Queen Demos Of Released Tracks (K-P)

This page includes full details of all Queen demos and early versions of tracks that have subsequently been released on Queen or Solo projects. It includes genuine demos and early versions (as far as can be determined), other tracks which are often claimed to be demos, and also a guide to 'faked demos' which are known to exist. Details of other demo tracks can be found on page 1 and page 3, while a separate page contains details of all BBC Sessions.

The links at the top of this page are grouped according to the type of recording, whilst the actual details are listed alphabetically. A brief guide to the various types of recording is given below.

These pages were generated by collating a number of other sources, and from my own collection of recordings. Not much information is known about many of the tracks, so if you can provide further information or believe there to be any errors or omissions, please email me.

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Genuine Demos, Early Versions & Alternate Mixes:
Keep Passing The Open Windows
Keep Yourself Alive
Khashoggi's Ship
Killer Queen
Las Palabras De Amor (The Words Of Love)
Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon
Let Me Entertain You
Let Me In (Your Heart Again)
Let Me Live
Liar
Life Is Real (Song For Lennon)
Long Away
Lost Opportunity
Love Kills
Love Makin' Love
Machines (or Back To Humans)
Magic Is Loose
Man Made Paradise
Man On Fire
Mother Love
My Baby Loves Me
My Boy
My Fairy King
My Melancholy Blues
Nevermore
New Dark Ages
Ogre Battle
One Vision
One Year Of Love
Pain Is So Close To Pleasure
Party
Play The Game
Polar Bear
Princes Of The Universe
Procession
Put Out The Fire


KEWB Radio Tracks:
Killer Queen

Faked Demos:
Keep Yourself Alive
Killer Queen
Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon
Misfire
Mother Love
Mustapha
My Baby Loves Me
My Fairy King
Pain Is So Close To Pleasure
Put Out The Fire


Other Tracks:
Keep Yourself Alive
Killer Queen
Las Palabras De Amor (The Words Of Love)
New York, New York
Ogre Battle

 

Genuine Demos, Early Versions & Alternate Mixes:
These are genuine tracks which come from the original recording sessions, or before. A demo is classed as any track which features the base ideas of a track, but the lyrics and/or music are very under-developed. An alternate mix is classed as any track which features the same (or very similar) lyrics and music to the album version, but has minor lyric changes, some extra or missing elements, or a different balance between the instruments. Early versions fall somewhere between, when the song is obviously being developed and while instantly recognisable it features different elements, lyrics, or vocalists. Many of the earlier demos are only rumoured to exist, but fortunately many of the later tracks (from 'Hot Space' onwards) are fairly widely available in generally very good sound quality, while a handful have been released officially on the 2011 double-disc reissues. Full details and lyrics are given (where known) but due to quality issues or ad-libbing, some lyrics are unknown or inaccurate.
'KEWB' Radio Tracks
KEWB is a radio station in the USA, which Brian visited as part of a promotional tour of radio stations in 1991 to promote the "Innuendo" album. These six tracks feature Brian playing along to a number of Queen tracks and as result they sound different to the original tracks, and are often claimed to be demos. The give-away is that in most cases dialogue from Brian or the DJ can be heard. However, all of the tracks run slightly too fast, but the dialogue sounds normal, so they were clearly played too fast at the radio station (and not subsequently copied at the wrong speed). A full list of the sessions performed can be found in the Brian May Concertography.
Faked Demos
Many bootlegs feature tracks which are claimed to be demos, but many of these are simply the album version with slight tinkering, most often changing the speed and applying stereo effects. Whilst a few of these are quite interesting in their own right, the majority are completely unconvincing. Some bootlegs also feature excerpts from live performances or remixes, and these are also included. 'Faked Demos' is hence a broad term for anything which is claimed to be something that it isn't. As such this will never be a complete list, but will hopefully be as thorough as is possible, and provide a guide as to what is available (and equally, what to avoid).


Keep Passing The Open Windows


Details of the released version can be found on the 'The Works' album page.
Early Demo Version AKA Home Demo
This demo features Freddie playing the track on the piano, and improvising/ad-libbing all the vocals. It features the basic piano melody, and has the same structure as the album version, but clearly no lyrics (not even the title) have been developed yet. Some sources suggest it was recorded in 1983. Length 2:46.
Later Demo Version
This is a great demo recorded in the studio, featuring piano, bass and drums. The track has a similar structure to the album version, but the music has a different feel, is more improvised, and has great bass throughout. Some of Freddie's vocals appear to be over-dubbed in places, and whilst his verse vocals are ad-libbed, the chorus lyrics are present. This is one of the best demos available. Length 4:47.
Later Demo Lyrics:
This is the only life for me
Surround myself in all my own fantasy
Got to be strong and believe in yourself
Forget all the sadness 'cos love is all you need

Just believe
Just keep passing the open windows
Just believe
Just keep passing the open windows


(An ad-libbed verse)

Just keep passing the open windows
Just believe
Just keep passing the open windows


(An ad-libbed verse)

Just believe
Just keep passing the open windows
Just believe, babe
Just keep passing the open windows

This is the only life for me, yeah
Surround myself around my own fantasy (fantasy)
You got to be strong and believe in yourself
Forget all the sadness 'cos love is all you need
All you need


Freddie: Middle eight

Keep Yourself Alive


Details of the released version can be found on the 'Queen' album page. The various versions can be identified by the following noises before and during the drum solo:
Album Version : 'Shake it' before the solo, and 'Ow' during the solo
Demo Version : Freddie sings something like 'did I' then there are two screams from Roger
Long Lost Retake : 'Shake it' during the solo
BBC Session 1 : During the solo, Roger screams 'wow', then Freddie says 'watch out' and then Roger screams 'ah'
BBC Session 2 : 'Shake It' before the solo, and during the solo Freddie sings 'uh' and 'wow'.

