@Ironmaiden on @reddit [Song of the Week] Childhood’s End (Fear of the Dark)

[Song of the Week] Childhood’s End (Fear of the Dark)

Our discussion material for the upcoming week is Childhood's End – a short rocker song, from the album Fear of the Dark, released in 1992. The record was last before Bruce Dickinson temporarily left the band. The track, suggested by /u/saddestgiraffe was written by Steve Harris and it has, for some reason, never been played live.

Possible song interpreation, from

"Although it has the same title as an Arthur C. Clarke novel Childhood's End (1953) or a Marillion song on their 1985 album Misplaced Childhood, the song is actually unrelated to either of them. Whereas Clarke's story is about an alien species that comes to Earth to prevent Man from travelling to the stars by enslaving him in a society of entertainment and shallow pleasures, and Fish's text deals with the end of a comfortable childhood and the beginning of a responsible adult life, Iron Maiden's song is about all the terrible suffering, pain, injustice, and fear in the world. The lyrics summon those terrible images of children dying of starvation in countries where the leaders do not care for their people, and stress the fact that humans cannot remain children for long on this this planet due either to "natural" catastrophes engineered by man or simply to pointless wars that lead whole countries to ruin…"

List of songs that will be discussed in following weeks – of course anybody is welcome to post a suggestion in the comments!

The song itself


Previous Songs of the Week

Submitted March 12, 2018 at 01:14PM by Kibythe
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