Innuendo


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Queen 'Innuendo'

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Released 4 February 1991, reached no 1, on chart for 37 weeks, achieved Platinum status.
CD album length 53:54, 2011 bonus EP length 22:20.

Tracklisting:
1. Innuendo
2. I'm Going Slightly Mad
3. Headlong
4. I Can't Live With You
5. Don't Try So Hard
6. Ride The Wild Wind
7. All God's People
8. These Are The Days Of Our Lives
9. Delilah
10. The Hitman
11. Bijou
12. The Show Must Go On


2011 Deluxe Edition Bonus EP:
1. I Can't Live With You (1997 Rocks Retake)
2. Lost Opportunity (non-album track)
3. Ride The Wild Wind (early version with guide vocal)
4. I'm Going Slightly Mad (Mad Mix)
5. Headlong (embryo with guide vocal)


2011 iTunes LP Bonus Videos:
6. Innuendo (alternate promo video)
7. These Are The Days Of Our Lives (alternate animated promo video)
8. 'Mad In The Making' - The Making Of 'I'm Going Slightly Mad'


Non-Album Tracks:
Lost Opportunity
Queen Talks


Unreleased Demos:
Affairs
Assassin
Face It Alone
Freedom Train
Grand Dame
Mother Love
My Secret Fantasy
Robbery
Self Made Man

 

Produced by Queen and David Richards
Engineered by David Richards, assisted by Noel Harris and Justin Shirley Smith
Recorded at Metropolis Studios, London and Mountain Studios, Montreux, March 1989 - November 1990
Computer Programming by David Richards
Mastered at The Townhouse by Kevin Metcalfe

All songs written by Queen
(for a brief guide to which individual members wrote which tracks, click here)

All instruments played by Queen:-
Freddie Mercury (lead vocals and keyboards)
Brian May (guitars, keyboards, harmonies and vocals)
Roger Taylor (drums, percussion, keyboards, harmonies and vocals)
John Deacon (bass guitar and keyboards)

Management: Jim Beach
Studio equipment coordination: Brian Zellis and Martin Groves
Computer programming: David Richards
Album sleeve design: Queen and Richard Gray
Illustrations by Grandville (1803-1847): additional illustrations by Angela Lumley
Photography by Simon Fowler


2011 Reissue Notes:
This 2011 version has been meticulously re-created using the finest modern analogue and digital technology from the original first-generation master mixes.

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 Greg Brooks and Gary Taylor
Sleeve notes by Greg Brooks and Gary Taylor, with a little help from the band
Bonus tracks mastered by Bob Ludwig, except tracks 2 and 4 by Adam Ayan, at Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland, Maine, audio restoration by Kris Fredriksson.
Special thanks to Greg Brooks, Gary Taylor, Declan O'Regan, and all at FX Copyroom.


The CD had the above track listing, whilst the LP had 'Don't Try So Hard' after 'Delilah'. The LP also featured shorter versions of many tracks, for space reasons. However, 'Greatest Hits' is longer than the album, and was released on LP in unedited form, so why the edits were needed is not clear. Only 'Innuendo', 'Ride The Wild Wind', 'Delilah' and 'The Show Must Go On' are the same for the CD and LP releases. All other tracks are shortened through edits, earlier fades, or a combination of the two.

 

Singles:


Innuendo


Track 1. Written by Queen. Length 6:31.
Details are also available of an unreleased 1989 early mix.
This track was performed with Robert Plant at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, as a medley featuring 'Kashmir' in the middle part of the song, and 'Thank You' at the end. Only 'Thank You' has been offficially released, but details of the whole medley can be found on the Miscellaneous Live Songs page.

