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Iron Maiden-1.Be Quick Or Be Dead(Sao Paulo 1992)

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Published on Nov 20, 2008

Iron Maiden - Estadio Do Palmeiras, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Aug. 1, 1992, during the '' Fear Of The Dark Tour'' 1992.

Be Quick Or Be Dead (Dickinson, Gers)

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

[Lyrics]

Covered in sinners and dripping with gilt
Making your money from slime and from filth
Parading your bellies in ivory towers
Investing our lives in your schemes and your powers

You got to watch them Be quick or be dead
Snake eyes in heaven The thief in your head
You've got to watch them Be quick or be dead
Snake eyes in heaven The thief in your head...
Be quick! Or be dead!
Be quick! Or be dead!

See... what's ruling all our lives
See... who's pulling the strings...
See... what's ruling all our lives
See... who pulls the strings...
I bet you won't fall on your face
Your belly will hold you in place

The serpent is crawling inside of your ear
He says you must vote for what you want to hear
Don't matter what's wrong as long as you're alright
So pull yourself stupid and rub yourself blind

You got to watch them Be quick or be dead
Snake eyes in heaven The thief in your head
You've got to watch them Be quick or be dead
Snake eyes in heaven The thief in your head...
Be quick! Or be dead!
Be quick! Or be dead!

You got to watch them Be quick or be dead
Snake eyes in heaven The thief in your head
You've got to watch them Be quick or be dead
Snake eyes in heaven The thief in your head...
Be quick! Or be dead!
Be quick!
........................................­...
'Be Quick Or Be Dead' is a song from Iron Maiden's album ''Fear Of The Dark'',released in 1992.

''Similar to 'Holy Smoke' on the previous album which dealt with the greed and hypocrisy of TV preachers, 'Be Quick Or Be Dead' is a politically motivated song that deals with the greed and corruption of the democratic political system.

He says you must vote for what you want to hear
Don't matter what's wrong as long as you're alright
So pull yourself stupid and rub yourself blind

The song is about money and dodgy deals that some dishonest white-collar people make without a care in the world for those they sometimes drive to ruin. You must be quick and clever if you have no other choice but work with them, otherwise you may end up dead (maybe not in the physical sense of the term, but at least financially). The title of the song is itself inspired by a quote from the Bible that has nothing to do with the theme developed by the lyrics:

I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, Who shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing and His Kingdom [...]. 2 Timothy 4:1

Dickinson's horrible singing style ruins a song that could otherwise have been pretty decent. He was apparently experimenting, although his clear and powerful voice from the "Golden Age" was sorely missed until the "Reunion" albums. ''

'Fear of the Dark' is the ninth studio album released by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. It topped the UK albums chart. Released on 11 May 1992, it was the final studio album to feature Bruce Dickinson as lead vocalist who left the band following the album's support tour to pursue a solo career. He was succeeded by Blaze Bayley, formerly of Wolfsbane, for two studio albums until Dickinson returned to Iron Maiden for the 2000 release of Brave New World.

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