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Saxon - Princess of the Night


Any uninitiated metal fan listening to this uptempo track might conjecture that it is a bizarre tribute to a groupie who is well past her sell-by date. In fact, it was inspired by a train. Biff Byford and guitarist Paul Quinn explained:


"It is a song about a steam train that ends up in the scrap yard. Some time ago we used to park our van at Barry Island in Glamorgan... There's a huge compound there where they keep all the old steam trains that they don't use anymore. They're just left to rot and I suppose that upset us because they really were magnificent machines. Well you can't beat the days of steam can you? Anyway, late at night if I couldn't sleep I would lookat those ghostly engines and imagine them painted up and back in their glory. It's my romantic side coming out again."

Biff Byford had the lyrics written for this song about a year before the band put music to it. When that music came, it came quickly Byford explained :

"Paul Quinn (Saxon guitarist) came up with a riff and it sort of fit my lyrics. So that song was written very quickly, very quickly indeed. I already had the lyrics and the riff went together so simply, really smooth."

Lyrics

She used to be an ironhorse

Twenty years ago

Used to bring the mail to me

Through the ice and snow

I've sat alone and watched her

Steaming through the night

Ninety tons of thunder

Lighting up the sky


She was a princess of the night

I saw the writing on the wall

She was a princess of the night

I take a ride across the sky


Speeding, sparks like lightning

Engine working hard

Furnace on the foot plate

Shining in the night

Iron striking metal

The sound of racing steel

It's all I ever wanna hear

It's music to my ears


She was a princess of the night

I saw the writing on the wall

She was a princess of the night

I take a ride across the sky


She was a princess of the night

I saw the writing on the wall

She was a princess of the night

I take a ride across the sky


Ninety tons of thunder

Lighting up the sky

Steaming red hot pistons

See the wheels flash by

Hear the whistle blowing

Streaking down the track

If I ever had my way

I'd bring the princess back one day


She was a princess of the night

I saw the writing on the wall

She was a princess of the night

I take a ride across the sky

(sky, sky, sky)

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