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Iron Maiden – Afraid To Shoot Strangers lyrics

(Harris) 6: 56

Lying awake at night I wipe the sweat
from my brow

But it's not the fear cause
I'd rather go now

Trying to visualize the horrors that
will lay ahead
The desert sand mound a burial ground

When it comes to the time
Are we partners in crime?
When it comes to the time
We'll be ready to die

God let us go now and finish what's
to be done
Thy Kingdom Come
Thy shall be done... On earth

Trying to justify to ourselves the
reasons to go
Should we live and let live
Forget or forgive

But how can we let them go on this way?
The reign of terror corruption must end
And we know deep down there's
no other way
No trust, no reasoning, no more to say

Afraid to shoot strangers
Afraid to shoot strangers

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    It's about a soldier torn between his morals and his obligation to his country. I would guess it's in reference to the first war in Iraq considering the date the album was released and the reference to the desert sand mound a burial ground. He wants to know when the time comes to kill is he a partner in crime (murder). He's ready to give his life for his country and he's asking God to forgive him for what he might have to do.
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