De Lane Lea Demo Version
This demo begins with an acoustic guitar intro, then a very raw guitar solo kicks in. Roger's drum solo is also more frantic, and the whole track has a different feel. In places the guitars are very different too. It is available on the 'Queen' 2011 double disc reissue. Length 3:47.
Long Lost Retake
This track was recorded in January 1975 for a potential US single, which never materialised, and is described by Brian May as "a complete remake of 'Keep Yourself Alive'. This version never surfaced anywhere. It contains many new ideas and quirks, as well as reproductions of some of the old ones". It is a reworked version, with a new intro, and some different percussion, vocals and guitar. It has officially been released on the US remaster of the 'Queen' album, and on the 'A Night At The Opera' 2011 double disc reissue. An edited version lasting 3:29 also appears on an acetate. Full details are available on the 'Queen' album page. Length 4:02.
Other Demos
Apparently, in addition to above, there are at least eight alternate versions of the track, and a completed backing track, originating from 1972. It is not known how different these are compared to the eventual album version.
Faked Demo
The bootleg 'Golden Demos' claims to have a demo (which is called 'Keep Your Yourselves Alive' on the sleeve) but this has the same lyrics as the album version. It does have a slightly different sound but it is only minor. This is most noticeable at the start when Brian's solo guitar kicks in; the album is a much more balanced sound whereas here it is much more dominating, probably the result of tampering with the stereo balance. It also runs slower (compared to the 3:47 album version). Length 3:53.
Demo Version Lyrics:
I was told a million times of all the people in my way
And how I have to keep on trying just 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, 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 to be a superstar
But I tell you just be satisfied and stay right where you are

Keep yourself alive, yeah, keep yourself alive
All you people keep yourself alive

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
And I'll grow a little bigger, then that can be my goal
I was told a million times of all the troubles in my way
How I had 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'd started

Keep yourself alive, yeah, keep yourself alive
Take you all your time and money
Honey you'll survive


(unknown lyrics)
Roger: Wooh-hoo
(Roger screams)


Oh

Keep yourself alive, keep yourself alive, oh
Take you all your time and 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, yeah

Keep yourself alive, come on, keep yourself alive
All you people keep yourself alive
Keep yourself alive, yes you've gotta keep yourself alive
All you pretty people keep yourself alive
Keep yourself alive, ooh, keep yourself alive
All you people keep yourself alive
Keep yourself alive, yes, yes, yes
Keep yourself alive
All you people keep yourself alive

Khashoggi's Ship


Details of the released version can be found on the 'The Miracle' album page.
Demo Version
This is a standalone demo of the track (rather than segueing from 'Party'). Musically it is very similar to the final album version. However the lyrics are fairly under-developed (although in places they are the same), and many are multi-tracked or ad-libbed and so difficult to make out. This demo was recorded in the same week in November 1988 as the demos for 'Rain Must Fall' and 'Face It Alone'. Length 3:21.
Lyrics:
Who said that my party was all over, huh, huh
I'm in pretty good shape
The best years of my life
(unknown lyrics)
Huh, huh, I'm in pretty good shape

I said now
Everybody drank my wine
(unknown lyrics)
Then we took a holiday on Khashoggi's ship
(Rest of the verse is undecipherable)

(Entire verse of undecipherable lyrics)


No-one loves my party
No-one loves my party
No-one loves my party
No-one, no-one, no-one loves my party

(Rest of verse is undecipherable)

(Two verses of 'bop, bop, ba, ba, bop' vocals)


Oh yeah
(Undecipherable lyrics)

Party to the left
Party to the right
Play my little game I
Do it all night, all night

Party to the left
Party to the right
Play my little game I
Do it all night, all night

Oh, left, right
Doing it from the middle
Do it all night
Yeah, hey, hey, huh

Left
Right

Left
Right
Right
Left - right
Left - right
Left - right
Ahhhhh


(Unknown lyric) is alright
It's a super glow
I do it on my own

I want a Martini
To left, to the right, to the left, to the right, to the left and the right
I want to party all over, ah, ah
I want to party all over, huh, huh, huh

