A Matter Of Life And Death

 

1. Different World

[Smith/Harris]

 

You lead me on the path

Keep showing me the way

I feel a little lost

A little strange today

 

I think Iíll take a hold

Of whatever comes my way

Then weíll see what happens

Take it day by day

 

I thougt I had it all

I had it all worked out

Just what my future held

That there would be no doubt

 

But then the card came up

And I took another turn

But I donít know if itís

Fulfiment that I yearn

 

Tell me what you can hear

And then tell me what you see

Everybody has a different way

To view the world

 

I would like you to know

When you see the simple things

To appreciate this life

Itís not too late to learn

 

Donít want to be here

Somewhere Iíd rather be

But when I get there

I might finds itís not for me

 

Donít know what I want

Or where I want to be

Iím feeling more confused

The more the days go by

 

 

2.These Colors Donít Run

[Smith/Dickinson]

 

Itís the same in every country

When you say youíre leaving

Left behind the loved ones

waiting silent in the hall

Where youíre going lies adventure

others only dream of

Red and green light this is real

and so you go to war

 

For the passion, for the glory,

for the memories, for the money

Youíre a soldier, for your country,

whatís the difference, all the same

 

Far away from the land of our birth

We fly a flag in some foreign earth

We sailed away like our fathers before

These colours donít run, from cold bloody war

 

There is no one that will save you,

going down in flames

No surrender certain death you

Look it in the eyes

On the shores of tyranny you

crashed a human wave

Playing for my freedom with you

lonely unmarked graves

 

For the passion, for the glory,

for the memories, for the money

Youíre a soldier, for your country,

whatís the difference, all the same

 

Far away from the land of our birth

We fly a flag in some foreign earth

We sailed away like our fathers before

These colours donít run, from cold bloody war

 

3. Brighter Than A Thousand Suns

[Smith/Harris/Dickinson]

 

We are not the sons of God

We are not his chosen people now

We have crossed the path he troud

We will feel the pain of his beginning

 

Shadow fingers rise above

Iron fingers stab the desert sky

Oh Behold the power of man

On its tower, ready for the fall

 

Knocking heads together well

Raise a city, build a living hell

Join the race to suicide

Listen for the tolling of the bell

 

Out of the universe, a strange love is born

Unholy union, trinity reformed

 

Yellow sun its evil twins

In the black the wings deliver him

We will split our soul within

Atom seed to nuclear dust in riven

 

Out of the universe, a strange love is born

Unholy union, trinity reformed

 

Out of the darkness,

brighter than a thousands suns

Out of the darkness,

brighter than a thousands suns

Out of the darkness,

brighter than a thousands suns

Out of the darkness,

brighter than a thousands suns

 

Bury your morals and bury your dead

Bury your head in the sand

E=mc squared you can relate

how we made God

With our hands

 

Whatever would Robert have said to his God

About how we made war with the sun

E=mc squared you can relate,

how we made God

With our hands

 

All nations are rising,

through acid veils of love and hate

Chain letters from Satan,

uncertainty lead us all to this

All nations are rising,

through acid veils of love and hate

Cold fusion and fury

 

Divide and conquer while ye may

Others preach and others fall and pray

In the bunkers where weíll die

There the executioners they lie

 

Bombers launch with no recall

Minutes warning of the missile fall

Take a look at your last sky

Guessing you wonít have the time to cry

 

Out of the universe, a strange love is born

Unholy union, trinity reformed

 

Out of the darkness,

Out of the darkness,

Out of the darkness,

brighter than a thousands suns

Out of the darkness,

brighter than a thousands suns

Out of the darkness,

brighter than a thousands suns

Out of the darkness,

brighter than a thousands suns

Out of the darkness,

brighter than a thousands suns

 

Holy Father we have sinned

 

4. The Pilgrim

[Gers/Harris]

 

The keys to death and hell

The ailing kingdom doomed to fail

The bonds of sin and heart will break

The pilgrims cours will take

 

Quelling the devils might

And ready for eternal fight

Aching limbs and fainting soul

Holy battles take their toll

 

Liberty and hope divine

Changing the water into wine

So to you we bid farewell

Kingdom of heaven to hell

 

Spirit holy life eternal

Raise me up take me home

Pilgrim sunrise Pagan sunset

Onward journey begun

 

To courage find and gracious will

deliver good from ill

Clean the water clean our guilt

With us do what you will

 

Then will my judge appear

Bear no false angel that I hear

For only then I will confess

To my eternal hell

 

Now give us our holy sign

Changing our water into wine

So to you we bid farewell

Kingdom of heaven to hell

 

Spirit holy life eternal

Raise me up take me home

Pilgrim sunrise Pagan sunset

Onward journey begun

 

5. The Longest Day

[Smith/Harris/Dickinson]

 

