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13 January 2011 @ 09:56 pm
Bp's Song of the Week #104: Iron Maiden "Coming Home"  
Written by Adrian Smith, Steve Harris & Bruce Dickinson, this is hands down my favorite track from the latest Iron Maiden release, The Final Frontier. It’s a road, or rather air, song about being on tour and returning home at the end. The tour imagery that flows over the slow, atmospheric verses and mid-tempo choruses becomes even more poignant when you realize that the imagery is that much more personal because vocalist Dickinson was actually the band’s pilot on their last tour (see you tube link in the “more” section below).

“To Albion’s land, coming home when I see the runway lights, in the misty dawn the night is fading fast, coming home far away as the vapor trails alight, where I’ve been tonight you know I will not stay.”

"Coming Home"

A quick google search for “Albion’s Land” revealed that it’s “one of the ancient legendary names of…Britain” where the band is from. Dickinson, arguably one of metal’s vocalists, puts in a stellar vocal performance moving through a variety of tones and emotions. The soaring chorus juxtaposed against the almost mournful verses provides a great tempo for the song.

The first part of the guitar solo is a majestic, almost soaring flight through the clouds while the second part is faster, more frenetic paced, both representing the ever turbulent skies as well as emotions during and at the end of a tour.

30 years into their career and they sound better than ever.

Up the Irons!

More Iron Maiden:
From the Flight 666 film – Bruce flies Eddie (3:30 mark)
When the Wild Wind Blows (2010)
Flight of Icarus (my first introduction to them back in 1983)
Run to the Hills