Additional Assistance:
Steve Howe (additional wandering Spanish minstrel guitar - 'somewhere in the middle')
Alternate Versions:
1. Promo Edit (3:17) (on the 'Hints Of Innuendo' promo cassette only; this loses a large number of sections, some of them very small edits, to reduce the length; this track is available on Youtube and seems to be genuine, despite the much longer running time compared to the other tracks on the cassette)
2. Video Version (6:40) (available on 'Greatest Flix II'; this is the same as the album version but adds some atmospheric wind noise to the start)
3. Explosive Version (6:42) (on the CD and 12" singles only; exactly the same, with an 'explosion' effect at the end, from 6:15 onwards)
4. The Eye Instrumental Edit (0:37) (played as an introduction to the game; the album version from 0:03 to 0:41, without any vocals)
5. Greatest Hits II Edit (6:27) (a very slight edit, which fades out a fraction earlier)
6. 'A Sample Of Magic' Promo Excerpt (1:05) (available on the promo CD only, this is a straight excerpt of the track from approximately 1:45 to 2:51)
7. Menu Edit 1 (1:28) (on the 'Days Of Our Lives' DVD and Blu-ray main menu, when you first enter it; contains the sections from 0:00 to 0:46, then 0:34 to 0:46 repeated three times, fading out at the end, which retains the count-in and 'oooh, oooh' four times)
8. Menu Edit 2 (0:40) (on the 'Days Of Our Lives' DVD and Blu-ray main menu, when it repeats; contains the sections from 0:08 to 0:46, then 0:34 to 0:36, fading in and out, retaining 'ooh, ooh')
9. Menu Edit 3 (0:02) (on the 'Days Of Our Lives' DVD and Blu-ray main menu, when you choose 'Subtitles' or 'Bonus Features'; a very short excerpt from 0:35 to 0:37, retaining 'ooh, ooh')

'We Will Rock You' Musical Tracks:
1. London Cast Recording (2:14)
2. Spanish Cast Recording (2:14)
3. German Cast Recording (2:18)

Lyrics: (the promo edit includes the lyrics in red)
One, two, three, four

Oooh, oooh

While the sun hangs in the sky and the desert has sand
While the waves crash in the sea and meet the land
While there's a wind and the stars and the rainbow
Till mountains crumble into the plane
Ooh, yes we'll keep on trying
Tread that fine line

Ooh, we'll keep on trying, yeah
Just passing our time

Oooh, oooh

While we live according to race, colour or creed
While we rule by blind madness and pure greed
Our lives dictated by tradition, superstition, false religion
Through the eons, and on and on
Ooh yes, we'll keep on trying, yeah
We'll tread that fine line

Ooh, oh, we'll keep on trying
Till the end of time
Till the end of time

Through the sorrow all through our splendour
Don't take offence at my innuendo

Good, good, good, good, good, good, good
Good, good, good, good, good, good, good, good, good, good, good


You can be anything you want to be
Just turn yourself into anything you think that you could ever be
Be free with your tempo, be free, be free
Surrender your evil, be free, be free to yourself


Oooh, oooh
Yeah

If there's a God or any kind of justice under the sky
If there's a point, if there's a reason to live or die,
ha
If there's an answer to the questions we feel bound to ask
Show yourself, destroy our fears, release your mask


Ooh, yes we'll keep on trying
Hey, tread that fine line

Yeah, we'll keep on smiling, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah
And whatever will be, will be
We'll just keep on trying
We'll just keep on trying
Till the end of time
Till the end of time
Till the end of time

I'm Going Slightly Mad


Track 2. Written by Queen. Length 4:22.
The LP and 'Greatest Hits II' include an edited version, while the full album version appears on 'Classic Queen'.
Details are also available of an unreleased convention-only track titled 'I'm Going Totally Mad'.

