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Be Quick Or Be Dead
Iron Maiden Lyrics


Covered in sinners and dripping with guilt
Making your money from slime and from filth
Parading your bellies in ivory towers
Investing our lives in your schemes and your powers

You got to watch them
Be quick or be dead
Snake eyes in heaven
The thief's in your head
You've got to watch them
Be quick or be dead
Snake eyes in heaven
The thief in your head

Be quick or be dead
Be quick, quick, quick, quick
Or be dead, dead, dead, dead

See what's ruling all our lives
See who's pulling strings
See what's ruling all our lives
See who pulls the strings
I bet you won't fall on your face
Your belly will hold you in place

The serpent is crawling inside of your ear
He says you must vote for what you want to hear
Don't matter what's wrong as long as you're alright
Pull yourself stupid, rob yourself blind

You've got to watch them
Be quick or be dead
Snake eyes in heaven
The thief in your head
You've got to watch them
Be quick or be dead
Snake eyes in heaven
The thief's in your head

Be quick or be dead
Be quick, quick, quick, quick
Or be dead, dead, dead, dead

You've got to watch them
Be quick or be dead
Snake eyes in heaven
The thief's in your head
You've got to watch them
Be quick or be dead
Snake eyes in heaven
The thief's in your head

Be quick
Or be dead
Be quick

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Bruce Dickinson, Janick Gers

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Rodney Ives Collen

This song is faster and heavier than most Iron Maiden songs, and is the band's first single co-written by Janick Gers, and it is all about the greed and corruption of the democratic system. Politicians do dodgy deals with the rich that screw up a lot of people. If you’re not quick, you’ll end up dead, either figuratively or literally. It was the first single from the album. The title was inspired by a passage (2 Timothy 4:1) in the Bible.

LYRICS

[Verse 1]
Covered in sinners and dripping with guilt
Making you money from slime and from filth
Parading your bellies in ivory towers
Investing our lives in your schemes and your powers

[Chorus]
You got to watch them
Be quick or be dead
Snake eyes in Heaven
The thief's in your head
You've got to watch them
Be quick or be dead
Snake eyes in Heaven
The thief in your head

Be quick or be dead
Be quick, quick, quick, quick
Or be dead, dead, dead, dead

[Bridge]
See what's ruling all our lives
See who's pulling the strings
See what's ruling all our lives
See who pulls the strings
I bet you won't fall on your face
Your belly will hold you in place

[Verse 2]
The serpent is crawling inside of your ear
He says you must vote for what you want to hear
Don't matter what's wrong as long as you're alright
So pull yourself stupid and rob yourself blind

[Chorus]

Be quick or be dead
Be quick, quick, quick, quick
Or be dead, dead, dead, dead

[Chorus]

Be quick... or be dead!
Be quick!



All comments from YouTube:

Jeremy Cubs

Bruce's vocals on this album is amazing.

Daemon

How they never play this song on concerts

Armin

@Thirdfish i know bro, but it doesn't hit me the same... As i said, its understandable, they're ancient gods of metal. I'm listening to "No prayer for the dying album" as i type this, and my eyes are sweaty from all the nostalgia and everything...

Thirdfish

@Armin He is 64 years old this August, yet still has fire in his belly and desire in his eyes, that's good enough for me.

Lots of singers lose their voice and range as they age. Enjoy him while he's still able to produce music. New solo album coming soon with Roy Z.

Armin

@Thirdfish i feel sad when i listen to his late stuff coz he sounds like a granpa compared to this, understandable, coz he is... :(

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Mario Paredes

Powerful vocals, insane riff, mind-blowing guitar solo... Only Maiden can give you this.

Dave L

This could easily be a Judas Priest song.

Miltiadis kyriakopoulos

There are times I see metallica can't get even close that band.

medaner1974

And Judas and Accept

BullRed94

Pantera

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