Still Life (4:54)

Cover of Piece of Mind

From Piece of Mind and 7 other releases

“Still Life” is inspired by fantasy/horror writer Clark Ashton Smith’s pre-World War II short story Genius Loci.

At the beginning of…Still Life, the band included a hidden message which could only be understood by playing the album backwards. This was a joke and an intended swing back at the critics who had accused Maiden of being satanic. The backwards-message features Nicko McBrain mimicking Idi Amin (or rather mimicking John Bird mimicking Idi Amin) uttering the following phrase “What ho said the t’ing with the three “bonce”, do not meddle with things you don’t understand. …”, followed by a belch. The phrase itself is taken from the satirical album The Collected Broadcasts of Idi Amin by Bird and Alan Coren. “What ho” and “What ho said the t’ing” are phrases that also crop up regularly on McBrain’s “Listen With Nicko!” tracks from the First Ten Years collection.


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Take a look in the pool and what do you see
In the dark depths their faces beckoning me
Can't you see them it's plain for all to see?
They were there oh, I know you don't believe me

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