Alternate Versions:
1. Mad Mix (4:35) (available on the 2011 double-disc reissue only; this is a different mix, which features some extra lyrics, double tracked vocals, stereo effects and some different guitars, and is taken from the original stereo mix in 1990)
2. Promo Edit (1:11) (on the 'Hints Of Innuendo' promo cassette only; a straight edit of the track from 0:13 to 1:24, fading out from 1:17 onwards)
3. LP Version (4:04) (on the LP and 'Greatest Hits II' CD only; loses instrumental sections from 1:20 to 1:25 and 3:56 to 4:09 approx; adds a single second of keyboard at about 4:17)
4. Instrumental Version (4:22) (on the 'Greatest Karaoke Hits' CD, DVD and video; retains some backing vocals)
5. Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert Insert (2:08) (an edit, has the first 12 seconds twice, then 1:17 to 1:58 and then 3:19 onwards)
6. The Eye Instrumental Edit 1 (2:38) (same as the first 2:30 of the instrumental, with a phased ending)
7. The Eye Instrumental Edit 2 (only available within the game; an edit of the first 26 seconds of the above 'Eye' version, fading out)
8. The Eye Instrumental Edit 3 (0:31) (on 'The Art Of Queen The Eye' CD-Rom; the first 12 seconds looped three times, without the bass, with a fade out)

Lyrics: (the 'Mad Mix' adds the lyrics in red; the promo edit has the same lyrics as the album version, upto but not including 'I'm one card short of a full deck')
Louder
What a silly goose


When the outside temperature rises
And the meaning is oh so clear
One thousand and one yellow daffodils
Begin to dance in front of you, oh dear

Are they trying to tell you something
You're missing that one final screw
You're simply not in the pink my dear
To be honest you haven't got a clue

I'm going slightly mad
I'm going slightly mad
It finally happened, happened
It finally happened, oh, oh
It finally happened
I'm slightly mad
Oh dear

What a silly goose
Ha, ha, ha, ha
What a silly goose

I'm one card short of a full deck
I'm not quite the shilling
One wave short of a shipwreck
I'm not my usual top billing

I'm coming down with a fever (oooohh)
I'm really out to sea
This kettle is boiling over (ooooh, oooh, oooh)
I think I'm a banana tree (oooh, ooh)
Oh dear

What a silly goose

I'm going slightly mad
I'm going slightly mad
It finally happened, happened
It finally happened, uh, huh
It finally happened, I'm slightly mad
Oh dear

Ooh-ooh, ah-ah
Ooh-ooh, ah-ah

I'm knitting with only one needle
Unravelling fast it's true
I'm driving only three wheels these days
But my dear how about you

Ahhh, ahhh
What a silly goose


I'm going slightly mad
I'm going slightly mad
It finally happened
It finally happened, oh, yes
It finally happened
I'm slightly mad
Just very slightly mad
, so there
And there you have it

Headlong


Track 3. Written by Queen. Length 4:37.
This track was originally intended for Brian's 'Back To The Light' album. The echoes at the end of the track are the title 'Headlong' reversed.
The full length album version appears on both the 'Classic Queen' and 'Queen Rocks' compilations, while 'Greatest Hits II' includes a slightly edited version.
Details are also available of an unreleased demo and early version.

Alternate Versions:
1. Embryo With Guide Vocal (4:42) (available on the 2011 double-disc reissue; this features very similar music to the album version, but features Brian on vocals throughout. The lyrics are also very similar, but some verses are missing entirely)
2. Early Version Edit (1:04) (on the 'Hints Of Innuendo' promo cassette; an earlier version, which loses backing vocals; this has obviously been edited down from a longer demo)
3. LP Version (4:31) (on the LP and the 'Greatest Hits II' CD only; edits out two short sections, from 1:49 to 1:53 and 4:03 to 4:07; the very final guitar burst is also a lot quieter)
4. Promo Edit (3:47) (on a US Promo CD; presumably loses some instrumental sections)
5. Promo CHR Edit (3:20) (on a Canadian promo CD; this loses the guitar solo and most of the instrumental sections)
6. Greatest Flix II Version (4:43) (on 'Greatest Flix II' only; adds a short guitar part, at about 1:01)
7. The Eye Instrumental (4:43) (a full instrumental version of the 'Greatest Flix II' version)

Brian May Live Versions:
1. Live At The Brixton Academy Edit (5:06) (recorded at the Brixton Academy, London, on 15 June 1993; available on the album only)
2. Live At The Brixton Academy Full (5:33) (available on the video only, this version contains extra instrumental sections)

