The Wicker Man (song)

The Wicker Man (song)

Infobox Single
Name = The Wicker Man

Artist = Iron Maiden
from Album = Brave New World
B-side = Standard edition
"Futureal (live)"
"Man on the Edge (live)"
Limited edition
"Man on the Edge (live)"
"Powerslave (live)"
"Killers (live)"
"Futureal (live)"
Released = April 2000
Format = CD single
Recorded = 1999-2000
Genre = Heavy metal
Length = 4:35
Label = EMI
Writer = Adrian Smith
Steve Harris
Bruce Dickinson
Producers = Kevin Shirley
Steve Harris
Certification =
Last single = "Futureal"
This single = "The Wicker Man"
Next single = "Out of the Silent Planet"
Misc = Extra album cover 2
Upper caption = Alternate cover
Type = studio

Lower caption = Limited edition Cover

"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 [ [ The Wicker Man Rejected Artwork ] ] . This art work was used for the picture vinyl disc and various minor pressings. [ [ The Iron Maiden Commentary ] ]

Track listing

tandard edition

# "The Wicker Man" (Bruce Dickinson, Adrian Smith, Steve Harris) – 4:35
# "Futureal (live)" (Blaze Bayley, Harris) – 2:58
# "Man on the Edge (live)" (Bayley, Janick Gers) – 4:37
# "The Wicker Man (video)" (Dickinson, Smith, Harris) – 4:35

Limited edition

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.

Disc one

# "The Wicker Man" (Dickinson, Smith, Harris) – 4:35
# "Man on the Edge (live)" (Bayley, Gers) – 4:37
# "Powerslave" (live) (Dickinson) – 7:11
# "The Wicker Man (video)" (Dickinson, Smith, Harris) – 4:35

Disc two

# "The Wicker Man" (Dickinson, Smith, Harris) – 4:35
# "Futureal (live)" (Bayley, Harris) – 2:58
# "Killers (live)" (Paul Di'Anno, Harris) – 4:28
# "Futureal (live video)" (Bayley, Harris) – 2:58


*Bruce Dickinson – vocals
*Dave Murrayguitar
*Janick Gersguitar
*Adrian Smithguitar, backing vocals
*Steve Harrisbass guitar, backing vocals
*Nicko McBraindrums


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