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Iron Maiden - Can I Play With Madness


Iron Maiden - Can I Play With Madness - Meaning of the song


Written by Adrian Smith, Bruce Dickinson, and Steve Harris, this song is about a young man who seeks answers to the supernatural and goes to an old prophet with a magical crystal ball. The prophet looks at his crystal ball, but the young man sees nothing there (hence the line "There's no vision there at all!"). The prophet laughs at the man, because the man is "too blind to see" the vision. But the fact is he is too blind to see the real truth which is that there really is no vision and he is being cheated by the prophet.


Monty Python star Graham Chapman plays an irritable art instructor in the song's music video. It was his last appearance on film before he died of cancer.


Can I play with madness - Lyrics


Can I play with madness? Give me the sense to wonder To wonder if I'm free Give me a sense of wonder To know I can be me Give me the strength to hold my head up Spit back in their face Don't need no key to unlock this door Gonna break down the walls Break out of this bad place Can I play with madness? The prophet stared at his crystal ball Can I play with madness? There's no vision there at all Can I play with madness? The prophet looked at me and laughed at me (ha ha) He said: Can I play with madness? He said you're blind, too blind to see Said you're too blind to see I screamed aloud to the old man I said "Don't lie, don't say you don't know" I say "You'll pay for this mischief In this world or the next" Oh and then he fixed me with a freezing glance And the hell fires raged in his eyes He said "You wanna know the truth son? Lord, I'll tell you the truth Your soul's gonna burn in a lake of fire" Can I play with madness? The prophet stared at his crystal ball Can I play with madness? There's no vision there at all Can I play with madness? The prophet looked at me and laughed at me (ha ha) He said: Can I play with madness? He said you're blind, too blind to see Said you're too blind to see "Listen to me," said the prophet Can I play with madness? The prophet stared at his crystal ball Can I play with madness? There's no vision there at all Can I play with madness? The prophet looked at me and laughed at me (ha ha) He said: Can I play with madness? He said you're blind, too blind to see Said you're too blind to see Can I play with madness?




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