'We Will Rock You' Musical Tracks:
1. London Cast Recording (2:52)
2. Spanish Cast Recording (2:48) (also available as part of the 'We Will Rock You - Around The World' download EP and the UK cast album 10th anniversary reissue) (lyrics in Spanish)
3. German Cast Recording (3:05)

Lyrics: (the 'Headlong' four lines from the end is lost on the LP version. The lyrics in red are present in the Early Version Edit)
And you're rushing headlong you've got a new goal
And you're rushing headlong out of control
And you think you're so strong
But there ain't no stopping and there's nothing you can do about it
Nothing you can do, no there's nothing you can do about it
No there's nothing you can, nothing you can, nothing you can do about it

And you're rushing headlong you've got a new goal
And you're rushing headlong out of control
And you think you're so strong
But there ain't no stopping no there's nothing
You can do about it, yeah

Hey, he used to be a man with a stick in his hand
Hoop, diddy, diddy, hoop, diddy, do
She used to be a woman with a hotdog stand
Hoop, diddy, diddy, wow, hoop, diddy, do
Now you've got soup in the laundry bag
Now you've got strings, you're gonna lose your rag
You're getting in a fight then it ain't so groovy
When you're screaming in the night let me out of this cheap B movie


Headlong down the highway and you're rushing
Headlong out of control
And you think you're so strong
But there ain't no stopping and you can't stop rocking
And there's nothing you can, nothing you can, nothing you can do about it

When a red hot man meets a white hot lady

Hoop, diddy, diddy, hoop, diddy, do, ho
Soon the fire starts a raging gets them more than half crazy

Hoop, diddy, diddy, hoop, diddy, do
Ooh, now they start freaking every way you turn
You can't start walking 'cos your feet got burned
It ain't no time to figure wrong from right
'Cos reason's out the window
Better hold on tight

You're rushing headlong
Headlong
out of control, yeah
You think you're so strong
But there ain't no stopping
And there's nothing you, nothing you
Nothing you can do about it at all


Yeah, yeah
Alright, go

And you're rushing headlong down the highway
And you're rushing headlong out of control
And you think you're so strong
But there ain't no stopping
There's nothing, nothing, nothing you can do about it, yeah
(Oooh, oooh, ooh-ooh-oooh)

Ha, ha, headlong
Headlong
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Headlong, headlong
Headlong, on and on and on and on and

I Can't Live With You


Track 4. Written by Queen. Length 4:33.
The 'Rocks Retake' is a much heavier version, which features Roger's original live drums, and new guitar from Brian. It was originally released on the 1997 compilation 'Queen Rocks'.

Additional Assistance:
Brian Malouf (mixing of the two 'Malouf' versions)
Justin Shirley Smith, Joshua J Macrae and David Richards (engineering of 'Rocks Retake')

Alternate Versions:
1. Promo Edit (1:26) (on the 'Hints Of Innuendo' promo cassette only; a straight edit of the track from 1:03 to 2:28, starting instantly and fading out from 2:21 onwards)
2. LP Version (4:04) (on the LP only; same as the normal version, but has an earlier fade out, from 3:47 onwards)
3. The Eye Instrumental (4:37) (an instrumental with some backing vocals)
4. Malouf Remix (4:29) (on a US Promo CD; a remix, with some additional keyboards, and also seems to be slightly heavier than normal)
5. Malouf Remix Edit (4:13) (on a US Promo CD; an edit of the above remix, losing a few vocals and some of Brian's solo, from 3:06 to 3:22)
6. 1997 Rocks Retake (4:47) (on 'Queen Rocks', and the 2011 double-disc reissue only; a much heavier take with some different vocals, a new intro and outro)

Lyrics: (the LP Version has the lyrics upto (but not including) the 'without you' in blue. The Rocks Retake has additional lyrics in red, but not those in blue. The Malouf Remix Edit loses the lines from 'Through the madness' to 'for a million years - yeah'. The promo edit has the fourth to seventh verses of the LP version, from 'I can't live with you, yeah' to 'but baby, I'll never ever leave you (ooooh-ooooh)')
I can't live without you, I can't live without you, I can't live without you, I can't live without you
I can't live without you, I can't live without you, wow, oh
Hey