Killer Queen


Details of the released version can be found on the 'Sheer Heart Attack' album page.
Recording Out-Takes
This track features one of Freddie's vocal takes, lasting around 40 seconds, eight seconds of the piano intro, then a full take of the backing track, lasting 2:59, which features Freddie, Roger and John. The excerpts are very close to the album version, but are missing some of Freddie's vocals, all the backing vocals, and all of Brian's guitar, which gives the track a much more basic feel. The track also has a proper ending rather than a fade out, followed by a small amount of studio dialogue. Length 4:10, though it includes a fair bit of silence.
Acetate Version:
Available on a 7" acetate, this track is identical to the normal album version but adds around 9 seconds of extra fingerclicks at the start. As alternate versions or demos go, it could hardly be less interesting.
KEWB Radio
This is the full album version, running noticeably faster than normal, and Brian's additional guitar only really begins on the 'to avoid complications' verse. The track doesn't include any dialogue at all, and most of the additional guitar is in keeping with the existing guitar, apart from the outro. Length 2:46.
Faked Demo
This track runs slightly slower than normal (the album version lasts 2:59), and the only noticeable differences are that backing vocals are lost around the lines 'guaranteed to blow your mind' and 'absolutely drive you wild'. Length 3:06.
Recording Out-Takes Lyrics:
She keeps a Moet Et Chandon
In her pretty cabinet
'Let them eat cake' she says
Just like Marie Antoinette
A built-in remedy
For Kruschev and Kennedy
At anytime an invitation you can't decline

Caviar and cigarettes
Well versed in etiquette
Extraordinarily nice

Guaranteed to blow your mind
Ooh, recommended at the price
Insatiable an appetite


Freddie: One, two, three, four, one, two, three

Freddie: One, two, three, four, one, two, three


She keeps a Moet Et Chandon
In her pretty cabinet
'Let them eat cake' she says
Just like Marie Antoinette
A built-in remedy
For Kruschev and Kennedy
At anytime an invitation you can't decline

Caviar and cigarettes
Well versed in etiquette
Extraordinarily nice

Guaranteed to blow your mind

Ooh, recommended at the price
Insatiable an appetite

To avoid complications
She never kept the same address
In conversation
She spoke just like a baroness
Met a man from China
Went down to Geisha Minah
Then again incidentally
If you're that way inclined

Perfume came naturally from Paris
For cars she couldn't care less
Fastidious and precise

Guaranteed to blow your mind

Drop of a hat she's as willing as
Playful as a pussy cat
Then momentarily out of action
Temporarily out of gas
To absolutely drive
She's out to get you

Guaranteed to blow your mind
Oooh, recommended at the price
Insatiable an appetite

You wanna try


Roger: Not bad
Freddie: What?
Roger: What's it like Roy?

Las Palabras De Amor

(The Words Of Love)


Details of the released version can be found on the 'Hot Space' album page.
Early Alternate Mix
This demo is quite similar to normal, but seems a more basic mix. It also loses the 10 second build-up to the song, replacing it with a short drum intro, and contains several lyric changes. Length 4:20.
Acetate Version
A different version or mix of the track was apparently pressed onto a 10" acetate, though how this differs from the album version or above alternate mix is unknown.
Early Alternate Mix Lyrics:
Roger: Three, four
Ah
Oooooh-oooh-ooh, ah, ah, ah, ah

Don't touch me now
Don't hold me now
Don't break the spell darling
I'm begging you

This is the hour
We're waiting for
We'll make one day last a
Lifetime or two

Las palabras de amor
Let me hear the words of love
Despacito mi amor
Love me slow

One foolish world, so many souls
Senselessly hurled through the never ending cold
And all for fear, and all for greed
Speak any tongue but for God's sakes we need

Las palabras de amor
Let me hear the words of love
Despacito mi amor
Let me know, this night and evermore
Ah

Ahh

Brian: Oohh, evermore
Freddie: Ahh, las palabras... de amor


This room is bare
This night is cold
We're far apart and I'm
Growing old

But while we live
We'll meet again
So then my love
We may whisper once more
Now I adore you

Las palabras de amor (las palabras de amor)
Let me hear the words of love
Despacito mi amor
Touch me now, ahhhh
Las palabras de amor
Let us share the words of love

Ooh, evermore
Ooh, evermore
Ooh, evermore

Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon


Details of the released version can be found on the 'A Night At The Opera' album page.
Withdrawn Preliminary Mix
This is an earlier mix of the album track, which was either intended to appear on a US promo cassette, or actually appeared but was later withdrawn. It is identical to the album version but one line of backing vocals ('there he goes again') is missing. Length 1:07.
Faked Demo
This track runs slightly slower than normal, and the noticeable changes are that Freddie's verse vocals are more prominent than normal, and the 'there he goes again' backing vocals are lost. These changes are achieved by simply removing the left stereo channel. Length 1:09.

Let Me Entertain You


Details of the released version can be found on the 'Jazz' album page.
Alternate Ending
This version is almost identical to the album version, the only changes are that it has a 'live' drum track, and an alternative ending. Where the normal version ends, this track continues with more undecipherable dialogue, then a singalong chorus of 'we are the champions, we are the champions, no time for losers 'cos we are the champions', which extends the track by approximately 19 seconds. Length 3:20.

Let Me In Your Heart Again


Details of Anita Dobson's released version can be found on the Brian May Collaborations page.
Queen Version
This track was written by Brian and originally intended for 'The Works', and apparently a nearly complete version exists with Freddie on lead vocals. An early promo cassette of 'The Works' lists it on the sleeve, as 'Your Heart Again', but the track later turned up on Anita Dobson's album 'Talking Of Love', which was produced by Brian and features him on guitar and backing vocals. Anita's version features some great guitar solos from Brian, so the Queen version should be a treat.

