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JON SCHAFFER WATCHING OVER ME – BEHIND THE LEGEND

By Gino Alache January 11, 2021

(Rockum)-For those of us who have devoted almost our entire lives to Heavy Metal, especially for those close to or spend half a century of life, we know the importance of the great contributions to Heavy Metal Jon Schaffer has given us.

Precisely one of those contributions by Jon was the song WATCHING OVER ME. This song is part of his masterful studio album SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, released in 1998 via Century Media.

WATCHING OVER ME is a heavy metal ballad with a lot of personality and feeling. There we can appreciate the integrity that Jon has always characterized himself.

In this song, he tributes his deceased childhood friend named Bill Blackmon, who was the inspiration for Iced Earth's famous name. That is why in this song, not only Jon Schaffer honours the memory of a deceased friend, but rather he states that friendship transcends earthly life and goes to another level in which we will remain united.

Once again, Schaffer demonstrated that loyalty is a virtue linked to the ethical life of the person and that not everyone can keep it since it is easier to be false than to be loyal.

Long live Master Schaffer!
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Para los que tenemos la vida casi entera entregada al Heavy Metal, sobre todo para aquellos que estamos cerca o pasamos el medio siglo de vida, sabemos la importancia de los grandes aportes para el Heavy Metal que Jon Schaffer nos ha dado.

Precisamente una de esas aportaciones de Jon fue el tema WATCHING OVER ME. Esta canción forma parte de su magistral álbum en estudio SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES que fue lanzado por allá el año 1998 bajo el mismo sello que aun alberga a esta gran histórica banda, Century Media.

WATCHING OVER ME es una balada heavy con un mucha personalidad y sentimiento. En ella podemos apreciar la integridad y consecuencia que siempre se ha caracterizado Jon, pues este tema él le hace un tributo a su fallecido amigo de infancia llamado Bill Blackmon y quien fue el inspirador del famoso nombre Iced Earth.

Es por eso en este tema, no solo Jon Schaffer honra la memoria a un amigo fallecido sino más bien deja constancia que la amistad transciende la vida terrenal y va hacia otro nivel en el cual seguiremos unidos.

Una vez más Schaffer demostró en un tema que la lealtad es una virtud que va unida a vida ética de la persona y que no cualquiera puede conservarla, pues es más sencillo ser falso que ser leal.

¡Larga vida al maestro Schaffer!

Lyrics / Letras:

I had a friend many years ago.
One tragic night he died.
The saddest time of my life
For weeks and weeks i cried
Through the anger and through the tears
I've felt his spirit through the years.
I'd swear, He's watching me.
Guiding me through hard times

[Chorus]
I feel it once again
It's overwhelming me
His spirit's like the wind
The angel guarding me
Oh, I know, oh, I know
He's watching over me
Oh, I know, oh, I know
He's watching over me

[Verse 2]
We shared dreams like all best friends
Blood brothers at the age of ten
We lived reckless, he paid the price
But why, why did he have to die?
It still hurts me to this day
Am I selfish for feeling this way?
I know he's an angel now
Together we'll be someday

[Chorus]x3
I feel it once again
It's overwhelming me
His spirit's like the wind
The angel guarding me
Oh, I know, oh, I know
He's watching over me
Oh, I know, oh, I know
He's watching over me

Oh, I know, oh, I know
He's watching over me
Oh, I know, oh, I know
He's watching over me
Oh, I know, oh, I know
He's watching over me
Oh, I know, oh, I know
He's watching over me
Oh, I know, oh, I know

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