In the gloom the gathering storm abates

In the ships gimlet eyes await

The call to arms to hammer at the gates

To blow them wide throw evil to its fate

 

All summers long the drifts to build the machine

To turn men from flesh and blood to steel

From paper soldiers to bodies on the beach

From summer sands to armageddonís reach

 

Overlord, your master not your god

The enemy coast dawning grey with scud

These wretched souls puking, shaking fear

To take a bullet for those who send them there

 

The world alight, the cliffs erupt in flame

No escape, remorseless shrapnel rains

Drowning men no chance for a warriorís fate

A choking death enter hellís gates

 

Sliding we go, only fear on our side

To the edge of the wire,

and we rush with the tide

Oh the water is red,

with the blood of the dead

But Iím still alive, pray to God I survive

 

How long on this longest day

ĎTil we finally make it through

How long on this longest day

ĎTil we finally make it through

 

The rising dead, faces bloated torn

They are relieved, the living wait their turn

Your numberís up, the bullettís got your name

You still go on, to hell and back again

 

Valhalla waits, valkyries rise and fall

The warrior tombs, lie open for us all

A ghostly hand reaches throgh the well

Blood and sand, we will prevail

 

Sliding we go, only fear on our side

To the edge of the wire,

and we rush with the tide

Oh the water is red,

with the blood of the dead

But Iím still alive, pray to God I survive

 

How long on this longest day

ĎTil we finally make it through

How long on this longest day

ĎTil we finally make it through

 

How long on this longest day

ĎTil we finally make it through

How long on this longest day

ĎTil we finally make it through

 

6. Out Of The Shadow

[Dickinson/Harris]

 

Hold a halo round the world

Golden is the day

Princes of the Universe,

your burden is the way

So there is no better time,

who will be born today

A gypsy child at day break

A king for a day

 

Out of the Shadow and into the sun

Dreams of the past as the old ways are done

Oh there is beauty and surely there is pain

But we must endure it, to live again

 

Dusty dreams in fading daylight

Flicker on the walls

Nothing new your lifeís adrift,

what purpose to it all?

Eyes are closed and death is calling

Reaching out its hand

Call upon the starlight to surround you

 

Out of the Shadow and into the sun

Dreams of the past as the old ways are done

Oh there is beauty and surely there is pain

But we must endure it, to live again

 

Out of the Shadow and into the sun

Dreams of the past as the old ways are done

Oh there is beauty and surely there is pain

But we must endure it, to live again

 

Out of the Shadow and into the sun

Dreams of the past as the old ways are done

Oh there is beauty and surely there is pain

But we must endure it, to live again

 

Out of the Shadow and into the sun

Dreams of the past as the old ways are done

Oh there is beauty and surely there is pain

But we must endure it, to live again

 

A man who casts no shadow has no soul

 

7. The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg

[Murray/Harris]

 

Let me tell you about my life

Let me tell you about my dreams

Let me tell you about the things that happen

Always real to me

 

Let me tell you of my hope

Of my need to reache the sky

Let me take you on an awkward journey

Let me tell you why

Let me tell you why

 

Why should these curses be laid upon me

I wonít be forgiven Ďtil I can break free

What did I do to deserve all this guilt

Pay for my sins with the sale of my soul

Demons are trapped all inside of my head

My hopes are gone reach for heaven from hell

 

My sins are many, my guilt is too heavy

The pressure of knowing, of hiding what I know

Iím able to see things,

things I donít want to see

The lives of a thousand souls,

weigh heavy down on me

 

I know theyíre crying for help reaching out

The burden of them will take me down as well

The sin of a thousand souls not died in vain

Reincarnate still in me live again

 

Someone to save me

Something to save me from myself

To bring salvation

To exorcise this hell

 

Someone to save me

Something to save me from myself

To bring salvation

To exorcise this hell

 

Someone to save me

Something to save me from my hell

A destination

Away from this nightmare

 

Someone to save me

Something to save me from myself

To bring salvation

To exorcise this hell

 

 

8. For The Greater Good Of God

[Harris]

 

Are you a man of peace

Or man of holy war

Too many sides to you

Donít know which anymore

So many full of life

But also filled with pain

Donít know just how many

Will live to breathe again

 

A life thatís made to breath,

destruction of defense

A mind thatís vain corruption

bad or good intent

a wolf in sheepís clothing

or saintly or sinner

or some that would believe

A holy war winner

 

They fire off many shots

and many parting blows

Their actions beyond a reasoning,

only god would know

And as he lies in heaven

Or it could be in hell

I feel heís somewhere here

or looking from below

But I donít know, I donít know

 

Please tell me now what life is

Please tell me now what love is

Well tell me now what war is

Again tell me what life is

 

More pain and misery in the history of mankind

Sometimes it seems more like

the blind is leading the blind

It brings upon us more of famine, death and war

You know religion has a lot to answer for

 