Let Me Live


Details of the released version can be found on the 'Made In Heaven' album page.
Demo with Rod Stewart
According to an interview with Freddie, published in the book 'A Life... In His Own Words', this track originates from 1983 and features Rod Stewart on vocals. It is believed to have been recorded in Los Angeles, in September 1983, and also features Jeff Beck on guitar. It is highly likely that not much was recorded and/or useable, as only a verse and chorus from Freddie were used for the 'Made In Heaven' version. An eight second excerpt appears in the 'The Great Pretender' documentary, with one line by Freddie and one by Rod. Although it's only a short excerpt, it shows the song was obviously a duet (rather than Freddie singing a verse, then Rod the next) and Freddie and Rod's vocals complement each other well.
Withdrawn / Original / Banned Version
This version is quite similar to normal but in places features additional backing vocals of 'take another little piece of my heart now baby' etc. This version is available on a US promo cassette, but the track was changed after a legal action by the estate of Janis Joplin, because the song was judged to be very similar to her 1969 song 'Piece Of My Heart'. Some sources state that the additional vocals are only at the start of the track, but there are also plenty towards the end. Length 4:46.
Rod Stewart Demo Excerpt Lyrics:
Freddie: All I do is give
Rod Stewart: All you do is take
Withdrawn Version Lyrics:
Three, four
Ooooh (take another little piece of my heart now baby) take a piece of my heart
Ooooh (take another little piece of my soul now baby) take a piece of my soul
(Take another little piece of my life now baby)
Ooooh, let me live, oh yeah, ooooh

Why don't you take another little piece of my heart
Why don't you take it and break it
And tear it all apart
All I do is give
And all you do is take
Baby why don't you give me
A brand new start

So let me live (so let me live)
Let me live (leave me alone)
Let me live, ooooh, oh baby
And make a brand new start

Why don't you take another little piece of my soul
Why don't you shape it and shake it
'Til your really in control
All you do is take
And all I do is give
All that I'm asking
Is a chance to live

(So let me live) - so let me live
(Leave me alone) - let me live, let me live, yeah
(Why don't you let me make a brand new start)

Yeah, and it's a
Long hard struggle (yeah, yeah)
But you can always depend on me
And if you're ever in trouble - hey
You know where I will be

Why don't you take another little piece of my life
Why don't you twist it and turn it
And cut it like a knife
All you do is live
All I do is die
Why can't we just be friends
Stop livin' a lie

So let me live (so let me live)
Let me live (leave me alone)
Please let me live
(Why don't you live a little), oh yeah baby
(Why don't you give a little love), go for it baby

Let me live
Please let me live
Oh yeah baby, let me live
And make a brand new start

Take another little piece of my heart now baby
Ooooh, let me live (let me live)
Take another little piece of my heart now baby
Ooooh, ooh yeah (let me live)
Take another little piece of my soul now baby
Ooooh, come on (let me live)
Take another little piece of my life now baby

Ooooh, in your heart, oh baby
Take another piece, take another piece, take another piece, take another piece
Please let me live
Take another piece, take another piece, take another piece, take another piece

Why don't you take another piece, take another little piece of my, piece of my heart
Oh yeah baby
Take another little piece of my heart now baby
Make a brand new start, oh baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby please
All you do is take
Let me live
Take another little piece of my heart now baby
Ooooh, let me live
Oh yeah now, yeah now
Let me live

Liar


Details of the released version can be found on the 'Queen' album page. The various versions can be identified by the following lyrics:
Album version: 'We have lift off'
BBC Session 1 : 'We have lift off, oh yes'
BBC Session 2 : 'Oh, yes, ooh, take it'
Demo Version : 'Pray, keep on, I'm gonna pray, yeah'

Instrumental Out-Take
This track originates from 1972 and is an instrumental out-take, which presumably features the band trying to record the backing track over several takes. As such it is unlikely to feature Freddie and just comprise guitar, drums, and bass.
De Lane Lea Demo Version
This performance is noticeably longer than normal, partly due to a longer instrumental intro and a longer guitar solo. It has some different lyrics, Freddie's vocals are rawer, the drums sound different, and there is additional guitar at various places throughout the song. It is available on the 'Queen' 2011 double disc reissue. Length 7:52.
Lyrics:
Oh

I have sinned dear father
Father I have sinned
Try and help me father
Won't you let me in
Liar, oh nobody believes me
Liar, why don't you leave me alone

Sire, I have stolen
Stolen many times
Raised my voice in anger
When I know I never should
Liar, oh, why don't you believe me
Liar, why don't you leave me alone

Liar, I have sailed the seas
Liar, from Mars to Mercury
Liar, I have drunk the wine
Liar, time after time
Liar, you're lying to me
Liar, yes, you're lying to me
Darling, please forgive me
You know you'll never leave me
Please will you direct me
In the right way

