Iron Maiden – Rime of the Ancient Mariner – Live

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Live Video of Iron Maiden performing “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” at Long Beach Arena during the bands “Live After Death” Tour in 1984-1985.

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner - Samuel Taylor Coleridge“Rime of the Ancient Mariner” is written by Steve Harris for the 1984 album “Powerslave”. The song is based on “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”, a poem written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1798. Read more about it at Iron Maiden Commentary

Iron Maiden “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” song lyrics:

Hear the rime of the ancient mariner 
See his eye 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 a 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 it’s vengeance 
A terrible curse a thirst has begun 
His shipmates blame bad luck on the mariner 
About his neck, the dead bird is hung. 

And the curse goes on and on at sea 
And the curse 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 here’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 facce 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 wished he’d die 
Along with the sea creatures 
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 lifelesss 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 pilot’s 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 this 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.



Patrick says:

I saw live after death in Michigan at the castle. I loved it!

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