Brian May Collaborations


1993-2003

This page features details of Brian May's collaborations with other artists, recorded between 1993 and 2003.

Collaborations Featuring Multiple Band Members:
Paul McCartney & Various Artists - All You Need Is Love (live) and Hey Jude (live)
Zucchero - Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime (live)


Other Collaborations:
Gordon Giltrap - Heartsong
Paul Rodgers - I'm Ready
Os Paralamas Do Sucesso - El Vampiro Bajo El Sol
Paul Rodgers - Good Morning Little Schoolgirl (live), I'm Ready (live), Little Bit Of Love (live), All Right Now (live), Crossroads (live) and Hoochie Coochie Man (live)
Soundgarden - New Damage
Carmen Appice - Nobody Knew (Black & White House)
Andrew Lloyd Webber - Whistle Down The Wind
Jennifer Rush - Who Wants To Live Forever
Rocky Horror Picture Show - Wild And Untamed Thing
S.O.L - Make My Dream Come True
Status Quo - Raining In My Heart
Rock Therapy - Reaching Out
Meat Loaf - A Kiss Is A Terrible Thing To Waste
Guns 'n' Roses - Catcher In The Rye
Foo Fighters - Have A Cigar
Tony Iommi - Flame On and Goodbye Lament
SAS Band - With A Little Help From My Friends (live)
Paul McCartney - Souvenir
Robbie Williams - Eternity
Joe Cocker - With A Little Help From My Friends (live)
Foo Fighters - Tired Of You
Cliff Richard and S Club 7 - Move It (live)
Lynn Carey Saylor - If We Believe
Claire Sweeney - Too Much Love Will Kill You
Andrea Corr - Is This The World We Created? (live)
Tim Staffell - Doing Alright and Earth
The Yardbirds - Mr, You're A Better Man Than I


Some sources also list Brian as appearing on the 1994 album 'Shampoohorn' by the group Z, also known as 'Sons Of Frank Zappa' or Ahmet and Dweezil Zappa. In fact, Brian does not appear on the track, but it is another guitarist playing a Brian May guild guitar.


Heartsong


Gordon Giltrap

, 1993. Brian plays guitar. Length 4:19.
This is an instrumental track with an Irish flavour, with electric guitar by Brian, and also features Neil Murray, Midge Ure, Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman. It is a remake of the track, which was originally recorded in 1978, and reached no 21 in the chart.
Available on the albums 'Music For The Small Screen', 'Time To Reflect', and possibly also 'By All Accounts'.

I'm Ready


Paul Rodgers

, 1993. Brian plays guitar. Length 2:59.
Written by Willie Dixon, and originally recorded by Muddy Waters in 1954.
Available on the album 'Muddy Water Blues'.
Brian also appears on a live performance of this track, click here for details.
Lyrics:
I am ready - ready as anybody can be
I am ready - ready as anybody can be
I am ready for you
I hope you're ready for me

I got an excellent pistol
And a graveyard friend
That shoots two stone bullets
Wearing balls and chains
I'm drinking T.N.T
I'm smoking dynamite
I hope some screwball
Starts a fight

Because I'm ready - ready as anybody can be
I am ready for you
I hope you're ready for me

Oh, you pretty little chicks
With your curly hair
I know you feel
Like I ain't nowhere
But stop what you're doing
Baby come over here
I'll prove to you baby
That I ain't no square

Because I'm ready - ready as anybody can be
I am ready for you
I hope you're ready for me

I've been drinking gin
Like never before
I feel so good
I want you to know
One more drink
I wish you would
It takes a whole lot of loving
To make me feel good

Because I'm ready - ready as anybody can be
I am ready for you
I hope you're ready for me
Ooooh, give it me now

I've been drinking gin
Like never before
Feel so good
And I want you to know
One more drink
I wish you would
It takes a whole lot of loving
To make me feel good

Because I'm ready - ready as anybody can be
Oh, I'm ready for you
I hope you're ready for me
Yeah, yeah, yeah
I'm ready for you
I hope you're ready for me

Yeah

El Vampiro Bajo El Sol


Os Paralamas Do Sucesso

, 1994. Brian plays guitar. Length 4:13.
Available in Brazil on the album 'Severino', under the name Os Paralamas Do Sucesso.
Available in Argentina on the album 'Dos Margaritas', under the name Paralamas.
The lyrics to this track are in Spanish or Portuguese.
Lyrics:
Ya se hizo noche, sé que debo hacer
Tengo mis cortes bajo una nueva piel
Los que me siguen no me alcanzarán
Hasta el amanecer

Ya tuve todo, hoy tengo "la sed"
Probe de todo al menos una vez
Y aunque me digan "i nunca cambiarás!"
Yo ya no soy el mismo que ayer

Dejé al miedo, la sombra del dolor
Dejé mi nueva piel quemarse bajo el sol
Dejé a los que dicen que hada va a cambiar
Y algo ya se cambio
Acá dentro en mi
Las luces de mi vida mortal
Acá dentro en mi
Las luces de un dia normal
En mi eternidad

Good Morning Little Schoolgirl

(live)


Paul Rodgers

, 1994. Brian plays guitar. Length 4:00.
This track was performed live on 6 July 1994 at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
Available on the 2011 album and DVD 'Live At Montreux'.
Lyrics:
Paul: Thank you, (unknown dialogue). Like to bring on a friend of mine, a friend of yours, right now, a special guest, here he is, I'm sure you know him, Mr Brian May. Oh yeah

Yeah, play away
Oh, my baby, it's a
Mmmm, yeah, yeah
Goodbye

Good morning little schoolgirl, baby can I go home with you, yeah?
Good morning little schoolgirl, oh, can I go home with you, baby?
Tell your momma and your pappa
I'm a little schoolboy too

You know what, I'm gonna buy me an airplane
And I fly all over town
I'll tell everybody baby
Lord knows you're so mine
Little schoolgirl
Oh baby, can I go home with you
Tell your brother and your sisters
I'm a little schoolboy too
Now play Brian May

I heard mamma say to brother
Get that boy a (unknown lyric)
He's got it him, it's got to come out

