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Saracen - Heroes Saints and Fools (1981)

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Uploaded on Oct 3, 2009

One of my favorite songs ever, taken from Saracen's "Heroes, Saints and Fools" LP (Nucleus, 1981). This record is definitely one of the best pieces of music to emerge from UK in the 80s, an inspired blend of NWOBHM, hard rock and symphonic/pomp/prog rock.

Lyrics:
Standing at the gates of Forever
How can I choose the way - what are the rules?
Here the roads of life come together
The roads of heroes, saints and fools

Staring in the face of dilemma
My shadow whispers, Turn for home - but here I go
Stepping through the door to Forever
I never thought my fear would show

What now, where is the future?
--I'll show you three roads now you choose the way
Who are these wardens who call me?
--A soldier, a priest and a jester, OK?

--Wake up, our freedom is calling, fight for the right and you might set us free
Wake up, wake up, wake up and a hero you'll be

--Stand up, creatures of mercy, reach for the Bible and march with the Lord
Stand up, stand up, stand up and the saints will applaud

--Look out, don't let 'em fool ya, you'll never score if you stick to the rules
Look out, look out, look out for the ones they call fools

Come on, you've got to be kidding, what if I don't want to be what you say?
Come on, come on, come on oh there must be a way

Johnny was a loser from the start
He listened to the wardens instead of his heart
I don't want to be a hero, a saint or a fool
I just want to win like they taught me at school

Forward lead the roads, roads to freedom
What a price I'll have to pay - I should have known
Even heroes cry, yes you've seen them
I think I'll take the road for home

Turning from the gates of forever
How could I choose the way - what are the rules?
I know I had the chance, but I'll leave it
To all you heroes, saints and fools

Look out!

Never be a loser from the start
Take all your chances and follow your heart
I know I ain't a hero, a saint or a fool,
I just want to win like they taught me at school

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