Iron Maiden The Great

to the tune of Alexander the Great

Deep Purple: "Maiden, establish yourself a new rock kingdom
For that which we leave, is too weak for thee"

There in the East End
In a part of Leytonstone
In an ancient land called Great Britania
Was founded a band
By bassist Steve Harris
The legend its name was Iron Maiden

At the age of nineteen, he became the Maiden boss
And he swore to rock all the local venues
With the Soundhouse tape, in 1978
He utterly beat the hype of punk rock

Iron Maiden the Great
Its name struck awe into hearts of bands
Iron Maiden the Great
Became a legend 'mongst metal fans

Most punk rock bands defeated left their gigs
The Americans swore to the sound of 666
Then Europe fell to the Maiden boss as well
Japan went wild for Eddie T. Head

By the time the 90s came, they met resistance again
A nd crushed it again by releasing Brave New World
Shooting up the crowd,
great audience pleasure he found
In Westham shirts, his capital of football

Iron Maiden the Great
Its name struck awe into hearts of bands
Iron Maiden the Great
Became a God amongst metal fans

A mighty crowd they could so well entice
And Iron Maiden headlined Donington
And legend said that who could do this thrice
They would become the master of metal

Hedonism he spread far and wide
With nightmare songs and Piece of Mind
Arry's culture is the best damn way of life
He paved the way by great tenacity

Touring on, touring on

The concert audience shouting side by side
Iron Maiden anthems line by line
They wouldn't stop until Run to the Hills
Tired but content, hail that glory!

Iron Maiden the Great
Its name struck awe into hearts of bands
Iron Maiden the Great
Their songs shall live on forevermore

(written for Steve's 48th birthday. March 12th 2004)