Iron Maiden - The Educated Fool Lyrics




I am an educated fool
So I don't know what it is I'm supposed to do
About this awkward situation
That's been forced down right upon me

As I'm walking down into
On my own into the Valley of life
Got a lifetime of experience
Yeah I've got so much to give

Open the page at chapter one
Could this just be that life's just begun
Forever within your darker thoughts
Reflecting on everything you've been taught

Never felt this way before
Seems that somebody's just opened the door
To the book of life... or is it death
Is there ever anyway out

Someone's looking down on me
To the very inner core of my soul
They won't tell me what they see
But I really want to know

I want to leave my life on my own
I want to lift the unturned stone
I want to walk right into the fire
I want to live out all my desires
I want to go and see the fire burn
I want to see and feel my world turn
I want to know what more there's to learn
I want to pass the point of no return

Do you really wanna be
Just another one statistic or feel
That you really should aspire
That you really do deserve more

Do you ever really feel
That you have so much potential inside
What you really have to give
Could be realised so much more

I want to leave my life on my own
I want to lift the unturned stone
I want to walk right into the fire
I want to live out all my desires
I want to go and see the fire burn
I want to see and feel my world turn
I want to know what more there's to learn
I want to pass the point of no return

Time will flow
And I will follow
Time will go
But I will follow

I want to feel what life's like respond
I want to meet my father beyond
I want to walk right into the light
I want to feel no fear but delight

I want to leave my life on my own
I want to lift the unturned stone
I want to walk right into the fire
I want to live out all my desires

Time will flow
And I will follow
Time will go
But I will follow

[at 6:33:] The educated fool





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Iron Maiden The Educated Fool Comments
  1. Manuel Gioiosa

    Peccato, perché il brano (come un po' tutto l'album) avrebbe meritato...Paul di Anno'Ghost (has) ruled.

  2. The Clansman

    Up the Irons!

  3. Sluggers City

    Good tune right here

  4. eserpio

    I regret to find this song so late in 2019...

  5. MetalSalvation

    The Blaze albums would've been so much better had Di'Anno sang them instead.

    Sluggers City

    Blaze did just fine.

    MetalSalvation

    There are certain songs where he sounds okay...I think "Futureal" he sounds best on, almost sounds a bit like Di'Anno on that track. Ironically the other songs I think he sounds okay on are all B-sides. I think that goes to show how bad their decision making was at that point.

  6. Fernando Borjas

    I love this Album !!!

  7. Alvaro Sanchesz

    Gran valor blaze

  8. Islam Shovon

    Class VIII & IX .. every evening, after prayer ... While preparing for the night prep back in boarding school days.. memories , oh sweet memories!!

  9. NieDzisiejszy

    How human can dislike this?

  10. Yoan Penchev

    I have an original CD of this album

  11. CARLOS EUGENIO CARLOS

    blaze is really good singer!loveall Iron maiden lead singer!

  12. réginald Stampe

    The only mistake of IM back then was not being mixed by Shirley 😢 Great compositions and an absolute admirable unique voice singer 👍

  13. Kagan Hudayar

    I just don't get how so many praise Blaze. I still find it virtually un-listenable despite being a HUGE maiden fan for 40 years now. He is perpetually flat when putting ANY energy into his singing. He goes beyond "flat" to just being completely off key in even recorded material. That is simply inexcusable. You can hear that Steve Harris' harmonies are needed to "pull him up", because he simply can't get there. I don't think a hard rock/metal singer needs to have a high register, but holy shit!....Every song can't be in the same key.....can it? Very often, there is just no relationship with what the band is playing and what he's singing. It's just a monotone voice, disconnected from the music. Sorry, it HAD to be said. This was a cringe-worthy, sad period in Maiden's illustrious career. They'll never come out and say it, and trash Blaze, but they clearly knew this material sucked. They had to get back to being Maiden, and everyone put their egos aside to get it back. Why do you think Adrian Smith returned with Bruce? He refused to be associated with anything they were doing with Blaze. It was high school garage band shit! Stop romanticizing this era. It almost ended Iron Maiden forever. I am SO thankful that they gave up and went back to being the real Iron Maiden, so I could enjoy them for another 20 years.