I teach you all I know
But you've got so much to learn
All that you know
Little schoolgirl
Baby, can I go home with you, oh yeah
Tell your mamma and your pappa and everybody
I'm a little schoolboy too

Good morning
Good morning
Little schoolgirl, yeah baby
Something about the way you walk
Something about the way you talk
Let me, let me walk with you baby
Let me, let me talk with you baby
Wanna carry your books
Yes I, I wanna take you home with me
Little schoolgirl
Everything I want, everything I need
Everything I want, and everything that I need
Baby, baby, baby
Baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, ah

She ain't my baby and I don't need baby
Uh, little schoolgirl
All I ever wanted, all I ever needed


Paul: Alright, Brian man

I'm Ready

(live)


Paul Rodgers

, 1994. Brian plays guitar. Length 3:20.
This track was performed live on 6 July 1994 at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
Available on the 2011 album and DVD 'Live At Montreux'.
Brian also appears on the studio version of this track, click here for details.
Lyrics:
Paul: Woo. That Jason guy, he's alright

I am ready - ready as anybody can be
I am ready - ready as anybody can be
You know I'm ready for you
And I hope you're ready for me

Listen now
I got an excellent pistol
On a graveyard friend
That shoots two stone bullets
Wearing balls and chains
I'm smoking T.N.T
I'm drinking dynamite
I hope some screwball
Starts a fight

Because I'm ready - ready as anybody can be
I am ready for you
I hope you're ready for me

Now listen up now
I've been drinking gin
Like never before
I feel so good
That I just want you to know
One more drink
I wish you would
It takes a whole lot of loving
To make me feel good

Ready - ready as anybody can be
Well I'm ready for you babe
And I hope you're ready for me
Let me say one more thing now

Oh, you pretty little chicks
With your crazy hair
I know you feel
Like I ain't nowhere
But uh, stop what you're doing baby
Come over here
I want to prove to you baby
That I ain't no square

And that I'm ready - I'm ready as anybody can be
You know I'm ready for you babe
And I hope you're ready for me
Hit it now

Uh
One more, one more
Well now
Yeah, yeah

Drinking gin
Like never before
I feel so good
That I want you to know
One more drink
I wish you would
It takes a whole lot of loving
To make me feel good, yeah

I'm ready as anybody can be
I'm ready for you, babe
And I hope you're ready for me, now, now, now, yeah
I'm ready for you
And I hope you're ready for me

Yeah


Paul: Thanks, thanks, that was great, we're having a lot of fun up here, hope it sounds good out there

Little Bit Of Love

(live)


Paul Rodgers

, 1994. Brian plays guitar. Length 3:27.
This track was performed live on 6 July 1994 at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
Available on the 2011 album and DVD 'Live At Montreux'.
The DVD features an edit on the second song selection screen, containing the section from 1:45 to 2:44, lasting 0:59.
Full details of the original track and other live recordings can be found on the Paul Rodgers Songs page.
Lyrics: (the lyrics in red appear in the DVD menu edit)
Oooh, ooh, yeah
I believe if you give
A little bit of love
To those you live with
A little bit of love
Has got to come your way

Well in my mind it's easy to lose sight of the truth
But in my heart I can't deny my feeling inside

'Cos I believe if you give
A little bit of love
To those you live with
A little bit of love
Has got to come your way

Man in the sky say you're flying, you lose sight of the truth
Wanna stay high, then don't deny your feeling inside


'Cos I believe if you give
A little bit of love, baby
To those you live with
A little bit of love
Has got to come your way
Now, now, now
Ooh ooh, yeah

I believe if you give
A little bit of love baby
To those you live with
A little bit of love, baby
Has got to come your way

I believe, yeah, if you give
A little bit of love
To those you live with
A little bit of love
Has got to come your way

Say it one more time

I believe if you give
A little bit of love
To those you live with
A little bit of love
Has got to come your way
Oh, give a little bit of love baby
Love, love
Mmm, yeah
Love
A little bit of love goes a long, long way


Paul: Thanks Brian, might see you in a, little bit, ah, OK

All Right Now

(live)


Paul Rodgers

, 1994. Brian plays guitar. Length 6:48.
This track was performed live on 6 July 1994 at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
Available on the 2011 album and DVD 'Live At Montreux'.
The DVD features an edit on the main menu, containing the sections from 0:26 to 0:38 and 0:45 and 1:36, lasting 1:05 in total.
Full details of the original track and other live recordings can be found on the Paul Rodgers Songs page.
Lyrics: (the lyrics in red appear in the DVD menu edit)
Paul: Where's that Brian - there he is, Brian May. OK. I said a one, two. No, no, no, one, two. Let me try that once more, you ready, you ready? One, two.

Alright, alright, alright, alright
Woo
What I say is


There she stood in the street
Smiling from her head to her feet
I said a hey, what is this, now baby
Maybe she's in need of a kiss, uh uh

I said a hey, what's your name baby
Maybe we can see things the same
Now don't you wait, oh, hesitate
We're gonna move before they raise the parking rate

(All right now) let me hear you sing it, come on
(Baby it's a all right now) you know the words
(All right now)
(Baby it's a all right now)
Oooh

One, two
Alright

Yeah, my baby, yeah
Let me tell you a little bit more now
Now don't go away, listen

I took her home to my place
Watching every move on her face
She said look, yeah, what's your game
Are you trying to put me in shame

I said slow, baby, don't go so fast
Don't you think that love can last
She said love, ha, Lord above
Now you're trying to trick me in love, sing the song now

(All right now)
(Baby it's a all right now) ma, ma, ma, ma, ma, ma, ma yeah
(All right now)
(Baby it's a all right now)
Alright John

Oh, yeah, yeah
Oooh
Is it a plane?
Is it a plane?
No, it's John Smithson
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Oh, my baby
I can't walk you around in the morning dew, my honey now
Can't walk you around
Can't walk you around in the morning dew, oh, ooh yeah

Oh yeah
Higher and higher

All right now
Baby it's a, baby it's a, baby it's a, baby, it's a baby, it's a baby
All right now
Baby it's a all right now
Hey

