Is Blind Guardian the Shakespeare of today? Yes.

October 3, 2007

We’re the last descendants
In a line of valiant soldiers
We’re mistreated angels
We’re the blackbird nation, we’re the chosen ones
We’re the last descendants
We’re a tribe of unsung glory
We’re the fallen angels,
When the time is right you shall be on my side

I really love Blind Guardian’s “A Night at the Opera” album. Here, though, is a band who ought to be publishing a brief explanation of each of their songs … not because they’re necessarily unclear, or can’t stand on their own, but because it would be even more awesome if they explained what stories they were telling with each song. “Precious Jerusalem”, for instance, is about Jesus, but unless you were very familiar with the Gospels you would probably not pick up on it — many of the commenters on Song Meanings had a totally different (and wrong, I think) take on the song … and I feel like I’m in the same boat with this song (“Wait for an Answer“). I can’t really tell what they’re talking about! But it’s awesome, all the same. I guess it’s kind of about somebody who is turning away from the tribe, or thinking about it, but what’s the tribe? Who knows?! I can tell you, however, that when they break it down with “WE’RE THE LAST DESCENDANTS!”, it is TRULY AWESOME.

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