La canzone fu scritta dal bassista e leader Steve Harris dopo la vista del film horror La Maledizione di Damien (1978) e parla di un uomo che, errando, scopre un angolo di Inferno con persone che compiono sacrifici e riti satanici. Nonostante l’iniziale stupore e sgomento però, costui cade in trance si unisce a loro.
E’ molto noto l’intro di The Number Of The Beast, recitato con voce cupa dallo stesso Bruce Dickinson nonostante il produttore degli Iron Maiden avesse insistito continuamente nel fargli cantare quelle prime quattro righe. Ragion per cui, indispettito, per anni Dickinson non le ha mai recitate dal live fino a pochi anni or sono.
The Number Of The Beast è tra le canzoni metal più quotate in assoluto, nonchè la title-track dell’omonimo album pubblicato nel 1981 e divenuto una delle colonne portanti dell’Heavy Metal di tutti i tempi.

Iron Maiden The Number Of The Beast Tablatura per Chitarra Guitar Tab

p:pull off
h: hammer on
s:slide
BU: bend up
BD: bend down

INTRO
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------4---5---7-----7-----7-----7-----7-------4---5----------------------|
A|--5-5-5---5---5---5-5---5-5---5-5---5-5---5-5-5---5---5--------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
pm........................................................

VERSE
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-7-----7-----7-----7-----7-------4---5----7-----7-----7--------------------|
A|---5-5---5-5---5-5---5-5---5-5-5---5---5----5-5---5-5---5------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
pm..........................................................

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|----7--------7---------2-----3------5--------5---------5-------------------|
A|-5-----5--5-----3-3-3-----3-----3------3--3-----3---3------3---------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
pm..............................................................

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|----5------5---------2-----3----7-------7--------7-------------------------|
A|-3----3--3----3-3-3-----3----3----5--5-----5--5-----5----------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
pm......................................................

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------7-7-7-------------------|
D|----7--------7-----------4-----5--------7------7---7-7-7-------------------|
A|-5-----5--5-----5--5--5-----5----5---5----5--5-----5-5-5-------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
pm..............................................

Chours Hits Cont'd (this part needs good counting so listen to the song)
e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-7----7----------------------7-7-7-7------7---------------------7-7-7-7----7-|
D|-7----7----------------------7-7-7-7------7---------------------7-7-7-7----7-|
A|-5----5----------------------5-5-5-5------5---------------------5-5-5-5----5-|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|

Verse 2
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-7-7-7-7----------7-7-7-7--------7-7-7-----7-7-7-7-------7-7---------------|
D|-7-7-7-7----------7-7-7-7--------7-7-7-----7-7-7-7-------7-7---------------|
A|-----------5-5--------------5-5---------5-----------5-5--------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
pm....           pm....       pm..        pm...
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-7-7-------7-7-7-----7-7-7-7-------7-7-7-7-------7-7--7\-------------------|
D|-7-7-------7-7-7-----7-7-7-7-------7-7-7-7-------7-7--7\-------------------|
A|------5-5---------5-----------5-5-----------5-5-------5\-------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
pm....      pm...       pm.....        pm....

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------7-7-7-7-7--------7-7-7-7--------------------------------|
D|---------------7-7-7-7-7-7-7----7-7-7-7-7-7-5------------------------------|
A|-3-3-3-3-2---5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-3------------------------------|
E|-----------3 <-bend a quater tone------------------------------------------|

Chours
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------------------------------------------7----------------|
D|-----------5---------------------5------------------------7----------------|
A|--3--3--3--2---------------------3------------------------5----------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-7--7--7--7--7--7----------------------------------------------------------|
D|-7--7--7--7--7--7--5--------------------5-------------------------5--------|
A|-5--5--5--5--5--5--3-----------3--3--3--2-------------------------3--------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--7--7--7--7--------7--7--7--7---------7--7--7-----------------------------|
G|--7--7--7--7--------7--7--7--7---------7--7--7-----------------------------|
D|--------------5---5-------------5---5------------5-------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
pm.....          pm.......
Interlude
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-2-2-2-4----2---4-4-4-5----4-----5-5-5-7---5---7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-------------|
G|-0-0-0-0----0---0-0-0-0----0-----0-0-0-0---0---0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

