Hallowed Be Thy Name

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"Hallowed Be Thy Name"
Hallowed Be Thy Name.jpg
Single by Iron Maiden
from the album A Real Dead One
B-side "The Trooper (Live)"
"Wasted Years (Live)"
"Wrathchild (Live)"
Released 4 October 1993
Format Picture disc
Recorded 1993
Genre Heavy metal
Length 7:26 (Live single version)
7:12 (Album version)
Label EMI
Songwriter(s) Steve Harris
Iron Maiden singles chronology
"Fear of the Dark (live)"
"Hallowed Be Thy Name"
"Man on the Edge"
"Fear of the Dark (live)"
"Hallowed Be Thy Name (live)"
"Man on the Edge"

"Hallowed Be Thy Name" is a song written by Steve Harris for the 1982 Iron Maiden album The Number of the Beast. It has been acclaimed as one of the greatest heavy metal songs of all time.

The 1993 live single is taken from the 1993 album A Real Dead One. The song was recorded at Moscow's Olympic Arena on 4 June 1993 during the Real Live Tour.[1] Recordings from the same tour and its predecessor, 1992's Fear of the Dark Tour, made up the single's B-sides.[1][2] It is the band's last single to feature vocalist Bruce Dickinson until 2000's "The Wicker Man".


"Hallowed Be Thy Name" has remained in almost all of the band's set-lists since the album's recording, the only exception being the Maiden England World Tour 2012–14.[3] Allmusic describes it as "perhaps the most celebrated of the band's extended epics; it's the tale of a prisoner about to be hanged, featuring some of Harris' most philosophical lyrics."[4] Several band-members have since stated that it is one of their favourite tracks, with Bruce Dickinson describing it as "fantastic" and that performing it live is like "narrating a movie to the audience."[3]

It is one of the most covered songs in Iron Maiden's catalogue, with versions released by artists such as Dream Theater,[5] Machine Head,[6] Cradle of Filth[7] and Iced Earth.[8] Iron Maiden also recorded the song as part of Channel Four's 2007 television series, Live from Abbey Road,[9] while a version recorded for BBC Radio 1 in 2005 was used as a B-side on "The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg" single.[10][11] The song's title is a line from the Lord's Prayer.

Songwriting Lawsuit[edit]

A section of the lyrics are lifted from Beckett's 1973 song "Life's Shadow". Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood was the agent for Beckett and a teenage Steve Harris saw the band play this song live. Harris and Murray settled with one of the credited songwriters, Robert Barton. The other songwriter, Brian Ingham, has sued Iron Maiden for his share of the profits from the song. Ingham was unaware of the matter until 2011 and Barton claimed to be the sole songwriter during the original settlement.[12]

Track listing[edit]

UK 7" red vinyl[edit]

  1. "Hallowed Be Thy Name" (live - Olympic Arena, Moscow 4 June 1993) (Steve Harris) – 7:26
  2. "Wrathchild" (live - The Isshallen, Helsinki, Finland, 5th June 1992) (Harris) – 2:55[13]

UK 12" picture disc[edit]

  1. "Hallowed Be Thy Name" (live - Olympic Arena, Moscow 4 June 1993) (Harris) – 7:26
  2. "The Trooper" (live - The Isshallen, Helsinki, Finland, 5th June 1992) (Harris) – 3:53
  3. "Wasted Years" (live - Stadthalle, Bremen, Germany 16 April 1993) (Adrian Smith) – 4:42[14]

CD Maxi single[edit]

  1. "Hallowed Be Thy Name" (live - Olympic Arena, Moscow 4 June 1993) (Harris) – 7:26
  2. "The Trooper" (live - The Isshallen, Helsinki, Finland, 5th June 1992) (Harris) – 3:53
  3. "Wasted Years" (live - Stadthalle, Bremen, Germany 16 April 1993) (Smith) – 4:42
  4. "Wrathchild" (live - The Isshallen, Helsinki, Finland, 5th June 1992) (Harris) – 2:56[15]


1982 studio version
1993 live single
  • Bruce Dickinson – vocals
  • Dave Murray – guitar
  • Janick Gers – guitar
  • Steve Harris – bass guitar
  • Nicko McBrain – drums

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
Irish Singles Chart 16[16]
UK Singles Chart 9[17]


  1. ^ a b A Real Dead One (Media notes). Iron Maiden. EMI. 18 October 1993. 
  2. ^ A Real Live One (Media notes). Iron Maiden. EMI. 22 March 1993. 
  3. ^ a b Classic Albums: Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast (DVD). Eagle Vision. 4 December 2001. 
  4. ^ "Iron Maiden > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Dream Theater: New 'Official Bootlegs' Available For Pre-Order". Blabbermouth.net. 5 February 2005. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Lane, Daniel (16 July 2008). "The making of Maiden Heaven". Kerrang!. Archived from the original on 14 June 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2011. 
  7. ^ "Cradle of Filth To Issue "Very Best Of" Double CD". Blabbermouth.net. 7 April 2002. Retrieved 26 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Destruction, Sentenced, Primal Fear to Contribute Tracks to Iron Maiden Tribute CD". Blabbermouth.net. 12 May 2003. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  9. ^ "Iron Maiden To Perform Live From Abbey Road Studios". Uncut. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "Iron Maiden: BBC Radio 1 'Legends' Session Available Online". Blabbermouth.net. 15 September 2005. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "Iron Maiden Bassist Decides Against Mastering New Album". Blabbermouth.net. 9 July 2006. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  12. ^ Goldby, Steve. "IT'S 'HALLOWED BE THY CLAIM' FOR IRON MAIDEN AS HIGH COURT CASE IS NOW IN MOTION". www.metaltalk.net. Retrieved 2017-05-10. 
  13. ^ "Hallowed Be Thy Name" 7" vinyl (Media notes). Iron Maiden. EMI. 4 October 1993. 
  14. ^ "Hallowed Be Thy Name" 12" vinyl (Media notes). Iron Maiden. EMI. 4 October 1993. 
  15. ^ "Hallowed Be Thy Name" CD (Media notes). Iron Maiden. EMI. 4 October 1993. 
  16. ^ "Irish singles archive". IRMA. irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 14 October 2011. 
  17. ^ "Top 40 Official Singles Chart UK Archive 16 October 1993". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 12 October 2011. 

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