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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