Brian May Collaborations


2005-2016

This page features details of Brian May's collaborations with other artists, recorded between 2005 and 2016.

Details of most of Brian's collaborations with Kerry Ellis from 2008 onwards can be found on the 'Anthems' album page.


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Collaborations Featuring Multiple Band Members:
Taylor Hawkins - Holy Man

Other Collaborations
Meat Loaf - Bad For Good
Don Nix - Going Down
Cliff Richard - Move It
Diana Ross - Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Momo Cortes - Tanto Amor No Es Bueno
Lynn Carey Saylor - We Belong
Bandaged - All You Need Is Love
Cathy Porter - Somebody To Love
Meat Loaf - Love Is Not Real (Next Time You Stab Me In The Back)
Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders - Don't Have To Speak and Way Down
Troy Turner - Going Down
Tangerine Dream - Supernova (Real Star Sounds) (live), Last Horizon (live), Sally's Garden (live), We Will Rock You (live)
Lady Gaga - Yoü And I
Steve Cropper - I Do
Dappy - Rockstar, Rockstar (live) and We Will Rock You (live)
Jon Tiven & Stephen Kalinich - Out Of The Darkness
Alice Cooper - School's Out (live)
Bruce Dickinson - Black Night (live) and Smoke On The Water (live)
Artful Badger - Badger Swagger
Virginia McKenna - The Badger
Rick Wakeman - Last Horizon (live), Guitar Solo (live), '39 (live), Starship Trooper (live)
Brian Wilson & Various Artists - God Only Knows
Adam Lambert - Lucy
Motörhead - The Devil
Jon Tiven & Stephen Kalinich - Rude Awakenings
Leslie West - Going Down
Various Artists - One Voice

 

Brian has also performed on a charity single for Breast Cancer relief, with a group called 'Woman', which features Mazz Murray, Kerry Ellis, Gina Murray and Anna Jane Casey, but so far, the track appears to be unreleased. A faked remix of Rihanna's 'Diamonds' is also claimed to feature Brian, but this just includes samples from numerous other songs.


Bad For Good

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Meat Loaf

, 2006. Brian plays guitar. Length 7:30.
Available on the album 'Bat Out Of Hell III : The Monster Is Loose', which reached no 3 in the UK charts.
Written by Jim Steinman. The track was originally released on the 1981 Jim Steinman album of the same name.
A live version of the track also appears on the CD/DVD 'Three Bats Live', but this does not feature Brian.
Lyrics:
The sea is whipping the sky
The sky is whipping the sea
You can hide away forever from the storm
But you'll never hide away from me

The icy cold will cut us like a knife in the dark
And we may lose everything in the wind
But the northern lights are burning
And they're giving off sparks
I want to wrap myself around you like a winter skin

You know I'm onto your scent
We're near the end of the chase
Take a look out your window
I'll be there in the night
Oh, your love is so close that I can almost taste it

The cold will cut us like a knife in the dark
And we may lose everything in the wind (lose everything in the wind)
But the northern lights are burning and they're giving off sparks (sparks)
I want to wrap myself around you like a winter skin

You've been living your life like a girl in a cage
And you whisper when I want you to shout (whisper when I want you to shout)
And I'll never know why you wanna go on sleeping
When there's nothing left to dream about
But you'd better remember

If it's something I want then it's something I need
I wasn't built for comfort I was build for speed
If it's something I want giving something I need
I wasn't built for comfort I was build for speed

And I know that I'm gonna be like this forever
Never gonna be what I should
And you think that I'll be bad for just a little while
(Think that I'll be bad for just a little while)
And you think that I'll be bad for just a little while
But I know that I'll be bad for good

Your eyes are darker than sin
And I've been watching them glow
Take a chance on a promise and a roll of the dice
Put your foot on the gas let it go, let it go, let it go

You've been living your life like a girl in a cage
And you whisper when I want you to shout (whisper when I want you to shout)
And I'll never know why you wanna go on sleeping
When there's nothing left to dream about
But you'd better remember

If it's something I want then it's something I need
I wasn't built for comfort I was build for speed
If it's something I want giving something I need
I wasn't built for comfort I was build for speed

And I know that I'm gonna be like this forever
Never gonna be what I should
And you think that I'll be bad for just a little while
(Think that I'll be bad for just a little while)
And you think that I'll be bad for just a little while
But I know that I'll be bad for good
I know that I'll be bad for good
Not for just a little while
I know that I'll be bad for good
I know that I'll be bad for good

Bad for good
Bad for good
Bad for good

For the good of some thrills on a long frigid night
For the good of the fire in your soul
For the good of the kiss, let me hold you so tight
For the good of getting out of control
For the good of the action and a race in the dark
For the good of those chills up your spine
For the good of the rock and the roll in your heart
For the good of what's yours and what's mine
For the good of believing in a life after birth
For the good of your body so bright
For the good of the search for some heaven on earth
For the good of one hell of a night
For the good of one hell of a night

For the good of the action and a race in the dark
For the good of the fire in your soul
For the good of the hunger that eats at your heart
For the good of getting out of control
For the good of believing in a life after birth
For the good of your body so bright
For the good of the search for some heaven on earth
For the good of one hell of a night
For the good of one hell of a night

The sea is whipping the sky
The sky is whipping the sea
You can hide away forever from the storm
But you'll never hide away from me

The icy cold will cut us like a knife in the dark
And we may lose everything in the wind (lose everything in the wind)
But the northern lights are burning
And they're giving off sparks (sparks)
I want to wrap myself around you like a winter skin

I know that you can be bad at least a little while
But if you give me a chance, give me one little chance
And give me all the love that you should

Then instead of being bad for just a little while
(Instead of being bad for just a little while)
Then instead of being bad for just a little while
(Instead of being bad for just a little while)
Then instead of being bad for just a little while
I'm gonna make you bad for good

Not for just a little while
I'm gonna make you bad for good
Not for just a little while
I'm gonna make you bad for good
I know that you'll be bad for good
You'll be bad for good

Going Down

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Don Nix

, 2006. Brian plays guitar. Length 5:53.
Available on the album 'Going Down - The Songs Of Don Nix'.
The music for this track was recorded in 2005 or 2006 and has so far been released credited to Don Nix (2006), Troy Turner (2010) and Leslie West (2015). Each one has identical music, which is just edited or mixed differently. Each version also has very similar vocals, which could be sung by the same person (as they have quite a distinctive, 'gruff' vocal), but there are a number of lyric changes suggesting that different takes were used. However, for some lines, Troy Turner's version definitely seems to have a different vocalist.
Reviews of the various albums suggest that Don Nix, Troy Turner and Leslie West all play on the track, but none are particularly clear regarding the vocalist.
Lyrics:
Hey, hey

Going down
Down, down, down, down, down
Going down
Down, down, down, down, down
Got my big feet in the window
Head down on the ground, hey

Let me down
Slam that boxcar down
Hey, let me down
Slam that boxcar down
Going back to
(unknown lyric)
Sleep on sister, I replied
Wow

Hey
Let me down

Owww
Let's go easy now

I'm going down
Down, down, down, down, down
Hey
Going down
Down, down, down, down, down
Got my big feet in the window
Head down on the ground
How
Hey
Alright

