Iron Maiden, who would think would sing more about Medieval times, here tell the story of H. Erectus man discovering fire, and the ongoing quest for fire throughout the Paleolithic age

In a time when dinosaurs walked the earth
When the land was swamp and caves were home
In an age when prize possession was fire
To search for landscapes men would roam.

Then the tribes, they came to steal their fire
And the wolves, they howled into the night
As they fought a vicious angry battle
to save the power of warmth and light.

Drawn by quest for fire
They searched all through the land
Drawn by quest for fire
Discovery of man.

And they thought that when the embers died away
That the flame of life had burnt and died
Didn't know the sparks that made the fire
Were made by rubbing stick and stone.

So they ploughed through forest and swamps of danger
And they fought the cannibal tribes and beasts
In the search to find another fire
To regain the power of light and heat.

Drawn by quest for fire
They searched across the land
Drawn by quest for fire
Discovery of man.

This pop song from the '80s is by the Bangles, called "Walk Like an Egyptian". Presumably, that meant "like an Egyptian '80s band". In any event, it is a song you can dance to.


All the old paintings on the tomb
They do the sand dance doncha know
If they move too quick (oh whey oh)
They're falling down like a domino

And the bazaar man by the Nile
He got the money on a bet
All the crocodiles (oh whey oh)
They snap their teeth on your cigarette

Foreign types with the hookah pipes say
Ay oh whey oh, ay oh whey oh
Walk like an Egyptian

The blonde waitresses take their trays
They spin around and they cross the floor
They've got the moves (oh whey oh)
You drop your drink then they bring you more

All the school kids so sick of books
They like the punk and the metal band
When the buzzer rings (oh whey oh)
They're walking like an Egyptian

All the kids in the marketplace say
Ay oh whey oh, ay oh whey oh
Walk like an Egyptian

Slide feet up street bend your back
Shift your arm then you pull it back
Life['s] hard you know (oh whey oh)
So strike a pose on a Cadillac

If you want to find all the cops
They're hanging out in the donut shop
They sing and dance (oh whey oh)
They spin the club, cruise down the block

All the Japanese with their yen
The party boys call the Kremlin
And the Chinese know (oh whey oh)
They walk the line like Egyptian

All the cops in the donut shop say
Ay oh whey oh, ay oh whey oh
Walk like an Egyptian
Walk like an Egyptian

This is by Steve Martin who was a Saturday Night Live cast member in the 1970s. It wonders what King Tut would think if he knew how popular he'd be 3200 years hence all over the world.


Verdi's grand "Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves" is sung in preparation for the Olympics in Turino, Italy, showing that children can be conscripted for their labor 3200 years after the Hebrews quit Egyptland


When Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt and back to the Promised Land, they obtained the Law known as the Ten Commandments. Here the Statler Bros. sing about them and the long trek home.




This song by the Statler Brothers tells the story of Noah's Ark and the Great Flood, an event recorded in the Epic of Gilgamesh as well as the Bible. As it happened.


Metallica introduces heavy metal into the Old Testament by telling the story of the 10th plague cast by Moses on the Egyptians, the one that finally broke Pharaoh's nerve, from the plague's POV


During the Babylonian Captivity in the 500s BC, Emperor Nebuchadnezzar threw three Jews into a pit of fire, and according to the Bible, they did not die. Here is their song by the Statler Bros.


Aristotle's Seventh Book of Politics discussed an idea called "Western Civilization" (Occident) and contrasted it to the Persian East (Orient). The designation stuck and Alexander became its champion