Lord of the Flies (song)

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"Lord of the Flies"
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Single by Iron Maiden
from the album The X Factor
B-side"My Generation"
"Doctor Doctor"
ReleasedApril 1996[1]
2 February 1996[2]
GenreHeavy metal
Songwriter(s)Steve Harris
Janick Gers
Iron Maiden singles chronology
"Man on the Edge"
"Lord of the Flies"
"Man on the Edge"
"Lord of the Flies"

"Lord of the Flies" is an Iron Maiden single and second track on their 1995 album The X Factor. The song is based on the book and film of the same name.[3]


The single was only released outside of the UK. Additional tracks on the single include covers from UFO and The Who.

Iron Maiden frequently performed this song live during their Dance of Death tour from 2003–2004,[4] making it one of only 5 Bayley era songs to survive in concerts after his departure (the others being "Man on the Edge", "Sign of the Cross", "Futureal", and "The Clansman"), and the last Bayley-era song that has made Iron Maiden setlists to date. One such performance of this song is included on Iron Maiden's 2005 live album "Death on the Road".[5]

The guitar solo in "Lord of the Flies" is played by Janick Gers.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Lord of the Flies" (Janick Gers, Steve Harris) – 5:03
  2. "My Generation" (The Who cover) – 3:36
  3. "Doctor Doctor" (UFO cover) – 4:49



  1. ^ "Iron Maiden - Lord of the Flies". metal-archives.com. Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2010-10-21.
  2. ^ http://www.ironmaidencommentary.com/?url=single29_lordoftheflies/commentary29_lordoftheflies&lang=eng&link=singles
  3. ^ "Lord of the Flies by Iron Maiden songfacts". songfacts.com. Retrieved 2010-10-22.
  4. ^ "Search for artist:(iron maiden) tour:(dance of death)". setlist.fm. Retrieved 2010-10-22.
  5. ^ "Iron Maiden Official Website - Death on the Road". ironmaiden.com. Retrieved 2010-10-22.