Move It

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Cliff Richard

, 2006. Length 4:05.
Brian plays guitar and possibly sings backing vocals. Written by Ian Samwell.
This track was previously performed live by Brian and Cliff, with S Club 7, at the 2002 Party At The Palace concert.
Available on the album 'Two's Company - The Duets', and also released as a double-A sided single with '21st Century Christmas' and reached no 2 ('Move It' is the lead track on the 7" single and the second track on the CD).
Lyrics:
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Come on pretty baby, move it, groove it
Shake baby shake, please don't lose it
This rhythm that gets into your heart and soul
Well 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 they just don't know what's a going to replace it
Well ballads and calypso's have got nothing on
Real rock 'n' roll that just drives along
Honey, move it
Come on, move it
Yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah

Move it, move it, move it, yeah
Move it, move it, move it, come on
Move it, move it, move it, ah, move it, move it, move it
Move it, move it, groove it

Come on pretty baby, let's move it, groove it
Shake baby shake, please don't lose it
It's all over town there's a brand new beat
And it's a hanging in the air like a Mississippi heat

There are fireflies in the night, bull frogs croakin'
Here comes the train and boy is she smokin'
Headed out from New Orleans and clear to L.A
You better get ready it's a brand new day
Move it, yeah, yeah, move it, move it, move it

Move it, move it, move it
Move it, move it, groove it
Move it, move it, move it
Move it, move it, groove it
Move it, move it, move it
Move it, move it, move it
Move it, move it, move it
I'm gonna move it, move it, move it
Shake it, move it, move it, make it
(Move it, move it, move it) never fake it
Move it, move it, move it
Move it, move it, move it

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

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Diana Ross

, 2006. Brian plays guitar and bass. Length 3:14.
This version is a complete re-working of the track, and Brian's solo is very different to the original.
This track was originally recorded by Queen for the 1980 album 'The Game'.
There is only one version of this track, despite two versions being listed on iTunes.
Lyrics:
This thing called love I just can't handle it
This thing called love I must get round to it
I ain't ready
Crazy little thing called love

This thing called love
It cries in a cradle all night
It swings, it jives
It shakes all over like a jelly fish
I kinda like it
Crazy little thing called love

There goes my baby
He knows how to rock 'n' roll
He drives me crazy
He gives me hot and cold fever
And he leaves me in a cool, cool sweat

I gotta be cool, relax, get hip
Get on my tracks
Take a back seat, hitch hike
Take a long ride on my motorbike
'Til I'm ready
Crazy little thing called love

Ooh

I gotta be cool, relax, get hip
Get on my tracks
Take a back seat, hitch hike
Take a long ride on a motorbike
'Til I'm ready
Crazy little thing called love

There goes my baby
He knows how to rock 'n' roll
He drives me crazy
He gives me hot and cold fever
And he leaves me in a cool, cool sweat

This thing called love I just can't handle it
This thing called love I must get round to it
I ain't ready
Crazy little thing called love

I ain't ready
Crazy little thing called love
Crazy
Crazy little thing called love

Crazy little thing called love
Ooh
It's crazy, hey, hey
Ha, ha, ooh
Crazy little thing called love
I ain't ready
Oooh

Let's get ready to rock

Tanto Amor No Es Bueno

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Momo Cortes

, 2007. Brian plays guitar. Length 4:17.
This track is a Spanish re-working of 'Too Much Love Will Kill You', which was previously recorded by both Brian May and Queen, and by Claire Sweeney featuring Brian.
Brian performs a brand new guitar solo for the track, which is available on the album 'Constante Contradiccion'.
Momo Cortes was the original 'Galileo' in the Spanish production of 'We Will Rock You'. Many thanks to Nacho (Momo's manager) for the lyrics.
Lyrics:
Tan sólo soy una mitad de lo que fui
Amargas lágrimas hoy caen sobre mí
Muy lejos de mi hogar
He estado solo demasiado tiempo ya

Siento que nadie dijo nunca la verdad
Sobre lo duro en esta vida y no es normal
Estoy hecho un lío amor
Voy mirando atrás para encontrar mi error

Tanto amor no es bueno, si no puedes decidir
Buscas el amante o el amor que dejaste ir?
Directo hasta el desastre nunca leo una señal
Tanto amor no es bueno al final

Tan sólo soy la mala sombra del que fui
Parece que ya no hay salida para mí
Solía darte el sol
Y ahora sólo ofrezco desamor

Qué harías tú si estuvieras en mi piel?
Es que no ves que es imposible escoger?
No existe sensatez aquí
Doy un paso y es para perder

Tanto amor no es bueno, lleno de inseguridad
Agotado ya no puedo, lloro y grito en soledad
El dolor me vuelve loco, asesino de mi amor
Tanto amor no es bueno, tanto amor

Tanto amor no es bueno
Es mentira todo en el
Tanto amor no es bueno
Nunca entenderé porqué

Mi vida di, mi alma vendí
Y eso aprendí
Tanto amor no es bueno, y no lo vi

No lo vi

We Belong

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Lynn Carey Saylor

, 2007. Brian plays guitar and sings backing (and some lead) vocals. Length 4:28.
This song is a cover version, the original was recorded by Pat Benatar, and reached no 22 in 1985. Brian's parts were recorded on 5 April 2006.
Danny Miranda and Spike Edney also appear on the track, which is available on the 2007 album 'You Like It Clean', alongside 'If We Believe'.
Lyrics: (Brian sings lead vocals for the lyrics in red, but sings joint-vocals throughout most of the song)
Many times I've tried to tell you
Many times I've cried alone
Always I'm surprised how well you
Cut my feelings to the bone

Don't want to leave you really
I've invested too much time
To give you up that easy
To the doubts that complicate your mind

We belong to the light
We belong to the thunder
We belong to the sound of the words
We've both fallen under
Whatever we deny or embrace
For worse or for better
We belong,
we belong, we belong, we belong, together

Maybe it's a sign of weakness
When I don't know what to say
Maybe I just wouldn't know
What to do with my strength anyway

Have we become a habit?
Do we distort the facts?
Now there's no looking forward
Now there's no turning back

When you say
We belong to the light
We belong to the thunder
We belong to the sound of the words
We've both fallen under
Whatever we deny or embrace
For worse or for better
We belong,
we belong, we belong, we belong, together

Close your eyes and try to sleep now
Close your eyes and try to dream
Clear your mind and do your best to
Try and wash the palette clean

We can't begin to know it
How much we really care
I hear your voice inside me
I see your face everywhere

So you say
We belong to the light
We belong to the thunder
We belong to the sound of the words
We've both fallen under
Whatever we deny or embrace
For worse or for better
We belong,
we belong, we belong, we belong, together

We belong to the light
We belong to the thunder
We belong to the sound of the words
We've both fallen under
Whatever we deny or embrace
For worse or for better
We belong,
we belong, we belong, we belong, together

We belong, we belong, we belong
We belong, we belong, we belong, we belong
We belong, we belong, we belong, we belong
We belong, we belong, we belong

All You Need Is Love

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Bandaged

, 2009. Brian plays guitar.
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and originally recorded by The Beatles, reaching no 1 in 1967.
This track was recorded for the 'Children In Need' charity and features many different musicians. It was released as a single and also appears on the 'Bandaged Together' album.
This track was previously performed by Paul McCartney, with various artists including Brian and Roger, at the 2002 Party At The Palace concert.
Musicians:
Vocals - Sharon Corr, Peter Gabriel, Midge Ure, Bryan Ferry, Heather Small, Imedla May, Hayley Westenra, Paloma Faith, Lee Mead, Clare Teal, Cara Dillon, Bailey Tzuke, Red Hurley, Terry Wogan, Finbar Furey, Ade Edmondson, Troy Donockley, Andy Dinan, Hugh Cornwell, Anthony Head and Beth Rowley
Guitar - Brian May, and Midge Ure (Pudsey Mix only)
Acoustic guitar - Terry Taylor
Drums - Nick Mason
Bass - Bill Wyman
Piano - Jason Rebello

