Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs: “Hallowed Be Thy Name” — Iron Maiden (1982)

The Sands of Time for Halloween have run low. And with those last few grains of October come the end of yet another year of Buttkickin’ Halloween Songs.

And this makes us at Hokeyblog very, very sad. But it’s one been (pardon the overuse) one BUTTKICKIN’ year for us. We got to feature more songs in 2017 than in any other year, and we got a really good cross-section of styles and genres, although the pseudo-perfectionist in me probably should have leaned maybe a little less on metal.

Not to mention Hokeyblog got a ton of hits from people who were looking to make their Halloween playlist just that much more kickass. Not a Thriller or Ghostbuster’s Theme or Somebody’s Watching Me to be found anywhere. Those tracks are so lame and played out, they hardly abide the telling.

Which of course makes Iron Maiden’s Hallowed Be Thy Name something of a “safe” selection for our playlist, except that it’s a heavy metal classic and a perfect way to end the Halloween season. I Taken from the classic 1982 album The Number of the Beast, the final thoughts of a condemned man on his way to the gallows is a perfectly spookified way to tap out of Halloween 2017.

So enjoy your All Hallows Eve, my strange and beautiful friends, wherever you are. See you back here in 11 months… or sooner, you know, if I have anything interesting to say that’s actually not Halloween-related. And man do I hope I do.

Anyway, let the dark magic of a spirited night fill you with creepy spooky joy and fun and all that stuff.


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
The sands of time for me are running low, yeah

When the priest comes to read me the last rites
I 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
The words escape me when I try to speak
Tears flow, 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 all my life drifts before me
And 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 that I have gone
I’ve gone beyond to seek the truth

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

Hallowed be thy name
Hallowed by thy name…

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