To Tame a Land Lyrics - Iron Maiden
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He is the king of all the land
In the Kingdom of the sands
Of a time tomorrow.
He rules the sandworms and the Fremen
In a land amongst the stars
Of an age tomorrow.
He is destined to be a King
He rules over everything
On the land called planet Dune.
Bodywater is your life
And without it you would die
On the desert the planet Dune.
Without a stillsuit you would fry
On the sands so hot and dry
In a world called Arrakis.
It is a land that's rich in spice
The sandriders and the "mice"
That they call the "Muad'Dib".
He is the Kwizatz Haderach.
He is born of Caladan
And will take the Gom Jabbar.
He has the power to foresee
Or to look into the past
He is the ruler of the stars
The time will come for him
to lay claim his crown,
And then the foe yes
they'll be cut down,
You'll see he'll be the
best that there's been,
true leader of men,
And when the time
for judgement's at hand
Don't fret he's strong
and he'll make a stand,
Against evil and fire
That spreads through the land,
He has the power
to make it all end.
Writer: HARRIS, STEPHEN PERCY
Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
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The Power to Foresee | Reviewer: KwizatzHaderach. | 12/10/13
You're all idiots, ...if you know anything upon researching this topic, it goes much deeper than a book or movie. The underlying theme is about a savior that has hermetic powers to make possible, ANYTHING ! These beliefs and powers are from the ancient eastern philosophies, ...the ancient mystical rules of Hermetics and the Qabalah. Get a clue or shut the fuck up you non-educated rockheads tryoing to act smart. All you did was make yourselves look ridiculously fucking stupid, except erm, you seem to somewhat get it. READ MY ANSWER AND LOOK UP HERMETICS AND YOU WILL AWAKEN !! HOPEFULLY !!
Iron Maiden | Reviewer: Preliator | 11/27/13
To tame a land, is another example of Iron Maiden's excellence vocally and musically and one of my top 10 favourite songs of theirs.
The execution of the music in sync perfectly with the amaizing vocals is what makes this song a classic and sets it apart from (some) other Iron Maiden songs.
The lyrics to me are a clever play on words in which I'm certain Steve Harris uses to make comparison to actual events and belief systems. ;) but yeah, let's not over analyse ;p
Damn! | Reviewer: Clockmaker | 8/12/13
Damn! I've known this song for years and while I picked up the theme of nobility and ruling, I thought it was just a story like any other... I look up the lyrics for the first time today and it's about Dune! Never expected that!
@ TJ | Reviewer: PM | 4/28/12
Lemme guess, you had a sterile childhood, you are an only child and you are about 34% as smart as you think you are. Although I agree this song is not Maiden's best, your assertion that it was a marketing ploy to position themselves to maximize capital for the movie release is possibly the stupidest, most asinine remark I have ever had the misfortune of reading on the internet. And that's no small feat!
It's just a song | Reviewer: TJ | 9/3/11
Most of you are reading way to much into this. Iron Maiden is a band (i.e., a collection of individuals) who's main purpose is to make money. This song is a perfect illustration of that. First of all, Dune was on the lips of many when this album was released in 1983. The Movie came out in 1984. This was a song of Iron Maiden capitalizing on the mood of the moment. It's a good song but trying to apply big meaning into this is laughable. The book was large, the movie was 3 hours, the song is 6 minutes and change with 50% or more instrumental. "Bands do this kind of stuff all the time" and the results is typically a half measure. To Tame a Land is a good metal song but very far from great. Great comes from original works and not so much sentiment capture fillers.
Piqued my interest | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/21/11
Iron Maiden helped to pique my interest into this novel and I was inspired to read it. I found a great series that I would have probably never have dreamt of reading if it were not for the song. I admit the lyrics could be stronger but hell if a 3 hour dune movie cannot convey the intricate political themes, I say it is a pretty good attempt at a 3 minute condensation.
Maiden Opens Doors | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/18/10
Iron Maiden's songs and lyrics, such as this one, are important not because the are some incredible art, but because they take people places. They take some 80s burnout from their bedroom to some other place, like the war of 1812, or WWII or the literature of Frank Herbert and SciFi realms like Arakis. I adore Iron Maiden to this day, and give them plenty of credit for expanding my imagination and interest in history. Thank God the lyrics were uncomplicated, else I might give up and listen to some other meaningless 80s rock, like say AC/DC... now there's intellectual for ya.
forREVer Maiden | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/20/10
Well i won't take it from Dream Theater that their cover is awesome but just notice on thing bro, This epic piece was written in 1983 while Dream Theatre made theirs in 2009 so yeah they will have a head start to make som adjustments that would sound better for some. Personally tho i prefer the original because of the mysteria in the song, it just's make you flow..
Blast | Reviewer: Rirotoku | 4/9/10
No cover is better than the original song. It's easy to take a piece, transforming it, give some arrangements which supposedly sound better,,, Now they will say you? that the version of Anarchy in the Uk of Metallica is better than the Sex Pistols? bah,,,
WTF Frank Herbert? | Reviewer: Gnaahh | 10/13/09
So I never really liked Iron Maiden's version of this song, I prefer Dream Theater's cover. But in reading more about the song itself, I read that Steve Harris wanted to name the song "Dune," and use a quote from the series as a spoken opening to the song. When they contacted Frank Herbert for permission to do so, they got this reply from the man's agent;
""No. Because Frank Herbert doesn't like rock bands, particularly heavy rock bands, and especially rock bands like Iron Maiden""
...so yeah. Fuck Frank Herbert. Arrogant prick. Your work isn't that great anyway.
YES, I KNOW HE'S DEAD. I DON'T GIVE A SHIT.
Terrible song | Reviewer: Closetotheedge75 | 9/13/09
First 3 minutes are really good but as in many Iron Maiden songs they get lost after that. Lyrics try to bring some atmosphere of Dune book but they could had make a better job.
Listen to Dream Theater cover, it's amazing, using a faster tempo than Iron Maiden and the result is really better.
Give it a break! | Reviewer: Aresius | 9/14/09
God!!!! It's just a song, a wonderful song to be precise. Come on guys, discussing the content of the lyrics will lead us to nowhere. as a fan of Maiden and Dune, i'm sooo glad to find a song like this one. When i heard just the words "Arrakis", "Muad'Dib" or even "Gom Jabbar", I feel happy, that's all. Do you want to go through the history? just read the book for god sake!!!
erm | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/5/09
I don't understand how this is a song 'about' Dune; it's just a series of statements that are in completely the wrong order to convey what it's about. Matt, that's the most retarded thing I've ever heard. The novel's full of political intrigue and subterfuge, the interaction between disparate social castes, and religious/spiritual awakening, but most of all it's about nature; hell, it's dedicated to dry-land ecologists. The music's pretty amazing, but the lyrics do a terrible job of expressing any meaning in the novel. It upsets me that there are so many people whose only experience of Dune is this song
Eh. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/11/09
I love Maiden, the music is great in this song, but dear god are the lyrics lame. It feels like they've tried to shove as many direct references to Dune as humanly possibly within 7 and a half minutes.
An excellent job of capturing the feel | Reviewer: Matt | 2/12/09
You know, I heard some words in the lyrics I thought were foreign or something of that nature... I have never seen the movie or read the book "Dune" (whichever type of media it is). However I'm guessing its about a dead and dry desert, and a king who prevails somehow... and I can assume such things because maiden did an amazing job of capturing the feel of the book/movie... I can actually feel musically what goes on in the story, even having never seen/read it.. The key of the song (harmonic or melodic minor I believe) absolutely fits the feel. Amazing song, likewise for the album
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