The Wicker Man (4:36)

Cover of Brave New World

From Brave New World and 20 other releases

“The Wicker Man” is a song by Iron Maiden, released as the first single from their album Brave New World, released in April 2000. It was co-written by Adrian Smith, Bruce 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.

The radio version of the song differs from the album track, with the line “Your time will come” followed by the line, “Thy will be done” once, the second line is its regular “Your time will come”, then the third line followed by another “Thy will be done”. The last line is followed by “Don’t turn, don’t run.” This is the case for every chorus except for the 3rd chorus where the 3rd line is “I’ll be the one” and the 4th line is “Burn on the sun.” This version is considered extremely rare as it has not aired since and is incredibly hard to find. 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, reasoning that they were too hard to work with. This art work was used for the picture vinyl disc and various minor pressings.


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  • MarcsRock3

    Ist a typical Adrian Song, up the Irons!

    25 May 8:24pm Reply
  • FjordSweetFjord

    Adrian's solo on here totally kills, an the pre-chorus is to die for. Modern Maiden classics! Not to mention, you can't ask for a better outro!

    23 Feb 4:22pm Reply
  • MdRaziAmin

    Iron Maiden.... always awesome.

    21 Feb 10:42pm Reply
  • deathsdemise123

    First Maiden song I ever heard. Damned good start.

    19 Jan 2:19pm Reply
  • Halloweve

    Good stuff

    10 Jan 9:01pm Reply
  • mktucker41

    Iron Fucking Maiden <33

    30 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Evola_warrior


    20 Dec 2014 Reply
  • thaiswestin

    Your time will come

    1 Nov 2014 Reply
  • deathsdemise123

    Great track.

    12 Sep 2014 Reply
  • ilovemusix


    13 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Citizen_Black


    21 Jul 2014 Reply
  • DdroL

    UP THE IRONS!!!! this was definitely a solid comeback effort and made a ton of fans happy. i saw them for the first time on this reunion tour, it was incredible (Bruce was amazing and was just non stop all over the stage). for something similar, pretty much all of Bruce's solo projects really shined and much more so than the NON Bruce Maiden era after he initially left......especially like Accident of Birth and A Chemical Wedding! your time will come! (ps, the original British movie THE WICKER MAN is pretty good, i didnt see the remake)

    15 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Predelnik

    Say goodbye to gravity and say goodbye to death!!!

    8 Jun 2014 Reply
  • RocketQueenme

    Love this song! It makes me think about going to Maiden gig with friends, singing along, headbanging and just freaking out!!! Up the irons!

    21 Feb 2014 Reply
  • H-channie

    The song that made me Maiden fan

    8 Jan 2014 Reply
  • trevor_hunter

    DAT intro doe!

    28 Sep 2013 Reply
  • conqbl

    fantastic clip and one of the maidens best !!!

    7 Jul 2013 Reply
  • morphinewaltz

    it's quite different than Judas Priest's Running Wild, the opening riff's first seconds are the same, that's all

    5 Jun 2013 Reply
  • G8Rbuttercups

    ♥♥Love Iron Maiden:)

    13 May 2013 Reply
  • dP_thomy

    up the irons!!!

    9 Feb 2013 Reply
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