July 9, 2013

Run. To The Hills.

Owen: Dad?
Me: Yeah?
Owen: If we lived near a hill we could, you know, run to them, right?
Me: Uh-huh.
Owen: And if a bad guy was chasing us we could run for our lives, right?
Me: Yeah. Definitely. Been listening to Iron Maiden again, huh?

Run to the hills...run for your life...

I have an overwhelming and abiding love of Iron Maiden. Since the time my friend Scott and I discovered them back in ninth grade, they've been a guilty pleasure. A few months ago I had some Iron Maiden track on in the car when Owen and I were driving somewhere. He fell in love. The lyrics are dark but, when you get right down to it, also quite silly. And the band is actually pretty darn good, fronted by an award-winning fencer, author, pilot and entrepreneur.

And now no one in this family can get Run To The Hills out of their heads.

Mia sings it in the shower. I've learned all the guitar parts. Owen sings it, well, always. Even Beth - who would much rather hear Paul Simon pluck a chicken - breaks into Run To The Hills for no apparent reason. In short, we are all afflicted. It's our heavy metal earworm.

Posted by Chris at July 9, 2013 7:09 AM

So THAT'S why I haven't been able to get this out of my head for the last year! I keep singing it randomly. I've been hanging out in Falls Church some. Is that why?

Posted by: alektra at July 9, 2013 9:23 AM

Love me some good old 80's metal at times but I could never get into Maiden

Posted by: Darren at July 9, 2013 1:56 PM

But have you heard it done Metalachi style?


While there, check out other Metalachi's awesome covers too!

Posted by: oakley at July 10, 2013 2:05 AM

I do a stunning and operatic version of Run to the Hills if it comes on when I'm alone in the car. It's just so much damn fun to sing!

Posted by: Hillary at July 10, 2013 10:34 AM