This classic early Iron Maiden song has rather more cryptic lyrics than what we became used to later. The interpretation that makes the most sense to me is that it’s about a member of an RAF bomber crew during WW II contemplating an upcoming mission. (Some of the imagery then clearly is about flak and searchlights.)
Tomorrow, and the coming days, SSC will be a little slow as we deal with something in realspace. Stay tuned for return to our regular scheduled programming.