Available Versions:
1. Single Version (3:28) (available on the single titled as 'Full Track', and also on the 'Bandaged Together' album)
2. Chapel Edit (3:07) (a straight edit, omitting the orchestral intro, starting with the vocals at 0:08, and fading out earlier, by 3:15)
3. Pudsey Mix (3:21) (an alternate version, similar to normal, but it omits the orchestral intro, Midge Ure sings the first two verses, there are some alternate vocalists, it has different music in places, and part of Brian's solo are replaced by orchestral music)
4. Goodnight Mix (unknown length) (available on the 'Bandaged Together' album, alongside the single version) (unknown details)

Lyrics: (the Chapel edit loses the last four lines. The Pudsey Mix adds the lyrics in red but loses the lyrics in blue)
Love, love, love
Love, love, love
Love, love, love
Love is all you need
(love is all you need)

There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done
There's nothing you can sing that can’t be sung
Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game
It’s easy
(it's easy)

There’s nothing you can make that can’t be made
Nothing no-one you can save that can’t be saved
Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you in time
It’s easy

All you need is love (do-do-do-do-do)
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

All you need is love (do-do-do-do-do)
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need, love is all you need

There’s nothing you can know that isn’t known
Nothing you can see that isn’t shown
Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be
It’s easy

All you need is love (do-do-do-do-do)
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need, love is all you need

(Altogether now)
All you need is love (do-do-do-do-do)
All you need is love (everybody)
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need, love is all you need
Love is all you need, love is all you need
Love is all you need, love is all you need

All you need is love love is all you need
Love is all you need
Love is all you need (love is all you need)
Love is all you need (ooh, oh, oh)
Love is all you need
(Halleluljah) (oh, oh, oh)
Love is all you need (oh, oh, oh), love is all you need
Love is all you need, love is all you need
All you need is love
Love is all you need (around)
Love is all you need (yeah, yeah, yeah)
Love is all you need (yeah, yeah, yeah)

All you need is love love is all you need
Love is all you need (ooh, ooh)
Love is all you need, love is all you need
Love is all you need (ooh, ooh)
Love is all you need (ooh-ooh-ooh)
Love is all you need

Somebody To Love

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Catherine Porter

, 2009. Brian plays guitar. Length 3:41.
Available on the album 'Gems For Ruby'.
This track was originally recorded by Queen for the 1976 album 'A Day At The Races'. This is a re-working of the track, and is much slower and simpler than normal. Brian's guitar is very different to the original, and was recorded on 7 March 2008.
Lyrics:
Each morning I get up and die a little
Can barely stand on my feet
Take a look in the mirror and cry
Lord, what you doing to me
I spent all my years in believing you
But I just can't get no relief, Lord
Somebody, ooh somebody
Can anybody find me
Somebody to love
Ooh, oooh

I work hard every day of my life
I work till I ache my bones
At the end I take home my hard earned pay
All on my own
I get down on my knees
And I start to pray
Till the tears run down from my eyes
Lord
Somebody, oh-oh, somebody
Can anybody find me
Somebody to love

Oooh, ooh
Oooh, ooh
Ooh, hey
Oooh, ooh

I got no feel, I've got no rhythm
I just keep losing my beat
I'm OK, I'm alright
Ain't gonna face no defeat
I just gotta get out of this prison cell
Someday I'm gonna be free, Lord

Somebody
Please find me someone
Can anybody find me
Somebody to love, oh, oh, ooh, oh

Somebody to love

Love Is Not Real

(Next Time You Stab Me In The Back)

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Meat Loaf

, 2010. Brian plays guitar. Length 7:32.
Available on the album 'Hang Cool Teddy Bear'.
Written by Meat Loaf, Justin Hawkins, Eric Nally and Rob Cavallo.
The track features Brian and Steve Vai on guitar, Rob Cavallo on extra guitar, and Justin Hawkins on backing vocals.
Please note, Brian does not appear on the track 'Song Of Madness', from the same album, despite it being promoted.
Lyrics:
There have been many
Sightings of love in truth
The sceptic in me longs for to see
Of love some proof
Only for you does this happen
Only for you do I care

Love is not real
Love is a hoax
It's just a dream
I've had so many nights alone
Love is not here
Love is somewhere else
It's somewhere far
No man I've ever known's come close

It can be vicious, heartless
Dire and cruel
In spite of my mind, my heart longs to find
Fire and fuel
Only for you do I do this
Only for you do I care

Love is not real
Love is a hoax
It's just a dream
I've had so many nights alone
Love is not here
Love is somewhere else
It's somewhere far
No man I've ever known's come close

My girlfriend doesn't want to know me
And my friends think I've lost the plot
I've become a liability
I got to do something but I don't know what
I'm hearing voices, I can't see straight
I think I might be going insane
Can't make my own decisions
And I just can't wait to mess it all up again

I never thought that I would succeed
Beyond the wildest dreams I've ever dreamt
But everything's become so hackneyed
Familiarity only breeds contempt
So I'm ruining your life, I'm bored with mine
I'm acting like I couldn't care less
Another bottle and another line
Another stranger to undress

(Next time you stab me in the back)
(You'd better do it to my face)
(Next time you stab me in the back)
(You'd better do it to my face)
Next time you stab me in the back
You'd better do it to my face
Next time you stab me in the back
You'd better do it to my face

When you forget what you cannot forgive
The terms are so much easier to come to with
When we look at what we're going through and desaturate
'Til everything is simple
Love or hate
Love or hate

I've been searching
I've been searching my soul
I've seen the brightest star
I've seen the blackest hole
I've found a way to cope with every twist of fate
Now everything is simple
Love or hate
Love or hate

Next time you stab me in the back
You'd better do it to my face

And when that love comes crawling back to me to say
I've been away but please let me stay with thee
No way
Never again will I do this
Never again will I care

Love is not real
Love is a hoax
It's just a dream
I've had so many nights alone
Love is not here
Love is somewhere else
It's just a dream
I've had so many nights alone

Love is not real
Love is a hoax
It's just a dream
I've had so many nights alone
Love is not here
Love is somewhere else
It's somewhere far
No man I've ever known's come close

Don't Have To Speak

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Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders

, 2010. Brian plays guitar. Length 3:44.
Available on the album 'Red Light Fever', alongside 'Way Down' (also featuring Brian) and 'Your Shoes' (featuring Roger).
Brian's involvement in this track was not credited on any of the press releases promoting the album, but he definitely appears and is credited in the sleeve notes.
Lyrics:
So you spend all of your days
Falling asleep to dream
'Cos you know that looking ahead
Ain't what it used to be
And you keep on telling yourself baby now
This is not the way that it was supposed to be
For me
For me

You did your time
Did you do the best you could
You spent so much time
No one else ever would

You get so frustrated
When you see the ones you thought would never leave
How could it be
How could they leave

Don't have to speak
'Cos I already know
Sometimes you just leave behind the ones you can't let go

Don't have to speak
'Cos I already know
Sometimes you just leave behind the ones you can't let go

Have no regrets
That's what you would always say
You'll get respect
If you make it your own way

If you run out of patience
You will find out what it means to lose it all
Losing it all
Losing it all

Don't have to speak
'Cos I already know
Sometimes you just leave behind the ones you can't let go

Don't have to speak
'Cos I already know
Sometimes you just leave behind the ones you can't let go

Don't have to speak
'Cos I already know
Sometimes you just leave behind the ones you can't let go

And you keep on telling yourself baby now
This is not the way that it was supposed to be
For me
For me

Way Down

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Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders

, 2010. Brian plays guitar. Length 3:48.
Available on the album 'Red Light Fever', alongside 'Don't Have To Speak' (also featuring Brian), and 'Your Shoes' (featuring Roger).
Lyrics:
Where do you go with all of those guys
They read like a map and tell you right where you are
Can you still relate, and do you want to?

