Deep Cuts Volume 1


(1973-1976)


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Queen 'Deep Cuts 1'

Released on 14 March 2011, and reached no 92.
Length 51:16.

Tracklisting:
1. Ogre Battle (different outro)
2. Stone Cold Crazy
3. My Fairy King
4. I'm In Love With My Car
5. Keep Yourself Alive
6. Long Away
7. The Millionaire Waltz
8. '39
9. Tenement Funster
10. Flick Of The Wrist
11. Lily Of The Valley
12. Good Company
13. The March Of The Black Queen (different outro)
14. In The Lap Of The Gods.... Revisited

 

Tracks 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 14 produced by Queen and Roy Thomas Baker
Tracks 3 and 5 produced by Queen, Roy Thomas Baker and John Anthony
Tracks 6 and 7 produced by Queen
Track 13 produced by Queen, Roy Thomas Baker and Robin G. Cable


Executive producers Brian May and Roger Taylor
Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland, ME
Audio supervised by Justin Shirley-Smith and Kris Fredriksson
Additional audio restoration by Kris Fredriksson
Special thanks to Joshua J Macrae, Greg Brooks, Gary Taylor, and British Grove Studios
Sleeve notes by Rhys Thomas


This album aims to provide an alternative view on Queen's first five albums, featuring lesser known tracks which were not hit singles. It features two tracks from 'Queen', 'Queen II' and 'A Day At The Races', three from 'A Night At The Opera', and five from 'Sheer Heart Attack'. Unfortunately, although there is just under 29 minutes free space on the CD, it omits some classic Queen tracks, including 'Liar', 'Father To Son', 'Love Of My Life' and 'Teo Torriatte', and possibly most surprisingly, 'Brighton Rock'.

Twelve of the included tracks are identical to the normal album versions, while the remaining two, 'Ogre Battle' and 'The March Of The Black Queen', are only slightly different, being edited at the end to avoid seguing into the next track.


Ogre Battle


Track 1. Written by Freddie Mercury. Length 4:15.
This is a slightly different version of the track which appears on the 1974 album 'Queen II', featuring a longer outro to avoid segueing into the next track.

Lyrics:
Aaahhh
Ah, ah, ah, ah

Ha, ha, ha, ha, haa
Now once upon a time
An old man told me a fable
When the piper is gone
And the soup is cold on your table
And if the black crow flies
To find a new destination
That is the sign
Come tonight
Come to the ogre sight
Come to ogre battle fight

He gives a great big cry
And he can swallow up the ocean
With a mighty tongue he catches flies
In the palm of a hand incredible size
One great big eye
Has a focus in your direction
Now the battle is won
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Come tonight
Come to the ogre sight
Come to ogre battle fight

Ha, ha, ha, ha, haa
Cool
The ogre men are still inside
The two-way mirror mountain
You gotta keep down right out of sight
You can't see in but they can see out
'Oooh, keep a look out'
The ogre men are coming out
From the two-way mirror mountain
They're running up behind
And they're coming all about
Can't go east 'cos you gotta go south

Ogre men are going home
The great big fight is over
Bugle blow let trumpet cry
Ogre battle lives for evermore
Wow, oh, oh
You can come along
You can come along
Come to ogre battle

Ha, ha, ha, ha, haa

Stone Cold Crazy


Track 2. Written by Queen. Length 2:14.
Taken from the 1974 album 'Sheer Heart Attack'.

Lyrics:
Sleeping very soundly on a Saturday morning I was dreaming I was Al Capone
There's a rumour going round, gotta clear outta town
Yeah, I'm smelling like a dry fish bone
Here come the law, gonna break down the door, gonna carry me away once more
Never, I never, I never want it any more
Gotta get away from this stone cold floor
Crazy
Stone cold crazy, you know
Woo, hot

Rainy afternoon I gotta blow a typhoon and I'm playing on my slide trombone
Anymore, anymore, cannot take it anymore
Gotta get away from this stone cold floor
Crazy
Stone cold crazy, you know

Ow, hit 'em ma

Walking down the street, shooting people that I meet
With my rubber tommy water gun
Here come the deputy, he's gonna come and getta me
I gotta get me get up and run
They got the sirens loose
I ran right outta juice
They're gonna put me in a cell, if I can't go to heaven
Will they let me go to hell
Crazy
Stone cold crazy, you know

Ow

My Fairy King


Track 3. Written by Freddie Mercury. Length 4:08.
Taken from the 1973 album 'Queen'.