Yeah,
I can't live with you
But I can't live without you (oooh-oooh-ooh)
I can't let you stay, oooh
But I can't live if you go away
I don't know just how it goes (ooooh)
All I know is I can't live with you

Yeah, I'm having a hard time
I'm walking a fine line
Between hope and despair
You may think that I don't care
But I travelled a long road to
Get a hold of my sorrow
I tried to catch a dream
But nothing's what it seems

Love is saying baby it's alright
When deep inside you're really petrified
Lover turns to hater on this escalator

I can't live with you, yeah
But I can't live without you
I can't breathe if you stay
But I can't bear you to go away (ooooh-ooh-ooh)
I don't know what time it is
All I know is I can't live with you

We're stuck in a bad place
We're trapped in a rat race
And we can't escape
Maybe there's been some mistake

We're trying to make a high score
We're walking through a closed door
And nobody's winning
We're just sinning against ourselves
Hold on baby tell me it's alright
Anger's breaking from the hurt inside
Passions screaming hotter
Doing what we gotta do, yeah

I can't live with you
I can't live with you
I can't live, I can't live, I can't, I can't live with you
But baby, I'll never ever leave you (ooooh-ooooh)

I can't live with you
But I can't live without you
'Cos I'm in love with you, ooh
And everything about you (ooooh-oooh-ooh)

I can't live with you
No, I just can't live, I just can't live
I can't live with you, yeah
But I can't live without you
Through the madness, through the tears
We've still got each other for a million years
Yeah

Oooh, yeah
Yeah, yeah, day-dap
I can't live without you, yeah, yeah
I can't live without you
Yeah, yeah
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
I can't live without you
I can't live without you
I can't live without you
Wow oh, I can't live without you, baby, baby, baby


Without you
I can't live without you
I can't live without you

A-bop, a-bop, a-woah-woah-woah-yeah, yeah, yeah
Can't live without you
Yeah

Don't Try So Hard


Track 5 on the CD, track 9 on the LP. Written by Queen. Length 3:39.
Details are also available of an unreleased early alternate mix.

Alternate Versions:
1. Promo Edit (1:34) (on the 'Hints Of Innuendo' promo cassette only; a straight edit of the track from 2:02 onwards, fading out slightly earlier)
2. LP Version (3:32) (on the LP only; same as the normal version, but cuts out a small instrumental part from 1:59 to 2:02, and fades out three seconds earlier)
3. The Eye Edit (1:33) (a straight edit upto 1:33, fading out over 2 seconds)

Lyrics: (the promo edit has the lyrics from 'ooh, oh-ooh, what a beautiful world' onwards)
If you're searching out for something
Don't try so hard
If you're feeling kinda nothing
Don't try so hard
When your problems seem like mountains
Feel the need to find some answers
You can leave it for another day
Don't try so hard

But if you fall and take a tumble
It won't be far
If you fail you mustn't grumble
Thank your lucky stars
Just savour every mouthful
And treasure every moment
When the storms are raging round you
Stay right where you are

Oooh, don't try so hard
Oooh, don't take it all to heart
It's only fools they make these rules
Don't try so hard

One day you'll be a sergeant major
Oh, you'll be so proud
Screaming out your bloody orders
Hey, but not too loud
Polish all your shiny buttons
Dress as lamb instead of mutton
But you never had to try to stand out
From the crowd

Ooh, oh-ooh, what a beautiful world
This is the life for me
Ooh, oh-ooh, what a beautiful world
It's the simple life for me (ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh)

Ooh, don't try so hard
Ooh, don't take it all to heart
It's only fools
They make these rules
Don't try so hard
Don't try so hard
Don't try so hard

Ride The Wild Wind


Track 6 on the CD, track 5 on the LP. Written by Queen. Length 4:42.
Details are also available of another unreleased early demo.