What do you see when you turn off the lights
And you close all the doors, alone in the night
Can you still escape, or does it haunt you?

Better want you back because it's party time
Hold on if you think you're guilty of the crime

Way down, that's where you go
When everything starts to feel like a show
They want you now, but do they really want you?

Who do you blame when it all falls apart?
And the town that you waste brings you back to the start
Baby, this is what you have to go through

No-one gets by without any scars
And the truth and the lies can't hide who you are
Just another face that you can talk to

Better want you back because it's party time
Hold on if you think you're guilty of the crime

Way down, that's where you go
When everything starts to feel like a show
They want you now, do they really want you?

Way down, that's where you go
When everything starts to feel like a show
They want you now, do they really want you?

Better want you back because it's party time
Hold on if you think you're guilty of the crime

Way down, that's where you go
When everything starts to feel like a show
They want you now, do they really want you?

Way down, that's where you go
When everything starts to feel like a show
They want you now, do they really want you?

Way down, that's where you go
When everything starts to feel like a show
They want you now, do they really want you?

Going Down

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Troy Turner

, 2010. Brian plays guitar. Length 5:14.
This track, and versions released under the names of Don Nix in 2006 and Leslie West in 2015, share the same backing track, please see the Don Nix entry for details of the differences.
Available on the album 'Whole Lotta Blues', alongside 'Come To Your Senses', which isn't a collaboration, but is the only released version of the Brian May penned track.
Lyrics:
I'm going down
Down, down, down, down, down
I'm going down
Down, down, down, down, down
Got my big feet in the window
Head down on the ground

Let me down
Slam that boxcar down
Let me down
Slam that boxcar down
Going back to Louisiana
Sleep on sister, I replied

I'm going down
Down, down, down, down, down
I'm going down
Down, down, down, down, down
Got my big feet in the window
Head down on the ground

Supernova

(Real Star Sounds) (live)


Tangerine Dream

, 2011. Brian plays guitar. Length 9:38.
Recorded live at the Starmus Festival, at the Magma Art & Congress Centre, Tenerife, Spain, on 24 June 2011.
Available on the album 'Starmus - Sonic Universe'.
This is an instrumental track, which features sounds harvested from the natural movement of stars.
Dialogue:
Brian: You know, you know we never ever did that before, this is new, this is Tangerine Dream ladies and gentlemen. The incredible Tangerine Dream. And what you were hearing there was a new composition with star sounds from Mr Israelian and my good self and I have to say this a great honour for me to be playing with these guys, we would like to continue with, this is a tribute to our friends the astronauts who have been with us this week and it has been an amazing, incredible week, this song also is another tribute to them and this one is called 'Last Horizon'

Last Horizon

(live)


Tangerine Dream

, 2011. Brian plays guitar. Length 4:31.
Recorded live at the Starmus Festival, at the Magma Art & Congress Centre, Tenerife, Spain, on 24 June 2011.
Available on the album 'Starmus - Sonic Universe'.
This is a completely instrumental track, with no dialogue or lyrics.
Details of the original version can be found on the 'Back To The Light' album page.

Sally's Garden

(live)


Tangerine Dream

, 2011. Brian plays guitar. Length 4:28.
Recorded live at the Starmus Festival, at the Magma Art & Congress Centre, Tenerife, Spain, on 24 June 2011.
Available on the album 'Starmus - Sonic Universe'.
This is a completely instrumental track, with no dialogue or lyrics.

We Will Rock You

(live)


Tangerine Dream

, 2011. Brian plays guitar and sings lead vocals. Length 10:25.
Recorded live at the Starmus Festival, at the Magma Art & Congress Centre, Tenerife, Spain, on 24 June 2011.
Available on the album 'Starmus - Sonic Universe'.
This track begins with a 1:54 guitar solo, followed by 'We Will Rock You' itself for 2:35, another guitar solo for 0:40, and the rest is mostly improvised.
Details of the original version can be found on the 'News Of The World' album page, while other guitar solos can be found on the Live Solos & Improvisations page.
Lyrics:
Buddy you're a boy make a big noise
Playing in the street gonna be a big man some day
You got mud on your face
You big disgrace
Kicking that can all over the place
Singing

(We will, we will, rock you) yeah
(We will, we will, rock you)

Buddy you're a young man, hard man
Fighting in the street gonna take on the world some day
You got blood on your face
You big disgrace
Waving that banner all over the place
Singing

(We will, we will, rock you) know what you sing
(We will, we will, rock you)

Buddy you're an old man, poor man
Pleading with your eyes gonna make you some peace some day
You got mud on your face
You big disgrace
Somebody better put you back into your place

(We will, we will, rock you) yeah
(We will, we will, rock you) little louder now
(We will, we will, rock you)
(We will, we will, rock you)

Yoü And I

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Lady Gaga

, 2011. Brian plays guitar. Length 5:07.
Available on the album 'Born This Way'. This track has a very 'We Will Rock You'-esque beat.
Apparently Brian performed a solo which was much longer than that eventually included on the album.
The track was released as a single in September 2011, as a picture disc featuring 2 remixes, or a download EP featuring seven remixes. Unfortunately they are all complete remixes, retaining little of the original music, and do not include any of Brian's solo. As well as this a whole raft of radio edits were issued, including standard edits of the album version at 3:26, 4:06 and 4:14, and alternate versions which substitute 'Nebraska' for the name of various US states or cities, these being California (3:58), Cleveland, Denver, Florida, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York and Texas (4:06), Connecticut (4:22), Kentucky (5:07), and no doubt others. These are available on YouTube and as they were recorded off the radio, some miss the full intro or outro, so the times above reflect the length of what would be the full version.
Lyrics:
It’s been a long time since I came around
Been a long time but I’m back in town
This time I’m not leaving without you

You taste like whiskey when you kiss me, ooh
I’ll give anything again to be your baby doll
This time I’m not leaving without you

You say sit back down where you belong
In the corner of my bar with your high heels on
Sit back down on the couch where we
Made love the first time and you said to me there's

Something, something about this place
Something about lonely nights and my lipstick on your face
Something, something about my cool Nebraska guy
Yeah, something about baby you and I

It's been two years since I let you go
I couldn't listen to a joke or rock 'n' roll
Muscle cars drove a truck right through my heart

Oh, the birds they sing me a heart of gold
With a guitar humming in overloads
This time I'm not leaving without you, oh-oh-ooh, oh-oh-ooh

