Holy Smoke

Album: No Prayer For The Dying (1990)
Charted: 3
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Songfacts®:

  • This song is about people who use things like religion, spirituality and church for personal gain, particularly those who exploit others through such means. The song is critical of those televangelists who use religion as a basis to convince people to give them money. While they claim to be doing God's work, the song notes that they are actually closer to the Devil. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Douglas - Waterloo, England
  • Written by Bruce Dickinson and Steve Harris, this song apparently isn't just about shady televangelists blowing "holy smoke," but but burning to death in a cloud of it. Dickinson explained: "I had this big image of all those ovens in the death camps with preachers' feet sticking out and holy smoke going up."

Comments: 6

  • Martin from Reading, United KingdomI loved the video - Dave Murray playing his solo, water up to his knees in a stream. A brilliant antidote to the ego guitarists video'd on top of a moutain! & the lyrics are very sharp & profound - this stuff simply had to be said at the time
  • Rock Lee from Hidden Leaves Village, Japan"I've lived in filth, I've lived in sin, and I still smell cleaner than the sh-t you're in". LOL I love that line!
  • Jaymz from Ayr, ScotlandI think it is about those TV Evangelists you get in America selling religion on TV and buying Cadillacs and other things with the cash that people send in. If you read the lyrics that's what it leads to.
  • Tadpole from Fayettville, Arthis is the only song i know of that Maiden uses profanity
  • Kiran from Shelton, Ctyea this is a good song on corrupt religous leaders
  • Ringgo from Montclair, CaThe video for this was pretty funny...i remember watching it once and couldnt help snickering at it. Cool song, by the way
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