Liar, liar, liar, liar
Liar, that's what they keep calling me
Liar, oh, every day every night
Liar, all the time, yes
Liar, ooohh, that's what they keep calling me, oooh

Listen
Oh, you gonna listen, yeah
Master I'm gonna be your slave (all day long), yeah
Mama I'm gonna try behave (all day long)
Mama I'm gonna be your slave (all day long)
I'm gonna serve you till your dying day (all day long)
I'm gonna keep you till your dying day (all day long)
I'm gonna serve you till your dying day (all day long)
I'm gonna kneel down by your side and pray (all day long)
All day long (all day long)
All day long (all day long)
All day long, that's what I'm gonna (all day long)
(All day long), all day long
(All day long), all day long
(All day long) by your side and pray
(All day long) by your side and pray
(All day long) ooh, pray
(All day long) ow, pray, keep on
I'm gonna pray, yeah,
(unknown lyrics)
Oh, I'm gonna pray
I'm gonna kneel down by your side and pray, oh yes

All day long, all day long, all day long

Liar, liar, why don't they let me in
Liar, liar, why don't they let me in
Liar, now they don't believe me
Liar, no they never believe me, hear
Oh, yes, why don't you, why don't you take me home

Life Is Real

(Song For Lennon)


Details of the released version can be found on the 'Hot Space' album page.
Early Alternate Mix
This version begins with a cymbal intro and count-in, and is very similar to normal but the piano seems slightly more prominent. Lyrically, it is almost identical to the album version, but it loses the two 'life is real' backing vocals at about 1:35. The only other change is just before the 'success' verse, where Freddie sings 'life is real, so real' rather than 'life is real, oh yeah' which he sings on the album. Length 3:30.
Lyrics:
Roger: One, two, three, four

Guilt stains on my pillow
Blood on my terraces
Torsos in my closet
Shadows from my past
Life is real
Life is real
Life is real, so real

Sleeping is my leisure
Waking up in a minefield
Dream is just a pleasure dome
Love is a roulette wheel
Life is real
Life is real
Life is real, so real

Success is my breathing space
I brought it on myself
I will price it
I will cash it
I can take it or leave it

Loneliness is my hiding place
Breastfeeding myself
What more can I say
I have swallowed the bitter pill
I can taste it, I can taste it

Life is real
Life is real
Life is real

Music will be my mistress
Loving like a whore
Lennon is a genius
Living in every pore
Life is real
Life is real
Life is real, so real

Life is cruel
Life is a bitch
Life is real - so real

Life is real
Life is real, yeah
Life is real

Long Away


Details of the released version can be found on the 'A Day At The Races' album page.
Instrumental Take
This track was played at one of the fan club conventions, and is an instrumental take which it is very similar to the album version. The played version had an early fade out, reducing the time to 2:48, but presumably a full version without the fade exists in the vaults.

Lost Opportunity


Details of the released version can be found on the 'Innuendo' album page.
'The Game' Version
This track is believed to originate during sessions for the 1980 'The Game' album. As with many of the tracks on these pages this may just be a rumour as nothing has been officially confirmed.

Love Kills


Details of the released version can be found on the Freddie Mercury Miscellaneous Songs page.
Queen Demo
As with 'Man Made Paradise' and 'There Must Be More To Life Than This', this solo track was originally recorded by Queen, also presumably intended for 'The Works'. It's possible that Brian's guitar, Roger's programmed drums, and John's bass all made it onto Freddie's version.

Love Makin' Love


Details of the released version can be found on the Freddie Mercury Miscellaneous Songs page.
Demo Version
This track was originally recorded in 1984 as a demo for Freddie's 'Mr Bad Guy' album, but was ultimately not released until the 'Solo' boxed set in 2000. The track was later attempted by Queen during the 'A Kind Of Magic' sessions in 1986, so it is very likely that one or more demo versions may exist in the vaults.

Machines

(or Back To Humans)


Details of the released version can be found on the 'The Works' album page.
Intro Demo
This demo is more like an alternative instrumental intro, and contains various elements which were later present in the song, but it is quite hard to describe. The track cuts off abruptly at the end, just as it sounds like it would get more interesting, so it is possibly an excerpt of a full length demo. Length 1:23.

Magic Is Loose


Details of the released version can be found on the 'Fun In Space' album page.
Queen Version
This track is rumoured to have been recorded by Queen for 'The Game' in 1980, but eventually turned up on Roger's 'Fun In Space' solo album a year later. In an interview Roger stated that he would have liked to hear Freddie sing the song, which implies that if it was indeed recorded that Roger was the only vocalist.

Man Made Paradise


Details of the released version can be found on the 'Mr Bad Guy' album page, while a possible Freddie demo can be found on the Freddie Mercury Unreleased Songs & Demos page.
Queen Demo
This solo track from Freddie was originally recorded by Queen in 1982 or 1983 for either 'Hot Space' or 'The Works'. Under a minute of the track was played at one of the fan club conventions, but it has yet to be circulated so it is unknown how close it is to Freddie's solo version, or whether a complete version exists. A demo or early version of the track appears in the 'Freddie Mercury - The Untold Story' documentary, but this is probably a Freddie demo, rather than a Queen one.