Sit back down where you belong
In the corner of my bar with your high heels on
Sit back down on the couch where we
Made love the first time and you said to me there's

Something, something about this place
Something about lonely nights and my lipstick on your face
Something, something about my cool Nebraska guy
Yeah, something about baby you and I

You and I
You, you and I
You, you and I
You, you and I
You and I
You, you and I
Oh yeah, would rather die
Without you and I
Come on
Put your dreams to

We've got a whole lotta money but we still pay rent
'Cos you can't buy a house in heaven
There's only three men that I'm a-serving my whole life
It's my daddy and Nebraska and Jesus Christ, there's

Something, something about the chase
Six whole years
I'm a New York woman born to run you down
So all my lipstick all over your face
Something, something about just knowing when it's right
So put your dreams away
From Nebraska, from Nebraska, Nebraska I love you
You and I
You, you and I
Baby, I'd rather die
Without you and I
You and I
You, you and I
Nebraska, I'd rather die
Without you and I

It's been a long time since I came around
Been a long time but I'm back in town
And this time I'm not leaving without you

I Do

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Steve Cropper

, 2011. Brian plays guitar, sings lead vocals, and backing vocals. Length 2:46.
Available on the album 'Dedicated - A Tribute To The 5 Royales'.
Lyrics:
Hey, beautiful
Tell me, what's your name?
I really go for you
I hope you feel the same

I wanna know you baby
Don't you wanna know me baby
I wanna know you baby
I do, I do, I do, I do

I wanna know you baby
Don't you wanna know me baby
I wanna know you baby
I do, I do, I do, I do

One and one is two
Two and one is three
Tell me that you love me
Then I'll be alreet

I wanna know you baby
Don't you wanna know me baby
I wanna know you baby
I do, I do, I do, I do

While I go down to carrying on
Now I'm feeling low
I really could go for you
Say you love me so

I wanna know you baby
Don't you wanna know me baby
I wanna know you baby
I do, I do, I do, I do

I wanna know you baby (oh yeah baby)
Don't you wanna know me baby (yeah, yeah)
I wanna know you baby (baby)
I do, I do, I do, I do

I wanna know you baby
Don't you wanna know me baby
I wanna know you baby
I do, I do, I do-ooohh

Rockstar

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Dappy

, 2012. Brian plays guitar. Length 3:37.
This track was released on 26 February 2012 and reached no 2 in the charts and no 1 in the R&B charts. A number of remixes are available to download but these do not feature Brian.
Available on the album 'Bad Intentions'.
Available Versions:
1. Album/Single Version (3:37) (available on the download single, a promo CD and the 'Bad Intentions' album)
2. Instrumental Version (3:37) (available on the download single and a promo CD only; a complete instrumental, with no lyrics at all)
3. Radio 1 Live Lounge Session (3:38) (available on the deluxe versions of the 'Bad Intentions' album, and on one download as a video) (performed live on Ferne Cotton's show, on 27 February 2012; this is stripped-down version of the track, with more piano and bass throughout)

Lyrics: (the Radio 1 Live Lounge version features the additional lyrics in red but loses those in blue)
Yo
They say that I'm dangerous
Like everything I touch, it falls apart
If five out of ten would kill me now
Well I'mma cut to the chase


I used to wish on a star but nowadays I need space, satellites
See the black shades white chain, flashing lights
Never thought I could of felt this low in the highlights
So I asked Phil is it still another day in paradise?
Is there heaven for the forever twenty sevens?
Could it be three years till I'm jammin' with legends?
I got thousands of fans, but I don't get the obsession
If there's a nice guy inside, I guess I've never met him

'Cos I could buy a fast car
But not even an aeroplane can seem to get me out of here
The pressure and the stress are both dying to see the end of me
And the man in the mirror is looking at me like an enemy

Whoa
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger every time
Naahoo
Don't let 'em tell you how to live your life, 'cos

They say that I'm dangerous
Like everything I touch, it falls apart
If five out of ten would kill me now
Well I'mma cut to the chase

'Cos I'm living like a rockstar
I ain't afraid, the good die young
'Cos I be living like a rockstar
I blow 'em a million miles away, away, away

Ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh
Ooh-ooh-ooh, chicka bang bang
Ooh-ooh-ooh,
hey, ooh-ooh-ooh
Ooh-ooh-ooh,
yo, chicka bang bang

Mama always told that there's someone looking over me
Think she meant the guy with the camera tryin' to photo me
Be careful what you wish for, 'cos the truth's a little different
If the Guardian's my angel, why's The Sun burning holes in me?
They let me loose on the public, but I didn't prepare
I get shot by a lens everytime I appear
Put a star in the room, I swear it changes the atmosphere

'Cos I'm a celebrity, can someone get me out of here?

Whoa
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger every time
Naahoo
Don't let 'em tell you how to live your life, 'cos

They say that I'm dangerous
Like everything I touch, it falls apart
If five out of ten would kill me now
Well I'mma cut to the chase

'Cos I'm living like a rockstar
(yes I am)
I ain't afraid, the good die young (oh, oh, oh, oh)
'Cos I be living like a rockstar
I blow 'em a million miles away

'Cos I don't care, I don't care
Take me there, take me there
Na, na, I ain't scared, I ain't scared
Take me there
Well I'mma cut to the chase 'cos
I'm I be living like a

Yo, you ain't a legend till you're set in stone
For now you're just flesh and bone
Just a little bruder tryin' a build a home
I'll be the best till my dying breath, Brian Jones
A wise girl once sung tears dry on their own
F
uck a moment of silence in my house
We shut the whole
shit ish down for Winehouse

Yo, so I've got something to say
Take aim, pull the trigger
'Cos your never going to blow me away


They say that I'm dangerous
Like everything I touch, it falls apart

Oooh
If five out of ten would kill me now
Well I'mma cut to the chase

'Cos I'm living like a rockstar

Ooh, I ain't afraid, the good die young
'Cos I be living like a rockstar

Yo, I blow 'em a million miles away

'Cos I don't care, I don't care
Take me there, take me there
Na, na, na, I ain't scared, I ain't scared
Take me there
Well we can cut to the chase
'Cos I'm living like a blah


Hey, hey
Yo

'Cos I'm living like a rockstar
Hey, hey
Legendary Mr Brian May and Dappy
Yo, yo


Ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh
Ooh-ooh-ooh, chicka bang bang
Ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh
Ooh-ooh-ooh, chicka bang bang

We Will Rock You

(live)


Dappy

, 2012. Brian plays guitar. Length 2:58.
This track was performed live as part of a Radio 1 'Live Lounge' Session, on Ferne Cotton's radio show on 27 February 2012.
Available on the deluxe CD and download versions of the 'Bad Intentions' album.
Details of the original version can be found on the 'News Of The World' album page.
Lyrics:
Brian: You alright?
Dappy: Yeah


Hey
Hey

Yo
Buddy you're a boy make a big noise
Playing in the street gonna be a big man some day
You got mud on your face
You big disgrace
Kicking your can all over the place
Singing

We will, we will, rock you, so we tell 'em
We will, we will, rock you

Yo, I was just a little boy in a grown man's game
Thought I was the man in my iced out chain
I have blood on my chains, fistful of pains
'Till my mum come and put me right back in my place

Singing
She will, she will, rock you, she can have you all, she's hard
She will, she will, rock you