Solo                       BU
e|--10h13p10-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------11--10-----11(13)---------10h11p10--8h10p8h10p8h10  ------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-----------------------------10h12p10h12p10h12p10h12-----------------------|
B|-8--6h8p6h8p6h8p6-5--5-----------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-p10h13p10h13p10h13p10h13p10h13p10h12p10h12p10h12p10h12p10h12010h12p10h12p10-13-|
B|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
BU    BU grad                  BU~~~~~~        BU~~~~~~~~
e|--(14)-------------(16)---------13(16)------------13(16)-------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-10h13p10----10h13p10s9h10p8h10p8h10p8-------------------------------------|
B|----------13---------------------------10----------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-11h13p11h13p11h13-10h11p10h11p10s8h10p8s6h8p6s5h6p5-----------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------13h15p13----------------------|
G|---5---3------BU----------BD-----------------------------------------------|
D|-----------5------(7)---------(5)------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
BU
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-15------17h18p17p15 17h18p17p15---18------20--20(22)------(22)------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
rp~~~~~~                 BU
e|---------------------------20(22)------(22)-----(22)-----------------------|
B|--(22)----------------18---------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

Break
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------7-----5----------------------------5--5--5--5--3---------------------|
D|-/5------5-----7-----5--------5----------5--5--5--5--3---------------------|
A|--------------------------7------7---6---5--3--3--3--1---------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------3-------1------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-/3------3-------3---1-----1------------5--5--5--3------------3------------|
A|------------------------3-----3--2---1--5--5--5--3------------3------------|
E|----------------------------------------3--3--3--1--------1---1------------|

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------5----5-----7------------------------------|
D|------5-----------------7---7----5----5-----7------------------------------|
A|------5-----------------7---7----3----3-----5------------------------------|
E|--3---3------3---3---3--5---5----------------------------------------------|

2nd Solo
BU                BU             BU           BU            BU  BD
e|---------8--8--8---------8---8----------8---8--------8---8-----------------|
B|-11(13)-----------11(13)--------11(13)--------11(13)--------11(13)---(11)--|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
BU
e|--------------------------------------------------------10-10-10-13p10-----|
B|-10---------------------------------10------13----(15)---------------------|
G|-10------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|------12----10-------------12----------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------12--------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-------------10---12p10-----10---------------------------------------------|
B|--13--10h13--------------13-----13p10-13p10-----13p10----------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------12---------12------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
BU             BD                                 BU
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------12(13)----------------(12)p10------------------------------------|
G|-10-------------------------------------12----------\------17--(19)--------|
D|------12-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
BU                 BU               BU                BU
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-15--18------------15---18------------15--18-----------15---18-------------|
G|----------17(19)-------------17(19)-----------17(19)------------17(19)-----|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
BU                 BU               BU              BU
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-15h18p15----------15h18p15-----------15h18p15--------15h18p15-------------|
G|-----------17(19)------------17(19)------------17(19)-----------17(19)-----|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
BU             BU              BU               BU~~~~~~~
e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-15h18p15---------15h18p15--------15h18p15--------15h18p15--18(20)---------|
G|-----------17(19)----------17(19)----------17(19)--------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
BU                       BU                        BU~~~~~~~~~~~
e|-----------17p15--------------------17p15----------------------------------|
B|-18(20)----------18--15--18(20)-----------18--15--18(20)-------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
BU                       BU       BD
e|--20---------------(22)---------20(22)---------(20)------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------18---------------|
G|------------------------------------------------------------------19-------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

Iron Maiden The Number Of The Beast Testo Lyrics

“Woe to you, Oh Earth and Sea, for the Devil sends the
beast with wrath, because he knows the time is short…
Let him who hath understanding reckon the number of the
beast for it is a human number, its number is Six hundred and
sixty six.”

I left alone my mind was blank
I needed time to think to get the memories from my mind

What did I see can I believe that what I saw
that night was real and not just fantasy

Just what I saw in my old dreams were they
reflections of my warped mind staring back at me

‘Cos in my dream it’s always there the evil face that twists my mind
and brings me to despair

The night was black was no use holding back
‘Cos I just had to see was someone watching me
In the mist dark figures move and twist
Was this all for real or some kind of hell
666 the number of the beast
Hell and fire was spawned to be released

Torches blazed and sacred chants were praised
As they start to cry hands held to the sky
In the night the fires burning bright
The ritual has begun Satan’s work is done
666 the number of the beast
Sacrifice is going on tonight

This can’t go on I must inform the law
Can this still be real or just some crazy dream
But I feel drawn towards the evil chanting hordes
They seem to mesmerise me … can’t avoid their eyes
666 the number of the beast
666 the one for you and me

I’m coming back I will return
And I’ll possess your body and I’ll make you burn
I have the fire I have the force
I have the power to make my evil take it’s course

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