Hallowed Be Thy Name by Iron Maiden

Artist: Iron Maiden

Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in London in 1975 by bassist and songwriter Steve Harris. The band’s discography to date includes 39 albums, 4 EPs, and 7 compilations. Pioneers of the resurgence of British heavy metal, Iron Maiden achieved their initial success during the early 1980s. They are considered one of the most successful heavy metal bands in history, supported by their mascot ‘Eddie’ who has appeared on almost all their album and single covers, and at their live shows.

Title: Hallowed Be Thy Name
Year: 1982
Album: The Number of the Beast
Genre: Heavy Metal

Written by Steve Harris for the 1982 album ‘The Number of the Beast’, ‘Hallowed Be Thy Name’ has been acclaimed as one of the greatest heavy metal songs of all time and is considered one of Iron Maiden’s signature songs.

Lyrics written by Steve Harris

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, yeah
The sands of time for me are running low, running low

When the priest comes to read me the last rites
Take a look through the bars at the last sights
Of a world that has gone very wrong for me

Can it be that there’s some sort of error
Hard to stop the surmounting terror
Is it really the end, not some crazy dream?

Somebody please tell me that I’m dreaming
It’s not easy to stop from screaming
But words escape me when I try to speak

Tears fall but why am I crying
After all I’m not afraid of dying
Don’t I believe that there never is an end

As the guards march me out to the courtyard
Somebody cries from a cell, ‘God be with you’
If there’s a God then why has He let me go?

As I walk my life drifts before me
Though the end is near I’m not sorry
Catch my soul, it’s willing to fly away

Mark my words, believe my soul lives on
Don’t worry now I have gone
Gone beyond to seek the truth, yeah, yeah

When you know that your time is close at hand
Maybe then you’ll begin to understand
Life down here is just a strange illusion

Yeah, hallowed be thy name
Yeah, hallowed be thy name
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

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