Yo, by now you should have heard of me
'Cos I'm too sick for surgery
My name's been ringing bells from
(unknown lyric) to Mercury
Not saying that I'm Freddie
May my brother rest in peace
Tell her majesty the Queen
Brian's staying here with me
Singing

We will, we will, rock you, so we tell 'em
We will, we will, rock you, so we tell 'em
We will, we will, rock you, so we tell 'em
We will, we will, rock you, so we tell 'em
Yeah

I told you I could sing
So we tell 'em
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Legendary Mr Brian May
Dappy
New fire in the black, ha, ha
We're taking over this yeah, Ferne
Ah, yo

Yo
We will, we will, rock you, so we tell 'em
We will, we will, rock you, so we tell 'em
We will, we will, rock you, so we tell 'em
We will, we will, rock you, so we tell 'em
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, so we tell 'em
We will, we will, rock you
Ow, ow, ow, yeah
Blah
I saved your lifeline

Out Of The Darkness


Jon Tiven & Stephen Kalinich

, 2012. Brian plays guitar. Length 7:41.
Available on the album 'Yo Ma Ma - Symptomology' only.
Lyrics:
Out of the void
A voice will be heard
That speaks with silence
Does not use a word

Revelation
Hard count and fast
Clinging to feelings that
Never last

Out of the tragic
And the absurd
Out of the darkness
A light will emerge

What once were problems
All will be solved
Life is fleeting
Soon it is all dissolved

A lonely drummer
Eternally plays
The sound of percussion
Cuts through the maize

Out of the darkness
A stone cold concrete
Finds it's own rhythm
Within the beat

To know there is
No final solution
That is the meaning
To ask for no resolution

It is all just a projection
Of yourself
Soon to become
Something else

Out of the darkness
Everything will grow
And that is more
Than one ever needs to know

Out of the darkness

Out of the darkness
Out of the darkness
Out of the darkness
Out of the darkness

Out of the darkness
A voice will be heard
Out of the darkness
A life will emerge

School's Out

(live)

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Alice Cooper

, 2012. Brian plays guitar. Length 4:06.
Recorded live at The Sunflower Superjam at the Royal Albert Hall, London, England, on 16 September 2012.
Available on 'The Sunflower Superjam' download, double DVD and CD+DVD sets only.
Musicians:
Alice Cooper (vocals)
Brian May (guitar)
Micky Moody (guitar)
John Paul Jones (bass)
Ian Paice (drums)
Brian Auger (keyboards)
Wix Wickens (keyboards)

Lyrics:
Well, we've got no choice
All you girls and boys
Making all that noise
'Cos you've found new toys

Well, we can't salute you
Can't find a flag
If that don't suit you
That's a drag, sing it


(School's out for summer)
School's out forever
School's been blown to pieces

No more pencils
No more books
No more teacher's
Dirty looks, oh yeah

Well, we got no class
And we got no principles
We ain't got no intelligence
We can't even think of a word that rhymes, sing it to me


(School's out for summer)
(School's out forever)

School's been blown to pieces

No more pencils
No more books
No more teacher's
Dirty looks

Out for summer
Out till fall
We might not come back
Go get 'em Brian

- for summer
School's out forever
School's been blown to pieces
My school's out completely


Alice: Woh, thank you, what a band. Taking these guys on tour with me.

Black Night

(live)

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Bruce Dickinson

, 2012. Brian plays guitar. Length 6:51.
Recorded live at The Sunflower Superjam at the Royal Albert Hall, London, England, on 16 September 2012.
Available on 'The Sunflower Superjam' download, double DVD and CD+DVD sets only.
Musicians:
Bruce Dickinson (vocals)
Brian May (guitar)
John Paul Jones (bass)
Ian Paice (drums)
Brian Auger (keyboards)
Wix Wickens (keyboards)

Lyrics:
Bruce: You'll be seeing more of them, let's hear a big hand for the house band, alright, they're a, they are a, they are departing, we've got Mr, Mr Ian Paice coming in here on the drums, over there we have, trying to hide in the, in the long grass, find it very difficult, Mr Brian May on the guitar, and because we needed to know somebody who really knew what they were doing on a bass guitar, we've got Mr John Paul Jones walking in at the side here. Somewhere, somewhere playing with Jon's organ, we have Mr Brian Auger. Now then

(Ad-libbed lyrics)
(Ad-libbed lyrics)
hey
(Ad-libbed lyrics) you know what's coming next
(Ad-libbed lyrics) oh, fuck it, owwww
Ow, come on, play it now you mother, wow
Woh, yeah
You got it, come on

Black night, a black night
I don't feel so bright
I can't feel, you sit tight
Maybe I'll find on the way down the line
That I'm free, ow, free to be me, yeah, yeah
Black night is a long way from home
Hey

Oh
I don't want a tall tree
I don't want a rough sea
I can't fight, I can't see
Maybe I'll find on the way down the line
That I'm free, yeah, I'm free to be me, yeah, owww
Black night is a long way from home, yeah

Stop it

Oh

Owww, yeah


(Ad-libbed lyrics)
(Ad-libbed lyrics)


Black night, black night
I don't feel so bright
I can't feel, you sit tight
Maybe I'll find on the way down the line
That I'm free, yeah, free to be me, yeah, owww
Black night is a long way from home

Yeah
Yeah -
Yeah -

Audience: Yeah -
(Audience: Yeah -)
that's two
(Audience: Yeah -) bit louder, that's three
(Audience: Yeah -) here we go, owww
Ba, ba, ba, ba, baaaa


Bruce: That's the end, Brian. Ooh, ohhh yeah, oh shut up.

Smoke On The Water

(live)

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Bruce Dickinson

, 2012. Brian plays guitar. Length 7:21.
Recorded live at The Sunflower Superjam at the Royal Albert Hall, London, England, on 16 September 2012.
This track was performed as the all-star finale, so it also features Kerry Ellis, Alfie Boe, Mark King, Uli Jon Roth, Alice Cooper and others, mostly on backing vocals.
Available on 'The Sunflower Superjam' download, double DVD and CD+DVD sets only.
Bruce Dickinson also sings lead vocals on a studio version of this track, released by Rock Aid Armenia, which features Brian and Roger.
Musicians:
Bruce Dickinson (vocals)
Brian May (guitar)
Ian Paice (drums)
Micky Moody (guitar)
Brian Auger (keyboards)
Wix Wickens (keyboards)
John Paul Jones (cowbell)

Lyrics:
Bruce: Is this the right one? Hang on. Introducing, introducing Mr John Paul Jones on the cowbell (yeah). Mr Alfie Boe on the vocals (hey), bass guitar

We all came out to Montreux
By the Lake Geneva shoreline
To make records with a mobile
We didn't have much time

- Mothers
Were at the best place in town
Some stupid with a whale gun
Burned the place to the ground, yeah

Smoke on the water
A fire in the sky
Smoke on the water

It's burning down (hey)
They burn

They burned down the gambling house
It fell with an awful sound, ow
Funky Claude was running in and out
He was pulling kids out the ground, yeah

When it all was over
We had to find another place
Swiss time was running out
Seemed that we would lose the race, ohh
Sing it

Smoke on the water
A fire in the sky
Smoke on the water, hey

It's burning down
Guitar, come on, oww
Hey

There's one over there

There's one more
Yeah
Hey

Ow

We ended up at the grand hotel, yeah, it was empty, cold and bare
But the Rolling truck Stones lay just outside
They had a music band

