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Alexander The Great

This song is by Iron Maiden and appears on the album Somewhere In Time (1986).

== My son, ask for thyself another kingdom,
For that which I leave is too small for thee.
==

Near to the east
In a part of ancient Greece
In an ancient land called Macedonia
Was born a son
To Philip of Macedon
The legend, his name was Alexander

At the age of 19
He became the Macedon King
And he swore to free all of Asia Minor
By the Aegean Sea
In 334 BC
He utterly beat the armies of Persia

Alexander the Great
His name struck fear into hearts of men
Alexander the Great
Became a legend 'mongst mortal men

King Darius III,
Defeated, fled Persia
The Scythians fell by the river Jaxartes
Then Egypt fell to the Macedon King, as well
And he founded the city called Alexandria

By the Tigris river,
He met King Darius again
And crushed him again in the battle of Arbela
Entering Babylon
And Susa, treasures he found
Took Persepolis—the capital of Persia

Alexander the Great
His name struck fear into hearts of men
Alexander the Great
Became a god amongst mortal men

A Phrygian King had bound a chariot yoke
And Alexander cut the Gordian knot
And legend said that who untied the knot
He would become the master of Asia

Hellenism, he spread far and wide
The Macedonian learned mind
Their culture was a Western way of life
He paved the way for Christianity

Marching on, marching on

The battle-weary, marching side by side
Alexander's army line by line
They wouldn't follow him to India
Tired of the combat, pain, and the glory

Alexander the Great
His name struck fear into hearts of men
Alexander the Great
He died of fever in Babylon

Written by:

Steve Harris

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