Dance Of Death Lyrics - Iron Maiden

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Let me tell you a story to chill the bones
About a thing that I saw
One night wondering in the everglades
I had one drink but no more

I was rambling, enjoying the bright moonlight
Gazing up at the stars
Not aware of a presence so near to me
Watching my every move

Feeling scared and I fell to my knees
As something rushed me from the trees
Took me to an unholy place
And that is where I fell from grace

Then they summoned me over to join in with them
To the dance of the dead
Into the circle of fire I followed them
Into the middle I was led

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As if time had stopped still I was numb with fear
But still I wanted to go
And the blaze of the fire did no hurt upon me
As I walked onto the coals

Then I felt I was in a trance
And my spirit was lifted from me
And if only someone had the chance
To witness what happened to me

Had I danced had I pranced had I sung with them
All had death in their eyes
Lifeless figures they were undead all of them
They had ascended from hell

As I danced with the dead
My free spirit was laughing and howling down at me
Below my undead body
Just danced the circle of dead

Until the time came to reunite us both
My spirit came back down to me
I didn't know if I was alive or dead
As the others all joined in with me

By luck then a skirmish started
And took the attention away from me
When they took their gaze from me
Was the moment that I fled

I ran like hell faster than the wind
But behind I did not glance
One thing that I did not dare
Was to look just straight ahead

When you know that your time has come around
You know you'll be prepared for it
Say your last goodbyes to everyone
Drink and say a prayer for it

When you're lying in your sleep, when you're lying in your bed
And you wake from your dreams to go dancing with the dead
When you're lying in your sleep, when you're lying in your bed
And you wake from your dreams to go dancing with the dead

To this day I guess I'll never know
Just why they let me go
But I'll never go dancing no more
'Till I dance with the dead






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Good music, terrible lyrics | Reviewer: William | 4/10/13

How many times can you fit the word dead in a song? The music is great, gers really fits the prog metal style of Maiden, but I think harris writes too much these days, and his lyrics have suffered.

1000000000000000% AWESOME!! | Reviewer: Iron Maiden Fan! | 1/14/13

PURE AWESOMENESS! The guitar work in this song is orgasmic, so much talent and skill is shown! Iron Maiden is my favourite band and this song is one of the best, however I do also enjoy the guitar work in Out Of The Silent Planet. If you haven't heard it .... Go listen to it NOW! GO! DO IT! x

best song of all time | Reviewer: aaron | 12/29/12

used to hate maiden,disturbed, a7x, etc. till i heard this song. best song ever for me a few years ago and still is. i got an mp3 player and listened to it 100+ times in one week. iron maiden favorite band and this is my favorite song. it is way catchier than the stuff these days. go bruce!

Danse macabre | Reviewer: Random | 12/13/11

This song is about the Danse macabre or "dance of the dead" where the undead lift the soul from a living person. It's meant to represent how everyone is united in death. It's normally features a pope,king,labourer and child plus some skeletons.

king of heavymetal | Reviewer: anirban | 10/11/11

Iron maiden is one of my favorite bands..... I listened this song few days ago, and I really loved it a lot, it is very similar with the song Ghost of the navigator by iron maiden......... Though ghost of the navigator is much more musically enriched..

My little comment | Reviewer: Darth Sidious | 9/27/11

Sorry, this is going to be a bit longer.
So firstly, Wali Usmani, youre mixing apples and pears (sorry don't know if English use this frase), Powerslave is from year 1984 and there are some legendary songs like Powerslave, 2 Minutes to Midnight, Aces High, Flash of the Blade... but it misses those melodical solos, which can only be played with three guitars, three guitars play in IM from year 2000, since the return of Adrian Smith and Bruce Dickinson, Janick, who used to be in IM instead of Adrian stayed there. And that year (2000) was also released album Brave New World, so it isn't an oldschool album at all, althought it's great.
Secondly, at the moment (about last three weeks) my most favourite albums are A Matter of Life and Death and Dance of Death, because Maidens have gode even bettter in time and those two are beautiful, however, they're also hard. And in Dance of Death, No More Lies and Rainmaker I really love those solos.
Up the Irons from the Czech Republic!

Awesome song | Reviewer: Wali Usmani | 4/7/10

Superb Song probably one of the best... Im actually a relatively new fan... but out of all their albums, especially some of the old ones like powerslave and brave new world, i must admit, i like Dance of Death the most. And this song the best out of all of them. UP THE IRONS FROM PAKISTAN!

best song | Reviewer: Robert | 1/23/10

I can relate so much to this song, because I encounter a similar experience in the everglades where my unconscious mind felt like it was lifted from me for a brief moment. I didn't know if I was alive or dead.

\m/ | Reviewer: headbanger | 10/13/09

a really really great song.
but just to say some things, and correct some mistakes. (with the best intentions, ofc.)

steve didn't write this song, janick did. it was the first (and the only, i think) song he wrote for maiden.

and to beorn: i don't know was it accidentally or not, but you wrote that bruce has done the vocals since number of the beast thus far. but that's only partially right. blaza bayley sang for maiden in the late 90's on two albums.

sorry for the length of the comment, cheers.

Best Iron Maiden song. | Reviewer: Pottle-D | 7/20/09

Personally this is their best song. It sends me through so many different emotions when I am listening to it & the solo is just epic beyond all preportions. Iron Maiden the best band the world will ever see.

Most greatest song | Reviewer: Dylan jaeger | 6/23/09

I'm a huge maiden fan and have been for 6 years now and I'm only 17. Not to sound corny or wired but this song is so beautiful if u really listen to it. This song is now my favorite song and I can't stop listening to it !!!! Up the irons
Flight 666 best movie ever

possible | Reviewer: Clint | 3/7/09

this i heard from a friend's brother, and it's that "may be the character was such a girl that he couldn't withstand having a singe shot". I thouht that was a total bull shit, but i'm submitting this just in case, if one of you guys think it might be interesting. Awesome song, i'm listening to ir while i write this :D. I love the part that says "when you're lying in your sleep, when you're lying in your bed, and you wake from your dreams to go dancing with the dead".

scary | Reviewer: mike | 12/4/08

Man I took a walk around my neighborhood (which is pretty much surrounded by trees and stuff) at around 11 pm. This song was creeping me out.....some advice: Do not listen to this song while high as fuck at 11 pm while walking around by yourself.

Iron Maiden ftw | Reviewer: Sunbeat | 11/21/08

The band Iron Maiden is the best band i think! they have the best vocals ... the best guitarists Adrian Smith and Dave Murray, oki and about bass and drums ... Steve Harris and my favor drumer.. Nicko Mac Brain ...!

Best Band Ever | Reviewer: Alex Chomy | 8/13/08

Iron Maiden are like the greatest band in history(in my opinion) to Iron Chuck, that insight to the influence of the song was very interesting...i looked it up on wiki aswell, good stuff....cheers buddy.

Love this album, deffo one of their greater ones

UP THE IRONS!!!
and Rock On guys and girls


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