Lyrics:
(Ahhhhh)
(Ahhhhh)

In the land where horses born with eagle wings
And honey bees have lost their stings
They're singing forever, ooh yeah
Lions den with fallow dear
And rivers made from wines so clear
Flow on and on forever
Dragons fly like sparrows through the air
And baby lambs where Samson dares
To go on, on, on, on

My fairy king (he rules the air)
And can see the things that are not there for you and me to see (he rules the air and turns the tides, oooh yeah)
My fairy king (he guides the winds)
He can only do right and nothing wrong

Ahhhhh
Then came man to savage in the night
To run like thieves and to kill like knives
To take away the power from the magic hand
To bring about the ruin to the promised land

Ahhh, ah, ahh-ahhhh
Ahh-ahhhh

They turn milk into sour
Like the blue in the blood of my veins
(Why can't you see it)
Fire burning in hell
With the cry of a screaming pain
(Son of heaven set me free and let me go)
Sea turns dry no salt from sand
Seasons fly no helping hand
Teeth don't shine like pearls for poor man's eyes
No more

Someone, someone
Just drained the colour from my wings
Broken my fairy circle ring
And shamed the king in all his pride
Changed the winds and wronged the tides
Mother Mercury, look what they've done to me, yeah
I cannot run
I cannot hide

I'm In Love With My Car


Track 4. Written by Roger Taylor. Length 3:05.
Taken from the 1975 album 'A Night At The Opera'.

Lyrics:
Ooohhh
The machine of a dream, such a clean machine
With the pistons a pumping, and the hub-caps all gleam
When I'm holding your wheel
All I hear is your gear
With my hand on your grease gun
Oh, it's like a disease son

I'm in love with my car
Gotta feel for my automobile
Get a grip on my boy racer rollbar
Such a thrill when your radials squeal

Told my girl I'd have to forget her
Rather buy me a new carburettor
So she made tracks saying this is the end now
Cars don't talk back they're just four wheeled friends now

When I'm holding your wheel
All I hear is your gear
When I'm cruising in overdrive
Don't have to listen to no run of the mill talk jive

I'm in love with my car (love with my, love with my car)
Gotta feel for my automobile
I'm in love with my car (love with my, love with my car)
String back gloves in my automolove

Keep Yourself Alive


Track 5. Written by Brian May. Length 3:46.
Taken from the 1973 album 'Queen'.

Lyrics:
Sing along

I was told a million times of all the troubles in my way
Might he grow a little wiser, little better every day
But if I crossed a million rivers, and I rode a million miles
Then I'd still be where I started, bread and butter for a smile
Well, I sold a million mirrors in a shop in alley way
But I never saw my face in any window any day
Now they say your folks are telling you be a superstar
But I tell you just be satisfied and stay right where you are

Keep yourself alive, yeah, keep yourself alive, ooh
Take you all your time and a money
And honey you'll survive

Ow

Well I loved a million women in a belladonic haze
And I ate a million dinners brought to me on silver trays
Give me everything I need to feed my body and my soul
Well I'll grow a little bigger, maybe that can be my goal
I was told a million times of all the people in my way
How I'd have to keep on trying and get better every day
But if I crossed a million rivers, and I rode a million miles
Then I'd still be where I started, same as when I started

Keep yourself alive, come on, keep yourself alive
Oooh, take you all your time and a money
And honey you'll survive, shake it

Ow

Keep yourself alive, wow, keep yourself alive, oh
Take you all your time and a money
To keep me satisfied

Do you think you're better every day
No, I just think I'm two steps nearer to my grave

Keep yourself alive, come on, keep yourself alive, um
You take your time and take more money
Keep yourself alive

Keep yourself alive, come on, keep yourself alive, um
All you people keep yourself alive
Keep yourself alive, come on, come on, keep yourself alive
Take you all your time and a money
To keep me satisfied

Keep yourself alive, keep yourself alive
Ooh, all you people keep yourself alive

Take you all your time and money honey
You will survive
Oooh, keep yourself alive
Keep yourself alive

Long Away


Track 6. Written by Brian May. Length 3:32.
Taken from the 1976 album 'A Day At The Races'.

