Ever since I was a little child I have had a fear of the dark. Fear of the dark is one of the most common fears to present itself to mankind. It is easy to understand why people have this fear. Darkness causes mankind to no longer be able to see. Even rooms and places in which we have been thousands of times in our life lose their sense once the darkness comes. Our eyes play tricks on us and we envision creatures that go bump in the night.
This song is about that phobia. Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer of Iron Maiden, tells a tale of a man who walks by himself as the lights start to dim and darkness closes in all around him. As the world gets dark he start to see horror movie figures and folklore characters in the flickering shadows.
"Fear of the Dark" is one of Iron Maiden's longer songs and is constantly switching up pace and heaviness. It is a fan favorite and an absolute favorite of mine.