The Wicker Man (song)

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"The Wicker Man"
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Single by Iron Maiden
from the album Brave New World
B-side Standard Edition CD
"Futureal" (live)
"Man On The Edge" (live)
Limited Edition CD's
"Man On The Edge" (live)
"Powerslave" (live)
"Killers" (live)
"Futureal" (live)
12" LP
"Powerslave" (live)
"Killers" (live)
Released 8 May 2000
Recorded 1999-2000
Genre Heavy metal
Length 4:35
Label EMI
Songwriter(s) Adrian Smith
Steve Harris
Bruce Dickinson
Producer(s) Kevin Shirley
Steve Harris
Iron Maiden singles chronology
"The Wicker Man"
"Out of the Silent Planet"
"The Wicker Man"
"Out of the Silent Planet"
CD 2 Clear cover
CD 2 Clear cover
12" Picture Disc LP
12" Picture Disc LP

"The Wicker Man" is a song by Iron Maiden, released as the first single and opening track from their album Brave New World in April 2000. It is also the first single by the band since the returns of vocalist Bruce Dickinson and guitarist Adrian Smith in 1999. It was co-written by Smith, Dickinson and Steve Harris. It was co-produced by Kevin Shirley and Harris. The title is inspired by the British cult film of the same name. The song should not be confused with "Wicker Man" from Dickinson's solo career, the lyrics of which are more closely themed around the film. The latter song can be found on the 2 disc edition of The Best of Bruce Dickinson.


According to Dickinson, 'The Wicker Man' initially started off as a riff that Adrian Smith was "bouncing around with". Dickinson thought that the riff sounded good and he began to add a catchy melody to the song. Then Steve Harris began to play along to the riff. Dickinson stated that the song was written without even trying to get a single-length track. It was also the first song that the band rehearsed together since the return of Dickinson and Smith.[1] Dickinson said the process of writing the lyrics attempted to get "the same vibe I get when I stand onstage in front of all these people and they start singing and chanting with you".[2]

The radio version of the song differs from the album track, with the chorus' first and third line "Your time will come" followed by the line, "Thy will be done", and the last line is followed by "Don't turn, don't run." This is the case for every chorus except for the third chorus in which the third line is followed by "I'll be the gun" and the fourth line is followed by "Burn on my son." This version is considered extremely rare. The single's cover art was by Mark Wilkinson, after a piece by the famed artist Derek Riggs was rejected. This was the last piece Riggs would create for Iron Maiden, until Flight 666, reasoning that they were too hard to work with.[3] This art work was used for the picture vinyl disc and various minor pressings.[4]

In 2001, the song was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category "Best Metal Performance" but lost to "Elite" by Deftones.[5]

This song was also included as a playable song in game Rock Band Blitz.

The Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League have used a portion of The Wicker Man as their goal celebration song starting in the 2015-16 season.

Limited Editions[edit]

A limited edition of "The Wicker Man" was also released. The limited edition contained 2 CDs and a double-faced poster, as well as a selection of live songs recorded during the Ed Hunter Tour. The European release of the single also contained a beermat.[6]

CD 1 had a picture of the band on the cover of the cd the same as the single cover; CD 2 was clear with a picture of the "Wicker Man" on the cd.[7]

The 12" LP Picture Disc had the "Wicker Man" on the A side and the people with animal masks on the B side.[8]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition[edit]

  1. "The Wicker Man" (Adrian Smith, Steve Harris, Bruce Dickinson) – 4:35
  2. "Futureal (live - Helsinki Ice Hall, Finland 15 September 1999)" (Harris, Blaze Bayley) – 2:58
  3. "Man on the Edge (live - Filaforum, Milano, Italy 23 September 1999)" (Bayley, Janick Gers) – 4:37
  4. "The Wicker Man (video)" (Smith, Harris, Dickinson) – 4:35

Limited Edition Disc 1[edit]

  1. "The Wicker Man" (Smith, Harris, Dickinson) – 4:35
  2. "Man on the Edge (live - Filaforum, Milano, Italy 23 September 1999)" (Bayley, Gers) – 4:37
  3. "Powerslave" (live - Palau Olimpico, Barcelona, Spain 25 September 1999) (Dickinson) – 7:11
  4. "The Wicker Man (video)" (Smith, Harris, Dickinson) – 4:35

Limited Edition Disc 2[edit]

  1. "The Wicker Man" (Smith, Harris, Dickinson) – 4:35
  2. "Futureal (live - Helsinki Ice Hall, Finland 15 September 1999)" (Harris, Bayley) – 2:58
  3. "Killers (live - Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands 10 September 1999)" (Harris, Paul Di'Anno) – 4:28
  4. "Futureal (live video)" (Harris, Bayley) – 2:58

12" Picture Disc LP[edit]

  1. A1 - "The Wicker Man" (Smith, Harris, Dickinson) – 4:35
  2. B1 - "Powerslave" (live - Palau Olimpico, Barcelona, Spain 25 September 1999) (Dickinson) – 7:11
  3. B2 - "Killers" (live - Ahoy, Rotterdam, Netherlands 10 September 1999)" (Harris, Di'Anno) – 4:28


Production credits are adapted from the CD,[9] and picture disc covers.[10]

Iron Maiden


Chart (2000) Peak
Canadian Singles Chart 4[11]
Dutch Singles Chart 45[12]
Finnish Singles Chart 11[13]
French Singles Chart 39[14]
German Singles Chart 38[15]
Italian Singles Chart 3[16]
Norwegian Singles Chart 9[17]
Swedish Singles Chart 5[18]
Swiss Singles Chart 83[19]
UK Singles Chart 9[20]


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  2. ^ Maiden's Back, with Familiar Voice
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  6. ^ "Beermat". Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Limited CD's". Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Picture Disc LP". Retrieved 10 April 2012. 
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  10. ^ "The Wicker Man" Picture Disc Single (Media notes). Iron Maiden. EMI. 8 May 2000. 
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