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Iron Maiden-5.Children Of The Damned(Sofia 2007)

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Published on Nov 3, 2008

Iron Maiden - Lokomotiv Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria, June 4, 2007, during A Matter of Life and Death World Tour 2006-2007, also known as A Matter of Life and Death World Tour - 1st leg-2006,and A Matter of the Beast Tour - 2nd leg-2007.
Special thanks goes to the owner for this DVD.

Children Of The Damned (Harris)

Bruce Dickinson:Vocals
Steve Harris:Bass
Janick Gers:Guitar
Dave Murray:Guitar
Adrian Smith:Guitar
Nicko McBrain:Drums

[Lyrics]

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, Children of the damned
Children of the damned, Children of the damned

He's walking like a dead man if he had lived he would have crucified us all
Now he's standing on his last step he thought oblivion well it beckons us all

Children of the damned, Children of the damned
Children of the damned, Children of the damned

Now it's burning his hands 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

Children of the damned
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''Children Of The Damned'' is a song from Iron Maiden's album ''The Number Of The Beast'', released in 1982.

''It's based on the film of the same name. The mood is sort of like 'Remember Tomorrow''. (Steve Harris)

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, worthy of the song which it inspired.

The story of the film is that of six children who are born at different locations around the world with amazingly high intelligence and special powers. United Nations scientists have the children moved to London for closer investigation. But while the researchers argue among themselves about the children's fate, the military tries to figure out a way to harness the youngsters' special powers for their own purpose. However, the six children decide to take matters into their own hands, which ultimately leads them to their destruction.

Musically, 'Children Of The Damned' is superb. The slow beat and mix of acoustic and metal guitar creates a mood of sadness and loss, which is perfectly matched by the hauntingly beautiful guitar solo. The description of the child's last moments while burning ("melting his face, screaming in pain, peeling the skin from his eyes") is particularly vivid and will send a shiver down the spine of anyone who has enough imagination to picture what's going on. Bruce once said that he had been heavily influenced by Black Sabbath's 'Children Of The Grave' when singing this song. This is in any case one of Maiden's most memorable songs. ''

'The Number of the Beast' is the third studio album by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. The album was released on March 29, 1982 through EMI and on its sister label Capitol on the Harvest imprint in the US originally before it was re-released by Sanctuary/Columbia in the US. This was the debut of vocalist Bruce Dickinson in Iron Maiden. It has been cited as one of the most influential heavy metal albums of all time, and is widely acknowledged as one of the best and most iconic albums of the genre.

'The Number of the Beast' also cemented Iron Maiden as one of "the biggest metal bands on the planet".

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