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
Released31 October 1988
GenrePower metal, heavy metal
LabelNoise Records
Songwriter(s)Kai Hansen
Helloween singles chronology
"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]

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]

All songs written by Kai Hansen, except where noted.

1."I Want Out" 4:39
2."Save Us" 5:12
3."Don't Run for Cover"Michael Kiske4:45



Chart (1988) Peak
Swiss Singles Chart[2] 27
UK Singles Chart[3] 69

Cover versions[edit]


"I Want Out"
HammerFall - I Want Out.jpg
Single by HammerFall
from the album Legacy of Kings
Released31 August 1999
RecordedStudio Fredman, Göteborg, Sweden, April–June, 1998
Hansen Studios, Hamburg, Germany October 1998
GenrePower metal, Heavy metal
LabelNuclear Blast
Songwriter(s)Kai Hansen
Producer(s)Track1&3: Kai Hansen, Dirk Schlächter
Track2:Joacim Cans, Fredrik Nordström, Oscar Dronjak
HammerFall singles chronology
"Heeding the Call"
"I Want Out"

"I Want Out" was released as a cover-single by the Swedish metal band HammerFall on 31 August 1999. It is the second single released from their album Legacy of Kings.[4]

It is notable for Kai Hansen's appearance on guitar, lead vocals (along with Hammerfall's vocalist Joacim Cans) and keyboards.

Track listing[edit]

1."I Want Out"Kai Hansen4:37
2."At the End of the Rainbow"Joacim Cans, Martin Albrecht4:09
3."Man on the Silver Mountain"Ritchie Blackmore, Ronnie James Dio3:25
4."Glory to the Brave" (video clip) 5:45
Total length:17:56


Additional personnel[edit]

  • Track 1: Vocals, guitar and keyboards by Kai Hansen, backing vocals by Udo Dirkschneider.
  • Track 2: Lead guitar by William J. Tsamis.
  • Track 3: Drums by AC, backing vocals by Kai Hansen.

Chart Positions[edit]


Chart (1999) Peak
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[5] 75

Release information[edit]

Limited edition red 7" vinyl single with "I Want Out" on side A and "At the End of the Rainbow" on side B.[6]


  • 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.
  • The Russian power metal band Epidemia at least once performed the song at a concert


  1. ^ "I Want Out (Single)". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Helloween - I Want Out (Swiss Charts)". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Helloween - I Want Out (UK Charts)". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  4. ^ "I Want Out". Nuclear Blast. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – HammerFall – I Want Out". Singles Top 100.
  6. ^ "HammerFall – I Want Out". Discogs. Retrieved 19 July 2019.

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