  14. Ziad Ettaib

    The first album I listened to Iron Maiden was this one and I loved it. I heard Blaze before Bruce. Blaze albums are underrated

  15. Teddy Malfoy

    I can hear the roots of No More Lies - amazing

  16. Nike Medrano

    30/08/2019 habla

  17. Henrique Dallava Nunes

    No More Lies years later looks like it was influenced by this song

    Chris Cockle

    I think your rite

  18. André Luiz Theophilo Maximiano

    esse disco é totalmente dejavu anos 2000

  19. Kalil

    This album is very wronged

  20. Daniel Guimarães

    Melhor música do Virtual XI

  21. TBALLZ_973

    I can Totally relate to this song!!!!! One of my Favorite on this album!!!!!

  22. MsFortune

    This song brings back memories of college life, both good and bad.

  23. Denis Zivkovic

    Best Song on album

  24. Damián Pereira Núñez

    Total respect for blaze. He did a great job with maiden and his songs in his solo career are awesome

  25. Johnny Marreta

    Definitely Blaze Bayley was a very bad idea!

  26. Noone At all

    I never thought that the lyrics of a song (inspecially after hearing the vomit that is most modern music) could possibly speak for me until I heard Iron maiden.

  27. KingJiuJitsu

    THIS IS THE IRON MAIDEN I LOVE!!! Fckkkkkk

  28. Marcelo Brancosoares

    Muito bommmmm

  29. Gonzalo Garcia

    Great and underrated song!!

  30. susanne williamsson

    Guys, listen, just listen...what´s not to love in this song...the amazing melodic tune, dazzling lyrics or the just hypnotizing voice of Blaze ??? I´m an educated fool so please let me know....

  31. felix portillo

    Iron Maiden.......simplemente una banda legendaria,que viva el metal británico!!!

  32. Álvaro Carneiro

    primeiro som do Iron maiden que ouvi, e vou ouvir até cair na demência.

  33. susanne williamsson

    An absolutely brilliant song, a beautiful lyric, and the breathtaking interpretation by Blaze....to me it´s a precious treasure...BRAVO Maiden and BLAZE....I love this era, both musically and lyrically.....

  34. A L

    Hmmm ... Zajebiste.

  35. susanne williamsson

    A ravishing song from their Golden Era...even if this era is Vastly underrated and surely Blaze, it will always be a GOLDEN era to me. It seems like a wasted opportunaty somehow, I really miss this melancholic, melodic tunes that cuts deep into your heart and soul, the breathtaking lyrics and the dark, powerful voice of Blaze...theese two albums are treasures...

  36. maksphoto78

    I love this song! The way it stars out quite and builds up to an explosive and melodic metal. Blaze Bailey did some great stuff with Maiden, total respect for this guy!

  37. Morizon Brian

    Que hablan estos tipos... no saben nada de muscia... son potencia mundial IRON MAIDEN FOREVER

  38. Ross Allan

    Blaze Bailey there. A damned fine singer in his own right. But will forever live in the shadow of Bruce.

  39. Carlos Alberto Rodríguez Paez

    I want yo meet my father beyond ♥

  40. Mike Messick

    One of my favorite

  41. Steve Obi-Wan Ben Larry Kenobi

    This song is like a former actor / etc. trying to make it cool . . . But the implications are heard . . .

  42. susanne williamsson

    Beautiful....the lyrics shows an insight of the human mind, Time will Flow and I will Follow sums it all up....or don´t you think so ???

  43. Babu Sherpa

    So good to listen this songs, so many messages to get from it 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  44. susanne williamsson

    A Hidden Jewel in their discography.....simply: outstanding..

  45. David RM

    The chorus of this song always remembers me the one of Black Sabbaths "Kiss of Death", from the 1995 album "Forbidden".

  46. susanne williamsson

    Say what you want but this is a beautiful song, during the Baze era there were so many Golden Gems and masterpieces written and performed, we still hear echoes in their later music, the melancholic melodic tunes, deep thought provoking lyrics, and here we hear them using theese gorgeous slow, soft intros and outros and the dark, intense and passionate voice of Blaze makes them to pure gold....