(All right now)
(Baby it's a all right now)
Put your hands together and sing this song now
(All right now)
(Baby it's a all right now) I think I hear you
(All right now)
(Baby it's a all right now)
(All right now) ah, there you are
(Baby it's a all right now) yes I know
(All right now)
(Baby it's a all right now) one more time, one more time
(All right now)
(Baby it's a all right now)
(All right now)
(Baby it's a all right now)

Yeah, yeah, alright
Alright, it's alright, it's alright, it's alright, it's alright, it's alright, it's alright, it's alright
All right now
Baby it's a all right now, yeah, yeah
All right now
Baby it's a all right now

All right now
Baby it's a all right now
All right now
Baby, baby, baby, baby, baby
Well it's all right now, yeah

Crossroads

(live)


Paul Rodgers

, 1994. Brian plays guitar. Length 4:36.
This track was performed live on 6 July 1994 at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
Available on the 2011 album and DVD 'Live At Montreux'.
A recording exists of Freddie Mercury performing this track in 1969 with Ibex, full details can be found on the Pre-Queen Songs page.
Lyrics:
One, two, one, two, three, four
Mmm, mmm
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ba, ba, ba, ha, ha, ha, ha
Hey
Hey
Let's hear it one more time

I went down to the crossroads, and I fell down on my knees
Went down to the crossroads, and I fell down on my knees
I called out 'Lord have mercy, won't you give me please'

You can run, you can run baby, but Lord you can't hide
You can run, you can run baby, you know you can't hide
When I catch up with you mamma I wanna love you, till I get satistfied

Oh somebody
Oh, just pray it's alright
Yeah Brian
I want you to play one more time

You can run, you can run baby, Lord knows you can't hide
You can run, you can run baby, oh, but you can't hide
When I catch up with you mamma, I'm gonna love you, I'm gonna get satistfied
Where's that feel Brian, yeah babe

She love me, she love me, she love me
Oh yeah
Yeah, yeah, baby
Ooh, good luck baby
Thank you
Woh, oh
One more time baby
Yeah
Something I wanna say, listen up now

Standing at the crossroads were the devil and his friend
Standing at the crossroads was the devil and his friend
Yeah know he leaned across and he whispered, yeah, yes, yes, yes
I'm gonna get you in the end

Yeah, be bop a lula, she's my baby now, yeah, baby


Paul: Yeah, we love you
Compere: (unknown dialogue) Eddie Kirkland, (unknown dialogue), and Luther Allison is coming on, and Jimmy Rollinson, Jimmy Rollinson from Houston, Texas, Eddie Kirkland, the wonderful Eddie Kirkland, lovely Eddie Kirkland, Luther Allison, Robert Lucas

Hoochie Coochie Man

(live)


Paul Rodgers

, 1994. Brian plays guitar. Length 7:20.
This track was performed live on 6 July 1994 at the Montreux Jazz Festival.
Available on the 2011 album and DVD 'Live At Montreux'.
This track is the all star finale, and features Paul, Luther Allison, Kenny Neal and Robert Lucas on vocals.
Lyrics:
Ahh
A gypsy woman told my mother
Before I was born
You got a boy child coming that's
Gonna be a son of a gun
Gonna make you girls
Jump and shout
Then the world is gonna know
What's this all about

But you know I feel
Everybody knows I'm him
Well there's a lot of 'em, you call hoochie coochie man
Everybody knows I'm him

On the seventh month
On the seventh day
On the seventh hour
Seven doctors say
You were born for good love
Now Luther, can't you see
I got seven hundred dollars
Don't you mess with me, oh, yeah

Everybody knows
I'm your hoochie coochie man
Everybody knows

Ooh, yeah

When Lord I shoot
I never miss
I make love to you baby
That you can't resist
Standing on the outside
I'm just looking in
Make love to you baby
Give it again
'Cos you know I'm him

Everybody knows
I'm your hoochie coochie man
Everyone knows I'm him

All you pretty women
Stand in line
I'll make love to you baby
In an hour's time
The longer I shoot
Ain't gonna miss
I'll make love you to baby
Ain't no chance I'll miss
I'm him
I'm your man
I'm your hoochie coochie man
Everyone knows I'm him

On the seventh hour
Of the seventh day
Of the seventh month
Seven doctors gonna say
Son, you were born for good lovin'
And that you will see
I got seven hundred dollars now baby
Don't you mess with me

Everybody up here's a hoochie coochie man
Everybody knows we're here
You know we're the hoochie coochie men
And everybody knows we're here
Say it one more time
You know we're the hoochie coochie men
Everybody yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, knows we're here

Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah


Compere: Paul Rodgers
Brian: Mr Paul Rodgers

New Damage


Soundgarden

, 1994. Brian plays guitar. Length 5:20.
Available on the various artists compilation album 'Greenpeace - Alternative NRG', and the 2016 reissue of the 'Badmotorfinger' album (in the boxed set and the double disc versions only). A version of the track is on the original album release, but it does not feature Brian.
Lyrics:
Yeah
Umm
The new damage comes
It's a faceless poison, yeah
A new world order
It's new damage done

The wreck is going down
Get out before you drown
The wreck is going down
Get out before you drown
Get out, mmm

The new damage comes
It's a new word for plague
A new world order
A new word for hate, yeah

The wreck is going down
Get out before you drown
The wreck is going down
Get out before you drown
The wreck is going down
Get out before you drown
Get out
Get out
Oooh

Oooh

The new damage comes, hey
It's a faceless, a faceless poison, yeah
A new world order
A new word for hate

The wreck is going down
Get out before you drown
The wreck is going down
Get out before you drown
Get out
Get out, get out
Get out, get out
Get out, get out before you drown
Get out before, before you drown
Before you drown
While it's safe, get out
Before you drown
Before you drown
Yeah

Nobody Knew

(Black & White House)


Carmine Appice

, 1995. Brian plays guitar.
Written by Kelly Keeling and Carmine Appice.
Available on the album 'Guitar Zeus', and later on the reissue 'Ultimate Guitar Zeus'. It was also released as a single, but withdrawn for legal reasons.
The album was re-released in 2019 under the original name, and a new promo video was produced, which features Brian.
Available Versions:
1. Radio Version (3:50) (on the single only)
2. Album version AKA Long Version (4:48) (on the album and single; this features more instrumental sections, and some additional vocals)

