* The Name IRON MAIDEN was gotten from the movie "The Man with the Iron Mask".
* The nickname "Bruce Bruce" (used during Bruce´s days in Samson) is originally
from Monty Python´s "no pooftas" scetch.
* The nickname "Air raid Siren" was actually well-earned in Samson when he
managed to shatter a huge glass globe at Chelsea College with one particularly
* The Charlotte series: "Charlotte the Harlot", "22 Acacia Avenue". It is argued by some
the "Hooks in you", and "From here to Eternity" are continuations of the storyline
but others disagree.
* "Run To The Hills" tells the tale of the massacre of the native Americans by the
pillaging palce-faces from both points of view. The first part of the song tells the side
of the Indians. The second part tells the side of the soldiers. This was the bands first
BIG hit single, especially in the states.
* "Children Of The Damned" is a song inspired by the movie of the same name.
* "Murders in the Rue Morgue" is based on Edgar Allen Poe´s detective short story by
the same name.
* "Bring your Daughter... To the Slaughter" is loosely based on the poem "To
Coy his Mistress"
* "The Sheriff of Huddersfield" is a song about Maiden´s manager Rod
(Smallwallet) Smallwood. He is notoriously a cheapskate, skimping tips
wherever possible, and pinching pennies wherever. Just listen to the song...
* "Still Life" is about a guy who´s drawn like a magnet to a pool of water, see his face in
the lake, has nighmares about it, and in the end jumps in and takes his unfortunate
girlfriend with him. I think It´s inspired by Ramsey Campbell´s "The Inhabitant of
* "Quest For Fire", inspired by the movie with the same name, is a little less convincing
than some of the other epics, although the vision it conjures up of dinosaurs and
Racquel Welch wobbling about is pretty agreeable.
* "Purgatory" is an old song, and in a slightly different form used to be called "Floating".
Then Maiden changed the lyrics and a couple of bits in the middle section.
* "Gangland", written by Clive Burr and Adrian Smith, is a bit jazz influenced, with the
drum intro written by Clive (of course).
* "Hallowed Be Thy Name" is about someone with only a few hours left to live. He is
about to be changed, and this deals with how he faces his future.
* "The Trooper" is based on the Crimean War with the British against the Russians.
The opening is meant to try and recreate the galloping horses in the chrge of the light
brigade. Based on Lord Alfred Tennyson´s "Charge of the Light Brigade".
* "Rime Of The Ancient Mariner", as many people know, is an epic
(Maiden´s longest song, so far, clocking in at 13.45), based on the poem of the same
name written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The song is much easier to understand than
the actual poem, if you ask me!
* "Invaders" (from THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST) is actually an extension of the
old standard song"Invasion" (heard on the Soundhouse Tapes, and as a b-side to the
Women In Uniform single). It´s about the Viking Invasion(s) of England.
* "King Of Twilight"- a cover song (the b-side on the Aces High single) originally done
by NEKTAR, from the album "A Tab In The Ocean"
* "Genghis Khan" is an instrumental about what Genghis Khan´s advancing army was like.
* "The Assassin" is based on a kille´s motives and how he goes about his business.
* "The Evil That Men Do" has taken its title from a Shakespare quote. The quote is
"The Evil That Men Do lives on after them, But the good is oft interred with theit bones.
" This is from Mark Antony´s soliloquy in "Julius Caesar."
* "Run Silent Run Deep" is based on the movie.
* Bring Your Daughter... To the Slaughter" was written during Bruce Dickinson´s solo
project for the Nighmare on Elm Street Part V movie.
* "Prowler" is supposedly about a guy streaking and flashing women, while masturbating
at the same time.
* Alexander The Great" tells the life and times of the famous conqueror Alexander the Great...
* "Holy Smoke" is about the bullshit evangelists, and some of their weird scans.
* "The Duellists" is loosely based on the British movie of the same name, directed by
Ridley Scott. Also see the book "The Duel" by Joseph Conrad.
* "Remember Tomorrow" is, according to a Paul Di´anno interview with Metal Hammer,
about his grandfather.This track was wery special and personal to him.
* "Back In The Village" also has something to do with the Prisoner series.
* "Childhood´s End" is an Arthur C. Clarke Sci-Fi book. The song does not have anything
to do with the book, apart from the fact that they have the same name.
* "Man On The Edge" appears to be based on the film "Falling Down" starring
* "The Edge Of Darkness" is based on Joseph Conrad´s "Heart of Darkness" on wich the
film "Apocalypse Now" is based.
* "Sign Of The Cross" is based on the book "The Name of the Rose" by Umberto Eco.
There is also a film by the same name, starring Sean Connery.
* "Lord of the Flies" is based on William Golding´s novel by the same name...