可能的。答案。Iron Maiden

tIron maiden一、爲什麼Iron Maiden(八0-九0年代重金屬團)要叫做Iron Maiden-鐵娘子?

當時Steve Harris剛看過一部電影叫做 “Man in the Iron Mask“,想用到團名。後來定案作 “Iron Maiden”,一種歐洲(德國)古代的刑具(跟電影是完全無關 但比較有震撼性吧)

二、Iron Maiden是什麼樣的刑具?

如左圖,他是一個高有210公分的「容器」,門跟後面壁上有刺,人是直立站在裡面,刺故意避開人的重要器官,所以被囚禁的人會「活著」受苦。在這個密閉空間裡,完全密合,動彈不得,為了加深被囚禁的人對密閉空間的恐懼感。通常最後死於流血過多,是一種很漫長、很痛苦的受死法。

三 、爲什麼恐怖的Iron Maiden是仕女頭?

其實這是對13世紀的另一種刑具Schandmantel,一種木制的桶子,主要是用來修理妓女–把人裝進桶子裡,群眾丟蔬菜垃圾進桶子裡以羞辱之的錯誤詮釋版,原本的版本相較之下有人性多了。至於仕女頭據說是以上帝之母–聖母瑪莉的臉去鑄造的(也許是覺得刑具本身是替天行道吧)。所以,這殘忍的東西也就諷刺的有了個慈祥的臉。爲什麼人啊,對於同是人類的同類,總可以利用各種名義互相殘害呢?

6. Run To The Hills

White man came across the sea
He brought us pain and misery
He killed our tribes killed our creed
He took our game for his own need

We fought him hard we fought him well
Out on the plains we gave him hell
But many came too much for Cree
Oh will we ever be set free?

Riding through dust clouds and barren wastes
Galloping hard on the plains
Chasing the redskins back to their holes
Fighting them at their own game
Murder for freedom the stab in the back
Women and children are cowards attack

Run to the hills, run for your lives
Run to the hills, run for your lives

Soldier blue in the barren wastes
Hunting and killing their game
Raping the women and wasting the men
The only good Indians are tame
Selling them whiskey and taking their gold
Enslaving the young and destroying the old

Run to the hills, run for your lives

(讓我想起閃靈的Seediq)

很驚訝的知道Iron Maiden原來總共有12種不同的組合(然後可以稱霸這麼久,太神奇了。)我很佩服他們的音樂現在聽起來一點也不老套,尤其是雙音和爬格子的部分都還是那麼original,讓人感動。而且雖然包裝圖案看起來很可怕,可是音樂性很高,到了這個年紀聽卻還是覺得好聽,歌詞有都超認真,果然是了不起的重金屬團!

PS: 我想Harris應該是很喜歡看電視和看電影,當然他也應該很喜歡看書。他的音樂總是被某電影或某電視啟發呢 (笑)

要只選一首放在這裡真是太難太難了 ,考慮了很久, 決定放 “Revelations from ‘Piece Of Mind’

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“O God of Earth and Altar,
Bow down and hear our cry,
Our earthly rulers falter,
Our people drift and die,
The walls of gold entomb us,
The swords of scorn divide,
Take not thy thunder from us,
But take away our pride.”
(G.K. Chesterton: English Hymnal)

Just a babe in a black abyss,
No reason for a place like this,
The walls are cold and souls cry out in pain,
An easy way for the blind to go,
A clever path for the fools who know
The secret of the Hanged Man – the smile of his lips.

The light of the Blind – you’ll see,
The venom that tears my spine,
The Eyes of the Nile are opening – you’ll see.

She came to me with a serpent’s kiss,
As the Eye of the Sun rose on her lips,
Moonlight catches silver tears I cry,
So we lay in a black embrace,
And the Seed is sown in a holy place
And I watched, and I waited for the Dawn.

The light of the Blind – you’ll see,
The venom that tears my spine,
The Eyes of the Nile are opening – you’ll see.

Bind all of us together,
Ablaze with Hope and Free,
No storm or heavy weather
Will rock the boat you’ll see.
The time has come to close your eyes
And still the wind and rain,
For the one who will be King
Is the Watcher in the Ring.
It is You.

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