The Freddie Mercury Album


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Freddie Mercury 'The Freddie Mercury Album'

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Released 16 November 1992, reached number 4, on chart for 25 weeks, and achieved 2x Platinum Status.
Album length 44:16.

Tracklisting:
1. The Great Pretender (original version)
2. Foolin' Around (1992 remix)
3. Time (1992 remix)
4. Your Kind Of Lover (1992 remix)
5. Exercises In Free Love (original version)
6. In My Defence (1992 remix)
7. Mr Bad Guy (1992 remix)
8. Let's Turn It On (1992 remix)
9. Living On My Own (1992 album remix)
10. Love Kills (original version)
11. Barcelona (album version)

 

Tracks 1, 5 and 11 produced by Freddie Mercury, Mike Moran and David Richards.
Tracks 2, 4, 7, 8 and 9 produced by Freddie Mercury and Mack.
Tracks 3 and 6 produced by Dave Clark and Freddie Mercury.
Track 10 produced by Freddie Mercury, Georgio Moroder and Mack.

Design by Richard Gray.
Photography by Peter Hince, George Hurrell and Jeremy Enness.
Digitally mastered by Eddy Schreyer at Future Disc Systems, Hollywood

The US release was retitled as 'The Great Pretender', and replaced the normal versions of The Great Pretender and Love Kills with remixes, Barcelona with a remix of My Love Is Dangerous, and used a slightly different remixed version of Mr Bad Guy. This means the US version retains only one original version, namely Exercises In Free Love. The full track listing is as follows:

1. The Great Pretender (Malouf Mix)
2. Foolin' Around (1992 remix)
3. Time (1992 remix)
4. Your Kind Of Lover (1992 remix)
5. Exercises In Free Love (original version)
6. In My Defence (1992 remix)
7. Mr Bad Guy (1992 remix, alternate ending)
8. Let's Turn It On (1992 remix)
9. Living On My Own (1992 album remix)
10. My Love Is Dangerous (1992 remix)
11. Love Kills (original Wolf mix)

Some copies also add the Techno Version of 'Living On My Own' as a hidden track.

 

Singles:


The Great Pretender


Track 1. Written by Buck Ram. Length 3:25.
This is the original single version of the track which was released in 1987, and full details can be found on the Miscellaneous Songs page.

Lyrics:
Oh yes, I'm the great pretender (oooh-ooh-oooh-ooh)
Pretending I'm doing well (oooh-ooh-oooh-ooh)
My need is such
I pretend too much
I'm lonely but no-one can tell

Oh yes, I'm the great pretender (oooh-ooh-oooh-ooh)
Adrift in a world of my own (oooh-ooh-oooh-ooh)
I play the game
But to my real shame
You've left me to dream all alone

Too real is this feeling of make believe (oooooh, make believe)
Too real when I feel what my heart can't conceal (oooh, ooh, oooh, ooh, oooh)

Oh, oh yes, I'm the great pretender (oooh-ooh-oooh-ooh)
Just laughing and gay like a clown (oooh-ooh-oooh-ooh)
I seem to be what I'm not you see (oooh, oooh, oh, you see)
I'm wearing my heart like a crown
Pretending that you're still around

Yeah, (ooooh-oh-ooh-oh-oooh)
Woo-hoo
Too real when I feel what my heart can't conceal (real, feel, what my heart)

Oh yes, I'm the great pretender
Just laughing and gay like a clown (oooh-ooh-oooh-ooh)
I seem to be what I'm not you see
I'm wearing my heart like a crown
Pretending that you're
Pretending that you're still around

Yeah, yeah
Oh yes

Foolin' Around


Track 2. Written by Freddie Mercury. Length 3:34.
This is a remix of the track which appeared on the 1985 album 'Mr Bad Guy'.
Additional production and remixing by Steve Brown, with arrangement and instrumentation by Andrew Flashman and Andrew King.
Lyrics:
You're so beautiful, you just lay it on me
Foxy lady, you really are the greatest show in town (eh-op, eh-op)
You want to play
You wanna eat your cake and have it your way
You got it easy and you don't give a damn
Fooling around
You just keep fooling around with me
(Keep on fooling around with me baby)

Walking down the street, people watching closely
Such a tease, you can turn on any man you want (eh-op, eh-op)
You masquerade
You're the catch of the season every night and day
You, you, you don't have any time for me
You just keep fooling around with me, yes you do, actually

