The Wicker Man (song)

"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)
Released8 May 2000
Recorded1999-2000
GenreHeavy metal
Length4:35
LabelEMI
Songwriter(s)Adrian Smith
Steve Harris
Bruce Dickinson
Producer(s)Kevin Shirley
Steve Harris
Iron Maiden singles chronology
"Futureal"
(1998)
"The Wicker Man"
(2000)
"Out of the Silent Planet"
(2000)
CD 2 Clear cover
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12" Picture Disc LP
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"The Wicker Man" is a song by English heavy metal band Iron Maiden. It was released on 8 May 2000 as the first single and opening track from their twelfth studio album, Brave New World (2000). It preceded the release of Brave New World by three weeks. 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.

Composition

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.[citation needed]

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 2011-12 season, up through the 2017-18 season.

Limited Editions

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]