[Song of the Week] The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner (Somewhere in Time)
Our poll winner is a song with rather long title, The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner from the album Somewhere in Time, released nearly 30 years ago! It was written by Steve Harris. The song was recently quoted by English long-distance runner Paula Radcliffe in a video which was then posted on our sub.
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I'm including a Wayback Machine link from ironmaidencommentary.com, because the page is dead, but still has some interesting insights on the lyrics.Possible song interpretation:
"This song is based on the short story by Alan Sillitoe, which was also made into a 1962 film of the same name, about a young runner who defies his juvenile detention centre warden by throwing a race that he is expected to win. It is another song with a good chorus and instrumental, and it also appears to have the longest title of any Maiden song.
The story relates the inner thoughts of a young offender who's in borstal, but who is allowed to train for a long-distance race. The local authorities hope to gain some prestige from the race, but the young man is aware that he is being manipulated and, while he is running, we can follow his reflections. Why should he follow rules that are forced onto him and win a race for those who put him in prison? This is a brilliant story about hypocrisy. "
Submitted October 09, 2017 at 08:18AM by Kibythe
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