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Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark - Maid Of Orleans (The Waltz Joan of Arc)

“Maid of Orleans (The Waltz Joan of Arc)” was written by OMD’s lead singer, Andy McCluskey. It was released in January 1982 with “Navigation” and “Of All the Things We’ve Made” on the B-side as the third single from their album “Architecture & Morality.” The song is notable for its atmospheric sound, emotional lyrics, and haunting melodies.

“Maid of Orleans” is inspired by the story of Joan of Arc, the medieval French heroine and martyr. “Maid of Orleans” had originally been written by Andy McCluskey in May 1981, on the 550th anniversary of Joan of Arc’s death. The lyrics evoke the imagery of her life, struggles, and ultimate sacrifice, exploring themes of faith, destiny, and the human spirit. The chorus, with its memorable refrain “Joan of Arc, Joan of Arc, Joan of Arc, Joan of Arc,” emphasizes her iconic status and enduring legacy. Musically, “Maid of Orleans” features a richly layered arrangement, blending synthesizers, drum machines, and orchestral elements to create a cinematic and immersive soundscape. The song’s wistful melodies and atmospheric production evoke a sense of mystery and melancholy, reflecting the solemnity of its subject matter.

Upon its release, “Maid of Orleans” became one of OMD’s most successful singles, reaching #1 in Germany, Spain, Belgium and the Netherlands. It peaked at #4 in the UK Singles Chart. Its innovative sound and evocative lyrics earned critical acclaim, solidifying OMD’s reputation as pioneers of electronic music in the 1980s.

The song’s enduring popularity has led to its inclusion in numerous compilations and retrospectives of OMD’s career. It remains a fan favorite and a standout track in the band’s discography, cherished for its emotional depth and atmospheric beauty.

O.M.D. – Maid Of Orleans – Lyrics