Lyrics: (the lyrics in red are edited out of the radio version)
Here we are
In the year 2000
Looking through glass
With oxygen masks

Here we are
The faceless surround us
Expressions unnoticed
You thought it would last

Nobody knew
Where they were headed
Except for the few who
Made it all clear

Nobody knew
Who's running the White House
Let's paint it all black now
Do you think they would mind

Now we know
We're stained glass houses
No motors or gas
It's all come to pass

All we ever wanted
Was clear cool water
To wash off the stains
Keep oceans alive

What destination (here we are, the year 2000)
Why play the game (looking through glass)
Lord take me now (with oxygen masks)
It's not the same (here we are, the faceless surround us, emotions unheard of)
Here now (you thought it would last)


Nobody knew
Where they were going
Except for the few who
Made it all clear


Nobody knew
Who's running the White House
Let's paint it all black now
No-one's inside

There's a hole in our blue sky
Blind sighted, earth spins
Find time for me, yeah
Time to think, and time to breathe
Time to breathe

Our destination
Why play the game
Lord take me far

Here we are
The ageless surround us (it's not the same)
Emotions unheard of
They thought it would last (here now)

Nobody knew
Follow the leaders
Except for the few who
Thought they knew

Guess it's all clear
It's all for the money
Have peace with your neighbour
Or join in the war


There's a hole in our blue sky
There's a hole in our blue sky

Whistle Down The Wind


Andrew Lloyd Webber

, 1995.
It is unknown what was recorded at these sessions, so it probably remains unreleased.

Who Wants To Live Forever


Jennifer Rush

, 1995. Brian plays guitar and sings lead and backing vocals. Length 3:59.
Available on the album 'Out Of My Hands'.
Written by Brian May. This song was previously recorded by Queen and also by Ian & Belinda.
Lyrics: (the lyrics in white are sung by Jennifer; lyrics in red are sung by Brian; lyrics in blue are sung by both)
There's no time for us
There's no place for us
What is this thing that builds our dreams, yet slips away from us
Who wants to live forever
Who wants to live forever
(ooh, ooooh)

There's no chance for us
It's all decided for us
This world has only one sweet moment set aside for us

Who wants to live forever (forever)
Who dares to love forever, ooh, oooh
Who dares to love forever, ooh, oh, oooh, when love must die

But touch my tears with your lips
Touch my world with your fingertips
And we can have forever
And we can love forever
Forever is our today


Who wants to live forever
Who wants to live forever

Forever is our today

Who waits forever anyway?

Wild And Untamed Thing


Rocky Horror Picture Show

, 1995. Brian plays guitar.
Brian apparently plays guitar on this track which was released on a soundtrack of the musical, alongside 'Hot Patootie (Whatever Happened To A Saturday Night)', which was released on several of his albums and singles in 1998.

Make My Dream Come True


S.O.L

, 1995. Brian plays guitar. Length 4:02.
Available on the album 'Some Other Language'.
The artist for this track is S.O.L, and not Stefan Zauner as many sites list (although he was heavily involved).
Lyrics:
I had a dream about the brotherhood of man
I look around me and I see it isn't so
But in the dream I saw a way to understand
So I'm sending this love from me to you
To make my dream come true

To make my dream come true

To make my dream come true

I had a dream there was a time for paradise
I look around me but the seeds have never grown
Lost in a wasteland where I see the people cry
I'll be sending this love from me to you
To make my dream come true

To make my dream come true

To make my dream
Please, make my dream
Please, make my dream come true

To make my dream come true

To make my dream come true

To make my dream come true

To make my dream come true

Raining In My Heart


Status Quo

, 1995. Brian plays guitar. Length 3:32.
Written by Boudleaux and Felice Bryant, and originally recorded by Buddy Holly in 1958 (and various others).
Available on the 1995 album 'Don't Stop'. Brian also appears on the accompanying video of the same name.
This track was recorded at the same session as 'FBI', which was released by Brian and features Status Quo.
Lyrics:
The sun is out, the sky is blue
There's not a cloud to spoil the view
But it's raining
Raining in my heart

The weather man says clear today
He doesn't know you've gone away
And it's raining
Raining in my heart

Ooh, misery
Misery
What's gonna become of me?

I tell my blues they mustn't show
But soon these tears are bound to flow
'Cos it's raining
Raining in my heart

Ooh, misery, misery
What's gonna become of me?

The sun is out, the sky is blue
There's not a cloud to spoil the view
But it's raining
Raining in my heart
Raining in my heart
Raining in my heart

Reaching Out


Rock Therapy

, 1996. Brian plays guitar.
The track also features Lulu, Paul Rodgers and Charlie Watts.
Released as a single, for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, but it failed to chart.
This track was later performed on Queen + Paul Rodgers' 2005 European Tour by Paul Rodgers with Spike Edney on keyboards.
Available Versions:
1. Single Version (2:38) (on all singles)
2. Instrumental Version (2:38) (on the CD single only)
3. Acoustic Version (2:38) (on all singles; this does not feature Brian's electric guitar solo, but he may play acoustic guitar on the track)

Queen + Paul Rodgers Live Versions:
1. Official Download, Firenze 2005 (1:00) (recorded in Firenze, Italy, on 7 April 2005)
2. Official Download, Frankfurt 2005 (0:59) (recorded in Frankfurt, Germany, on 19 April 2005)
3. Return Of The Champions (1:01) (recorded in Sheffield, England, on 9 May 2005; a sample was also used on Eminem's 2009 track 'Beautiful', from the 'Relapse' album)
4. Super Live In Japan (1:00) (recorded in Tokyo, Japan, on 27 October 2005, and also available on the Highlights CD/DVD)

Lyrics: (lyrics in red are not present in the acoustic version; click here for the lyrics to the instrumental version)
Lately, I've been hard to reach
I've been too long on my own
Everybody has a private world
Where they can be alone

Are you calling me?
Are you trying to get through?
Are you reaching out for me
Like I'm reaching out for you?