Man On Fire


Details of the released version can be found on the 'Strange Frontier' album page.
Queen Demo
This track is believed to have been recorded by Queen during 'The Works' sessions in 1984, before it was released on Roger's solo album 'Strange Frontier' the same year. An early promo cassette for 'The Works' features a very different track listing, which includes this track. Nothing else is known about the track, or whether a complete version exists.

Misfire


Details of the released version can be found on the 'Sheer Heart Attack' album page.
Faked Instrumental Demo
Running slightly slower than normal, this version uses loses the right stereo channel to make some of Freddie's vocals very faint. However, it does retain all the choruses, but with a bit more trickery they could have made a nearly completely instrumental version, as the verse vocals come through the left channel and the chorus vocals come through the right. Length 1:54.
Lyrics:
Don't you misfire
Fill me up
With the desire
To carry on

Ooh, don't you misfire
Fill me up
With the desire
To carry on

Don't you misfire
Fill me up
With the desire
To carry on

Come on take a shot
Fire me higher
Don't you miss this time
Please don't misfire

Mother Love


Details of the released version can be found on the 'Made In Heaven' album page.
Genuine Demo Versions
This track was originally recorded in 1991, before being completed and released on 'Made In Heaven'. It has been confirmed that demos exist featuring Brian and even Roger singing lead vocals.
Faked Demo
This is a bizarre track, obviously derived from the album version. It has been edited to produce a short instrumental version, and then adds additional vocals from Freddie, from a number of different sources, and is probably the worst faked demo I've ever heard. Length 1:42.
Completed "Innuendo" Version Faked Demo
This version is very similar to the normal album version and has identical vocals to normal from both Freddie and Brian. There are some additional elements in places, but they have been added in from other sources, rather than being anything new. Towards the end of the track, some of Brian's guitar from the 'Eye' version is included, and as the track fades out there is a new synthesiser type outro with some badly placed vocals. Altogether nothing new, quite clumsy in places, and definitely not a genuine demo. Length 5:52.

Mustapha


Details of the released version can be found on the 'Jazz' album page.
Faked Demo
Apparently this 'demo' is lacking the vocal intro and the majority of Brian's guitar parts. This will almost certainly be a fake, as this effect can be obtained by removing the right stereo channel; as a result most of the vocals (apart from 'mustapha') will be lost during the louder parts of the track.

My Baby Loves Me


Details of the released version can be found on the 'The Miracle' album page.
Demo Version
This is the original demo and title for 'My Baby Does Me'. This track is musically almost identical to normal, but has an additional verse, does not include Brian's guitar solo, and at the end it originally segued into 'I Guess We're Falling Out'. The lyrics to the track are very similar to the album version, just jumbled up rather than different. The track ends suddenly with 'alright'. Length 3:24.
Faked Demo
This version is identical to the above demo, but part of the final verse is repeated, extending the length to 3:35.
Lyrics: (the lyrics in red are added to the faked demo version)
Uh, ooh

My baby, my baby loves
My baby loves, me good
My baby loves
My baby loves
My baby loves me good
Uh-oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

My baby loves me
My baby loves me
My baby loves me
My baby tells me that she cares
My baby tells me she really loves me
She really loves me

My lady
Understands
She understands me right
She understands
She understands
She understands me right
Yeah, yeah, yeah

My baby cares
She really cares
So good, she really knows what's good
She understands me
She understands what's right
She knows what I'm doing day and night, yeah
Really cares
Take it
Uh-oh, ah

My baby loves me
My baby loves me
My baby loves me
My baby tells me that she cares
My baby tells me she really loves me

My baby loves me
My baby loves me
My baby loves me
My baby tells me that she cares
My baby tells me she really loves me

She really loves me
Alright

My Boy


Details of the released version can be found on the Brian May Miscellaneous Songs page.
Queen Version
This track, which was later released on a multiple artist compilation album called 'Lullabies With A Difference', is believed to have been recorded by Brian during the 'Hot Space' sessions in 1982. Some sources suggest that the released version is identical to the 1982 version, without any changes, but as the original version hasn't been circulated it's all guesswork really.

My Fairy King


Details of the released version can be found on the 'Queen' album page.
Demo Version
It is rumoured that a demo version of the track may exist which features Freddie alone on piano and vocals. Nothing else about it is known.
Faked Demo
As with most faked demos, this 'demo' runs slower than the normal 4:07, and uses stereo effects to lose certain vocals. The most noticeable differences are that most of the proper vocals for the 'someone, someone' verse are lost or quieter, and the backing vocal for 'mother Mercury' is more prominent than normal. Length 4:16.

My Melancholy Blues


Details of the released version can be found on the 'News Of The World' album page.
Demo Version
Apparently, a demo version of the track, which may feature just Freddie, was pressed onto an acetate ahead of the album release. How the track differs to the album version is unknown, since the rest of the band's contribution to the album track was minimal.

Nevermore


Details of the released version can be found on the 'Queen II' album page.
Instrumental Take
This instrumental take features Freddie and John, and while it is similar to the album version, it features an additional verse, and a couple of slightly different elements from Freddie. It is a standalone take, which doesn't segue into other tracks. Two versions appear to be available, a full version, or a 1:14 edit which starts abruptly into the track. The track contains 7 seconds of music, then 17 seconds of Greg Brooks, before the track resumes for 1:17. Length 1:42.

