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The First Ten Years - Flight Of Icarus/The Trooper

Flight Of Icarus/The Trooper



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Základní údaje

CD vyšlo v rámci edice The First Ten Years 12. 3. 1990
Obsahuje dva původní singly (nikdy nevyšly na CD) + bonus

Flight Of Icarus
Původní datum vydání: 11. 4. 1983
Singl při příležitosti vydání alba: Piece Of Mind
Produced and Engeneered by Martin Birch
Illustration Derek Riggs

The Trooper
Původní datum vydání: 20. 6. 1983
Singl při příležitosti vydání alba: Piece Of Mind
Produced and Engeneered by Martin Birch
Illustration Derek Riggs

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Sestava

Steve Harris - baskytara
Dave Murray - kytara
Bruce Dickinson - zpěv
Nicko McBrain - bicí
Adrian Smith - kytara


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Seznam skladeb

1. Flight Of Icarus (Smith, Dickinson)
2. I've Got The Fire (R. Montrose)
3. The Trooper (Harris)
4. Cross Eyed Mary (I. Anderson)
5. Listen With Nicko! Part V (McBrain)

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Texty

Flight Of Icarus (Harris)

As the sun breaks above the ground an old man stands on the hill
As the ground warms to the first rays of light a bird song shatters the still
His eyes are ablaze, see the madman in his gaze

Fly, on your way, like an eagle, fly as high as the sun
On your way, like an eagle, fly and touch the sun

Now the crowd breaks and a young boy appears, looks the old man in the eye
As he spreads his wings and shouts at the crowd "In the name of God my father I'll fly!"
His eyes seem so glazed as he flies on the wings of a dream
Now he knows his father betrayed, now his wings turn to ashes to ashes his grave

Fly, on your way, like an eagle, fly as high as the sun
On your way, like an eagle, fly as high as the sun

Fly, on your way, like an eagle, fly as high as the sun
On your way, like an eagle, fly as high as the sun
On your way, like an eagle, fly toward the sun
On your way, like an eagle, fly...

Fly as high as the sun

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I've Got The Fire (R. Montrose)

Then baby, pass me by
And if you wanted something that's twenty years deep
Baby, don't even try
And if you wanted someone to take your soul
I'll lift you up little bit higher

I've got the fire!

So you think I'm skinny, don't you sell me cheap
I'm as wide as a country-mile
Some like it wide, I like it deep
Guess which one is my style
So you think you can beat me by my own game
Maybe I'll call you a liar

I've got the fire! I've got the fire!

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The Trooper (Harris)

You'll take my life but I'll take yours too
You'll fire your musket but I'll run you through
So when you're waiting for the next attack
You'd better stand there's no turning back

The bugle sounds and the charge begins
But on this battlefield no one wins
The smell of acrid smoke and horses breath
As I plunge on into certain death

Ooooooooh! Ooooooooh!

The horse he sweats with fear we break to run
The mighty roar of the Russian guns
And as we race toward the human wall
The screams of pain as my comrades fall

We hurdle bodies that lay on the ground
And the Russians fire another round
We get so near yet so far away
We won't live to fight another day

Ooooooooh! Ooooooooh!

We get so close near enough to fight
When a Russian gets me in his sights
He pulls the trigger and I feel the blow
A burst of rounds take my horse below

And as I lay there gazing at the sky
My body's numb and my throat is dry
And as I lay forgotten and alone
Without a tear I draw my parting groan

Ooooooooh! Ooooooooh!


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Cross Eyed Mary (I. Anderson)

Who would be a poor man, a beggarman, a thief
If he had a rich man in his hand
And who would steal the candy from a laughing baby's mouth
If he could take it from the money man

Cross-eyed Mary goes jumping in again
She signs no contract but she always plays it clean
She dines in Hampstead village on expense-accounted gruel
And the jack-knife barber drops her off at school

Laughing in the playground gets no kicks from little boys
Would rather make it with a letching gray
Or maybe her attention is drawn by Aqualung
Who watches through the railings as they play

Cross-eyed Mary finds it hard to get along
A poor man's rich girl and she'll do it for a song
A rich man's stealer but her favour's good and strong
She's the Robin Hood of Highgate helps the poor man get along

Laughing in the playground gets no kicks from little boys
Would rather make it with a letching gray
Or maybe her attention is drawn by Aqualung
Who watches through the railings as they play

Cross-eyed Mary goes jumping in again
She signs no contract but she always plays it clean
She dines in Hampstead village on expense-accounted gruel
And the jack-knife barber drops her off at school

Cross-eyed Mary, Oh Mary... Oh Cross-eyed Mary


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Listen With Nicko Part V

What ho.... sed de ting!