One way conversations
Going on inside my head
Everybody has a secret world
Where too much is unsaid

Are you calling me?
Are you trying to get through?

(Oooh, oooh, oooh) are you reaching out for me
Like I'm reaching out for you?

Give me your hand
One touch is all that it takes
(oooh, ooh, ooh)
Ain't it funny how just one touch
Can make up for all of our mistakes
(oooh, ooh, ooh, ooh-ooh)

Lately, I've been hard to reach
I've been too long on my own
Everybody has a private world
Where they can be alone

Are you calling me?
Are you trying to get through?
Are you reaching out for me
Like I'm reaching out for you?


Instrumental Version Lyrics:
(Oooh, oooh, oooh)

Give me your hand
(Oooh, ooh, ooh)
Ain't it funny how just one touch
(Oooh, ooh, ooh, ooh-ooh)

A Kiss Is A Terrible Thing To Waste


Meat Loaf

, 1998. Brian played guitar on demos of the track.
Brian performed the lead guitar solo on demo versions of this track, which was later released on the 1998 album 'The Best Of Meat Loaf'. However, Brian does not seem to appear on the released version, and was not credited either.

Catcher In The Rye


Guns 'n' Roses

, 1999. Brian played guitar on demos of the track. Length 5:38+.
Brian performed the lead guitar solo on this track in around 1999, but it was not used for the final release on the 'Chinese Democracy' album in 2008. The original demo was leaked online in around 2006.

Demo Version Lyrics:
Ahh
Ahh

When all is said and done
We're not the only ones
Who look at life this way
That's what the old folks say
But every time I see them
Makes me wish I had a gun
If I thought that I was crazy
Well I guess I'd have more fun
(Guess I'd have more fun)

Oooh, the catcher in the rye again
Oooh, won't let you get away from him
It's just another day
Like today

You decide
I don't have to
Then they'll find
I won't ask you
At anytime
Or long hereafter
If it's cold outside
I'm imagining
It to be
Oh, no

La, la, la, la, la, la, la
La, la, la, la, la, la

Ooh, la, la, la
La, la, la
Oooh, the catcher in the rye again
Ooh, won't let you get away from him
It's just another day
Like today

When all is said and done
We're not the only ones
Who look at life this way
That's what the young folks say
And if they'd ever change
As that reminds to say
But every time I see them
Makes me wish I had a gun
If I thought that I was crazy
Well I guess I'd have more fun
'Cos what used to be's
Not there for me
And ought to for someone
That belongs
Insane
Like I do

La, la, la, la, la, la, la (oh no, oh no)
La, la, la, la, la, la (oh no, oh no, oh no)
La, la, la, la, la, la, la (oh no, ohhh)
La, la, la, la, la, la (oh no, oh no, oh no)

On an ordinary day
Back in an ordinary way
All at once the song I heard
No longer would it play
For anybody
Or anyone
That needed comfort from somebody
Needed comfort from someone
Who cared
To be
Not like you
And unlike me
And then the voices went away
From me
Somehow you set the wheels in motion
That haunt our memories
You were the instrument
You were the one

How a body
Took the body
Gave that boy a gun
Took our innocence
Beyond our stares
Sometimes the only thing
We counted on
When no one else was there

Ohhh
Ohhh
Not at all
No, no
No, no
No, no

Have A Cigar


Foo Fighters

, 2000. Brian plays guitar. Length 4:02.
Written by Roger Waters, and originally recorded by Pink Floyd in 1975.
This version appears on the album 'Music From And Inspired By Mission Impossible 2', and may also appear in the film. It was later included on 'The Best Air Guitar Album In The World.... III' and the Foo Fighters 'Medium Rare' compilation.
Taylor Hawkins sings lead vocals.
Produced by the Foo Fighters, Brian May and Justin Shirley-Smith, and mixed by Taylor Hawkins and Justin Shirley-Smith.
Lyrics:
Come on over here, boy
Have a cigar
You're gonna go far
You're gonna fly high
You're never gonna die
You're gonna make it if you try
They're gonna love you

Well I've always had a deep respect
And I mean that most sincerely
Well, the band is just fantastic
That is really what I think
Oh, by the way which one's Pink?

And did we tell you the name of the game, boy
We call it riding the gravy train

We're just knocked out
Heard about the sell out
You've gotta get an album out
You owe it to the people
We're so happy we can hardly count

Everybody's just green
Have you seen the chart
Well, it's a hell of a start
It could be made into a monster
If we all pull together as one team

And did we tell you the name of the game, boy
We call it riding the gravy train, yeah
Yeah

And did we tell you the name of the game, boy
We call it riding the gravy train, yeah
Ow

Flame On


Tony Iommi

, 2000. Brian plays guitar. Length 4:26.
Available on the album 'Iommi'.
Lyrics:
I am one
One that shines
Yeah, I was born of a scorpions mind
I am one
So alive
Don't try to teach me what your lips can't decide, oh

I'm the son
So alive
A single breath's all I need to get by
Would you speak of the dirt in my mind
I'm going to burn till our stars die

Flame on - I used to bleed like a suicide mother
Flame on - and now I'm free in this dirty black summer
Flame on - I wore a tooth in the mouth of my brother
Flame on - I used to bleed like a suicide mother

(unknown lyric)

As it is
All divine
A diamond sea in the heart of our mind

All this truth
Truth it shines
Don't hesitate for a while it's divine

Flame on - I used to bleed like a suicide mother
Flame on - and now I'm free in this dirty black summer
Flame on - I wore a tooth in the mouth of my brother
Flame on - I used to bleed like a suicide mother

(unknown lyric)

Flame on - I used to bleed like a suicide mother
Flame on - and now I'm free in this dirty black summer
Flame on - I wore a tooth in the mouth of my brother
Flame on - I used to bleed like a suicide mother

Flame on - I used to bleed like a suicide mother
Flame on - and now I'm free in this dirty black summer
Flame on - I wore a tooth in the mouth of my brother
Flame on - I used to bleed like a suicide mother

(unknown lyric)

