Iron Maiden – Fear Of The Dark

“Fear of the Dark” is a song by British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. Written by Steve Harris, the band’s bass player and primary songwriter, it serves as the title track to Iron Maiden’s 1992 album Fear of the Dark.

The song has been covered by several different artists. In 2011, it was covered by Fightstar for Kerrang! magazine’s Maiden Heaven tribute album. The Flight 666 version of the song was released as downloadable content for the Rock Band video game series on 9 June 2009.

The song’s lyrics tell the story of a man who has always been intensely afraid of the dark. He recalls the many times he has walked alone, and recollections of the feeling of being followed while walking at night. Strictly, the song is about paranoid ideas (fear of being watched or harmed by other persons) rather than phobia (fear of objects and situations), even though the latter is referred to in the lyrics (“Have a phobia that someone’s always there”); darkness seems to be the context rather than the reason for the fear. According to Bruce Dickinson, Steve Harris wrote this song because he himself was really afraid of the dark.

Lycris

[Verse 1]-
I am a man who walks alone-
And when I’m walking a dark road-
At night or strolling through the park-
When the light begins to change-
I sometimes feel a little strange-
A little anxious when it’s dark-

[Chorus]-
Fear of the dark, fear of the dark-
I have a constant fear that something’s always near-
Fear of the dark, fear of the dark-
I have a phobia that someone’s always there-

[Instrumental Interlude]-

[Verse 2]-
Have you run your fingers down the wall-
And have you felt your neck skin crawl-
When you’re searching for the light?-
Sometimes when you’re scared to take a look-
At the corner of the room you’ve sensed that something’s watching you-

[Chorus]-
Fear of the dark, fear of the dark-
I have constant fear that something’s always near-
Fear of the dark, fear of the dark-
I have a phobia that someone’s always there-

[Verse 3]-
Have you ever been alone at night-
Thought you heard footsteps behind-
And turned around and no-one’s there?-
And as you quicken up your pace, you find it hard to look again-
Because you’re sure there’s someone there-

[Chorus]-
Fear of the dark, fear of the dark-
I have constant fear that something’s always near-
Fear of the dark, fear of the dark-
I have a phobia that someone’s always there-

[Instrumental Interlude]-
[Guitar Solo]-

[Bridge]-
Fear of the dark, fear of the dark-
Fear of the dark, fear of the dark-
Fear of the dark, fear of the dark-
Fear of the dark, fear of the dark-

[Verse 4]-
Watching horror films the night before-
Debating witches and folklore-
The unknown troubles on your mind-
Maybe your mind is playing tricks-
You sense, and suddenly eyes fix-
On dancing shadows from behind-

[Chorus]-
Fear of the dark, fear of the dark-
I have constant fear that something’s always near-
Fear of the dark, fear of the dark-
I have a phobia that someone’s always there-
Fear of the dark, fear of the dark-
I have constant fear that something’s always near-
Fear of the dark, fear of the dark-
I have a phobia that someone’s always there-

[Outro]-
When I’m walking a dark road-
I am a man who walks alone-

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