Welcome to "not alot of people know that, part 5." Yes, you lot out there, ah you're so lucky again! How can you be getting so lucky, my God! Flight of Icarus in those grubby dirty by now horribly sticky little fingers and hands and grubby palms, and oh what else is grubby, I don't know. 'Flight Of Icarus', 'I've Got The Fire!' Wooo, I have right now thinking about this, oh my goodness the memories for this, my very first exotic jaunt over to the island of Jersey, followed by a swift little airplane ride 3,000 kilometres due... East of ah... well no, no, got that wrong, due west of Watford. My goodness, I go the wrong way and get to bleedin Russia, it'd be all over. Yes, due west of Watford, 3,000 odd bloody miles – forget this kilometre stuff, where do you think you are? Bleedin France? No thanks very much, I'm right here!

Anyway, Flight of Icarus, doo dee doo! Flight Of Icarus, my first single, released the 11th of April 1983, chart position number eleven... da de de da! Didn't quite get to number ten, did it? Anyway, my first record with the band... I starred in the video! Did you see that? Did you see that handsome geezer with the blue chops? Wasn't half cold out there! Anyway no! We did this... ah, fantastic! First trip to Jap... uh... from Jersey to Nassau to do the album, we had five weeks rehearsal in Jersey... well, we had two weeks really because ended up three weeks partying at the bar. My goodness, we had the only 24-hour bar on the island, and we ah... funnily enough we managed to cram 25 hours in a day, hahaha! So there we are, fifteen days before we're supposed to leave... fifteen days! We hadn't even written any... well, the boys had written some... but we really hadn't rehearsed anything 'cause we was partying to much and having a good time, and all that good stuff. So there you are, we get this... most of the song's written, get to Jersey, boom!

Oh, by the way, when we first arrived in Jersey, the first place we went to was a place called The Traveller's Rest. Dear Tony Wiggins our tour manager, he told us all about this place because he checked it out before us. Said "here look, you've got to come in this place before we go" and that's the first thing we did, got of the plane, picked the suitcase up, "HILLO!" they said, "HOWWYOU!", "we're fine", "Ok you can come through". So we go through, get in the cabs... off we go, Traveller's Rest. Stopped in the Traveller's Rest. "You've gotta have a banana daquirie" says Tony Wiggens. Well allright, let's have a drop... banana juice... we says, banana juice... it's a poof's drink! So, fair enough, so there we are sitting at the bar, and there's five poofs sitting at the bar, us! Hahaha! Drinking these daquiries. Hahaha, no! So, the first one goes down, we thought "f'kin' great! Nothing to it, let's have another one!" F'kin' second one goes down... fifteen minutes later we're on our third banana daquirie. Now, we're talking serious alcohol here but you don't taste it because it's a frozen drink, it's bunged in a blender, loads of ice, ton of banana liqueur, na... banana, lot of lichee, and lots of wizzing around of varous parts, and you stick it in a glass and stuff it up with a straw. For about... three of these as I said later... quarter of an hour goes by... half an hour, we try to stand up and leave. I mean, it was like, you know, "Gaaaahh, where we goin?" Ah, we were gone! We, we, we spent many a night down in that place, but only after an hour... we did have a party after we actually recorded Flight of Icarus... we went down to the pub and ah, tried to get it and gave up. The next day it weren't happening, but we went after we celebrated... we went out and celebrated the first single being recorded.

But just before we did this, recorded the song. Steve said to me, he said, "don't you think we ought to speed it up a bit?" I said, "Yeah, I think it should be a bit faster." And Dave and H... um, Bruce and H, sorry, had written this song. And they were like very adamant about the tempo of this thing, they didn't want it sort of speeding up or anything like this. So 'Arry said, "play it a bit faster." I said, "yes, I'll nuts it up, don't worry" So we get in the studio and rehearsed it, we'd done it once or twice and it was, you know, happening. But not so...f'kin' hell, I'll boost it up a tad... I'll pump it... you know. So I'm out there, "boom do do da do do doom do do da! do do doom..." you know, alright we go... hah! and ah Bruce, Dave and H going "aah Nick, what you... f'kin'... what'd you doing?" You know, I said "Nothing!", and I thought to myself, "Ah there we go, the new boy in the band, and they think, "he's only been in the band f'kin' two months and he's speeding everything up, you know." Anyway, as it turned out, it's great, wasn't it? It was really a good song.