Please tell me now what life is

Please tell me now what love is

Well tell me now what war is

Again tell me what life is

 

And as they search to find the bodies in the sand

They find itís ashes that are

scattered across the land

And as their spirits seem to whistle on the wind

A shot is fired somewhere another war begins

 

And all because of it youíd think

that we would learn

But still the body count the city fires burn

Somewhere thereís someone dying

in a foreign land

Meanwhile the world is crying stupidly of man

Tell my why, tell me why

 

Please tell me now what life is

Please tell me now what love is

Well tell me now what war is

Again tell me what life is

 

Please tell me now what life is

Please tell me now what love is

Well tell me now what war is

Again tell me what life is

 

For the greater good of God

 

Please tell me now what life is

Please tell me now what love is

Well tell me now what war is

Again tell me what life is

 

Please tell me now what life is

Please tell me now what love is

Well tell me now what war is

Again tell me what life is

 

For the greater good of God

 

He gave his life for us he fell upon a cross

To die for all of those who never mourn his loss

It wasnít meant for us to feel the pain again

Tell me why, tell me why

 

9. Lord Of Light

[Smith/Harris/Dickinson]

 

There are secrets that you keep

There are secrets that you keep

There are secrets that you tell to me alone

I canít reach things I canít see

You donít see this strange world

quite the same as me

Donít deny me what I am

Nothing hidden still you fail to see the truth

These are things you canít reveal

These are things you canít reveal

 

We are part of some strange plan

Why the slaugther of the brohterhood of man

Infernal sacrifice of hell,

fire breathing lead the way

Mounds of bodies as they all burn into one

Revenge is living in the past

Time to look into a new millennium

 

Spiral path leads through the maze

Down into the fiery underworld below

Fire breathing lead the way

Lucifer was just an angel led astray

 

Free your soul and let it fly

Give your life to the Lord of Light

Keep your secrets and rain on me

All I see are mysteries

 

Free your soul and let it fly

Give your life to the Lord of Light

Keep your secrets an rain on me

All I see are mysteries

 

We are not worthy in your black

and blazing eyes

We gather demons in the mirror every day

The bridge of darkness casts a

shadow on us all

and all our sins to you we give this day

 

Others wait their turn,

their lives were meant to last

Use your wisely as the light is fading fast

Free your soul and let it fly

Mine was caught I couldnít try

Time returns again to punish all of us

 

We are cast out by our bloody fathers hand

We are strangers in this lonely promised land

We are shadows of the one unholy ghost

In our nightmare world the only one we trust

 

Free your soul and let it fly

Give your life to the Lord of Light

Keep your secrets and rain on me

All I see are mysteries

 

Free your soul and let it fly

Give your life to the Lord of Light

Keep your secrets and rain on me

All I see are mysteries

 

10. The Legacy

[Gers/Harris]

 

 

Tell you a thing

That you ought to know

To minutes of your time

Then on you go

 

Tell tale of the men

All dresses in black

That most of them

Not coming back

 

Sent off to war

To play little games

And on their return

Cantít name no names

 

Some strange yellow gas

Has played with their minds

Has reddened their eyes

Removed all the lies

 

And strange as it sounds

Death knows no bounds

How many get well

Only time will tell

Only time will tell

 

You lie in your death bed now

But what did you bring to the table

Brought us only holy sin

Utter trust is a deadly thing

 

To the prayer of holy peace

We didnít know what was lying underneath

So how could we be such fools

And to think that we thought you the answer

 

I canít begin to understad in all the lies

But on your death bed I can see it in your eyes

Just as clear as all the sweet upon your brown

It really makes sense I can see it clearly now

 

Tangled up in a web of lies

Could have been a way to prophesise

Unaware of the consequence

Not aware of the secrets that you kept

 

Nothing that we could belive

To reveal the faÁade of faceless men

Not a thing that we could foresee

Now a sign that would tell us the outcome

 

You had us all strung out with

pomises of peace

But all along you cover plan was to deceive

Can it put to rights now only time will tell

Your prophecies will send us all to hell as well

 

Left to all our golden sons

All to pick up on the peace

You could have given all of them

A little chanceÖ at least

 

Take the world to a better place

Given them all just a little hope

Just think what a legacy

You nowÖ will leave

 

We seem destined to live in fear

And some that would say Armageddon is near

But where thereís a life while thereís hope

That man wonít self destruct

 

Why canít we treat our fellow men

With more respect and a shake of their hands

But anger and loathing is rife

The death on all sides is

becoming a way of life

 

We live in an uncertain world

Fear understanding and ignorance

is leading to death

Only the corpses are left

For vultures that prey on their bones

 

But some are just not wanting peace

Their whole life is death and misery

The only thing that they know

Fight fire with fire life is cheap

 

But if the do stop to think

That man is teetering right on the brink

But do you think that they care

They benefit from death and pain and despair