"Born In 58" as written by Bruce Dickinson and Janick Gers....
Born in a mining town in '58.
When black and white TV was up to date.
And men where still around.
Who fought for freedom. Stood their ground and died.
That I could be alive and see the damage,
that we've managed since.
In this septred isle. Is nothing sacred.
Just a one square mile.


Justice and Liberty. You can buy what you don't get free.
In a world of steel and glass. We bury our past.

On and On. We slept till dawn. When we awoke, we hardly spoke.

My grandfather taught me how to fight.
Old fashioned stuff like wrong and right.
But all around I see his morals buried in a mess
Of money troubles, Born in a mining town in '58.
When black and white TV was up to date.
And men where still around.
Who fought for freedom, stood their ground and died.


On and On. We slept till dawn.
When we awoke, it was, all the same.

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"Born in 58" as written by Janick Gers Bruce Dickinson

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    General CommentBruce was born in the mining town of worksop, nottinghamshire in 1958 and was raised by his grandfather
    rustyhookeron July 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's not a bad song, but definitely not up to par with his newer three albums. I mean, for old metal, it's better than most other stuff I hear on the radio, but I'd take Chemical Wedding over Tattooed Millionaire any day.

    "Born in '58" is about Bruce Dickinson's own life, as everyone has said, and is dedicated to his grandfather, who was the one who raised him, more or less.
    RainbowDemonon December 16, 2008   Link
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    General CommentLittle background theme on Bruce, if you read a biography on him, you'll understand. Not one of his better songs, but in my opinion, a bad Bruce song is still better then pretty much anything else.
    RainbowDemonon January 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHe mentioned in a live concert that this was about his grandfather...
    Davuson May 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBruce Dickinson was born in 1958. Seriously. Look it up.
    Turbo Speedon July 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBad Bruce Dickinson song? This? No way! The earlier solo albums are filled with like this that break the trend of what he was doing in Maiden and I think that adds to their charm.
    Zughiaqon August 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDespite being a very intimate song I feel very good - simple and beautiful.
    I believe it is more than a song about his grandfather, it's about all that Bruce saw and lived and how the lessons of the old man match the facts.
    antoniopozeson January 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentNo way this is a bad song,guys!It has a melanchlolic,nostalgic tone and i like it vey much!
    armagezonon April 18, 2010   Link
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    My Interpretation"Justice and liberty
    you can buy but you don't get free"

    Those are verses that I don´t understand well. Maybe he is refering in a nagative way about his grandfather. "But all around I see his morals
    Buried in a mess of money troubles" ... What I understood is that his grandfather never got free actually. He believed that money would buy it, but he never really got it. So, it´s a really nice philosophy on those verses, based on Bruce Dickinson's view about his grandfather. Not a bad song, definitely.
    0dargor0on September 17, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis is an amazing song, one of the best on the album.

    As im from Nottingham (although i was born in 85) i feel a connection to the song and im proud that Bruce was born and raised here... so was John Parr for that matter, no relation to me though, as far as im aware.
    parr3001on May 11, 2013   Link

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