Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast

The Number of the Beast

Captiol Records, 1982

The Number of the Beast


I left alone, my mind was blank,

I needed time to think, to get the memories from my mind

What did I see? Can I believe?

That what I saw that night was real and not just fantasy

Just what I saw in my old dreams,

Were they reflections of my warped mind staring back at me

‘Cause in my dreams it’s always there,

The evil face that twists my mind and brings me to despair.


Night was black,

Was no use holding back,

‘Cause I just had to see

Was someone watching me

In the mist, Dark figures move and twist,

Was this all for real

Or some kind of hell

666 — the number of the beast

Hell and fire was spawned to be released

Torches blazed

And sacred chants were praised,

As they start to cry

Hands held to the sky

In the night,

The fires burning bright,

The ritual has begun,

Satan’s work is done

666 — the number of the beast

Sacrifice is going on tonight

(2:46-Solo: Dave Murray)

(3:15-Solo: Adrian Smith)

This can’t go on,

I must inform the law,

Can this still be real

Or some crazy dream?

But I feel drawn toward the evil chanting hordes,

Seem to mesmerize me, can’t avoid their eyes

666, the number of the beast

666, the one for you and me

I’m coming back, I will return,

And I’ll possess your body and I’ll make you burn

I have the fire, I have the force,

I have the power to make my evil take it’s course


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