The morals of life and the perils of death
Take the wrong way out running out of breath
Meet my match in the afterlife
Suppress the demons that plague the night
A tortured mind is a safe place to go
But the truth lurks down in the dark below
Step inside my inquisitive mind
Are you scared at what you just might find

See myself in the hall of mirrors
A different shape every step I take
A different mind every step of the line
But in the end they are all mine
Laughing sorrow inside your head
Can't get out just a feeling of dread
I know this burden's a heavy load
A dark mistake never ending road

Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Whoa-oh, whoa
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Whoa-oh, whoa
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh

The black jack king and the red queen clash
The artful dodger he counts his stash
The joker's wild like an impish child
While madame fortune she waits inside
The good luck charm is overkill
The tired old soldier says fire at will
Planes overhead go search destroy
The ones below human decoy

Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Whoa-oh, whoa
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Whoa-oh, whoa
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
I need somebody to save me

Meanwhile we play the waiting game
The clock is struck the horse is lame
And when we think that this is done
Chance your luck a four leafed one
You hedge your bets the battle lost
To wait in vain and count the cost
The thin edged line
Between good and bad
And cast the luck be happy sad

Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Whoa-oh, whoa
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Whoa-oh, whoa
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
I need somebody to save me

The red and the black
People don't want the truth
Look in their eyes and you send them away
The red and the black
Fate and hypocrisy
Burden's a heavy load there is no doubt
The red and the black
All out of luck again
How many chances can anyone have
The red and the black
Treachery out to win
There in the wrong place and at the wrong time

Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Whoa-oh, whoa
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Whoa-oh, whoa
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
Whoa-oh, whoa-oh
I need somebody to save me


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The Red And The Black Lyrics as written by Stephen Percy Harris

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    General CommentAbout luck/fate. The red and the black might refer to red and black in card games.
    ClimbingMonkeyon September 12, 2015   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningIt is evident that this song is about war. Maiden depicts soldiers as cards, which I find interesting. The song also tells the listener about what the soldiers have to deal with, such as the heavy burden, and the line between good and bad.
    Rydude123on November 19, 2019   Link
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    General CommentIron Maiden's The Red and the Black is talking about what is going on in life when you are truly at war not only on the battlefield but in your head as well as what kind of person you may become or what person you have become. These are all of the things that make the red and the Black definitely an interesting song and although it is interesting this isn't new for Iron Maiden. Rather it's Bruce Dickinson or Steve Harris they are both (in my opinion) excellent song writers. Also If you haven't heard this song but have read this (please go listen to the song) because this is one of the absolute greatest songs ever written. You don't have to but I would strongly suggest you give Iron Maiden's the Red and the Black a chance. Just go try Iron Maiden you were just reading a comment from Justice and so I say to you whoever is reading this rock on stay heavy and keep it metal.
    justice115on July 01, 2021   Link
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    General CommentOne of the absolute best Maiden's song with catchiest hooks and chorus. This song made me back into Maiden again - I was out of loop with their songs since Brave New World.

    Live version with audience singing Woh-oH oH is better version than album track.
    WiseOldGuyon July 11, 2021   Link

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