"Flight Of Icarus" as written by Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Frederick Smith....
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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    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 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love the way Maiden take old stories and myths and turn them into kickass songs.
    UpTheIronson May 28, 2004   Link
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    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
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    General CommentObviously about the Greek myth of Daedelus and Icarus. "In the name of God, my father I fly!" doesn't fit, but other than that I'm pretty sure that's what it's about. For those of you who don't know, here's how the myth goes.
    Poseidon gave King Minos a bull to sacrifice. But King Minos was greedy, and kept the bull for himself. So Poseidon punished him by making Minos' wife lust for (want to have sex with) the bull. The bull got her pregnant, and her baby was half-man, half-bull (the Minotaur). King Minos was horrified and ordered the Minotaur to be locked in a labyrinth constructed by Daedelus (Icarus' father, a very intelligent architect and inventor). When Daedelus finished the Labyrinth the Minotaur was locked inside, and Daedelus and his son Icarus were locked in a tower on a hill, to make sure no one knew the way in or out. King Minos controlled land and water around the tower, so Daedelus took the only route of escape left to him - the air. He created wings for himself and his son from feathers, thread and wax. Before they took flight, he cautioned Icarus - "If you fly too low, your wings will clog with the damp and you will crash. If you fly too high the sun will melt the wax and you will fall." He made Icarus promise that he wouldn't fly too high or low. Then they fastened the wings to their backs, and together they flew away. But Icarus was caught up in the excitement of flying, and began to soar higher and higher. He flew close to the sun ("Fly as high as the sun,"), and the wax holding his wings together melted. He plummeted to his death into what is now known as the Icarian Sea.

    1st verse, Daedelus is standing on the hill, getting ready to take off.
    Chorus (about Icarus flying too high to the sun on wings like an eagles)
    2nd verse, Icarus gets ready to fly.
    3rd verse, Icarus loves flying (too much), then the line "Now he knows his father (is) betrayed" he flys too high, betraying his promise to his father. His wings fail (the myth says the wax melts, the song says they burn up) and he dies.

    There, that should clear things up. Fairly straightforward song.
    denialisdeathon June 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentListen to "LIve after death" to hear BRuce scream THE FLIGHT OF ICARUS!!! before the song starts.
    thedarklordon July 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song so much! it kicks ass! have you see the old video for it? where nicko is dressed up as the blue-skinned dude? he looks so funny!
    wiggles_666on June 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIcarus was some greek dude. Him and his daddy were trying to escape from somewhere so they made wings out of feathers. His daddy told him not to fly too close to the sun but he did anyway and whatever was holding his wings together melted and he died. I think thats what happened anyway.
    _Polly_on January 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about the Greek myth of Icarus. They were trying to escape from a prison and the only way to get out was to go up. Icarus's father was an inventor and built wings out of feathers and wax for him and Icarus to fly away with. Icarus did not listen to his fathers warning and when he flew to high up the sun melted the wax that held his wings together and he drowned in the sea. The sea where he fell is now named the Icarian Sea. I love this song, its awesome.
    Kirstin21on February 01, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song sounds a lot like immigrant song by led zeppelin i realised when i listened to the song and went aaah ah ah
    mr apocalypseon September 28, 2005   Link

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