"El Dorado" is the second track from British heavy metal band Iron Maiden's fifteenth album The Final Frontier. The song is the band's thirty-sixth single, and the first from the album. It was made available as a free download on the band's official site at 00:01 on 8 June 2010 UTC (19:01 on 7 June EST), one day before the album's supporting tour began.
According to the El Dorado Songfacts, the track features the boys' own lyrics about the legendary "Lost City of Gold" supposedly located in the Andes - El Dorado being Spanish for "the golden one."
Bruce Dickinson explained the meaning of the song to Kerrang!;
has a cynical lyric about the economic crap that's been happening. It seemed a bit like a perfect storm; people were borrowing money like crazy. I thought, 'This is really going to screw people up' and sure enough, we're all in deep doo-doo! And that's what El Dorado is about, it's about selling somebody the myth that 'The streets are paved with gold' and them asking, 'Where do I sign up?'.Regarding the early online release of the song, vocalist Bruce Dickinson explains:
El Dorado is a preview of the forthcoming studio album. As we will be including it in the set of our Final Frontier World Tour, we thought it would be great to thank all our fans and get them into The Final Frontier mood by giving them this song up front of the tour and album release.Personnel
* Bruce Dickinson – lead vocals
* Dave Murray – guitar
* Janick Gers – guitar
* Adrian Smith – guitar, backing vocals
* Steve Harris – bass guitar, backing vocals
* Nicko McBrain – drums
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