“Run to the Hills” is a song by the English heavy metal band Iron Maiden. It was released as their sixth single and the first from the band’s third studio album, The Number of the Beast (1982). Credited solely to the band’s bassist, Steve Harris, although significant contributions were made by lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson.
A live version of the song, from Live After Death, was released in 1985 and the original single was reissued in 2002, with all income donated to former drummer Clive Burr’s MS Trust Fund.
Due to contractual issues with his previous band, Samson’s, Dickinson could not be credited for any of his contributions made during the writing of The Number of the Beast. Although bassist Steve Harris alone receives credit for the song, Dickinson states that he made a “moral contribution” to the song, in addition to “Children of the Damned” and “The Prisoner” from the same album. While speaking at the IBM Smarter Business conference in Stockholm on 10 October 2012, Dickinson revealed that parts of the song are based on the “rising sixth” interval within a scale, inspired by a documentary he watched which explored why “My Way” was one of the most popular recorded songs.
The song documents the conflict between European settlers in the New World and Native American tribes during the days of colonisation and later westward expansion. The song is written from both perspectives, covering the Natives’ viewpoint in the first verse and the Europeans’ in the rest of the song.