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The song's lyrics were based on the Samuel Taylor Coleridge-penned poem of the same name, which tells the tale of a sea vessel's doomed journey. The composition remains one of Maiden's most musically complex, as there are numerous time changes and contrasting sections (even a middle section where a ghoulish voice recites lines from Coleridge's poem). Although the song seemed to be made for the concert stage, the band performed it only occasionally in a live setting, but it did… read more

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Hear the rime of the ancient mariner
See his eye as he stops one of three
Mesmerizes one of the wedding guests
Stay here and listen to the nightmares…

Iron Maiden - Rime of the Ancient Mariner Lyrics

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