Iron Maiden – The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Full Length

The full version of this great maiden song finally on youtube! This is for entertainment purposes only, just sayin’ though…


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

And the music plays on, as the bride passes by
Caught by his spell and the mariner tells his tale.

Driven south to the land of the snow and ice
To a place where nobody’s been
Through the snow fog flies on the albatross
Hailed in God’s name, hoping good luck it brings.

And the ship sails on, back to the North
Through the fog and ice and the albatross follows on.

The mariner kills the bird of good omen
His shipmates cry against what he’s done
But when the fog clears, they justify him
And make themselves a part of the crime.

Sailing on and on and north across the sea
Sailing on and on and north ’til all is calm.

The albatross begins with its vengeance
A terrible curse a thirst has begun
His shipmates blame bad luck on the mariner
About his neck, the dead bird is hung.

And the curse goes on and on at sea
And the thirst goes on and on for them and me.

“Day after day, day after day,
we stuck nor breath nor motion
as idle as a painted ship upon a painted ocean
Water, water everywhere and
all the boards did shrink
Water, water everywhere nor any drop to drink.”

There calls the mariner
There comes a ship over the line
But how can she sail with no wind in her sails and no tide.

See…onward she comes
Onward she nears out of the sun
See, she has no crew
She has no life, wait but there’s two.

Death and she Life in Death,
They throw their dice for the crew
She wins the mariner and he belongs to her now.
Then…crew one by one
they drop down dead, two hundred men
She…she, Life in Death.
She lets him live, her chosen one.

“One after one by the star dogged moon,
too quick for groan or sigh
each turned his face with a ghastly pang
and cursed me with his eye
four times fifty living men
(and I heard nor sigh nor groan)
with heavy thump, a lifeless lump,
they dropped down one by one.”

The curse it lives on in their eyes
The mariner he wished he’d die
Along with the sea creatures
But they lived on, so did he.

And by the light of the moon
He prays for their beauty not doom
With heart he blesses them
God’s creatures all of them too.

Then the spell starts to break
The albatross falls from his neck
Sinks down like lead into the sea
Then down in falls comes the rain.

Hear the groans of the long dead seamen
See them stir and they start to rise
Bodies lifted by good spirits
None of them speak and they’re lifeless in their eyes

And revenge is still sought, penance starts again
Cast into a trance and the nightmare carries on.

Now the curse is finally lifted
And the mariner sights his home
spirits go from the long dead bodies
Form their own light and the mariner’s left alone.

And then a boat came sailing towards him
It was a joy he could not believe
The pilot’s boat, his son and the hermit,
Penance of life will fall onto him.

And the ship it sinks like lead into the sea
And the hermit shrieves the mariner of his sins.

The mariner’s bound to tell of his story
To tell this tale wherever he goes
To teach God’s word by his own example
That we must love all things that God made.

And the wedding guest’s a sad and wiser man
And the tale goes on and on and on.


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49 thoughts on “Iron Maiden – The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Full Length

  • September 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    When humans become close to extinction we should put the full Maiden
    discography into a capsule and send it into space in hope that someday
    some sort of life discovers it…it's that good.

  • September 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    I really want this to be played at someone's funeral. If I ever befriend an old Sea Captain or Pirate, I will play this loudly at his funeral. Also I just noticed that the entry way is between Eddie's legs lol.

  • September 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Se o Iron Maiden parar hoje de produzir a sua contribuição para o rock já tá garantida.

  • September 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    666 dislikes, you stupid buggers, this is your absolute defeat. This is the quintessence, the epitome of the perfect metal song

  • September 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge! IM spelt (rime) wrong RHYME it is an old English spelling. But this song is totally bitchen I've been listening to it for over 35 years!

  • September 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    "As idle as a painted ship on a painted ocean"!
    What a line and what a poem from the pen of STC.
    And then The Irons put these wonderful words to music and we have one of the best songs ever recorded!!
    This song will always remain as good as the day it was first recorded.
    Incredible piece of work.
    Coleridge and Iron Maiden; who would have though, eh?
    Peace to all my metal brothers!

  • September 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Love nature, love others, love yourself, love Maiden !

  • September 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    This song is OUT OF THIS WORLD, and at 04:15 it's proven…you can feel so much from it, another time, another period, so dark and so true!

  • September 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    A masterpiece…I had the honor to be introduced to this band when I was 4 years old by my brother who is 12 y older than me and to this day they are one of my favorite bands. I'm introducing them to my son who is 9 months old, little by little he's banging and shacking more and more when listen to metal/rock 🙂 long live Iron Maiden!!!!

  • September 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Don't get me wrong, great song. One of the greatest.

    But aces high (in my opinion) is still best.

  • September 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    I remember at the time such a huge disdain for the Powerslave album but I LOVED it…and still do.

  • September 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    A real Iron Maiden fan would subscribe to my channel. You are a real fan, aren't you? Hey, I am just sayin'; if you were a fan you'd subscribe to my channel, that's all. Otherwise, people might begin to think you dislike Iron Maiden, and Heavy Metal, for that matter.

  • September 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Some of The new era kids Think 21 pilots Is better then this or I am The one A Teen would say what the heck is This WELL GUESS WHAT ITS IRON DAMN MAIDEN

  • September 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    You can keep your Monet's, Van Gogh's and Picasso's…THIS is ART!

  • September 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    If anyone should ever ask me why I've loved maiden since i was a 11 (i'm now 47), i'd play them this and go "here's a reason why". Up the Iron

  • September 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Any veterans of Mr. Camera's 8th grade English out there? We did the whole poem and then screened the song.

  • September 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    In junior year in high school I played this song for my very Christian English teacher and she loved it so much she bought the album because she though the band was re-creating classic poems and stories. She loved the whole album but didn't love when she got The Number of The Beast, "it wasn't what I thought". Still, I got her to rock out with Piece of Mind and The Trooper later in the year.


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