Accident of Birth (song)

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"Accident of Birth"
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Single by Bruce Dickinson
from the album Accident of Birth
Released 1997
Genre Heavy metal
Length 4:23
Label EMI
Writer(s) Bruce Dickinson, Roy Z
Bruce Dickinson singles chronology
"Back from the Edge"
"Accident of Birth"
"Man of Sorrows"

"Accident of Birth" is the first single from Bruce Dickinson's fourth solo album, Accident of Birth, released in 1997 and peaking at number 54 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] Dickinson described the song as "about a family from Hell. Except they're in Hell and one of them has accidentally been born, and they want him back and he doesn't want to go. For all the same reasons that you wouldn't want to go back to your family if they're a pain in the ass, he doesn't want to go back to his family. OK, so they're in Hell, that makes a little difference too."[2]

Music video[edit]

The song's music video was directed by Bruce Dickinson himself and was shot in the same day as the video to "Road to Hell" from the same album.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

Part I

  1. "Accident of Birth" – 4:23
  2. "Ghost Of Cain" – 4:13
  3. "Accident of Birth (demo)" – 4:16

Part II

  1. "Accident of Birth" – 4:23
  2. "Starchildren (demo)" – 5:04
  3. "Taking The Queen (demo)" – 4:33


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
UK Singles Chart[1] 54


  1. ^ a b "Chart Stats - Bruce Dickinson". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on March 1, 2012. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  2. ^ "The following interview with Bruce Dickinson was conducted on August 19, 1998 by Seriah Azkath…". 19 August 1998. Retrieved 15 August 2010.