  47. Kira Elric

    E eu achando que o Blaze não fez nada de bom

  48. Conrado Padula

    Great indeed

  49. susanne williamsson

    A Golden Gem for sure.....listen to the blistering music, dazzling lyrics and the dark, intense and powerful voice of Blaze......especially the chorus......I´m shivering, THERE´s a REAL metal voice....

  50. Groyper 33

    TESTOSTERONE LEVEL 6000

  51. Rim Shot

    Lame. Vocals suck hairy fuckin' buttholes. Couldn't even finish this shit, it sounds so God fuckin' awful. This whole period in Maiden's history is like a horrible fuckin' drunkened blackout---you have bad flashbacks every time you try to remember what the fuck happened, and if you think too hard about it it just makes your head hurt and induces nausea.

    Kira Elric

    Mama eu gringo lixo respeita o blaise

    Ryan Thompson Guitarist

    Nice to see the Bruce fanboys still kicking about

  52. Luis Peña

    What a great song! Love It.

  53. Lawrence Newman

    This song could have been written about the progressive left. A bunch of educated fools who're destroying everything the white man created and fought for.

  54. D K

    RHCP Maiden version. Or vice versa.

  55. RJC

    The most underrated Iron Maiden song

    RJC

    @susanne williamsson such a good song, not their best album by far but this amongst a couple of others is great imo

    susanne williamsson

    @RJC to me, this will always be a Golden Era....we still hear echoes of this era in their later music, both musically and lyrically....so many epic golden gems and even masterpieces were written and performed in this time, aswell as here we hear theese slow, gentle intros and outros that adds a certain magic to the songs.....the impact Blaze had to their music is beyond belief, and I for one will always be grateful for the Blaze era......

    RJC

    @susanne williamsson yes he is certainly deserving of more praise than he receives

    susanne williamsson

    @RJC to be honest, I´m a Maiden fan but after reading all of theese insulting comments about this guy I started to listen carefully, as a result, I´m a Blaze fan too, and I followed his career after Maiden, his solo career, his albums, his shows....this singer is unique, one of a kind and the ACE of metal singers.....to me at least....

    RJC

    @susanne williamsson 👏🏻

  56. Billip Samantha Martinez Razon

    mi favorita

  57. Gurkhali Pal

    I'm an educated fool
    So I don't know what it is I'm supposed to do
    About this awkward situation
    That's been forced down right upon me
    As I'm walking down into
    On my own into the valley of life
    Got a lifetime of experience
    Yeah I've got so much to give
    Open the page at chapter one
    Could this just be that life's just begun
    Forever within your darker thoughts Reflecting on everything you've been
    Taught
    Never felt this way before
    Seems that somebody's just opened the door
    To the book of life, or is it death!
    There's ever anyway out
    Someone's looking down on me
    To the very inner core of my soul
    They won't tell me what they see
    But I really want to know
    I want to leave my life on my own
    I want to lift the unturned stone
    I want to walk right into the fire
    I want to live out all my desires
    I want to go and see the fire burn
    I want to see and feel my world turn
    I want to know what more there's to learn
    I want to pass the point of no return
    Do you really want to be
    Just another one statistic or feel
    That you really should aspire
    That you really do deserve more
    Do you ever really fell
    That you have so much potential inside
    What you really have to give
    Could be realized so much more
    Time will flow
    And I will follow
    Time will go
    But I will follow
    I want to feel what life's like respond
    I want to meet my father beyond
    I want to walk right into the light
    I want to feel no fear but delight
    I want to leave my life on my own
    I want to lift the unturned stone
    I want to walk right into the fire
    I want to live out all my desires
    The educated fool

  58. ThunderstruckGaming

    I feel so related to this song...