New Dark Ages


Details of the released version can be found on the 'Blue Rock' album page.
Queen Version
This track is believed to have been recorded during Queen sessions for 'Inneundo' in 1990, before being recorded by The Cross for their 1991 album 'Blue Rock'. How much truth there is in this rumour is unknown, but a Queen version of the track could be outstanding.

New York, New York


Details of the film version can be found on the 'A Kind Of Magic' album page.
Rumoured Full Version
A 36 second version of this track appears in the film 'Highlander', which prompted long lasting rumours of a complete recording of the track. However, these rumours have been officially denied, and it does seem unlikely that a full version would exist, outside the context of the film.

Ogre Battle


Details of the released version can be found on the 'Queen II' album page.
'Queen' Album Version:
It is rumoured that Queen recorded this track for their debut album 'Queen' in 1973. While this is only a rumour, it does seem plausible given that the track was performed extensively at early Queen concerts, pre-dating the 'Queen II' version by two years.
Acetate Version:
Apparently produced for a potential single release, this is a simple edit of the track from the third BBC session, recorded in December 1973. The track simply fades in later, on the first 'haa' at around 0:18 into the 'Queen At The Beeb' version, and out on the last 'battle' at around 3:21. This reduces the length to around 3:04, but it is a fairly crude edit as the intro and outro are now far too sudden.

One Vision


Details of the released version can be found on the 'A Kind Of Magic' album page.
The lyrical similarities between this track and 'A Kind Of Magic' are because the tracks started off as the same song, but were split into two separate songs during the development process. One of these early versions, titled 'A Kind Of Vision', appears on the 'A Kind Of Magic' 2011 double-disc reissue.

Early Version 1
This is quite an interesting version which shows how the track developed. It starts with the slow keyboard section, which was originally the start of the track, then the main guitar begins. Musically this is fairly similar to normal, but with a lot more guitar. Some of the lyrics are present, but some are missing, as they were taken out of the track during mixing and used elsewhere. Length 1:44.
Early Version 2
This short excerpt features the percussion section from the track, with very raw chants of 'One Vision' over the top. The track starts and ends abruptly. Length 0:34.
Demo Excerpt 1 Lyrics:
One vision
One man, one goal, one true religion
One voice, one hope, one real decision

One worldwide vision
One man, one goal, one true religion
One race, one hope, one real decision

Demo Excerpt 2 Lyrics:
One vision
One vision
One vision, hey
One vision
One vision, haa
One vision
One vision, oh yeah
One man, one goal, one true-

One Year Of Love


Details of the released version can be found on the 'A Kind Of Magic' album page.
Demo Version
Nothing is known about this demo, other than the fact that it was recorded on 25 January 1986 and may be a piano version of the track.

Pain Is So Close To Pleasure


Details of the released version can be found on the 'A Kind Of Magic' album page.
Demo Version
This track was played at one of the fan club conventions and apparently features a different vocal take, with some lyric changes, and extra keyboards in the backing track. However, it does not appear to have been circulated yet.
Faked Demo
This version has been claimed to be a demo, but it is simply the single remix of the track, and is instantly recognisable because of the extra percussion and remixing. However, this is not the full single version as it starts to fade out but then stops, losing the last six seconds or so of the track. Length 3:48.

Party


Details of the released version can be found on the 'The Miracle' album page.
Demo Version
This is a demo of the track, recorded in November 1988, which does not segue into 'Khashoggi's Ship' like the album version. It has been played at fan club conventions, but no copies have been circulated yet.

Play The Game


Details of the released version can be found on the 'The Game' album page.
Demo Version with Andy Gibb
This track features Andy Gibb, brother of the Bee Gee's, singing lead vocals, which is possibly limited to the first verse only. It was reported in a Queen Fan Club magazine in 1980, and later confirmed by Mack, but whether it still exists in the vaults is unknown.

Polar Bear


Details of Smile's released version can be found on the Pre-Queen Songs page.
Queen Version
This is a Queen recording of the Smile track, recorded at some time between 1971 and 1973, almost certainly featuring John Deacon on bass and not Barry Mitchell as some sources suggest. Musically it is similar to the Smile version, but some parts are slightly different. Freddie's vocals are more powerful than Tim Staffell's, and more suited to the track. The lyrics seem more ad-libbed by Freddie, and in places don't make much sense (such as the start of the second verse), but still this performance is much better than the Smile version.

There are at least two recordings of the song available; one is 3:46 in length with an immediate start and a single guitar chord at the end before an abrupt fade out. The other is 4:29 in total and has approximately 40 seconds of dialogue at the start, a slightly longer outro and more guitar chords at the end. Some sources suggest the short version is 'Take 1' and the longer version is 'Take 2', but to me they sound identical. In addition to this, a 1:15 excerpt of the start of the song is also available. Length 3:46.

