Iron Maiden - Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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  1. esgallindeion

    esgallindeion Minstrel Knight

    Hear the rime of the Ancient Mariner
    See his eyes as he stops one of three
    Mesmerises one of the wedding guests
    Stay here and listen to the nightmares
    of the sea.

    And the music plays on, as the bride passes by
    Caught by his spell and
    the Mariner tells his tale.

    Driven south to the land of the snow and ice
    To a place where nobody's been
    Through the snow fog flies on the albatross
    Hailed in God's name,
    hoping good luck it brings.

    And the ship sails on, back to the north
    Through the fog and ice and
    the albatross follows on

    The mariner kills the bird of good omen
    His shipmates cry against what he's done
    But when the fog clears, they justify him
    And make themselves part of the crime.

    Sailing on and on and North across the sea
    Sailing on and on and North 'til all is calm.

    The albatross begins with its vengeance
    A terrible curse a thirst has begun
    His shipmates blame the bad luck on the Mariner
    About his neck, the dead bird is hung.

    And the curse goes on and on and on at sea,
    And the thirst goes on and on for them and me.

    "Day after day, day after day,
    we stuck nor breath nor motion
    As idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean
    Water, water everywhere and
    all the boards did shrink
    Water, water everywhere nor any drop to drink."

    There, calls the Mariner,
    there comes a ship over the line
    But how can she sail with no wind
    in her sails and no tide.

    See...onward she comes
    Onward she nears, out of the sun
    See...she has no crew
    She has no life, wait but there's two

    Death and she life in Death,
    they throw their dice for the crew
    She wins the Mariner and he belongs to her now.
    Then...crew one by one
    They drop down dead, two hundred men
    She...She, Life in Death,
    She lets him live, her chosen one.

    "One after one by the star dogged moon,
    too quick for groan or sigh
    each turned his face with a ghastly pang,
    and cursed me with his eye
    four times fifty living men
    (and I heard nor sigh nor groan),
    with heavy thump, a lifeless lump,
    they dropped down one by one."

    The curse it lives on in their eyes
    The Mariner he wished he'd die
    Along with the sea creatres
    But they lived on, so did he.

    And by the light of the moon
    He prays for their beauty not doom
    With heart he blesses them
    God's creatures all of them too

    Then the spell starts to break
    The albatross falls from his neck
    Sinks down like lead into the sea
    Then down in falls comes the rain.

    Hear the groans of the long dead seamen
    See them stir and they start to rise
    Bodies lifted by good spirits
    None of them speak
    and they're lifeless in their eyes.

    And revenge is still sought, penance starts again
    Cast into a trance and the nightmare carries on.

    Now the curse is finally lifted
    And the Mariner sights his home
    Spirits go from the long dead bodies
    Form their own light and
    the Mariner's left alone.

    And then a boat came sailing towards him
    It was a joy he could not believe
    The pilots boat, his son and the hermit.
    Penance of life will fall onto Him.

    And the ship sinks like lead into the sea
    And the hermit shrieves the Mariner of his sins.

    The Mariner's bound to tell of his story
    To tell his tale wherever he goes
    To teach God's word by his own example
    That we must love all things that God made.

    And the wedding guest's a sad and wiser man
    And the tale goes on and on and on.
  2. lord_neo

    lord_neo Guest

    The same as the novel....:p

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