  59. gustavo algusto do nascimento

    Excelente banda ótimo álbum boa música perfeita saudades desse tempo que não volta mais

  60. strayon

    i think an educated fool always better than a million uneducated fools.i say that because i live in a county that has millions of uneducated religious fanatic.do you ask my country.guesss :"TURKEY"

  61. Edgar Pires

    Thanks Bruce, Paul and Blaze, too

  62. Kyosuke LionHeart

    Este album é fodasso.. Todas as faixas sao muito boas.. Iron Maiden sempre sera foda.. UP THE IRONs..

    Rodrigo M

    @Mario Carmo Pois é. Ele não conseguia fazer as músicas do Dickinson, não ficava natural, mesmo. Eu nem cheguei a ir no show da turnê do Virtual XI por causa disso...

    Rodrigo M

    @Mario Carmo Eu vou ouvir melhor o Book of Souls. Eu ouvi umas duas vezes só, eu achei o vocal meio arrastado. Mas gostei muito do show deles de 2016, da turnê do álbum.

    Rodrigo M

    @Mario Carmo Eu li que na época do X-Factor e do Virtual XI o Harris estava se divorciando, e ele ficou bem deprê, além da saída do Bruce, que, junto com o próprio Harris, era o "rosto" da banda. Por isso também deve ter ficado essa coisa meio "devagar" na era Blaze.

    Mario Carmo

    @Rodrigo M Sim é verdade, ele estava se divorciando mas na época do X Factor. Se você reparar, as músicas desse álbum são mais sombrias e carregadas, justamente pelo estado de espírito de Steve Harris nessa fase porém, o Virtual XI é de 98, cerca de quatro anos após a fase do divórcio, portanto, ele já não estava afetado pela separação. Acho que estava preguiçoso mesmo e fez um disco mal produzido e fraco tecnicamente, assim como os demais integrantes da banda.

    Mario Carmo

    @Rodrigo M É verdade, Lord of the Flies deveria continuar sendo cantada pois é muito boa. Gosto das versões tanto do Blaze como quando cantada por Bruce que faz um agudo no final que o Blaze não faz. Essa fórmula do Iron Maiden meio que se tornou um padrão em todos os discos lançados posteriormente ao Virtual XI. Acho que só no último deram uma minimizada nessa onda de começar lento, acelerar e depois terminar lento. Mas ainda tem muita música nesse padrão no The Book of Souls.

  63. Lucas Caio

    Amo os dois Discos com o Blaze Bayle musicas fantasticas...

    Kyosuke LionHeart

    Lucas Caio concordo.. N canso denouvir estes albums com Blaze.. Muito louco este som

  64. Flavio Kersting

    ahhhhhhhhh, I'm back in late 98 when I bought this ... great memories for me!

  65. lovro čulina

    Blaze is uneducated fool

  66. Inis O'ir

    Honestly, this song is really beautiful.

  67. wojtexs 650

    Many of as are educated fools. I feel too 😎

  68. Nishant Netala

    Very underrated album just because it is blaze on vocals but he is awesome in vocals at least in the studio
    Why would iron maiden go with blaze if they didn’t think he could live up to their legacy?
    In simple words, he is a great vocalist. Period.

  69. Canal dos cara

    Everybody talk good things about Blaze on Iron but so why he was put out? I like him on solo albuns, is a lot way better

  70. Targal SB

    I don't want to get lynched, however a lot of my favorite IM songs are in this album. Como Estais Amigos, Afraid to Shoot Strangers and Educated Fool. I wonder how come fans cannot appreciate this great album.

    Stefan Schröder

    Targal SB Actually Afraid to Shoot Strangers is on the Fear Of The Dark album.

  71. Mustafa Karakaya

    silent hurricane!!

  72. Paul Ostos

    Yo tambien soy un tonto educado,que epico!

  73. Eric Pirillo

    Almost has a southern rock chorus. First time I've given the non Bruce stuff a real chance so this is like a new find for me. Good writing and sound!

  74. whaaa..

    Sad to know that this album was badly received, it's not Iron Maidens strongest, but it does hold its ground with more than half of the album with good songs

  75. Alexandre Andrade

    These lyrics hurts. Do I still have time?

