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Goering's on the phone from freiburg
Says willie's done quite a job
Hitler's on the phone from berlin
Says I'm gonna make you a star

My captain von ondine is your next patrol
A flight of english bombers across the canal
After twelve they'll all be here
I think you know the job

They hung there dependant from the sky
Like some heavy metal fruit
These bombers are ripe and ready to tilt
Must these englishmen live that I might die
Must they live that I might die

In a g-load disaster from the rate of climb
Sometimes I'd faint and be lost to our side

But there's no reward for failure - but death
So watch me in mirrors keep in the glidepath

Get me through these radars, no, I cannot fail
While my great silver slugs are eager to feed
I can't fail - no, not now
When twenty five bombers wait ripe

They hung there dependant from the sky
Like some heavy metal fruit
These bombers are ripe and ready to tilt
Must these englishmen live that I might die
Must they live that I might die

Me-262 prince of turbojet
Junker's jumo 004
Blasts from clustered r4m quartets in my snout
And see these english planes go burn

Well, you be my witness, how red were the skies
When the fortresses flew for the very last time
It was dark over westphalia
In april of '45

They hung there dependant from the sky
Like some heavy metal fruit
These bombers are ripe and ready to tilt
Must these englishmen live that I might die
Must they live that I might die

Must these englishmen live that I might die...junker's jommo 004

Bombers at 12 o'clock high



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    Paul LJ CatlowMar 13, 2014 at 11:02 pm
    This song is everything that's great and exhilarating and just loud about good heavy rock music. What theme is more Heavy Metal than jet fighter aircraft? I'm British, and some of my immediate relatives were in raf Bomber Command in the last war, returning the whirlwind to German cities that Goering had sown over London and Coventry and Liverpool and just about every major town in these islands. No apology: the Germans started it. Several people sharing my family name who served in the raf are now only lines of ornamental masonry on the local war memorial. So the line about "see those English planes go burn!" is a bit squicky at first. But you've got to make allowances: this is an American band performing for an American audience. There's no way the boc could have got away with a line about "must these Americans live when I might die?" to home audiences. I appreciate that. Hell, they got in enough trouble for "glorifying Nazism" because the song name-checks Hitler and Goering. Ludicrously, some exciteable people even accused the boc of being Nazi sympathists. Errr. Band collaborator Michael Moorcock pointed out the obvious flaw in this reasoning when he described the band as "a bunch of nice pleasant well-brought up Jewish boys from upstate New York". Ok, not all the boc are Jewish, but even so, they're the last ethnicity to want to join the Nazi Party! This is great blasting rock music. The live version on "On your feet - or on your knees!" just rocks on. And on. And on. And on. Great for clearing the mental cobwebs! So I forgive them the historical inaccuracies and the squick. Play it bad and play it loud, guys!

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