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Children of the Damned - Iron Maiden

Children of the Damned

The Number of the Beast
heavy metal metal Iron Maiden NWOBHM hard rock


"Children of the Damned" is the 2nd track in the Number of the Beast album, released by Iron Maiden. This dark and compelling track is inspired by the 1963 film of the same name, which is about six children with psychic abilities who are forced to battle for their survival against an inferior human race. The song describes the death of the last of the children, as he steps out to face the humans which are intent on destroying him by burning him at the stake. It is a deep and thought-provoking film. The slow beat and mix of acoustic and metal guitar creates a mood of sadness and loss, which is perfectly matched by the hauntingly guitar solo, and the description of the child's last moments while burning is particularly vivid. Bruce Dickinson once said that he had been heavily influenced by Black Sabbath's Children of the Sea when singing this song. Steve Harris: "It's based on the film of the same name. The mood is sort of like Remember Tomorrow."


There are multiple artists with this name: 1) Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, east London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The band's discography has grown to thirty-seven albums, including fifteen studio albums, eleven live albums, four EPs, and seven compilations. Pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Iron Maiden achieved initial success during the early 1980s. After several line-up changes Show more ...

Children of the Damned - Iron Maiden

(harris)

He's walking like a small child
But watch his eyes burn you away
Black holes in his golden stare
God knows he wants to go home
Children of the damned
(repeat another 3 times)

He's walking like a dead man
If he had lived he would have crucified us all
Now he's standing on the last step
He thought oblivion well it beckons us all
Children of the damned
(repeat another 3 times)

Now it burns his hand he's turning to laugh
Smiles as the flame sears his flesh
Melting his face screaming in pain
Peeling the skin from his eyes
Watch him die according to plan
He's dust on the ground what did we learn

You're children of the damned
Your back's against the wall
You turn into the light
You're burning in the night
You're children of the damned
Like candles watch them burn
Burning in the light
You'll burn again tonight
You're children of the damned



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