I get in from work at 2a.m.
And sit down with a beer
Turn on the late night t.v.
And then wonder why I'm here
It's meaningless and trivial
And it washes over me
And once again I wonder
Is this all there is for me

Here I am again
Look at me again
Here I am again
On my own
Trying hard to see
What there is for me
Here I am again
On my own

Life seems so pathetic
I wish I could live it all behind
This canvas chair, this bed,
These walls that fall in on my mind
Hold on for something better
That just drags you trough the dirt
Do you just let go or carry on
And try to take the hurt

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"2 A.M." as written by Janick Gers Bayley Cooke

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  • +3
    General CommentUgh, morons. This is without a doubt the most depressing song Maiden have ever recorded, and arguably the most moving (the other being Como Estais Amigos). The reason for its tremendous emotional impact is simple, it's a pretty damn true story. Not of a fictional character like Charlotte or Benjamin, but of a real person.

    It refers to a total loss of innocence and naivety, the realisation that 'yep, this really is *it.*'

    It also takes in the mood of the early hours of morning, when everyone else is sound asleep, it's a whole new dimension of loneliness.

    Unlike the aforementioned Como Estais Amigos, Wasting Love or No Prayer For The Dying, there is nothing metaphorical or spiritual about 2AM, like The Trooper it's one-dimensional and needs no explanation, and is all the stronger as a result.

    Also, unlike most Maiden songs, or indeed most Metal songs generally (particularly Manowar), 2AM seems to offer no happy ending, indeed, its quiet, downbeat fading out of 'here I am again, on my own,' is one of the chief reasons for it being Maiden's most depressing song. DON'T listen to this if you're in one of those moods, it makes it much worse!

    But this is something I love about the song, it doesn't claim to have the answers, won't offer false hope, it is simply the reflections of a man with nothing to live for.

    Look a little deeper though, and this song has the greatest light at the end of the tunnel of all. Look who wrote the lyrics. Read p.306 of Run To The Hills (The Authorised Biography, 3rd edition, by Mick Wall, MPG Books, Bodmin, 2004), particularly the line 'my life is going nowhere at all, absolutely nowhere.' This is me reading between the lines a little, but I really don't think it's much of a leap to suggest that this man wondering if 'these walls' were all there was in his life went on to find something much more... he became the lead singer of Iron Maiden.
    pyrewebon May 20, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentyou guys are idiots. this is a don tune. People diss Blaze's Maiden era, but its just not justfied. How can you say that this song is weak. Blaze's lyrics are so true. I would also like to recommend Iron Maden - Don't look to the eyes of a stranger - Virtual XI, and anything from X Factor, and just about all Maiden! p.s. bare whaacked
    lozi_pon May 12, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe lyrics don,t mean to be explained, it clear, it goes right in my heart. The guy is bored, he have nothing, will have nothing, he have not even a place in this world. Sometimes I need to listen to this song to know that I'm not alone in these dark times.

    Love this song, gotta listen it now!
    kitchoua_temboon July 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnot sure if it actually means something ... but I would have LOVED to hear an acoustic version to this song, badly.
    TurkMasterZeroon December 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's pure middle-aged existential angst. Life seems meaningless and filled with tribulations.

    I do think it's one of the weakest songs on The X-Factor though.
    Viroon December 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is nice, and i think reflects what many people reflect about when they're alone and bored, or even just wondering what this life leads to.
    Chumplumpon May 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of my very few faves from the Blaze era, I don't really care much for the meaning, I just listen and rock!
    Maiden Maniacon February 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsmall unexpected error:

    don't NEED to be explained

    cya on the next show
    kitchoua_temboon July 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is awesome
    I dont no why this album is so
    critisized. But yeah i think its about a
    guy who dosnt have anything to live
    for cos his life sucks
    skater-maton September 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentImagine a large guy with a greasy vest, sitting in front of the t.v whilst eating some sorta cheap food and drinking beer all night... imagine if this guy was you!
    bottom line- the songs a warning saying "DONT END UP LIKE THIS GUY, GET AN EDUCATION"
    crossed gunson February 22, 2007   Link

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