With a few red lights, a few old beds
We made a place to sweat
No matter what we get out of this
I know, I know we'll never forget

Smoke on the water
A fire in the sky
Smoke on the water

It's burning down
Oww
Ba, ba, ba
Ba, ba, ba, ba
Yeah
Ow
Hey, yeah, yeah, yeah
Ooh, yeah, yeah
Owwww
Oww

Ooh, ba, ba, ba, ba, yeah
Ow

Yeah

Badger Swagger


Artful Badger

, 2013. Brian plays guitar and piano, and co-wrote the track. Length 4:21.
Brian wrote the chorus lyrics and the melody, and rapper Sonny Green wrote the rap vocals and verses.
The track was recorded to campaign against the badger cull, and released as a download only.
The video of the track features a few seconds of wind noise at the start, but is otherwise the same. It does not feature Brian.
Musicians:
Brian May - guitar and piano
Slash - guitar
Shara Nelson - vocals
Kerry Ellis - vocals
David Attenborough - spoken word
Sam Ritchie - brass arrangement
Sonny Green (SGB) - rap vocals
Rob Cass - producer and project initiator

Lyrics:
Yeah
We love the badgers and they matter to our nannas
Cameron where's your manners?
Why them cameras try scan us?
Some are sitting in a palace, champagne and scallops
Some are in the store house, begging for a package
We can't even manage
Killing all the badgers ain't gonna fix the damage
It is sinning and drastic
Like killing for plastic
Most are living brassic
We can't have this evil madness

Will you tell your grand kids the story of the badgers
In 40 years time, when they've all vanished
That you was too busy getting dizzy with a gadget
Sign the petition, get busy, and back it
Listen to the mission, see the vision and the tactic
This will make the difference 'cos I went and Rob Cass'd it
Abbey Road Studios, Artful Badger smacked it
Yeah, I wrote a banger 'cos with grammar I'm a captain

Some things are black and white
Come on we got to win this fight
Some things are wrong not right
So people gotta hold on tight

Some things are like dynamite
Got to make them see the light
Some things are black and white
Come on, fight the fight

Listen to my verse and words in the tune
It's all going down on the first of June
People gather round give your point of view
In the manor underground be the voice for you crew
Yeah, it matters now make a choice for the truth
You can't cull the badgers if you aint got the proof

NFU NFU
Death's bad karma for your revenue
NFU NFU
It's not a clever move, I think you better think it through
'Cos the inner city's gritty and we don't like the news
TB will be reduced by 16% even if every single badger is dead
So what's the effect, we're not impressed
All the scientists said that it doesn't make sense
Yet the killing goes ahead how do you sleep in your bed
Get off my badger or I will get vexed

Some things are black and white
Come on we got to win this fight
Some things are wrong not right
So people got to hold on tight

Some things are like dynamite
Gotta make them see the light
Some things are black and white
Come on, fight the fight

So the government instituted a major inquiry to establish, scientifically, the facts
That involved culling 11,000 badgers and the results by the government adviser to that independent scientific group were
That culling is not a viable policy option
Is not a viable policy option
Not a viable policy option
That culling is not a viable policy option

Black and white
Win this fight
Wrong not right
Hold on tight

Dynamite
See the light
Black and white
Come on, come on

Some things are black and white
Come on we got to win this fight
Some things are wrong not right
So people got to hold on tight

Some things are like dynamite
Gotta make them see the light
Some things are black and white
Come on, fight the fight

The Badger


Virginia McKenna

, 2013. Brian composed the backing track and plays keyboards. Length 3:37.
This track is a poem, written by Richard Bonfield and read by Virginia McKenna, with a very simple atmospheric keyboard backing track.
The track was available free via Youtube only.
Dialogue:
This poem, Badgers, was written especially for Brian May by Richard Bonfield, Born Free's poet in residence. He wrote it in September 2013.

There is of course, the scientific badger, that lives inside a thesis
And looks out of a mullioned window, his glass eyes staring from a glass case
And then, away across the snowy fields, there is the badger in the wild wood
Who has ham hocks hanging from smoke blackened rafters
And a gruff but kindly manner, to all carol singing dormice

And then, there is the badger of my own imagination, the snow plough of the stars
Who lives his life against the constellations, waxing as we are waning
Arriving as we are departing, developing in a shaft of
(unknown) moonlight
Just behind the Cottingley fairies and Bottom's rude mechanicals
As he shuffles across the ardent stage clattering amongst the
(unknown) shrouded arc lights

He has been with us since the skirts of the last ice age departed
And before this, he lived alongside Boxgrove man
We are entwined, as the roots of the greenwood, he goes with the territory
His address can be found in Doomsday, Mr Brock of Brackendale
Seventh wednesdays scratched in runes on his
(unknown) hill door

He is part of our landscape, just as much as the woods and the weather
And lives in his inverted stately home which is always being added to or subtracted from
Depending on window taxes and high interest loans

Facing us, he's carved from the night, like a Celtic totem in the chalk
A face drawn with sparklers, a living buick woodcut, dreaming from the darkness
To the badger, the moon is a silver sun, the arc light of his silverscreen world
Where all is fifty shades of grey and smell reveals the light of day
The night tracks through the summer hay, the mist
(unknown) of the bluebell way

If we could eavesdrop on his world, and watch the badger's life unfurl
We'd find that family is the thing, and burrowing and tunnelling
Spaghetti loops for every meal and peanuts which they love to steal
That play is central to a life whose backdrop is the starry night
That love is acting centre stage, oblivious of mankind's rage
Which would deny the badger's life and make of him a greenwood Christ
By hanging him upon a tree for all his trumped up perfidy

Be thankful then that he has friends
Who work to make this torture end
And let the badger's family be
Beneath the spreading chestnut tree

Last Horizon

(live)


Rick Wakeman

, 2014. Brian plays guitar. Unknown length.
Recorded live at the Starmus Festival, at the Magma Art & Congress Centre, Tenerife, Spain, on 26 September 2014.
Available on the DVD 'Starmus'.
Details of the original version can be found on the 'Back To The Light' album page.

Guitar Solo

(live)


Rick Wakeman

, 2014. Brian plays guitar. Unknown length.
Recorded live at the Starmus Festival, at the Magma Art & Congress Centre, Tenerife, Spain, on 26 September 2014.
Available on the DVD 'Starmus'.
Details of other guitar solos can be found on the Live Solos & Improvisations page.

'39

(live)


Rick Wakeman

, 2014. Brian plays guitar. Unknown length.
Recorded live at the Starmus Festival, at the Magma Art & Congress Centre, Tenerife, Spain, on 26 September 2014.
Available on the DVD 'Starmus'.
Details of the original version can be found on the 'A Night At The Opera' album page.

Starship Trooper

(live)


Rick Wakeman

, 2014. Brian plays guitar. Unknown length.
Recorded live at the Starmus Festival, at the Magma Art & Congress Centre, Tenerife, Spain, on 26 September 2014.
Available on the DVD 'Starmus'.
This track was originally recorded by Yes and released on their 1971 album 'The Yes Album'.