Goodbye Lament


Tony Iommi

, 2000. Brian plays guitar. Length 4:48.
Available on the album 'Iommi'.
A promo CD contains a 3:57 Radio Edit, while another edit is also available at 4:00.
Lyrics:
Say a prayer for me
In my memory
Have a taste of when all is through

Damn this place in me
Damn this destiny
I will be the one who cries with you
Go

Hello misery
You're the best of me
Hey, someone got the best of you

Come and sleep with me
For infinity
We'll spend some time and find the rest of you

Break down, break down
Real and in your head
Rain down, rain down
Innocence is dead

Goodbye lament
Goodbye lament
Goodbye faith
I swear I will believe

Pray for me
Fading memories
Give me time and I will fade in with you

Come in and dance with me
I will always be
Sleeping behind the eyes that I'm bleeding through

Break down, break down
Real and in your head
Rain down, rain down
Innocence is dead

Goodbye lament
Goodbye lament
Goodbye faith
I swear I will believe

Goodbye lament
Goodbye lament
Goodbye faith
I swear I won't believe

Break down, break down
Real and in your head
Rain down, rain down
Innocence is dead

Break down, break down
Real and in your head
Rain down, rain down
Innocence is dead

Goodbye lament
Goodbye lament
Goodbye faith
I swear I will believe

With A Little Help From My Friends

(live)


SAS Band

, 2000. Brian plays guitar. Length 5:00.
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and originally recorded by The Beatles in 1967. It was also a number 1 hit for Joe Cocker in 1968 and Wet Wet Wet in 1988.
Recorded at the Party In The Park, in Hyde Park, London, on 9 July 2000.
Released as part of a 26 minute video, featuring various SAS Band live tracks, on a promo CD-Rom.
It features leads vocals by Marti Pellow, Lionel Ritchie, Suggs and Martine McCutcheon, and is notable because Brian's guitar string snaps at the finale of his solo.
Lyrics:
What would you think if I sang out of tune
Would you stand up and walk out on me
Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song
And I, I, I, I, will try not to sing out of key

By with a little help from my friends, wow
By with a little help from my friends, yeah
By with a little help from my friends
By with

Do you need anybody?
Woah, I need somebody to love, yeah, yeah
Could it be anybody?
Oh, anybody, ooh I need somebody, yeah, yeah
Oooh

Yeah
By with a little help from my friends
Everybody, one more time, yeah
By with a little help from my friends, yeah
By with a little help from my friends, yeah
Oooh, oooh, oooh

Would you believe in a love at first sight?
I'm sure it happens all the time
What do you feel when you turn out the light?
I can't tell you, but I'm sure that it's mine

By with a little help from my friends, yeah
By with a little help from my friends
By with a little help from my friends, we do you know
Oooh, oooh, oooh

Do you need anybody?
Wahhhhhh
Could it be anybody?
Ahhh, ahhh, ahhh

By with a little help from my friends
By with a little help from my friends
By with a little help from my friends
By with a little help from my friends, yeah, yeah

By with a little help from my friends
By with a little help from my friends
By with a little help from my friends
By with a little help from my friends
By with a little help from my friends
By with a little help from my friends
Oooh, oooh, oooh

Souvenir


Paul McCartney

, 2001.
Brian was supposedly working with Paul on this track in 2001, and it was due to be included on a Linda McCartney tribute album. However, the album itself doesn't appear to have been released, and it is unknown whether anything was ever actually recorded.

Eternity


Robbie Williams

, 2001. Brian plays guitar. Length 4:59.
Written by Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers.
Presumably recorded at the same session as 'We Are The Champions' with Queen.
Released as a single, which reached no. 1, and also included on the 'Greatest Hits' and 'In And Out Of Consciousness: The Greatest Hits 1990-2010' albums.
Alternate Versions:
1. Radio Edit (4:22) (on promo CD's only; loses the sections from 3:15 to 3:40 and 4:31 to 4:43, to omit two verses and one of the outro lyrics)
Lyrics: (the Radio Edit omits the lyrics in red)
Close your eyes so you don't feel them
They don't need to see you cry
I can't promise I will heal you
But if you want to I will try

I sing this summer serenade
The past is done, we've been betrayed
It's true

Someone said the truth will out
I believe without a doubt
In you

You were there for summer dreaming
And you gave me what I need
And I hope you'll find your freedom
For eternity
For eternity

Yesterday when you were walking
You talked about your ma, and dad
What they did that made you happy
What they did that made you sad

We sat and watched the sun go down
Picked a star before we lost
The moon

Youth is wasted on the young
Before you know it's come and gone
Too soon

You were there for summer dreaming
And you gave me what I need
And I hope you'll find your freedom
For eternity
For eternity

For eternity


I sing this summer serenade
The past is done, we've been betrayed
It's true

Youth is wasted on the young
Before you know it's come and gone
Too soon


You were there for summer dreaming
And you are a friend indeed
And I hope you'll find your freedom
For eternity

You were there for summer dreaming
And you are a friend indeed
And I know you'll find your freedom
Eventually

For eternity

For eternity

With A Little Help My Friends

(live)


Joe Cocker featuring Steve Winwood

, 2002. Brian plays guitar. Length 5:40.
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and originally recorded by The Beatles in 1967. It was also a number 1 hit for Joe Cocker in 1968 and Wet Wet Wet in 1988.
Performed live at Buckingham Palace, London, on 3 June 2002, and available on the 'Party At The Palace' releases.

