Текст песни Iron Maiden - Empire of the Clouds

To ride the storm to an empire of the clouds
To ride the storm they climbed aboard their silver ghost
To ride the storm to a kingdom that will come
To ride the storm and damn the rest... oblivion

Royalty and dignitaries, brandy and cigars
Related giant of the skies, you hold them in your arms
The millionth chance they laughed to take down his majesty's craft
"To india" they say: "magic carpet float away", an October fateful day

Mist is in the trees, stone sweats with the dew
The morning sunrise, red before the blue
Hanging at the mast, waiting for command
His majesty's airship, the R101

She's the biggest vessel built by man, a giant of the skies
For all you unbelievers, the Titanic fits inside
Drum rolled tight, a canvas skin, silvered in the sun
Never tested with the fury with a beating yet to come, the fury yet to come….

In the gathering gloom, a storm rising in the west
The coxswain stared into the plunging weather glass

We must go now, we must take our chance with fate
We must go now, for the politicians he can't be late

The airship crew awake for thirty hours at full stretch
But the ship is in their backbone, every sinew, every inch
She never flew at full speed, a trial never done
A fragile outer cover, her achilles would become, an achilles yet to come...

Sailors of the sky, a hardened breed
Loyal to the king and an airship creed

The engines drum, the telegraph sounds
Release the cords that bind us to the ground

Said the coxswain:"sir, she's heavy, she'll never make this flight"
Said the captain: "damn the cargo! We'll be on our way tonight"
Groundsmen cheered in wonder, as she backed up from the mast
Baptizing with her water, from the ballast fore and aft, now she slips into our past…

Fighting the wind as it rolls you, feeling the beams as they push you along
Watching the channel below you, lower and lower into the night
Lights are passing below you, northern france asleep in their beds
Storm is raging around you, a million to one, that's what he said

Reaper standing beside you, wind inside cuts to the bone
Panicked to make a decision, experienced men asleep in their graves
Her cover is ripped and she's flooding, rain is flooding into the hull
Bleeding to death and she's falling, lifting gas is draining away

"We're down lads!" came a cry, bow plunging from the sky
Three thousand horses silent as the ship began to die
The flares to guide her path ignited at the last
The empire of the clouds, just ashes in our past, just ashes at the last...

Here lie their dreams as I stand in the sun
On the ground where they built and the engines they run
To the moon and the stars, now what have we done?
Oh the dreamers may die but the dreams live on...

Dreams live on...
Dreams live on...


Now a shadow on a hill, the angel of the east
The empire of the clouds may rest in peace
And in a country churchyard, laid head to the mast
Eight and fourty souls who came to die in france
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