Lyrics:
You might believe in heaven
I would not care to say
For every star in heaven
There's a sad soul here today

Wake up in the morning with a good face
Stare at the moon all day
Lonely as a whisper on a star chase
Does anyone care anyway?
For all the prayers in heaven
So much of life's this way

Did we leave our way behind us?
Such a long, long way behind us?
Who knows when, now who knows where?
Where the light of day will find us?
Look for the day

Take heart, my friend, we love you
Though it seems like you're alone
A million lights above you
Smile down upon your home
Oh, hurry put your troubles in a suitcase
Come let the new child play
Lonely as a whisper on a star chase
I'm leaving here, I'm long away
For all the stars in heaven
I would not live
I could not live this way

Did we leave our way behind us?
Such a long, long way behind us?
Leave it for some hopeless lane
Such a long, long way
Such a long, long way
Such a long, long way
Such a long, long way
I'm looking for
Looking for that day

The Millionaire Waltz


Track 7. Written by Freddie Mercury. Length 4:54.
Taken from the 1976 album 'A Day At The Races'.

Lyrics:
Bring out the charge of the love brigade
There is spring in the air once again
Drink to the sound of the song parade
There is music and love everywhere
(Give a little love) Give a little love to me
(I want to take a little love) Take a little love from me
I want to share it with you
Feel like a millionaire

Once we were mad, we were happy
We spent all our days holding hands together
Do you remember, my love
How we danced and played
In the rain we laid
Wishing that we could stay there
Forever and ever

Now I am sad
You are so far away
I sit counting the hours day by day
Come back to me, how I long for your love
Come back to me, be happy like we used to be

Come back, come back to me
Come back, come back to me
Ahhhhh, oooh

Oooh, come back to me, oh, my love
How I long for your love - won't you come back to me

My fine friend - take me with you and love me forever
My fine friend
Forever - forever

Bring out the charge of the love brigade (bring out the love)
There is spring in the air once again (there is spring in the air)
Drink to the sound of the song parade (drink to the sound)
There is music and love everywhere (of the song parade)

Give a little love to me (I want to)
Take a little love from me
I want to share it with you
Come back, come back to me
Make me feel

Make me feel
Like a millionaire

'39


Track 8. Written by Brian May. Length 3:31.
Taken from the 1975 album 'A Night At The Opera'.

Lyrics:
In the year of '39 assembled here the volunteers
In the days when lands were few
Here the ship sailed out into the blue and sunny morn
The sweetest sight ever seen

And the night followed day
And the story tellers say
That the score brave souls inside
Um, for many a lonely day sailed across the milky seas
Never looked back, never feared, never cried

Don't you hear my call though you're many years away
Don't you hear me calling you
Write your letters in the sand
For the day I take your hand
In the land that our grandchildren knew

In the year of '39 came a ship in from the blue
The volunteers came home that day
And they bring good news of a world so newly born
Though their hearts so heavenly weigh
For the earth is old and grey, little darling went away
But my love this cannot be
For so many years have gone though I'm older but a year
Your mothers eyes from your eyes cry to me

Don't you hear my call though you're many years away
Don't you hear me calling you
Write your letters in the sand
For the day I take your hand
In the land that our grandchildren knew

Don't you hear my call though you're many years away
Don't you hear me calling you
All your letters in the sand
Cannot heal me like your hand
For my life still ahead - pity me

Tenement Funster


Track 9. Written by Roger Taylor. Length 2:47.
This track segues into 'Flick Of The Wrist', and is taken from the 1974 album 'Sheer Heart Attack'.

