Iron Maiden – Aces High

Word of advice, my friends: Never listen to this song while driving! You’ll imagine you’re in the cockpit of a Spitfire and get a speeding ticket.

Aces High is a song by Iron Maiden, written by bassist Steve Harris. It is Iron Maiden’s eleventh single and the second from the 1984 studio album Powerslave. The song tells the story of a British RAF pilot fighting against the German Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain (1940), the first battle to be completely fought by aircraft. The song topped at number 20 on the UK Singles Chart. Aces High is one of Iron Maiden’s most popular songs, and has been covered numerous times, by bands including Arch Enemy and Children of Bodom. It was released as a single over a month after Powerslave came out. It was featured on the video game Madden NFL 10 as part of the game’s soundtrack and on the MTV show Nitro Circus, it also features in Steve Peat’s segment on the mountain bike film on New World Disorder III.

The first B-side is a cover of Nektar’s “King of Twilight”, from their 1972 album A Tab in the Ocean.

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There goes the siren that warns of the air raid-
There comes the sound of the guns sending flak-
Out for the scramble, we’ve got to get airborne-
Got to get up for the coming attack-
Jump in the cockpit and start up the engines-
Remove all the wheel blocks, there’s no time to waste-
Gathering speed as we head down the runway-
Got to get airborne before it’s too late-
Running (running), scrambling (scrambling), flying (flying)-
Rolling (rolling), turning (turning), diving (diving), going in again-
Running (running), scrambling (scrambling), flying (flying)-
Rolling (rolling), turning (turning), diving (diving)-
Run-
Live to fly-
Fly to live-
Do or die-
Won’t you run?-
Live to fly-
Fly to live-
Aces high-
Move in to fire at the mainstream of bombers-
Let off a sharp burst and then turn away-
Roll over, spin ’round to come in behind them-
Move to their blindsides and firing again-
Bandits at eight o’clock move in behind us-
Ten ME-109s out of the sun-
Ascending and turning our spitfires to face them-
Heading straight for them, I press down my guns-
Rolling (rolling), turning (turning), diving (diving)-
Rolling (rolling), turning (turning), diving (diving), going in again-
Rolling (rolling), turning (turning), diving (diving)-
Rolling (rolling), turning (turning), diving (diving)-
Run-
Live to fly-
Fly to live-
Do or die-
Won’t you run?-
Live to fly-
Fly to live-
Aces high-

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