So, they asked me to do the video. So out we are, and they said, "look do you want to do the video? You can be the old man in it." I said, "Old man? Look here, look here who do you think you're talking to... old man! Give us a break!" They said, "well you are, aren't ya?" F'kin' cheek! Swift kick up the jackseat for that! ah boof! That gave them one right up the bum, didn't it? So there I am, I'm out there, they said...I said, "alright I'll do the video." And they said, "yeah but ahhh.....we gotta blue your chops." I said, "what?" They said, "we gotta put blue makeup on your face." I said, "you can piss off! I ain't having none of that!" They said, "You f'kin' will, if you wanna star in the video!" Neeah! "So there! You wanna do it or not?" I thought, "well... f'kin' 'ell, I am the new boy and I should do it really, it'll be a bit fun." And it was, it turned out to be the most amazing... fun... I tell ya, we really had a good time. Couple of dodgy moments when I was standing on the edge of this little cliff looking down at the... or looking out to the ocean. The wind was blowing, no the wind. I mean, I was <farting noise> as well, certainly, but nevertheless. It was... I was crying a lot of that, sixty... fifty... sixty feet down to the ocean! F'kin' great big waves rolling in there, I mean I only needed to fall over and that was it! Goodbye, no f'kin' Icky to help me out with the wings... c'mon dad, watch this!

Anyway, that leads me on to 'I've Got The Fire', which is on the B-side as you know, of Flight Of Icarus. Now, for you boys and girls out there who've been paying attention and doing your homework, and buying the first, second, third, and fourth box set of the new singles, et cetera, or the old new singles. 'I've Got The Fire' was recorded on the very very first Maiden single which was Running Free, now we've already talked about that. But the boys decided to do it. Steve said, "I'd like to have the penultimate... or not the penultimate, the definive... de... DEFINITIVE version of this, studio version wise, lets do it again." So that's why we bunged that one on the Icarus single.

Now moving on slowly but surely to 'The Trooper'. Now that's a great old.... oh man, that's a song to play, man! <hums and drums in the background>.... All that, yeah! Gosh! Bringing back some.... I wanna go out and do it. Based on the charge of the Light Brigade! Watch out! My goodness, woah, never has there been so many to fight so few! Or whatever, I don't know, that was Winnie, the wrong one. 'Aces High', that's coming up next kids. Yeah, well that's you know, in the next box set if you go out and buy it, you'll hear it on the next "Nicko's uuh, you didn't know... you know not a lot of people knew that..." Right? Number six I guess it'll be then. But anyway, yeah, oh I remember... in... what was it? What was it? Into the valley of death rode the however many it was, that was what I was trying to think of and I got the Winnie quote down the wrong way. Nevertheless! Yes, great song.

'Cross-eyed Mary'. Ian Anderson wrote this song, Jethro Tull played it. We recorded it... the B-side. Did I tell you it was released the 28th of June 1983? Chart position 12? Well, if I told you that once already, f'kin' too bad! So what! Nyah! See. Had to get that one in. And as a matter of fact, the 'Cross-eyed Mary' received... gosh, I mean, ultimates ultimates lots of loads of and indies and outsies of U.S. airplay, I tell ya, this was one of the biggest... THE song to be played the most on U.S. airplay from Iron Maiden. Ain't that funny? It's the best one that they ever played. Well, I guess their answer would say that's f'kin' life, innit?

Oh by the way, just before I sign off... because I've gotta go now... you know, there's a beer waiting for me down the road in the bar. So I thought I'd better go in and have myself a little liquid libation, being I'm half way throught these little box sets here. Did you hear the one about the queer shepherd? No? Well, he kept mountin' goats! Hahahahahaha! It's stupid, innit? I love it though... oh gosh! Ok, take care of yourselves, see you later alright? Bye.

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