"Blood Brothers" as written by and Stephen Percy Harris....
And if you're taking a walk through the garden of life
What do you think you'd expect you would see?
Just like a mirror reflecting the moves of your life
And in the river reflections of me

Just for a second a glimpse of my father I see
And in a movement he beckons to me
And in a moment the memories are all that remain
And all the wounds are reopening again

We're blood brothers
We're blood brothers
We're blood brothers
We're blood brothers

And as you look all around at the world in dismay
What do you see, do you think we have learned?
Not if you're taking a look at the war-torn affray
Out in the streets where the babies are burnt

We're blood brothers
We're blood brothers
We're blood brothers
We're blood brothers

There are times when I feel I'm afraid for the world
There are times I'm ashamed of us all
When you're floating on all the emotion you feel
And reflecting the good and the bad
Will we ever know what the answer to life really is?
Can you really tell me what life is?
Maybe all the things that you know that are precious to you
Could be swept away by fate's own hand

We're blood brothers
We're blood brothers
We're blood brothers
We're blood brothers

When you think that we've used all our chances
And the chance to make everything right
Keep on making the same old mistakes
Makes untipping the balance so easy
When we're living our lives on the edge
Say a prayer on the book of the dead

We're blood brothers
We're blood brothers
We're blood brothers
We're blood brothers

We're blood brothers
We're blood brothers
We're blood brothers
We're blood brothers

And if you're taking a walk through the garden of life


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"Blood Brothers" as written by Stephen Percy Harris

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    General Commentok well... personally i think anyone who said its about his father is wrong, and anyone who said its about his fans are slightly right... this song is about a "brotherhood" in this song. Theres are many references to wars in this song and how we as humans never cease to change

    we never learn from our pasts and continue to war with our brothers (blood brothers)

    but the war Iron maiden is singing about is not a physical war with another country but instead it is a war between our own peoples.

    "What do you see, do you think we have learned
    Not if youre taking a look at the war-torn affray
    Out in the streets where the babies are burned"

    In this part of the song it mentions how we humans have not changed and continue to let our own children and neighbors suffer in our own self-caused civil battles.

    Blood brothers in this sense is showing that EVERYONE is a blood brother and yet we still continue to battle each other for land, money, and self gain, and that the singer feels ashamed at times of how stupid people can be and messed up in this fight filled world.

    And finally, if we as blood brothers wanna make things right we need to realise what we have been doing, what people in the past have done, and take the opportunity to pray to the past for guidance to the future


    All summed up... Everyone is a blood brothe and why are we fighting in the world? we have done thi forever, yet we never seem to learn.


    and if you still dont understand (which i do, and im only 16) IRON MAIDEN IS SINGING ABOUT WORLD PEACE

    and how it will never come
    benjamin breeg42on December 05, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI heard that "Blood Brothers" was, strangely enough, about Steve Harris's father, who died during the "Brave New World" tour.
    Solinuson May 28, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentPersonally, I see this song as being for all humanity, that everyone is of the same blood, that we're doing severe damage to ourselves, and to the world in which we live in one great community.

    Steve Harris' dad died while he was writing the X-Factor album, thats why the tone of that album is generally darker.

    I think we can all learn something from this song, I know I have. I could listen to this song on repeat, never get bored, because i repeat the images in my head.
    BDWNDon April 10, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBruce said on "Rock in Rio" that it was a dedication song to the fans of heavy metal, so I took it to mean that we metalheads are brothers. And it's true. Dedications like that I always take personally, because no one does that anymore (except for the metal bands).
    TheJoeInMeon May 11, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, damn those r'n'b and garage people. Notice they only ever seem to sing about themselves, or money, or both. Metal is true music, not just talking.
    UpTheIronson May 28, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBruce said in vienna before they played it, that we are all (all humans on earth) are blood brothers so we have to stop with fucking war and i totally agree with him.
    BenjaminBreegon June 09, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf Steve lost his father during the tour, how could a song written BEFORE the tour be about him? he probably just dedicated it to him, because he was mentioned.
    Eternal Destinyon June 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy mistake, he must not have died during that tour... it's confusing, but according the IM official website:

    "Every time I play the song ‘Blood Brothers’, it makes me shiver, because he hit the nail on the head. (Steve Harris) lost his dad when he was on tour and when things like that happen to you, sometimes you go to deep places - everyone experiences that - but to be able to write it down is another thing. "

    - Janick Gers
    Solinuson June 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMaybe he died during a different tour?
    UpTheIronson September 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHarris wrote it about his dad, pure and simple.
    Otmon March 22, 2005   Link

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