When I stand and look about the port
And contemplate my life
Will I ever see my countrymen again?

As the captain calls us on the deck
I take my things and walk to the harborside
I glance back one last time

Fleeing our nation
Our problems we leave behind
Ships by the tenfold sail out on the tide
We are pleased to be out and embracing the open sea
Free from our troubles and more free from thee

Inheritors unfulfilled reason behind us
We flee from what is not what is will be
We flee the earth and face our harsh reality
Will death be low mist that hangs on the sea?

We run from the evil tongues
Rash judgements, selfish men
Never to be seen on these shores again

As we sail into ocean size
And lose sight of land
A face of contentment around in the air
We're off now to seek all our fortunes
To the land of our dreams

Riding the waves and the storm is upon us
The winds lash the sails
But the ropes keep them tight
Off in the distance a dark cloud approaching
None could imagine what there was to come

No, there's no one going back
No, there's not a second chance
As we strap onto the side
We pray to God that we won't die

As we ride the rough seas
As we soak from the ocean waves
I just hope for all our lives
And pray that I survive

Four ships are lost in the stormy conditions
The spirits of the sunken crews
Their phantoms follow us

Spirits sails, they drive us on
Through the all consuming waves
Cold mortality, no weapon
Against these ever raging seas

Four leagues and ten and we hit storms again
We just can't get away from the eye of the storm
The birds outsoar the raging storm
But we cannot escape it
Abandoned earth, that we now crave
Is many leagues from safe

Holding on for our dear lives
And we're praying once again
Rotten luck or just jonahed?
The talisman is in my hand

Limbs fatigues, trembling with cold
Blinded from the sea spray salt
Clasping anything we can hold
Heaven's rain upon us falls

Twenty days without a meal
And ten without fresh water still
Those that didn't die in storms
The scurvy rest did slaughter

Westwards the tide
Westwards we sail on
Westwards the tide
Sail by the talisman

We approach the other side
Of the ocean with the tide
In our favor just for once
Welcome greeting our new land
The elation in our hearts
The excitement in our veins
As we sail towards the coastline
Of our golden promised land

Weary limbs fatigued away
I have no life left in me
No more strength and nothing left to give
Must find the will to live

Never thought that we could make it
Truly sight of shores divine
The sickness I am dying from
Never wanted it to end this way

Westwards the tide
Westwards we sail on
Westwards the tide
Sail by the talisman

Westwards the tide
Westwards we sail
Westwards the tide
Sail by the talisman


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The Talisman Lyrics as written by Stephen Percy Harris Janick Gers

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  • +3
    General CommentIron Maiden is a band which is born once in a blue moon. I get inspired by their songs. Most of people around me hate maiden...but i don give a damn Fuck to them. Talisman is a gr8 song ...listening to it i feel nostalgic ...The Final Frontier is a mix of themes from War, Space, Life and Love.
    Talisman tells of a journey Through ones life analogus to sailing across Seas. We start our life rather comfortably and as we grow up...the sea turns rough and 'when the wild wind blows' we have to rely on our Talisman that is our instinct and our beliefs....these things can get us out of tricky situations in life.
    Up the Irons!!
    IronRSKmaideNon October 06, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningI agreed with the deeper meaning about the song describing the human life, but i just found out some more. The talisman was the name of a french ship that sailed west to discover cape verde, morocco, portugal. The ship sailed from the year 1883. I am pretty sure this is why they called the song the talisman.
    Thosavaon February 28, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThose that didn't die in storms
    The scurvy rest did slaughter.

    i'm sorry i guess i'm not that good at english. does that sentence exactly means those survived the storm slaughtered (and maybe ate after 20 days of hunger?) the scurvy (sick) rest, or defining those people's death as a slaughter?
    redbullahon July 13, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFreaking beautiful song. One of the best from the record.

    I'll post what I think it's about in a bit. ;)

    [Man the other lyrics that I submitted are still awaiting approval.]
    star tripperon August 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI haven't really thought about what this is about, its a great song. By the way, this part:
    "No, there's noone going back
    No, there's not a second chance
    As we strap onto side
    We pray to God that we won't die"

    ...is wrong.

    It should be: "As we strap onto the side"
    Vbdudeon August 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song is absolutely amazing. It's up there with the very best Maiden tracks. And just listen to Brucie's wails - hasn't lost one bit of energy! I love that riff after he sings 'Sail by the talisman' - it just sounds like epic journey music. Perfect!

    Theme-wise, the most prominent one in the album concerns journeying away from home, homesickness etc. The journeys usually involve searching for fame/fortune etc, as in El Dorado. This one's similar to Ghost of the Navigator, but with the homesickness element.

    Up the Irons!
    gillytine777on August 21, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt sort of reminds me of the Ancient Mariner with the whole 'ship in a storm' vibe.
    deathbeans9on September 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionI reckon this song could be somehow linked to "The Pilgrim".
    edthehead96on September 12, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningYeah, it's mostly about a journey across the sea. And one thing I noticed is that the music picks up and becomes a lot faster when the currents become a lot more dangerous in the story.

    But this may just be me, but I feel that this is another metaphor for life. Each ship represents a person/friend. The storm represents the hardships of life. When he leaves, that could mean that he starts living on his own, or something on those lines. As to what the land would mean is beyond me. But again, it's just a hunch, I may be wrong. I always look for the meanings behind the what is put before you.
    ItalianJester92on September 15, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI think its about fleeing oppression and heading out to new lands perhaps those fleeing Europe for america. Maybee the pilgrims.

    In the old days crossing the Atlantic was immensely dangerous.

    Does anyone know of a voyage that lost four ships that seems oddly specific
    EdSmithon September 21, 2010   Link

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