Lyrics: (Freddie's vocals are partly ad-libbed in places, so the lyrics are hard to decipher, as is the dialogue at the beginning. The 4:29 version adds the dialogue in red)
Roger: We can't slow down
Freddie: Ha, ha, right, take two
Brian: I'm trying to slow it down
Roger: Well it doesn't need slowing down, it's, God, it's creeping at the moment
Freddie: Ha, ha, alright, try
(Unknown dialogue in the background, probably from Brian)
Roger: God, it was so slow, and it was getting even slower. You always try to play this like I've never
Freddie: Take two
Unknown voice: You play the fucking twelve string
Freddie: Take two, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha
(Unknown dialogue in the background, probably from Brian)
Roger: Alright then, all follow you
(Some sort of 'hollering' noise in the background)
Freddie: Right, take two


In a bright shop window sits a polar bear
Makes his eyes light up but I don't see him there
Among the tinsel he gives everyone a smile
See him as you'd see a star
Love her from where you are
He's not for, not for, not for sale


(Unknown lyric) walks a pretty girl
Someone like you've seen or by it's hard to tell
Oooh, and when you see her light seem around the lie
And see her as you'd see a star
Love her from where you are
Not for, not for, not for sale

And when the lights light up
To warn the grasping hand
Minor contentment wears a smile
Ooohhh-wahh
Not for, not for, not for sale
Not for sale

Princes Of The Universe


Details of the released version can be found on the 'A Kind Of Magic' album page.
Early Master, Townhouse Demo
This is an early version of the track, with the first half very similar to the album version, with a few extra guitar bursts. The music then stops, with a drone type sound and helicopter noises, as in the film (the track was written to fit in with the footage). The track then reprises, and is mostly instrumental, with Brian's solo intact (without Freddie's vocals over the top), and his guitar during the fast finale very prominent in the mix. Altogether this is a great alternate version of the track, with a few different suprising elements. Length 3:14.
Lyrics:
Here we are, born to be kings
We're the princes of the universe
Here we belong, fighting to survive
In a world with the darkest powers

Hey
And here we are, we're the princes of the universe
Here we belong, fighting for survival
We've come to be the rulers of your world

I am immortal, I have inside me blood of kings, yeah
I have no rival, no man can be my equal
Take me to the future of your world

We were born to be princes of the universe

Procession


Details of the released version can be found on the 'Queen II' album page.
First Take (?)
This version has a similar structure to the album version, but the guitars have a noticeably different sound, and the music which links to 'Father To Son' is missing. There do not seem to be any significantly different parts, although in places it does seem to lose elements. If this is a fake, then it a much more sophisticated one than many of the others. However, the track is in almost perfect sound quality, which would be unlikely given it is 31 years old and from an unofficial source. The other possibility is of course that it isn't Brian playing, or that it doesn't originate from the 'Queen II' sessions. Length 1:08.

Put Out The Fire


Details of the released version can be found on the 'Hot Space' album page.
Early Alternate Mix
This is a genuine mix which was played at one of the Queen Fan Club conventions. While similar to the album version, it features some additional percussion from Roger, including extra cymbals and maracas. The track also appears to be mixed differently, with Brian's guitar much louder, obscuring the vocals in places. Some backing vocals also appear to be missing altogether. The track cuts off abrubtly at the end. Length 2:55.
Live Excerpt Faked Demo
This 'demo' is a bad quality recording from the 'Live In Japan' official video. Although it does sound like it could be an early version, the giveaways are the guitar at the beginning of the track (from the end of 'Now I'm Here'), and Freddie's ad-libs. The performance does not feature any audience noise, but neither does the video. Length 1:00.
Alternate Mix Lyrics: (click here for the Faked Demo lyrics)
They called him a hero
In the land of the free
But he wouldn't shake my hand boy
He disappointed me
So I got my handgun
And I blew him away
That critter was a bad guy
I had to make him pay

You might fear for my reason
I don't care what they say
Look out baby it's the season
For the mad masquerade
Put out the fire
Put out the fire
Put out the fire
Oh, you need a bullet like a whole in the head
Put out the fire
Put out the fire
Put out the fire
Don't believe what your grand-daddy said

She was my lover
It was a shame that she died
But the constitution is right on my side
'Cos I caught my lover in my neighbour's bed
I got retribution, filled 'em all full of lead
I've been told it's the fashion
To let me on the streets again
It's nothing but a crime of passion
And I'm not to blame

Put out the fire
Put out the fire
You need a weapon like a hole in the head
Put out the fire
Put out the fire
And let your sons and your daughters
Sleep sound in their beds

You know a gun never killed nobody
You can ask anyone
People get shot by people
People with guns

Put out the fire, oh yeah
Put out the fire, wow
Put out the fire, come on
You need a gun like a whole in the head
Put out the fire, wow
Put out the fire
Put out the fire
Just tell me that old fashioned gun law
Is -


Faked Demo Lyrics:
(Ad-libbed vocals by Freddie)
Yeah

They called him a hero
In the land of the free
I wouldn't shake his hand boy
He disappointed me, yeah
So I got my handgun
And I blew him away
Critter was a bad guy
I had to make him pay

I don't care about reason
I don't care what they say
Look out baby it's the season
Mad masquerade
Put out the fire
Put out the fire
Put out the fire
You need a bullet like a whole in the head