Fooling around (eh-op)
Everywhere I go you're the only, only, only sexy lady
Fooling around (eh-op, eh-op)
All you do is keep me hanging around
You're really so hard to please, hey
You've gotta really watch that baby
Yeah, yeah, wow

Yeah, yeah

You just, you just, fooling around with me
You just, you just, fooling around with me
You keep fooling, you keep fooling
Hey, fooling, fooling, fooling, fooling, fooling

Want to play, but you always want it all your own way
You got it easy but you don't give a damn
Fooling around, you just keep fooling around with me
Just keep fooling around with me, yeah

Fool, fool, fool, fool for you baby
Keep fooling around, yeah, yeah
I'm a fool, fool, fool, for you sexy baby
Keep fooling around
I'm a fool, fool, fool, baby

Hanging around


Time


Track 3. Written by Dave Clark and John Christie. Length 3:48.
This is a remix of the track which appeared on the 1986 'Time' soundtrack album, and full details can be found on the Miscellaneous Songs page.
Remixed by Nile Rodgers.

Lyrics:
Time waits for nobody (ooooh, oooh)
Time waits for nobody (ooooh, ooh, oooh)
We all must plan our hopes together
Or we'll have no more future at all
Time waits for nobody

We might as well be deaf and dumb and blind
I know that sounds unkind
But it seems to me we've not listened to
Or spoken about it all
The fact that time is running out
For us all

Time
Waits for nobody
Time waits for no-one
We've got to build this world together
Or we'll have no more future at all
Because time
It waits for nobody

You don't need me tell you what's gone wrong (gone wrong, gone wrong)
You know what's going on
But it seems to me we've not cared enough (ooooh, oooh)
Or confided in each other at all
It seems like we've all got our backs against the wall

(Time) Time waits for nobody
(Time) Ooh, waits for no-one
We've got to trust in one another (ooooh, oooh)
Or there'll be no more future at all

(Time)
Yeah, time waits for nobody, no, no
Time don't wait for no-one
Let's learn to be friends with one another (ooooh, oooh)
Or there'll be no more future at all

Time, time, time, time
Waits for nobody
Waits for nobody
Time, time, time, time
Waits for nobody at all

Time waits for nobody, yeah
Time don't wait (don't wait), waits for no-one
Let us free this world forever (ooooh, oooh)
And build a brand new future for us all
Ahh, ah, ahh, ah
Time

Waits
For nobody, nobody, nobody
For no-one

Your Kind Of Lover


Track 4. Written by Freddie Mercury. Length 3:58.
This is a remix of the track which appears on the 1985 album 'Mr Bad Guy'.
Additional production and remixing by Steve Brown, with arrangement and instrumentation by Andrew Flashman and Andrew King.
Lyrics:
Now you say you're leaving me
I just can't believe it's true
You're my kind of lover
Wanna little bit of feeling
Add a little bit of meaning to my life
I wanna little bit of feeling
A little bit of sunshine to my life

I wanna be your kind of lover
Give a little bit of feeling
Just a little bit of feeling
Add a little bit of meaning to my life

I wanna boogie down with you, brother
Boogie down with the bassman
Win love on the grandslam
I'll be there waiting when you call
Ba, dap, ba, daa
Ba, dap, ba, daa

Just step right into my heart
Come a little closer
Don't tell me that it's over
Make a brand new start
We can work it out just next to nothing (your kind of lover)
Work it out, work it out just next to nothing
With feeling, with feeling, with feeling, with feeling

We can work it out
Let me show what I can do
I can be your kind of lover
We can work it out (work it out)
Let me show what I can do
I can be your kind of lover

I wanna be your kind of mother
Let's talk about loving right
Don't talk about doing wrong
Put a little bit of sense into your mind
We gotta talk it out man to man
Make each other understand
Right now a little happiness would be fine
Ba, dap, ba, daa
Ba, dap, ba, daa

Just step right into my heart
Come a little closer
Don't tell me that it's over
Make a brand new start
We can work it out just next to nothing, hey
Work it out, work it out just next to nothing
With feeling, with feeling, with feeling, with feeling

We can work it out
Let me show what I can do
I can be your kind of lover
We can work it out
Let me show what I can do
I can be your kind of lover

Hey, your kind of lover
Your kind of lover
Your kind of lover


Exercises In Free Love


Track 5. Written by Freddie Mercury and Mike Moran. Length 3:56.
This track features piano and improvised vocals throughout, with no lyrics as such.
It was previously only available as the B-side to the 1987 'The Great Pretender' single, and full details can be found on the 'Barcelona' album page.

