by Brock Fanning //
Forget Cliffs’ Notes. Heavy metal supergroup, Iron Maiden, has set the classics to music and, these guys know how to rock! Examine the following headbangingly subtle adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s “Murders in the Rue Morgue.”
I remember it as plain as day, although it happened in the dark of the night. I was strolling through the streets of Paris and it was cold it was starting to rain. Then I heard a piercing scream and I rushed to the scene of the crime, but all I found was the butchered remains of two girls lay side by side.
There was some people coming down the street- at last someone heard my call. I can’t understand why they’re pointing at me, I never done nothing at all. But, I must have got some blood on my hands because everyone’s shouting at me, I can’t speak French so I couldn’t explain and like a fool I started running away. And now I’ve got to get away from the arms of the law. All France is looking for me. I’ve got to find my way across the border for sure down south to Italy.
Well I made it to the border at last, but I can’t erase the scene from my mind. Anytime somebody stares at me, well I just start running blind. Well I’m moving through the shadows at night, away from the staring eyes. Any day they’ll be looking for me ’cause I know I show the signs.
It took so long, and I’m getting so tired. I’m running out of places to hide. Should I return to the scene of the crime where the two young bitches died? If I could go to somebody for help, it would get me out of trouble for sure. But I know that it’s on my mind, that my doctor said I’ve done it before.
Murders in the Rue Morgue- someone call the Gendarmes! Murders in the Rue Morgue- run before the killers go free!