Lyrics:
What would you do if I sang out of tune
Would you stand up and walk out on me
Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song
I will try not to sing out of key

I wanna get by
By with a little help from my friends
I keep trying with my friends
By with a little help from my friends
I wanna get out with my friends
By with a little help from my friends
Holding on with my friends

What do I do when the love is away
Don't worry if you feel alone
Oh Lord, how do I feel by the end of the day
Are you down, because you're on your own

I don't get set
I get by with a little help from my friends
I keep trying with my friends
By with a little help from my friends
I wanna get out with my friends
By with a little help from my friends
Holding on with my friends
Oooh, oooh, oooh

Do you need anybody?
I need someone to love
Do you need anybody?
All I need is someone
Who knows where I'm going
Somebody to love
We'll show
A little love

By with a little help from my friends
I wanna get by with my friends
By with a little help from my friends
I keep trying with my friends
By with a little help from my friends
I'm gonna get out with my friends

Would you believe in a love at first sight
I'm certain it happens all the time
What do you see when you turn off the light
I don't see too much
But it shows you my mind

I get by with a little help
By with a little help from my friends
I keep trying with my friends
By with a little help from my friends
I'm gonna get out with my friends
By with a little help from my friends
Holding on with my friends

Do you need anybody
Oooooohhhhhh
Yeah, don't you know
Do you need anybody
Don't you know I need someone
To dream about
Somebody to love me in my dreams

All the way

By with a little help from my friends
I wanna get by with my friends
By with a little help from my friends
I keep trying with my friends
By with a little help from my friends
I'm gonna get out with my friends

I want to take them home with me
And just keep loving like a
All the way and hold me
Love me and hold me tight baby

Love me and hold me
And give me your love to me
With a little help from my friends

Tired Of You


Foo Fighters

, 2002. Brian plays guitar. Length 5:10.
Written by the Foo Fighters.
Available on the album 'One By One'.
Apparently there may be two studio versions of this track, one having a much more acoustic feel.
Lyrics:
I can't be your liar
I can't be your bearer of bad news
Sick and uninspired by
The diamonds in your fire
Burning like a flame inside of you
Is this just desire or the truth?

So shame on me for the rules
Shame on me for the blues
Number one return that I'll never use

I won't go getting tired of you
I won't go getting tired of you
I'm not getting tired

I won't go getting tired of you
I won't go getting tired of you
I'm not getting tired

Hanging on this wire
Waiting for the day I have to choose
Cursed by love so dire
One more boy for hire
One more boy to lend a hand to you
Is this just desire or the truth?

So shame on me for the rules
Shame on me for the blues
Number one return
That I'll never use

I won't go getting tired of you
I won't go getting tired of you
I'm not getting tired

I won't go getting tired of you
I won't go getting tired of you
I'm not getting tired
Of you, hoo, hoo
Of you, hoo, hoo, oh, oh, oh, oh

I can't be your liar
I can't be your bearer of bad news
Sick and uninspired by
The diamonds in your fire
Burning like a flame inside of you
Is this just desire or the truth?

So shame on me for the rules
Shame on me for the blues
Number one return
That I'll never use

I won't go getting tired of you
I won't go getting tired of you
I'm not getting tired

I won't go getting tired of you
I won't go getting tired of you
I'm not getting tired of you

Move It

(live)


Cliff Richard and S Club 7

, 2002. Brian plays guitar. Length 2:36.
Written by Ian Samwell, and originally recorded by Cliff Richard in 1959, reaching no 2 in the charts.
Performed live at Buckingham Palace, London, on 3 June 2002, and available on the 'Party At The Palace' releases.
A studio recording of this track was later released in 2006, click here for full details.
Lyrics:
Come on pretty baby, let's a move it and a groove it
Stand, jump, clap your hands
Shake baby shake it but honey please don't lose it
Dance, dance, to the rock and roll band
This rhythm that gets into your heart and soul
Rhythm and blues and a whole lot of soul
Let me tell you people it's called rock and roll

They say it's gonna die but honey please let's face it
Well we just don't know what's a going to replace it
Ballads and calypso's have nothing on
Real country music that just drives along
Honey, move it

Wow
Brian May

Come on pretty baby, let's a move it and a groove it
Stand, jump, clap your hands
Dancin' and listen baby please don't lose it
Dance, dance, to the rock and roll band
Oh it's all over town, there's a brand new beat
Move it and a rock it and a get on your feet
And it's hanging in the air like a Mississippi heat

We've got fireflies in the night and bull frogs croakin'
Oh baby here comes the train, and boy is she smokin', oh yeah
Heading out to New Orleans and clear to L. A
You better get ready, it's a brand new day, hey
I'm ready, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Well ballads and calypso's have nothin' on
Real country music that just grinds along
Honey, move it - stand, clap your hands
Come on and move it - stand, clap your hands
Come on and move it - stand, clap your hands
Move it - stand, clap your hands

If We Believe


Lynn Carey Saylor

, 2002. Brian sings backing vocals and plays guitar.
Written by Lynn Carey Saylor.
Alternate Versions:
1. Single Version (4:00) (released as a single in the USA in 2002 only)
2. Album Version (3:55) (available on the 2007 album 'You Like It Clean' only; this is a modified version, featuring new percussion and new vocals from Lynn Carey Saylor. Brian's contribution seems unchanged)

Lyrics: (the album version features the single additional word in red)
I believe it's in each one of us to see
The good that's in another
Blind to their skin colour
Can't you see there's just two kinds of souls around
The ones who hate
And the ones who love each other
It's our fate, free will to choose an answer
Why can't we get along together?

It's not so hard to see that
If we believe
We're not all the same
There's a hole in our hearts
And nothing at all to gain
(If we believe) If we believe
We're only daughters and sons
God's will is done

I believe it's wrong to judge a book upon
The picture of it's cover
You need what is under

And I have heard some people say we're not the same as each other
But we bleed the same colour
It grows late we need a sane solution
To violence, hate and all the persecution

It's not so hard to see that
If we believe
We're not all the same
There's a hole in our hearts
And nothing at all to gain
(If we believe) if we believe
We're only daughters and sons
God's will is done

Why don't we know
There is so much to lose
Get on the streets
And spread the news

If we believe

If we believe
We're not all the same
There's a hole in our hearts
And nothing at all to gain
(If we believe) if we believe
We're only daughters and sons
Yeah, God's will is done

Too Much Love Will Kill You


Claire Sweeney

, 2002. Brian plays guitar. Length 4:22.
Available on the album 'Claire'.
Written by Brian May, Frank Musker and Elizabeth Lamers.
This track was previously recorded by Brian May and Queen, and later by Momo Cortes featuring Brian, retitled as 'Tanto Amor No Es Bueno'.
Additional guitars by Phil Palmer.
Lyrics:
I'm just the pieces of the girl I used to be
Too many bitter tears are raining down on me
I'm far away from home
I've been fighting this alone for too long

