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You'll take my life but I'll take yours too
You'll fire your musket but I'll run you through
So when you're waiting for the next attack
You'd better stand, there's no turning back

The bugle sounds the charge begins
But on this battlefield no one wins
The smell of acrid smoke and horses breath
As I plunge on into certain death

Ooooooooh
Ooooooooh

The horse he sweats with fear, we break to run
The mighty roar of the Russian guns
And as we race towards the human wall
The scream of pain as my comrades fall

We hurdle bodies that lay on the ground
And the Russians fire another round
We get so near yet so far away
We won't live to fight another day

Ooooooooh
Ooooooooh

We get so close near enough to fight
When a Russian gets me in his sights
He pulls the trigger and I feel the blow
A burst of rounds take my horse below

And as I lay there gazing at the sky
My body's numb and my throat is dry
And as I lay forgotten and alone
Without a tear I draw my parting groan

Ooooooooh
Ooooooooh



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    gwilikers6Jul 19, 2008 at 1:23 am
    It's about a battle during the Crimean War in which the British cavalary charged on the Russians and it turned out to be a terrible decision. It is one of Iron Maiden's most recognizable songs.
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    UnregisteredDec 27, 2011 at 12:08 pm
    The trooper is about the battle of balaclava in the mid-1800's during the crimean war. It's seems like it's based on the poem "the charge of the light brigade".
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    DisturbedFanJun 21, 2008 at 12:27 am
    I think this song has no real meaning just someone got bored and thought to make a song about was against the russians in the 1800s

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