Hallowed Be Thy Name (7:13)

Cover of The Number of the Beast

From The Number of the Beast and 65 other releases

Hallowed Be Thy Name is a song written by Steve Harris for the 1982 Iron Maiden album The Number of The Beast.

The song describes a man’s thoughts just before being sent to the gallows. He begins to feel terror and realizes he really is afraid of dying, despite claims that he’s not. At the end of the vocal section, the man gets executed; this is followed by a long instrumental section, culminating in his ambiguous final words, “Hallowed be thy name”.

Hallowed Be Thy Name begins with a slow tempo and builds up later in the song. Bruce Dickinson showcases his wide vocal range and power at both slow and fast tempo. This song is considered one of Iron Maiden’s classics, as well as a classic of heavy metal, and is a staple at live concerts. The song was ranked #7 in Martin Popoff’s The Top 500 Heavy Metal Songs of All Time. The first guitar solo is played by Dave Murray, and the second by Adrian Smith. Since Smith left the band and was replaced by Janick Gers, Gers has played Smith’s solo, even after Smith returned to the band.

A few lyrics of this song were taken from the song Life’s Shadow by English progrock band Beckett. The same song, in particular the instrumental guitarsolo parts, was later also used for The Nomad from their album Brave New World.

The cover depicts Bruce Dickinson being impaled from behind by Eddie, in the form of Satan. The same idea of Eddie killing the departing vocalist had previously been used on the cover of the Venezuelan release of Maiden Japan (with him holding the severed head of Paul Di’Anno).


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I'm waiting in my cold cell, when the bell begins to chime
Reflecting on my past life and it doesn't have much time
'Cause at 5 O'clock they take me to the gallows pole,
The sands of time for me are running low, running low

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  • rOnieAirhead

    Not probably, definitely the best maiden song ever.

    13 Sep 10:27pm Reply
  • xTHRxASHx


    2 Sep 6:22pm Reply
  • ilovemusix

    "Recently stumbled upon a fantastic bootleg performance of Hallowed, from the April 29 1982 show in Stuttgart, Germany. Might be my favourite performance of it, period. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6dtQkcFNGI"; Thanks for posting that version.....EPIC

    31 Aug 11:46pm Reply
  • ilovemusix

    Best heavy metal song ever...Tied with Beyond The Realms of Death from Priest

    31 Aug 11:44pm Reply
  • LucasLinoMota

    Probably the best maiden song. [8]

    26 Aug 2:02am Reply
  • Vladanmaske

    Probably the best maiden song. [7]

    7 Aug 6:36pm Reply
  • muerto14

    Great Song. Amazing Album.

    11 Jul 6:51pm Reply
  • YoQueSe666

    Featuring two guitar solos, this single from The Number of the Beast is perennially named as one of – if not the – greatest Maiden song ever. With lyrics about a prisoner’s final moments before being hanged and featuring Bruce Dickinson in his signature story-telling mode, it’s also listed as one of the best heavy metals songs ever. -- watchmojo

    3 Jul 11:54am Reply
  • tntmk

    Probably the best maiden song. [6]

    20 Jun 8:49pm Reply
  • TilionPL

    Probably the best maiden song. [5]

    16 Jun 8:26pm Reply
  • LouisXIVsunking

    Probably the best maiden song. [4]

    13 Jun 4:16pm Reply
  • StupidGenius

    Recently stumbled upon a fantastic bootleg performance of Hallowed, from the April 29 1982 show in Stuttgart, Germany. Might be my favourite performance of it, period. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6dtQkcFNGI

    9 Jun 6:55am Reply
  • tntmk

    My 40000th scrobble!

    31 May 10:18pm Reply
  • BrunaLie

    êta sonzera boa.

    23 May 5:59am Reply
  • JohnTitor98


    22 May 5:30pm Reply
  • Pam-param-pam

    Лучшая их песня и вообще одна из лучших песен в металле.

    22 May 10:20am Reply
  • thrashidolatry

    Their finest moment! The part at 'the sands of time for me are running low' and the tempo change always gives me shivers.

    16 May 1:36pm Reply
  • DaiTheFlu_

    epic forever. Up The Irons ! \\m/

    6 May 6:21pm Reply
  • tntmk

    The best metal song of all time! Can't stop listening to it \\m/ UP THE IRONS

    29 Apr 9:14pm Reply
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