Thursday, August 23, 2007

Die with your boots on part 2

Ok folks. I don't know where the original phrase of "Die with your boots on" came from, but the first time I heard it was as a teenager listening to Iron Maiden. I have a video link that appears at the top of my Blog that is in direct reference to "Die with your boots on". So If you're into Iron Maiden feel free to let it play. If not jusy click the little link saying I'm done watching this and you won't be bothered with it.
For your enlightenment, I am posting the lyrics to the song by Iron Maiden so you know where I'm coming from.

"Die With Your Boots On"
by Iron Maiden

Another Prophet of Disaster
Who says the ship is lost,
Another Prophet of Disaster
Leaving you to count the cost.
Taunting us with Visions,
Afflicting us with fear,
Predicting War for millions,
In the hope that one appears.

No point asking when it is,
No point asking who's to go,
No point asking what's the game,
No point asking who's to blame.
'cos if you're gonna die, if you're gonna die,
'cos if you're gonna die, if you're gonna die,

If you're gonna die, die with your boots on.
If you're gonna try, just stick around,
Gonna cry, just move along,
If you're gonna die, you're gonna die.

In 13 the Beast is rising,
The Frenchman did surmise,
Through earthquakes and starvation,
The warlord will arise.

Terror, Death, Destruction,
Pour from the Eastern Sands,
But the truth of all predictions,
Is always in your hands.

If you're gonna die, die with your boots on,
If you're gonna try, just stick around,
Gonna cry, just move along,
If you're gonna die, you're gonna die.


There it is folks. If someone knows the origin of this saying and wishes to enlighten the rest of us, feel free to leave a comment with a reference. If not, I may find it on my own and post again later on.
In the mean time....Enjoy!

Scouts Out! (And Die with your boots on!)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Jay, the only thing that would have made that song really great is if I had written it. And I agree, if your gonna die, Die with your boots on.

Nicholas E. Gillow said...

I, too, hope to someday die with my boots on, the more so because I feel I have not truly lived that way. But what exactly does it mean to die with one's boots on, and is this meaning universal?