In My Defence


Track 6. Written by Dave Clark, David Soames and Jeff Daniels. Length 3:52.
This is a remix of the track which appeared on the 1986 'Time' soundtrack album, and full details can be found on the Miscellaneous Songs page.
Remixed by Ron Nevison.

Lyrics:
In my defence, what is there to say?
All the mistakes we made must be faced today
It's not easy now, knowing where to start
While the world we love tears itself apart

I'm just a singer with a song
How can I try to right the wrong?
For just a singer with a melody
I'm caught in between, with a fading dream

In my defence, what is there to say?
We destroy the love, it's our way
We never listen enough, never face the truth
Then like a passing song
Love is here and then it's gone

I'm just a singer with a song
How can I try to right the wrong?
For just a singer with a melody
I'm caught in between, with a fading dream

Just a singer with a song
How can I try to right the wrong?
I'm just a singer with a melody
I'm caught in between, with a fading dream
Caught in between, with a fading dream
Caught in between, with a fading dream

Oh what on earth (ooohh)
Oh what on earth (ooh, ooh, ooohh)
How do I try?
Do we live or die?
Oh help me God
Please help me

Mr Bad Guy


Track 7. Written by Freddie Mercury. Length 3:54.
This is a remix of the track which appears on the 1985 album 'Mr Bad Guy'.
Remixed by Brian Malouf, with additional production by Julian Raymond.

Lyrics:
Let's go chasing rainbows in the sky
It's my invitation
Let's all take a trip on my ecstasy

I'm Mr Bad Guy
Yes I'm everybody's Mr Bad Guy
Can't you see I'm Mr Mercury
Woh-oh, spread your wings and fly away with me

Hey, you're big daddy's got no place to stay
Bad communication
I feel like the president of the USA

Mr Bad Guy
Yes I'm everybody's Mr Bad Guy
Can't you see I'm Mr Mercury
Oh-oh, spread your wings and fly away with me

I'm Mr Bad Guy
They're all afraid of me
I can ruin people's lives, yeah, yeah, yeah
Mr Bad Guy, they're all afraid of me
It's the only way to be
That's my destiny, yeah
Mr Bad Guy, Mr Bad Guy, Bad Guy

It's the only way for me
It's my destiny
Oooh yeah, wow

Yeah, Mr Bad Guy
Yes I'm everybody's Mr Bad Guy
Can't you see this is my destiny
Oh, oh, spread your wings and fly away with me

Wow

Let's Turn It On


Track 8. Written by Freddie Mercury. Length 3:44.
This is a remix of the track which appears on the 1985 album 'Mr Bad Guy'.
Remixed by Jeff Lord-Alge, with additional production by Julian Raymond

Lyrics:
One, two, three, four

Let's turn it on, and get everybody thinking, thinking, thinking, thinking
Let's turn it on, everybody song and dancing, dancing, dancing, dancing
Let's turn it on, turn it on, all the people got to get the right impression, yeah
Turn it on, turn it on, turn it on
Why don't we turn it on and let's stop everybody fighting

Let's get it on, let's get everybody jumping
Let's get it on, and get everybody stomping
Let's get it on, turn it on, all the people got to get the right impression
Let's get it on, turn it on
And let's get everybody dancing
Take it

Let's turn it on, yeah
Nobody is giving it up, yeah, yeah
Everybody's living it up, yeah, yeah
Everybody's living it up, let's turn it on, hey
Yeah, nobody's giving it up
Everybody's living it up, yeah, yeah
Everybody's living it up
Let's turn it on, turn it on, yeah
Dancing, dancing, dancing, dancing

Let's turn it on, and get everybody swinging
Let's turn it on, get right into that lovely feeling
Let's turn it on, yeah, come on all you people get together
Turn it on, turn it on, yeah, turn it on, and let's get everybody dancing

Turn it on, and get everybody happy
Let's turn it on, let's make everybody happy
Let's turn it on, let's turn it on, come on all you, all you happy people together
Turn it on, yeah, turn it on, turn it on
Let's make everybody crazy

Living On My Own


Track 9. Written by Freddie Mercury. Length 3:37.
This is the 1992 Album Remix of the track which appears on the 1985 album 'Mr Bad Guy'. It is not the same remix that was released as a single.
Additional production by Julian Raymond.
Full details of all remixes can be found on the 'Living On My Own' Remixes page.

