"Oh, God of Earth and Altar
Bow down and hear our cry
Our earthly rulers falter
Our people drift and die
The walls of gold entomb us
The swords of scorn divide
Take not thy thunder from us
Take away our pride"

Just a babe in a black abyss
No reason for a place like this
The walls are cold and souls cry out in pain
An easy way for the blind to go
A clever path for the fools who know
The secret of the Hanged Man, the smile on his lips

The light of the blind
You'll see
The venom tears my spine
The Eyes of the Nile are opening
You'll see

She came to me with a serpent's kiss
As the Eye of the Sun rose on her lips
Moonlight catches silver tears I cry
So we lay in a black embrace
And the seed is sown in a holy place
And I watched, and I waited for the dawn

The light of the blind
You'll see
The venom that tears my spine
The Eyes of the Nile are opening
You'll see


Bind all of us together
Ablaze with hope and free
No storm or heavy weather
Will rock the boat you'll see
The time has come to close your eyes
And still the wind and rain
For the one who will be king
Is the watcher in the ring

It is You, oh
It is You

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    General CommentThis song is about spiritual alchemy, from the Hermetic/Golden Dawn/Aleister Crowley tradition.

    It starts out talking about the tragedy of the human condition, then explains the method to achieve Illumination and rise above it.

    "A clever path for the fools who know
    the Secret of the Hanged Man-the smile on his lips."

    This refers to two keys from the Tarot - Key 0, "The Fool" and Key XII, "The Hanged Man". The Fool in this context represents the spiritual seeker ready to take a leap of faith in his quest for enlightenment. The Hanged Man refers to the 23rd path on the Qabalistic Tree Of Life, and represents the reversal of consciousness or suspension of the mind that is the object of transcendental meditation.

    Achieving a state of suspended mind is required as part of this technique for awakening Kundalini energy within the body, which rises up the spine through the body's energy centers. When this energy is raised sufficiently it creates elevated states of consciousness that bring on higher spiritual awareness and a sense of transcendence. The second verse and chorus refer to this process:

    "She came to me with a serpent's kiss,
    As the Eye of the Sun Rose on her lips"

    Kundalini Shakti is the female Goddess-personification of this energy and is often depicted as a serpent coiled around the base of the spine. This refers to the Kundalini rising and the blinding spiritual states that accompany it.

    "The light of the Blind-you'll see," promise of the enlightened state that can be achieved.

    "The venom that tears my spine," - again, the rising Kundalini energy as it coils around the spine.

    "The Eyes of the Nile are opening-you'll see." - As the Kundalini reaches the 3rd eye and crown chakras, a new sense of vision emerges - the enlightened state. This is represented in ancient Egyptian art by the figure of the cobra (for Kundalini energy) emerging from the center of the Pharaoh's forehead.

    The last verse is about the benefits of the completion of this process, and the exalted state the seeker achieves, with a reminder that this is achieved by closing one's eyes and moving inward to meditative states of consciousness.
    wanderingminstrelon September 05, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningHere, let me educate you all. This Iron Maiden song is named after the final book of the Bible, "The Revelation." Revelation is actually called "Apocolypse," in the original Koine Greek. This word means to disclose, to divulge. For example: imagine the government has kept certain information top secret for 50 years, and is now allowing the public to have access to it. This would be an apocolypse or revelation. For those who study the occult arts, we know that The Revelation of the Bible is thought of as a special kind of symbolism, a Kabalistic Key, to be precise. This book of the Bible is speaking of certain processes that take place within a human mind body and soul; including those of Kundalini Energy and Chakras. Kundalini is known as the serpent energy, and is located at the base of the spine. When awakened, it climbs up the spine, opening the chakras, proceeding until it attains the crown chakra.

    "The venom tears my spine," is talking about the Kundalini Energy climbing the spine. At times, the energy can be painful during its ascent.

    "The Eyes of the Nile are opening, you'll see," is talking about the different Chakras, or energy centers being triggered, thus opening.

    The intro verse, "...take not thy thunder from us, but take away our pride," is exactly what happens during this enlightening experience. The individual becomes humbled as they enter "God's Light," the human pride dissolved, as you become unified, and One with Collective Consciousness: Christ Consciousness.

    "The Secret of the Hanged Man," is another occult reference, written long before Aleister Crowley was even born. Eliphas Levi, French Occult philosopher and father of modern day western occultism, taught that the 12th Major Arcana, The Hanged Man, contained the secret of the great arcanum, which could very well be the method of entering Christ Consciousness as mentioned above. Also, "a clever path for the Fools who know," is in reference to the 0th Tarot, Major Arcana "The Fool."