God Only Knows

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Brian Wilson & Various Artists

, 2014. Brian plays guitar. Length 2:25.
This track was recorded to promote the new BBC Music radio station, and was released to raise money for the Children In Need charity appeal. Brian briefly appears in the video to the track, which has orchestral warm-up noises at the start, extending the length to 2:46.
Musicians:
Elton John, Chris Martin, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Dave Grohl, One Direction, Pharrell, Jamie Cullum, Sam Smith, Kylie Minogue, Chrissie Hynde, Emeli Sande, Paloma Faith, Lorde, Florence Welch, Eliza Carthy, Jake Bugg, Jaz Dhami, Baaba Maal and Danielle de Niese (vocals)
Brian May (guitar)
Brian Wilson and Jools Holland (piano)
Nicola Benedetti and Katie Derham (violin)
Stevie Wonder (harmonica)
Alison Balsom (piccolo trumpet)

Lyrics:
I may not always love you
But as long as there are stars above you
You never need to doubt it
I'll make you so sure about it
God only knows what I'd be without you

If you should ever leave me
Though life would still go on believe me
The world could show nothing to me
So what good would living do me
God only knows what I'd be without you

La, la, la, la, la, la

God only knows what I'd be without you
(God only knows what I'd be without you)
God only knows what I'd be without you
(God only knows what I'd be) god only knows
God only knows what I'd be without you
(God only knows what I'd be) god only knows
God only knows what I'd be without you
(God only knows what I'd be) god only knows
God only knows what I'd be without you
(God only knows what I'd be) god only knows
God only knows what I'd be without you

God only knows what I'd be without you

Lucy


Adam Lambert

, 2015. Brian plays guitar. Length 3:26.
Available on the album 'The Original High'.
Lyrics:
She's off to party with the diamond dogs
From the wrong side of the tracks
Her window's open anytime she's home
But now it's locked up at last

She was bound to break free from the start
Girl got that rebel heart
She's out to rumble, gonna get it on
There ain't no stopping her now

Lucy
Run away, run away-ay-ay-ay
Run away, run away-ay-ay-ay
Run away, run away-ay-ay-ay
Lucy, Lucy
Yeah, yeah

She's off to sell herself in city bar
The jaws are loaded for love
She gonna get beaten playing with the dark
Innocence under attack

She was bound to be stabbed in the back
All for some fun in the sack
Now she's alone and got no one to call
Well, no, she ain't turning back

Lucy
Run away, run away-ay-ay-ay
Run away, run away-ay-ay-ay
Run away, run away-ay-ay-ay
Lucy, Lucy

Lucy

Oh, Lucy
Alright
Yeah, yeah

Run away
Lucy
Run away, run away-ay-ay-ay
Run away, run away-ay-ay-ay, run away, girl
Run away, run away-ay-ay-ay
Lucy, Lucy
Lucy, yeah

Run away, run away-ay-ay-ay, oh Lucy
Run away, run away-ay-ay-ay, yeah
Run away, run away-ay-ay-ay
Lucy, Lucy
Lucy


The Devil


Motörhead

, 2015. Brian plays guitar. Length 2:54.
Available on the album 'Bad Magic'.

Lyrics:
What is it you're looking for?
I don't think you will ever find the gold
What got your curiosity?
My name is on the list of places you should never know

The devil he looks at you
The devil steals your breath
You'll never know the law
Go, look into the face of death

Are we still talking now?
I know you'll never tell another soul
Is it a catastrophe?
Be my friend and tell me what nobody else should know

The devil knows you now
The devil will break your neck
Nobody will hear you call
Go, stare into the face of death
Come on

If you speak I'm out of here
I don't know you, how can that be so?
If you want, I'll be sincere
Speak my name and I will tell you everything I know

The devil seeks your soul
The devil see what you get
Abandon all hope now
Go, look into the face of death
Right now


Rude Awakenings


Jon Tiven & Stephen Kalinich

, 2015. Brian plays guitar. Length 4:45.
Available on the album 'Each Soul Has A Voice'.
Lyrics:
As you slip through the infinities
In search of divinities
Wondering about what you will find
Willfully arrogant
Debilitation they don't honour it
What will it take, so many are not kind

It's a rude awakening
Salvation never comes
All the people who were promised
Live on crumbs

All the winos on the corner of broadway and somewhere
Have no-one there for them who care
No magic saviours dancing out of the sky
To rescue those abandoned, they are just left to die
Unless a human hears their cry, yeah

It's a rude awakening
Feels like a forsakening
A quickening, a quakening

We build the walls, we plant the trees
We create the cure to our own disease
We souls we search we do not always find
Sometimes we are blind

We do not know how to access
Hidden regions of the mind
We souls are strong, we souls are weak
Each one different, each one unique
We souls, we are the meek
Tell me what do you seek

'Cos it's a rude awakening, a quakening
Feels like a forsakening

Can we do anything to change this reality
There is something missing that we do not see
It takes more than holding hands
You have to respond in ways that our peace understands

It's a rude awakening
Salvation never comes
All the people who were promised
Live on crumbs

It's a rude awakening
It's a rude awakening
Feels like a forsakening
It's a rude awakening
A cruel quakening
Obsession

It's a rude awakening
A pound of dirt
A rumour nakening
It's a rude awakening, yeah
It's a rude awakening
A rude awakening
It's a rude awakening
It's a rude awakening

Going Down


Leslie West

, 2015. Brian plays guitar. Length 4:14.
This track, and versions released under the names of Don Nix in 2006 and Troy Turner in 2010, share the same backing track, please see the Don Nix entry for details of the differences.
Available on the album 'Soundcheck'.
Lyrics:
Yeah, yeah

I'm going down
Down, down, down, down, down
I'm going down
Down, down, down, down, down
I got my big feet in the window
My head down on the ground

I'm going down
Close that boxcar down, yeah baby
I'm going down
Slam that boxcar down, baby
I'm going back to tell a new girl
My head down on the ground, baby

I'm going down
Down, down, down, down, down
I'm going down
Down, down, down, down, down
I got my big feet in the window
My head down on the ground

One Voice


Various Artists

, 2015. Brian sings backing vocals, plays electric guitar, and possibly acoustic guitar.
This track was released in the USA only in April 2016, as a download and a 12" single for Record Store Day. It features Brian, Norah Jones, Aimee Mann, Susanna Hoffs, Lydia Loveless, Neko Case and Kathryn Calder.
The song was also recorded by Brian with Kerry Ellis, and released as a single in 2015, and full details are available on the 'Anthems' songs page.
According to comments from Brian, this version was recorded before the version with Kerry Ellis, but was released a year later.
Available Versions:
1. Single Version (3:50) (available on the download and the 12" single)
2. Acoustic Version (3:28) (available on the download and the 12" single; this loses some of the introduction, instead starting with the acoustic guitar at 0:21, but contains the full lyrics)
3. Instrumental Version (4:09) (available on the download and the 12" single; this is a complete instrumental, with no lyrics at all; the longer time is made up of a few extra piano notes, followed by a guitar crescendo)

Lyrics:
This is the sound of one voice
One spirit, one voice
The sound of one who makes a choice
This is the sound of one voice
This is the sound of one voice

This is the sound of voices two
The sound of me singing with you
Helping each other to make it through
This is the sound of voices two
This is the sound of voices two

This is the sound of voices three
Singing together in harmony
Surrendering to the mystery
This is the sound of voices three
This is the sound of voices three

This is the sound of all of us
Singing with love and the will to trust
Leave the rest behind it'll turn to dust
This is the sound of all of us
This is the sound of all of us

This is the sound of one voice
One people, one voice
A song for every one of us
This is the sound of one voice
This is the sound of one voice
This is the sound of one voice