As the sun breaks, above the ground,
An old man stands on the hill,
As the ground warms, to the first rays of light
A birdsong shatters the still.

His eyes are ablaze,
See the madman in his gaze.

Fly, on your way, like an eagle,
Fly as high as the sun,
On your way, like an eagle,
Fly and touch the sun.

Now the crowd breaks and a young boy appears
Looks the old man in the eye
As he spreads his wings and shouts at the crowd
In the name of God my father I fly.

His eyes seem so glazed
As he flies on the wings of a dream,
Now he knows his father betrayed
Now his wings turn to ashes to ashes his grave.

Fly, on your way, like an eagle,
Fly as high as the sun,

On your way, like an eagle,
Fly as high as the sun.


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"Flight of Icarus" as written by Bruce Dickinson Adrian Frederick Smith

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  • +2
    General CommentAnybody else think this song was written for Ronnie James Dio's voice? I think it became evident, especially the little hum that Bruce did after the first chorus. It's an awesome song, and I'd LOVE to hear Dio cover it.
    TheJoeInMeon May 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe song is about more than the Greek myth. It is also about a heroin overdose. Old Man was a term used for heroin when the song was written(as in GNR's mr. brownstone), in the lyrics it mentions the boys eyes as being glazed, and he flys to high is another obvious referance.
    rorodogon July 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the way Maiden take old stories and myths and turn them into kickass songs.
    UpTheIronson May 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is awesome.

    there was a king and his wife in greek mythology. for some reason the gods made the wife have sex with a bull and she became pregant and gave birth to the minotaur. The king wanted the minotaur sealed away forever so he had his most brilliant advisor built a labrynth (maze) to keep the minotaur in. Once it was completed the advisor and his son Icarus were sealed inside with the minotaur so that nobody would ever know the way out or in. The advisor builts wings out of feathers, held together by wax. Icarus puts them on and flies out of the labyrinth. Once he flies out he become excited and continues to fly higher, to the horror of his father and the onlookers at the nearby town his wings melt and he drops into the sea and dies.

    Like I said, its a great song.
    Superunknownon August 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti origionally thought that this song was a bout icarus, but now i'm not so sure, the line 'in the name of God my father i'll fly' doesnt fit - the greeks were Polytheistic, not monothiestic and the line sounds very christian to me. 'he knows his father betrayed' doesnt fit either because daedalus did not betray icarus at all.

    i think it may be more to do with a heroine overdose that the story of icarus
    iamafishon April 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNot sure on all of what you said, iamafish, but "now he knows his father betrayed" goes with the myth as Icarus betrayed the promise to not fly too high or low he made with his father.
    Chemical Alion April 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyea i knew what the song was about when i heard the name and first verse its a pretty funny story and im gonna tell it to my kids so they listen to me or else they will DIE!!! lol
    JSmith122on June 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow, I can tell you love kids. Maybe you should start a day care ;) just kidding =D
    denialisdeathon June 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThey made a video for this song.
    samwaltonon July 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so much better to listen to live. on the album it kind of plods along and sounds very tame and reserved. on live after death, it just sounds meaner. its faster, bruce puts more heart into it, and i believe the solo might be extended a bit
    acaserogueon November 12, 2007   Link

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