  76. Rockin' Wine Tours

    With a better production and mix this would be a good song..but as it is the vocals on the verses sound like they don't for the mix

  77. Kaifi R Khan

    Been loving this fool since '90s 💣

  78. Alizon Ingrid Yave Huanca

    If anyone noticed, this song is dedicated to Bruce Dickinson from the deep of harris's mind

  79. 8o86

    2/5 on allmusic is allways a pretty good indication that stuff is good

  80. Naif Abdeen

    Sorry n hello fans but I don't like this album exipt 2 songs

  81. Naif Abdeen

    I'm very enjoyable with iron maiden not all but many many songs yah

  82. Sam Boggi

    One of their best albums.

    Rim Shot

    BUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you honestly believe that, you deserve to have your ass kicked by a group of real Maiden fans.

    susanne williamsson

    Sam Boggi the X-Factor is a legendary masterpiece, I love it aswell as the dark, intense and captivating voice of Blaze......and this album isn´t far behind, at all..

  83. Ivana Dafunic

    as I'm getting older I'm starting to appreciate some things I didn't even want to consider before. You can't compare songs written for Bruce and for Bayley because they are two completely different singers. As much as I adore Bruce, Blaze has done an amazing job and the lyrics are out of this world. Amazing!
    And he has Udo Dirkschneiders style of singing, I like that. Narrative and not to agressive but still heavy fucking metal!!!!

  84. Yvonne D

    Roarrrrr

  85. Naif Abdeen

    When waking up listen to this when brushing it tooth

  86. Damir Uhoda

    \m/<3\m/

  87. That Loser Mika

    Such a great track, such an underrated track, it's a great shame they don't play it live anymore.

    susanne williamsson

    it´s a shame, but would you really like Bruce to sing this fantastic song, to be honest I think his higher pitched vocal range would make it in to almost a joke...

  88. XY0oAurorAo0YY

    Love it now lov3d it when i 1st hurd back in 2000 😍

  89. Michael Dealvarado

    Hail Liberty and justice

  90. Naif Abdeen

    Theres 2 songs are wow it's one of them

  91. szymikon1980

    It's the only boring song on this wonderful album

  92. GrantH

    I really think the chorus of this song is one of the best in Maiden's discography. Virtual XI as a whole project maybe doesn't quite stack up with the classic Maiden albums, but there are so many moments of brilliance hidden in the album that some people just neglect to appreciate.

  93. Tudor Ciubotaru

    I'm about to go to college. Nothing describes better my feelings than this song. I went through highschool, I learned a few things, but I'm still a fool with no life experience...

  94. jordi vallverdu

    I like It very much this album

  95. Adam Linardi

    Virtual 11 is so underrated. I'm not saying its not bad, but songs like Futureal, the Clansman, Lightning strikes Twice, the Educated Fool is good. Also Como Estais Amigos isn't actually that great.

  96. Franklin Castillo

    Time will flow and I will follow !!!

  97. Max Robinson

    This and somewhere in time are my favourite iron maiden album covers

  98. NOT So Average Joe

    This album has some really good tracks (like this one, The Clansman, Como Estais Amigo, Futural, When two worlds collide) but people I think hate on it because it has Lightning strikes twice (which is awful) and The Angle and the Gambler which is one of the worst songs of all time

    morticia

    NOT So Average Joe i agree with you i hate these 2 songs too.

  99. Israel Quezada

    Very criminally underrated, one of my favorites from Virtual XI!!!

    strayon

    the others:"the unbeliever,the nomad,the loneliness of the long distance runner"

    Rim Shot

    You deserve to be castrated for even saying that.

    susanne williamsson

    Israel Quezada totally outstanding....I love the song as I love the Maiden AND the breathtaking voice of Blaze....honestly the chorus makes me shiver....

    Daniel Siman

    Rim Shot no u

  100. LeffaHamsteri

    Is it just me or does it feel like that Maiden was ahead of it's time with the concept art of this record? I mean the potential dangers of virtual reality and technology. We are becoming strangers to ourselves and each other...

    susanne williamsson

    LeffaHamsteri Maiden always cares deeply about their lyrics, they tells the truth in their own brutal and poetic way and yes they are predicting the dangers of modern times.....and that is one of the reasons why they are A ONE OFF....