“Who Wants to Live Forever” is a song by the English rock band Queen. The song is the sixth track on the album A Kind of Magic, released in June 1986, and was written by guitarist Brian May for the soundtrack to the film Highlander, directed by Russell Mulcahy. The song peaked at No. 24 in the UK charts. The song is used to frame the scenes in the film where Connor MacLeod must endure his beloved wife Heather growing old and dying while he, as an Immortal, remains forever young. (It was later used in the episodes “The Gathering”, “Revenge is Sweet”, “The Hunters”, “Line of Fire”, and “Leader of the Pack” of the Highlander television series.) The song’s title is taken from a line in another movie scored by Brian May and Queen, Flash Gordon (the line can be heard on Battle Theme from Queen Flash Gordon soundtrack album). May sings lead vocals on the first verse, before Freddie Mercury takes over for most of the rest of the song, with May singing “But touch my tears with your lips” during Mercury’s verse and then the final line of the song, “Who waits forever anyway?”. An instrumental version of the song, titled “Forever”, was included as a bonus track on the CD version of the album. This instrumental featured only a piano, with keyboard accompaniment during the chorus sections. The piano track was recorded solely by Brian May. Queen was backed up by an orchestra, with orchestrations by the co-composer of the film’s score, Michael Kamen. Since its release, the song has been covered by a number of artists.
Dear Mr Murdoch originally appeared on Taylor’s 1994 album, Happiness. He first reissued the song in 1998, during the proposed takeover of Manchester United. The song has again been resurrected this week – the “2011 version” has been posted to YouTube and will be on iTunes within days. “Dear Mr Murdoch,” Taylor sings over piano and electric guitar, “Your minions like vultures and carrion crow/ They’ve sunk just as low as humans can sink … How many time must they poke and they pry?” [Source]
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“Drowse” was Roger Taylor’s song in 6/8 having him playing rhythm guitar and timpani and doing all of the vocals. May played slide guitar during this and “Tie Your Mother Down” (the second guitar solo in the middle of the song). Taylor’s song on the previous album, “I’m In Love With My Car”, was also in 6/8. “Drowse” is notable for being Roger Taylor’s first “soft” song, his previous compositions being usually the heaviest rock pieces of the album. Taylor sings octave lead vocals during the verses (except for the third and final verse).
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