I feel like no-one ever told the truth to me
About growing up and what a struggle it would be
In my tangled state of mind
I look back to find the point where I went wrong

Too much love will kill you
If you can't make up your mind
Torn between the lover
And the love you leave behind
You're headed for disaster
'Cos you never read the signs
Too much love will kill you - every time

I'm just the shadow of the girl I used to be
And it seems there's no way out of this for me
I used to bring you sunshine
Now all I ever do is bring you down

How would it be if you were standing in my shoes
Can't you see it's impossible to choose
There's no making sense of it
Either way I go I'm gonna lose

Too much love will kill you
Just as sure as none at all
It'll drain the power that's in you
Make you plead and scream and crawl
And the pain will drive you crazy
You're the victim of your crime
Too much love will kill you - every time

Too much love will kill you
It'll make your life a lie
Too much love will kill you
And you won't understand why
You'd give your life, you'd sell your soul
But here it comes again
Ooooh, ahhh
Ooooh, oooh
Too much love will kill you
In the end

Is This The World We Created?

(live)


Andrea Corr

, 2003. Brian plays guitar. Length 2:18.
Recorded at the 46664 Concert at Green Point Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa, on 29 November 2003.
Available on the 46664 album and DVD.
Full details of this track are available on the 46664 Songs page.

Doing Alright


Tim Staffell

, 2003. Brian plays guitar and sings joint vocals. Length 3:42.
Available on the album 'Amigo'.
This track was written by Tim Staffell and Brian May, and was previously recorded by both Smile and Queen.
Apparently a promotional album exists which features a 'work in progress' mix of the song.
Lyrics: (the lyrics in red are sung by Brian, those in white are sung by Tim)
Yesterday my life was in ruin
Now today, ooh, I know what I'm doing
I gotta feeling, I should be doing alright
Doing alright (doing alright), that's right


Where will I be this time tomorrow
Jumped in joy or sinking in sorrow
Anyway, I should be doing alright, yeah

Doing alright (doing alright), doing alright

I should be waiting for the sun (I should be waiting for the sun)
And anyway I've got to hide away (anyway I've got to hide)
I should be waiting for the skies to clear
But there ain't time in all the world


Ha, ha, ha, ha, in the meantime
We'll be doing alright


Yesterday my life was in ruin
Now today I know what I'm doing, hey
I gotta feeling, I should be doing alright
Doing alright (doing
alright), doing alright

I should be waiting for the sun (I should be waiting for the sun)
And anyway I've got to hide away (anyway I've got to hide)
I should be waiting for the skies to clear
But there ain't no time in the world

Do, do, do-do
Do, do, do-do, doing alright
Do, do, do-do,
doing alright
Do, do, do-do, doing alright
Do, do, do-do
Do, do, do-do, doing alright,
doing alright now
Do, do, do-do, doing alright
Do, do, do-do
Do, do, do-do,
alright
Do, do, do-do
Do, do, do-do, doing alright
Do, do, do-do
Do, do, do-do
Do, do, do-do
Do, do, do-do
Do, do, do-do
Do, do, do-do
Do, do, do-do,
doing alright
Do, do, do-do, doing alright
Do, do, do-do
Do, do, do-do
Do, do, do-do,
doing alright
Do, do, do-do
Do, do, do-do
Do, do, do-do
Do, do, do-do, I'm doing alright
Do, do, do-do,
he's doing alright
Do, do, do-do

Earth


Tim Staffell

, 2003. Brian plays guitar and sings joint vocals. Length 4:47.
Available on the album 'Amigo'.
This track was written by Tim Staffell, and was previously recorded by Smile.
Apparently a promotional album exists which features a 'work in progress' mix of the song.
A "special edition"
Lyrics: (the lyrics in red are sung by Brian, those in white are sung by Tim)
I might be at a table
And suddenly I'll catch
A fleeting vision of those crystal seas
Or I might be standing in a crowded dockyard faraway
Underneath the sun I've never seen

'Cos I have seen (seen) many worlds
But what's it worth, oooh, oooh
If I never (never) see again planet earth


I might be chasing waves of light
Out beyond the rim
Where the stars are sparse
And the cold of space seeps in

Or I might be in a bar room
Drinking methylated gin
And thinking of the places I have been

'Cos, I have seen (seen, seen) many worlds
But what's it worth
Umm (chasing waves of light and)
If I never see again that old planet earth (planet earth)
Oh no

Ummm
Oooh, oooh
Oooh, oooh
I have seen (seen, seen) many worlds
But what's it worth
Umm (chasing waves of light and)
If never, no I'll never (see again) that old planet earth (planet earth)
My earth

Cast adrift amongst the stars
I float from sun to sun

Dreaming of the world that gave us birth
Oooh, all the places I have seen
Remind me there is none

That get back to the rolling hills of earth

'Cos I have seen (seen, seen) many worlds (many worlds)
But what's it worth, oooh
If I never (never, never) see again (see again) the planet earth (planet earth)
Oooh, my earth

Mr, You're A Better Man Than I


The Yardbirds

, 2003. Brian plays guitar. Length 3:22.
Available on the album 'Birdland'.
Lyrics:
Can you judge a man
By the way he wears his hair?
Can you read his mind
By the clothes that he wears?
Or can you tell a bad man
By the pattern on his tie?

Then Mr, you're a better man than I
Yeah, Mr, you're a better man than I
Mr, you're a better man than I
Yeah, Mr, you're a better man than I

Could you judge a wise man
By the way he speaks or spells?
Is this more important
Than the story that he tells?
And call a man a fool
If for wealth he doesn't strive

Then Mr, you're a better man than I
Yeah, Mr, you're a better man than I
Mr, you're a better man than I
Yeah, Mr, you're a better man than I

Could you condemn a man
If your faith he doesn't hold?
Say the colour of his skin
Is the colour of his soul?
Or could you say if men
For king and country all must die?

Then Mr, you're a better man than I
Yeah, Mr, you're a better man than I
Mr, you're a better man than I
Yeah, Mr, you're a better man than I