I Want Out

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"I Want Out"
Helloween - I Want Out.jpg
Single by Helloween
from the album Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 2
Released 31 October 1988
Format Vinyl record 12", maxi single
Genre Power metal, heavy metal
Length 4:39
Label Noise Records
Songwriter(s) Kai Hansen
Helloween singles chronology
"Dr. Stein"
"I Want Out"
"Kids of the Century"
"Dr. Stein"
"I Want Out"
"Kids of the Century"

"I Want Out" is a song by the German power metal band Helloween from the album Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. 2, that was released as a single in 1988.[1][2]

It was written by Kai Hansen, who said in an interview that it was a hint of him really wanting "out" of the band. Musically, the song is characterised by a recognisable introduction and Michael Kiske's trademark high pitched singing in the chorus. It is also punk-influenced (especially the rebellious lyrics) in contrast to other Helloween songs, or Hansen's post-Helloween work.

It is one of the Helloween's most recognizable songs, and is often performed live by Helloween and both Hansen's and Kiske's current bands Gamma Ray and Unisonic. The song was covered by HammerFall, Sonata Arctica, Avalanch and Skylark.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "I Want Out" 4:39
2. "Save Us" 5:12
3. "Don't Run for Cover" 4:45



Chart (1988) Peak
Swiss Singles Chart[3] 27
UK Singles Chart[4] 69

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 1999, HammerFall, in collaboration with Kai Hansen, released a cover version of their song on their single I Want Out.
  • In 2000, Sonata Arctica released a cover version of this song on two of their EPs, Successor and Takatalvi. It was also released on the Helloween tribute album The Keepers of Jericho - Part I.
  • Skylark also covered the song, in the same tribute album, with female vocals.
  • Eddy Antonini from the Italian power metal band Skylark also performs a cover of this song along with several guest musicians on his solo album When Water Became Ice.
  • Gamma Ray, Kai Hansen's current band, also performs the song.
  • In 2006, the Australian band Lord performed this song live at the Metro Theater in Sydney.
  • The Spanish power metal band Avalanch performed a live cover on their Días De Gloria album.
  • The Australian power metal band Winterstorm performed this song on their "teaser" demo ...begun and continue to play it at various live shows.
  • The Swedish progressive metal band Seventh Wonder performed the song in 2010, during their final concert with Johnny Sandin as drummer. As a surprise to him, they asked him to leave the drum set in the middle of the song and perform vocals in the final section.
  • The band Driving Mrs. Satan released a folk singer-style cover of the song in 2013.
  • In 2012, Kiske's and Hansen's band, Unisonic, included a live performance of the song at the Loud Park Festival on their Ignition EP.


  1. ^ "I Want Out (Single)". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Helloween – I Want Out (tracklist and versions)". Discogs. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Helloween - I Want Out (Swiss Charts)". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Helloween - I Want Out (UK Charts)". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 

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