The Clairvoyant (song)

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"The Clairvoyant"
Single by Iron Maiden
from the album Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
B-side "The Prisoner (live)"
"Heaven Can Wait (live)"
Released 7 November 1988
Genre Heavy metal
Length 4:24[1]
Label EMI
Writer(s) Steve Harris
Iron Maiden singles chronology
"The Evil That Men Do"
(1988)
"The Clairvoyant"
(1988)
"Infinite Dreams (live)"
(1989)

"The Clairvoyant" is a song by English heavy metal band Iron Maiden. It is the band's nineteenth single and the third from their Seventh Son of a Seventh Son album. The single, which was also released as a clear vinyl, debuted at number six in the UK charts. It contains three live performances from Maiden's 1988 headlining performance at the Monsters of Rock festival in Donington Park.

The promotional video for the song, although set to the studio version, features live clips from the Donington performance.

The song starts in the first person, from the main character's point of view. Later, it's in the third person, after he's dead. According to Steve Harris, the song was inspired by the death of psychic Doris Stokes, and his wondering that if she were truly able to see the future, wouldn't she have been able to foresee her own death?

The song's guitar solo is played by Dave Murray.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Clairvoyant" (live) (Steve Harris) – 4:24
  2. "The Prisoner" (live) (Adrian Smith; Harris) – 6:07
  3. "Heaven Can Wait" (live) (Harris) – 7:08

Personnel[edit]

Production credits are adapted from the 12 inch vinyl cover.[1]

Iron Maiden
Additional musicians
Production

Versions[edit]

Songs Country & Year Catalog Number Format
The Clairvoyant (Live) / The Prisoner (Live) Germany 1988 EMI 006-20 3927 7 Single 7"
The Clairvoyant (Live) / The Prisoner (Live) UK 1988 EMI EM 79 Black Labels Single 7"
The Clairvoyant (Live) / The Prisoner (Live) UK 1988 EMI EM 79 Silver Labels Single 7"
The Clairvoyant (Live) / The Prisoner (Live) UK 1988 EMI EMS 79 Poster Sleeve Clear Vinyl Single 7"
The Clairvoyant (Live) / The Prisoner (Live) / Heaven Can Wait (Live) EEC 1988 EMI K 060 20 3048 6 Maxi Single 12"
The Clairvoyant (Live) / The Prisoner (Live) / Heaven Can Wait (Live) UK 1988 EMI 12 EM 79 Maxi Single 12"
The Clairvoyant (Live) / The Prisoner (Live) / Heaven Can Wait (Live) UK 1988 EMI 12EMG 79 Maxi Single 12" Gatefold Sleeve
The Clairvoyant (Live) / The Prisoner (Live) UK 1988 EMI EMP 79 Shaped Picture Disc 7"
The Clairvoyant (Live) / The Prisoner (Live) UK 1988 EMI EMP 79 Uncut Picture Disc 12"
The Clairvoyant (Live) / The Prisoner (Live) / Heaven Can Wait (Live) UK 1988 EMI CDEM 79 CD Single

Chart performance[edit]

Single Chart (1988) Peak
position
Album
"The Clairvoyant" Irish Singles Chart 7[2] Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
UK Singles Chart 6[3]
Single Chart (1990) Peak
position
Album
"The Clairvoyant / Infinite Dreams" UK Albums Chart[note 1] 11[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Re-release of both singles as part of The First Ten Years box set. Exceeded the length limit of the UK Singles chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Clairvoyant" 12 Inch Single (Media notes). Iron Maiden. EMI. 7 November 1988. 
  2. ^ "Irish Charts Archive". IRMA. irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 1 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Top 40 Official Singles Chart UK Archive 26 November 1988". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 1 October 2011. 
  4. ^ "Top 40 Official Albums Chart UK Archive 28 April 1990". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 1 October 2011.