yeah

All of my life now, I have believed
Judgment of Heaven awaits for me

All of my life now, I have believed
Judgment of Heaven awaits for me, yeah

All of my life I have believed
Judgment of Heaven is waiting for me

All of my life I have believed
Judgment of Heaven is waiting for me
Waiting for me
Waiting for me
Waiting for me
Yeah, yeah


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  • +1
    My InterpretationJourneyman7, you said all that, but ended up explaining the simplest part of the song and ignoring the far more difficult parts..

    I think Olla666 is absolutely right. The first verse establishes that he, the hypothetical, anonymous "he" in the song, believes in God, he relies on God and he doesn't believe in suicide- but this life has not brought him happiness, in fact he's incredibly depressed.

    The next verse (You're searching in the dark...) explains that religion has not brought him any certainty, that he is still clutching at straws. The last line of that verse is really important because it explains the entire song, if you miss what it meant you won't understand the song at all- "You take the Tarot cards and throw them to the wind". It's a metaphor, as tarot cards are a superspicious, old fake-spiritual trick to pretend to predict the future- Tarot cards are religion, such as Islam or Christianity, and he is throwing them to the wind- this is the only line that explains he has given up on Religion. It doesn't say he's an Athiest however- he may be altruistic. This becomes evident later on as he questions whether God exists or not, rather than so far he has been questioning whether his religion is right or not.

    The next verse (You question your beliefs...) is always said to say "Your questions your beliefs", but I'm 100% certain it's a typo or mistake that appeared somewhere and became popular with lyric sites, the line is "You question your beliefs". Listen to it, there's no plural in "Question", there's no way it's "Your questions".
    Also, if it isn't "You question", the entire verse makes no sense. The proper way though, it means that he is, after throwing away his religion, beginning to question all the assumptions and beliefs that his religious values up until now have taught him. The part talking to God is about how throwing away religion doesn't necessarily mean abandoning the idea of God.

    The structure of this song is really weird and I'm not even sure you can say it has a chorus but, the next verse (If you could live your life again..) is about him reflecting on how he has lived his life religiously, presumably from religious upbringing, and wondering whether he could have been a better person without it. This becomes really obvious with the last line "Are there times when you believe that the right you thought was wrong?", in other words, "Do you sometimes feel your old values are wrong?". Someone abandoning Islam might come to realise that their previous value of hatred against all homosexuals was wrong, or Buddhists may come to realise they were wasting their time with vegetarianism.

    From there on is the sort-of chorus, All of my life I have believed, Judgement of Heaven is waiting for me.
    ichigo900 is dot on with his comment, it is sort of a pun- It means two things. He was expecting to go to Heaven, but also that he was waiting to see what Heaven really was, to judge whether his religion was right and whether or not he had wasted his life.
    Fortnoxon July 08, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionWhy does everyone hate Blaze Bayley? Bruce is by far the best but Blaze was never bad. I really like this song and my favorite The Edge of Darkness. Paul was the only singer I didn't like. Besides the song strange world, Bruce's/Blazes's versions are better.
    Volganatoron November 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is the only Blaze song i've ever been able to listen to in it's entirety. deals with not getting too concerned over the things that happen in life because in the end it's all up to god
    acaserogueon November 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has so much meaning for me, it explains depression perfectly.
    Shaunomenonon March 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"lame lyriced song."

    I assume you'd prefer Insane Clown Posse or Limp Bizkit?

    Anyway, this song is just as excellent as anything else on The X Factor and Virtual XI. I believe it's about a person (Steve Harris?) who's been brought up religious, and is now beginning to question his beliefs. Myself an athiest, this song has special meaning to me.
    olla666on May 07, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"judgement of heaven is waiting for me"
    kinda sounds like a pun.
    Instead of him waiting to be judged by heaven,
    heaven is waiting to be judged by him.
    sounds about right.
    ichigo900on February 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentYeah! Who the FUCK has the nobility and mind and.....BALLS to call any Iron Maiden song a Lame Lyriced song??? If they wrote a song that was a couplet (2 lines for the stupid people) I guarantee any true Maiden Fan would be able to write paragraph after paragraph on the meaning of those two lines. They would be able to relate it several different texts, probably a William Blake poem somewhere in there too, and why not some new controversial religious aspect?? I'm just saying that most Maiden songs are ambiguous and completely up to the listener/reader to interpret. They are genius writers, all of them.

    Anyway, i think this song portrays the best message regarding suicide that i have ever heard or read. They don't go into some fancy way of saying it, but come out and quite bluntly say "But that's the easy way, that's the selfish way, the hardest part is to get on with your life!" Truer words have never been spoken, my friends. I have always felt this way about suicide. We don't come to Earth to kill ourselves! We come to Earth to become educated, and if that means emotional trauma, then so be it.
    Journeyman7on March 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentListened to this song/album as a kid and now as an adult it pertains to my life more than ever.
    Maidengirlon May 30, 2015   Link
  • -2
    General Commentlame lyriced song.
    JAStewarton January 11, 2008   Link

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