    At the end of the song, "No storm or heavy weather will rock the boat... the one who will be king, the watcher in the ring," states that the individual has achieved this supreme state of consciousness, and is now like a priest, or king magician. "Close your eyes and still the wind and rain," is entering the higher Kabalistic Worlds, that are no longer physical, material, fleshly. Somewhat like entering a meditative state of nothingness, beyond darkness, beyond "sin."
    AinSofon December 18, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's about Aleister Crowley.
    TheJoeInMeon May 12, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAccording to Bruce at Rock Am Ring: "A song about alternately: Aleister Crowley, mystical sex, ancient ancient Egypt and the English Hymnal. REVELATIONS!"
    phrozen_hearton June 03, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAofSin has done an adequate job of describing what this song means to me, so I will not bother restating those points, as he has done a great job.

    I would like to point out though, that there is no "right way" to listen to songs like this. When I was a teenager, this was my favorite maiden song - I of course had no clue what it meant, but somehow it was still capable of achieving an awakened state by simply letting the lyrics wash over me. There is no reason to think analytically about the meaning of a song and proclaim its one "true" meaning. The irony for me is that this song is about spiritual enlightenment, and the goal is achieved by simply listening to the words and feeling them in that moment.

    another thing that attests to the brilliance of this song, is that the lyrics are two-fold, in terms of how they may be interpreted. With each verse, there is obvious imagery (which I saw when I was younger), and more significant imagery below the surface (which I see now). For example, "she came to me with a serpents kiss....and the seed is sown in a holy place...i waited for the dawn" this whole verse paints a picture of adam and eve sinning together (that is obvious), but the deeper meaning depicts the kundalini energy which remains coiled and dormant at the base of the spine, and the enlightened state achieved by its awakening ("the venom tears my spine" only confirms this). the verse "bind all of us together....no storm or heavy weather will rock the boat" again, there's what's obvious, and what's not so obvious. Bring all of us together, catalyzed by this enlightened state which has been achieved by the one whose boat does not rock in the storm/heavy weather.....whose mind is not clouded by the wind and rain and noise of this world. And finally, as somebody else has already said, this depiction of a king, or supremely enlightened being could be anyone. anyone is capable of achieving this state. Even you.

    as I re-read my comments on this i once again have to giggle at how silly it is to offer a "definition" of what this song really means, and waste one's breath. the song is brilliant, and it is open to interpretation. we are using words to define other words, which were initially posed to evoke feelings...just listen to the song and let it do that.
    staratsxon April 05, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti have no fucking clue what bruce is singing about here, though presumably it's the revelation of st. john. as is the iron maiden tradition, this is probably some bit of obscure historical half-fiction filtered through soem dubious third source such as sir geoffrey of monmouth.
    matthewkfon May 01, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits a song written about religion, or about washing your car. Actually its about opening a pair of curtains (of the beef variety)
    searchingfordoughnutson July 12, 2010   Link
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    General CommentOTM you have the 1st bit right about the 1st verse other then that you have it all wrong 100% wrong it is based (influenced) by Aleister Crowley, you need to do some research and im not 100% sure i still have research to do my self but the post made by wanderingminstrel sounds very correct as Aleister Crowley created his own Tarot cards .. also bruce wrote the song who is also influenced by Aleister Crowley
    godamajinANTICHRISTon May 31, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOTM
    Lyrically, the album reflected the group’s interest in books and film. For example, “To Tame a Land” is based on Frank Herbert’s novel Dune. “The Trooper” is inspired by Tennyson’s Charge of the Light Brigade. “Still Life” is inspired by fantasy/horror writer Clark Ashton Smith’s pre-World War II short story Genius Loci. Other inspirations include “Where Eagles Dare”, a film, and a novel by Alistair MacLean; “Quest for Fire”, based on the film by Jean-Jacques Annaud; the writer G. K. Chesterton who is quoted at the beginning of “Revelations”. More exotic influences include Greek mythology, albeit slightly altered for “Flight of Icarus”, and samurai legend Miyamoto Musashi (“Sun and Steel”). Aleister Crowley influenced a good piece of the remaining lyrics of “Revelations,” which was written by Dickinson. ... :D
    godamajinANTICHRISTon May 31, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt talks about the easy way of evil and the hard way that leads to heaven. It's easier being an evil man than a good one.
    axlplanton March 18, 2003   Link

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