The Trooper (4:11)

Cover of Piece of Mind

From Piece of Mind and 33 other releases

“The Trooper” is a song written by Iron Maiden bass player Steve Harris. It is Iron Maiden’s ninth single, and the second from their 1983 album Piece of Mind. The single was released on June 20, 1983. The song is about the Battle of Balaclava in 1854 during the Crimean War, and is at least partially based upon Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem “The Charge of the Light Brigade”, taking the viewpoint of one of the slain troopers, who, in the coverart, is perceived as a bald Eddie.


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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

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  • vinman76


    29 Jul 6:27pm Reply
  • metalanarchist6

    onward into the valley of death rode the 300.....

    25 Jul 3:13pm Reply
  • olka25olka

    Best Iron Maiden song!

    12 Jul 9:01pm Reply
  • YoQueSe666

    Dave Murray and Adrian Smith join forces for the unparalleled riff that keeps this song marching along. While they harmonize their guitars, Bruce Dickinson, Steve Harris and Nicko McBrain bring the rest of the track to life and produce a heavy metal classic. With the riffs and hard rocking sound of “Run to the Hills” and “Wasted Years,” Iron Maiden also spearheaded the New Wave of British Metal. -- watchmojo

    3 Jul 12:39pm Reply
  • HayleighRayment


    10 Jun 9:31pm Reply
  • cerealkiller_x

    just classic

    28 Apr 3:44pm Reply
  • Zhmeln

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    15 Apr 1:59pm Reply
  • vinman76

    What a great opening lyric.

    1 Apr 11:30am Reply
  • elciscokid

    Here come's the Light Brigade!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    26 Mar 5:40am Reply
  • Nafister


    16 Mar 3:33pm Reply
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    14 Mar 10:40am Reply
  • alvin_2013

    Iron Maiden Rules!!!! \m/

    11 Mar 1:45am Reply
  • AndyWorck

    This song is the definition of classic heavy metal.

    8 Mar 1:20am Reply
  • b5stewa


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    23 Feb 3:42pm Reply
  • marjo47

    These guys can play!

    3 Feb 4:51pm Reply
  • oneinsane

    fuckin' amazing guys! up the Irons!

    28 Jan 12:00pm Reply
  • Drag30

    Maiden is just fucking amazing. \m/ there is nothing like seeing this guys live.

    12 Jan 6:23am Reply
  • Ultravod

    Best riff ever? Best riff ever.

    2 Jan 11:09pm Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    dem riffs

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
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