Lyrics:
My new purple shoes
Been amazing the people next door
And my rock 'n' roll 45's
Been enraging the folks on the lower floor

I got a way with the girls on my block
Try my best be a real individual
And when we go down to Smokies and rock
They line up like it's some kinda ritual

Ooh, give me a good guitar
And you can say that my hair's a disgrace (ooooh)
Or, just find me an open car
I'll make the speed of light outta this place

Um, I like the good things in life
But most of the best things ain't free (ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
So the same situation
Just cuts like a knife
When you're young, and you're poor, and you're crazy
(Young and you're crazy, young and you're crazy, young and you're crazy)
Young and you're crazy

Ooh, give me a good guitar
And you can say that my hair's a disgrace (ooooh)
Or, just find me an open car
I'll make the speed of light outta this place

Flick Of The Wrist


Track 10. Written by Freddie Mercury. Length 3:17.
This track segues from 'Tenement Funster' and into 'Lily Of The Valley', and is taken from the 1974 album 'Sheer Heart Attack'.

Lyrics:
Dislocate your spine if you don't sign he says
I'll have you seeing double
Mesmerise you when he's tongue tied
Simply with those eyes (oooh, ooh, oooh)
Synchronise your minds and see
The beast within him rise

Don't look back
Don't look back
It's a rip off
Flick of the wrist and you're dead baby
Blow him a kiss and you're mad (oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh)
Flick of the wrist - he'll eat your heart out
A dig in the ribs and then a kick in the head
He's taken an arm and taken a leg
All this time honey
Baby you've been had

Intoxicate your brain with what I'm saying
If not you'll lie in knee deep trouble
Prostitute yourself he says
Castrate your human pride (oooh, ooh, oooh)
Sacrifice your leisure days
Let me squeeze you till you've dried

Don't look back
Don't look back
It's a rip off
Aahhh, ooh
Aahhh
Aahhh

Work my fingers to my bones
I scream with pain
I still make no impression

Seduce you with his money make machine
Cross collateralise (big time money, money)
Reduce you to a muzak fake machine
Then the last goodbye (aah-ahh, aah-ahh, aah-ahh, aah-ahh)
It's a rip off

Flick of the wrist and you're dead baby
Blow him a kiss and you're mad (oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh)
Flick of the wrist - he'll eat your heart out
A dig in the ribs and then a kick in the head
He's taken an arm and taken a leg
All this time honey
Baby you've been had

Lily Of The Valley


Track 11. Written by Freddie Mercury. Length 1:45.
This track segues from 'Flick Of The Wrist', and is taken from the 1974 album 'Sheer Heart Attack'.

Lyrics:
I am forever searching high and low
But why does everybody tell me no
Neptune of the seas
An answer for me please
The lily of the valley doesn't know

I lie in wait with open eyes (ooohh)
I carry on through stormy skies (oooh, oooh, ooh, ooh)
I follow every course
My kingdom for a horse
But each time I grow old
Serpent of the Nile
Relieve me for a while
And cast me from your spell and (oooh, oooh, oooh)
Let me go

Messenger from seven seas has flown
To tell the king of rhye he's lost his throne
Wars will never cease
Is there time enough for peace (oooh, oooh, oooh)
But the lily of the valley doesn't grow

Good Company


Track 12. Written by Brian May. Length 3:23.
Taken from the 1975 album 'A Night At The Opera'.

Lyrics:
Take good care of what you've got
My father said to me
As he puffed his pipe and Baby B
He dandled on his knee
Don't fool with fools who'll turn away
Keep all good company
Oh, ho, oh, ho
Take care of those you call your own
And keep good company

Soon I grew up and happy too
My very good friends and me
We'd play all day with Sally J
The girl from number four
Very soon I begged her won't you
Keep me company
Oh, ho
Oh, ho
Oh, ho
Oh, ho
Come marry me for evermore
We'll be good company

Now marriage is an institution sure
My wife and I, our needs and nothing more
All my friends by a year
By and by disappeared
But we're safe enough behind our door

I flourished in my humble trade
My reputation grew
The work devoured my waking hours
But when my time was through
Reward of all my efforts my own
Limited company

I hardly noticed Sally as we
Parted company
All through the years in the end it appears
There was never really anyone but me
Now I'm old I puff my pipe
But no-one's there to see
I ponder on the lesson of
My life's insanity
Take care of those you call your own, own, own
And keep good company

The March Of The Black Queen


Track 13. Written by Freddie Mercury. Length 6:38.
This is a slightly different version of the track which appears on the 1974 album 'Queen II', featuring a-capella 'aaah's at the end to give a standalone version.