Lyrics:
Dee do de do day
Dee do de do de do do de do doh

Sometimes I feel I'm gonna break down and cry (so lonely)
Nowhere to go, nothing to do with my time
I get lonely
So lonely
Living on my own

Sometimes I feel I'm always walking too fast (so lonely)
And everything is coming down on me, down on me
I go crazy
Oh so crazy
Living on my own

Dee do day day
Dee do day day
I don't have no time for no monkey business
Dee do day day
Dee do day day
I get so lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely yeah
Got to be some good times ahead

Sometimes I feel nobody gives me no warning
Find my head is always up in the clouds
In a dreamworld
It's not easy
Living on my own, my own, my own

Dee do day day, lonely
Dee do day day, lonely
I don't have no time for no monkey business
Dee do day day
Dee do day day
I get so lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely yeah
Got to be some good times ahead


(Ad-libbed section)
Come on baby

Dee do day day
Dee do day day
I don't have no time for no monkey business
Dee do day day
Dee do day day
I get so lonely, lonely, lonely, lonely yeah
Got to be some good times ahead

Yeah baby

(Ad-libbed section)

Yeah, living on my own
Living on my own
Living on my own
Living on my own, wooh

(Ad-libbed section)

Love Kills


Track 10. Written by Freddie Mercury and Georgio Moroder. Length 4:28.
This is the original single version of the track released in 1984, and full details can be found on the Miscellaneous Songs page.

Lyrics:
Ooh, ooh, oooh

Love don't give no compensation
Love don't pay no bills
Love don't give no indication
Love just won't stand still

Love kills, drills you through your heart
Love kills, scars you from the start
It's just a living pastime
Ruling your heart line
Stay for a lifetime
Won't let you go
Cause love (love) love (love) love won't leave you alone

Love don't take no reservation
Love is no square deal
Hey, love don't give no justification
It strikes like cold steel

Love kills, drills you through your heart
Love kills, scars you from the start
It's just a living pastime
Burning your life line
Gives you a hard time
Won't let you go
Cause love (love) love (love) love won't leave you alone

Hey, love can play with your emotions
Open invitation to your heart
Hey, love kills

Play with your emotions
Open invitation to your heart, to your heart
Love kills, love kills, hey
Love kills, love kills
Love kills, kills, kills, kills
Love can play with your emotions
Open invitation

Love kills, hey, drills you through your heart
Love kills, scars you from the start
It's just a living pastime
Ruling your heartline
Won't let you go

Love kills, hey, drills you through your heart
Love kills, tears you right apart
It won't let go
It won't let go
Love kills
Yeah, yeah

Ooh, ooh, oooh
Ooh, ooh, oooh

Ooh, ooh, oooh
Ooh, ooh, oooh

Ooh, ooh, oooh

Barcelona


Track 11. Written by Freddie Mercury and Mike Moran. Length 5:37.
Taken from the 1988 album 'Barcelona', this is the full album version, rather than the single version.

Lyrics:
Barcelona, Barcelona, oooh, ooh
Barcelona, Barcelona, oooh, ooh

Viva
Ahhhhhhhh
Ah, ah, ah, ahhh

I had this perfect dream
Un sueño me envolvió
This dream was me and you
Tal vez estás aquí
I want all the world to see
Un instinto me guiaba
A miracle sensation
My guide and inspiration
Now my dream is slowly coming true

The wind is a gentle breeze (oooh)
El me habló de ti (ah, ah, ah, ahh)
The bells are ringing out
El canto vuela
They're calling us together
Guiding us forever
Wish my dream would never go away

Barcelona
It was the first time that we met
Barcelona
How can I forget
The moment that you stepped into the room
You took my breath away

Barcelona
La música vibró
Barcelona
Y ella nos unió
And if God willing
We will meet again
Someday

Let the songs begin
Déjalo nacer
Let the music play
Ahhhhhhhh
Make the voices sing
Nace un gran amor
Start the celebration
Ven a mi
And cry
Grita
Come alive
Viva
And shake the foundations from the skies
Ah, ahh, shaking all our lives

Barcelona
Such a beautiful horizon
Barcelona
Like a jewel in the sun
Por ti seré gaviota de tu bella mar
Barcelona
Suenan las campanas
Barcelona
Abre tus puertas al mundo

If God is willing
If God is willing
If God is willing
Friends until the end
Viva

Ahhhhhhh
Barcelona

Ah, ah, ahh, ahhh

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