2 Minutes To Midnight

Words & Music:

Adrian Smith & Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)


There is a full transcription of this in the November 2005 Guitar World issue.


Am7      D5/A    Am7      D5/A        Am7      D5/A   Am7   D5/A

Kill for gain or shoot to maim.  But, we don't need a reason.

    Am7    D5/A     Am7    D5/A      Am7   D5/A   Am7   D5/A

The Golden Goose is on the loose and never out of season.

Am7       D5/A        Am7   D5/A        D7sus4   D5          D7sus4  Am7

Blackened pride still burns inside this shell of bloody treason.

Am7       D5/A      Am7       D5/A        D7sus4  D5     D7sus4  Am7

Here's my gun for a barrel of fun for the love of living death.



    Am       F/A          G       Gsus4

The killer's breed or the demon's seed;

    F            Fsus4        Gsus4    G

The glamour, the fortune, the pain,

      Am   F/A            G         Gsus4

Go to war again, blood is freedom's stain,

              F           Fsus4   Esus4   E

But don't you pray for my soul anymore.

Am7          C5    G5      Dm                  F5     G5

2 minutes to midnight, the hands that threaten doom.

Am7          C5    G5      Dm                  F5     G5

2 minutes to midnight to kill the unborn in the womb.


The blind men shout let the creatures out, we'll show the unbelievers.

The napalm screams of human flames of a prime time Belsen feast, yeah.

As the reasons for the carnage cut their meat and lick the gravy,

We oil the jaws of the war machine and feed it with our babies.




The body bags and little rags of children torn in two

And the jellied brains of those who remain to put the finger right on you.

As the madmen play on words and make us all dance to their song,

To the tune of starving millions to make a better kind of gun.



G5      A5   F5/C  G5/D  C5/G      D5/A    C5/G A5

Midnight---, midnight---, midnight--- it's all night.

G5      A5   F5/C  G5/D  C5/G      D5/A    C5/G A5

Midnight---, midnight---, midnight--- it's all night.

Midnight, all night



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