Lyrics:
Do you mean it (ahhhhhhh)
Do you mean it
Do you mean it
Why don't you mean it?
Why do I follow you and where do you go? (ooooh, oooh, ooooh, ooh)

Ahhhh, ahhh, ahhh, ah, ah
Ahhhh, ahhhhh
Ahhh
Ah, a-ah, a-ah, a-ah, a-ah, a-ah
Wah-ah

You've never seen nothing like it no never in your life
Like going up to heaven and then coming back alive
Let me tell you all about it
And the world will so allow it
Oooh, give a little time to choose
Water babies singing in a lily-pool delight
Blue powder monkeys praying in the dead of night

Here comes the black queen, poking in the pile
Fie-fo the black queen marching single file
Take this, take that, bring them down to size (march to the black queen)

Put them in the cellar with the naughty boys
A little nigger sugar and then a rub-a-dub-a baby oil
(Ahhhhh) black on
(Ahhhhh) black on
Every finger nail and toe, we've only begun, begun
Make this, make that, keep making all that noise (march to the black queen)

Now I've got a belly full
You can be my sugar-baby, you can be my honey chile, yes

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

A voice from behind me reminds me
Spread out your wings you are an angel
Remember to deliver with the speed of light
A little bit of love and joy
Everything you do bears a will and a why and a wherefore
A little bit of love and joy
In each and every soul lies a man
Very soon he'll deceive and discover
But even till the end of his life, he'll bring a little love

Ahhhh, ahhh, ahhh
Ahh, la, la, la, la
Ahhhh, ahhh, ahhh
Ahh, la, la, la, la
Ahh, ahh

I reign with my left hand (ahh, ahh, ahh, ahh, ahh)
I rule with my right (ahh, ahh, ahh, ahh, ahh, ahh)
(Ahh, ahh, ahh, ahh, ahh, ahh)
I'm lord of all darkness, I'm queen of the night
I've got the power - now do the march of the black queen
My life is in your hands, I'll fo and I'll fie
I'll be what you make me, I'll do what you like
I'll be a bad boy, I'll be your bad boy
I'll do the march of the black queen

Ahhh, ahhh-ahh
Ahhh, ahhh-ahh

Walking true to style
She's vulgar 'buse and vile
Fie-fo the black queen tattoos all her pies
She boils and she bakes
And she never dots her I's

Look what we've done
La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la
Da, da, da, da, da, dah

Forget your singalongs (ahh, ahh) and your lullabies (ahh, ahh)
Surrender to the city of the fireflies (la, la, la, la, la, la)
Dance with the devil beat with the band (ahhhhh)
To hell with all of you hand in hand (ahhhhh)
Now it's time to be gone (la, la, la, la)
Forever, forever

Ahh, la, la, la, ahhh
Ahhhh, ahhhh, ahhh

In The Lap Of The Gods.... Revisited


Track 14. Written by Freddie Mercury. Length 3:44.
Taken from the 1974 album 'Sheer Heart Attack'.

Lyrics:
It's so easy, but I can't do it
So risky, but I gotta chance it
So funny, there's nothing to laugh about
My money, that's all you wanna talk about
I can see what you want me to be
But I'm no fool

It's in the lap of the Gods
Wo, wo, la, la, la, wo
I can see what you want me to be
But I'm no fool

No beginning, there's no ending
There's no meaning in my pretending
Believe me, life goes on and on and on
Forgive me when I ask you where do I belong
You say I (you can do it)
Can't (you can do it)
Set you free (you can go and set me free) from me
But that's not true

It's in the lap of the Gods
Wo, wo, la, la, la, wo
I can see what you want me to be
But I'm no fool

It's in the lap of the Gods
Wo, wo, la, la, la, wo
Wo, wo, la, la, wah, wah, ooh
But that's not true

It's in the lap of the Gods
Wo, wo, la, la, la, wo
Wo, wo, la, la, wah, wah, ooh
But I'm no fool

It's in the lap of the Gods
Wo, wo, la, la, la, wo
Wo, wo, la, la, wah, wah, ooh

It's in the lap of the Gods
Wo, wo, la, la, la, wo
Wo, wo, la, la, wah, wah, ooh
But I'm no fool

It's in the lap of the Gods
Wo, wo, la, la, la, wo
Wo, wo, la, la, wah, wah, ooh

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