Alternate Versions:
1. Early Version with Guide Vocal (4:13) (available on the 2011 double-disc reissue only; this is an early version which has additional drums, a different guitar solo, and Roger on lead vocals. The lyrics are similar to the album version, but rearranged in places)
2. Promo Edit (1:22) (on the 'Hints Of Innuendo' promo cassette only; this is essentially an edit of the first 1:14, followed by 4:11 to 4:34, fading out from 4:22 onwards, but also loses a couple of seconds at 0:42, 0:51 and 1:00, to make the second verse a bit 'punchier')
3. The Eye Instrumental (4:41) (a full instrumental retaining selected backing vocals only)
4. The Alps Film Edit (0:42) (only available in the film; a short edit comprising 0:07 to 0:23, 0:27 to 0:35 and then 2:32 to 2:49)

Roger Taylor Live Versions:
1. Shepherd's Bush 1994 (5:14) (recorded at Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, on 15 September 1994; available on the 'Happiness' 7" single only)
Lyrics: (the promo edit includes the lyrics in red)
Ride the wild wind
Push the envelope, don't sit on the fence - hey, hey, hey, hey
Ride the wild wind
Live your life on the razors edge - hey, hey, hey
Gonna ride the wild wind, ooooh
It ain't dangerous enough for me

Get your head down baby,
yeah, we're gonna ride tonight
Your angel eyes are shining bright
I wanna take your hand, lead you from this place
Gonna leave it all behind, check out of this rat race


Ride the wild wind - hey, hey, hey, hey
Ride the wild wind - hey (hey, hey, hey)
Gonna ride the wild wind (ooooh)
It ain't dangerous enough for me

Tie your hair back baby
We're gonna ride tonight, yeah
We got freaks to the left
We got jerks to the right
Sometimes I get so low
I just have to ride
Um, let me take your hand
Um, let me be your guide

Ooh, ride the wild wind
Don't sit on the fence - hey, hey, hey, hey
Um, ride the wild wind
Live life on the razors edge - (hey, hey, hey)
Gonna ride the wild wind (ooooh)
It ain't dangerous enough for me

Yeah, ride the wild wind - hey, hey, hey, hey
Um, ride the wild wind - hey, hey, hey, hey, ha, ha, ha
Gonna ride it, ride the wild wind
It ain't dangerous enough for me

Ride the wild wind
Ride the wild wind
(hey, hey, hey)

Ride the wild wind (hey, hey, hey)
Ride the wild wind
(Hey, hey, hey)


(Hey, hey, hey)

All God's People


Track 7 on the CD, track 6 on the LP. Written by Queen and Mike Moran. Length 4:21.
This track began as a Freddie solo track called 'Africa By Night'.

Additional Assistance:
Mike Moran (keyboards)
Alternate Versions:
1. Promo Edit (1:19) (on the 'Hints Of Innuendo' promo cassette only; a straight edit of the track up to 1:19, fading out from 1:10 onwards)
2. LP Version (3:53) (on the LP only; loses the section from 1:00 to 1:02, and fades out between 3:30 and 3:54)

Lyrics: (lyrics in red are missing from the LP version. The promo edit includes the lyrics upto and including the first 'gotta stand tall and be strong')
So all you people give freely
Make welcome inside your homes, wow
Thank God you people give freely
Don't turn your back on the lesson of the lord

All prime ministers, yeah, and majesties around the world, yeah
Open your eyes, look touch and feel, yeah
Rule with your heart (rule with your heart)
(Live with your) live with your conscience
And love,
love and be
Love,
love and be free
We're all God's people

Gotta face up, better grow up
Gotta stand tall and be strong
Gotta face up, better grow up

Gotta face up, better grow up
Gotta stand tall and be strong
Gotta face up, better grow up

We're all God's people (gotta face up, better grow up)
(Gotta face up), yeah, (better grow up), yeah

Yes, yeah
Yes, there was this magic light
I said to myself
I'd better go to bed and have an early night
Then I, then I, then I, then I went into a dream

Rule with your heart and live with your conscience

We're all God's people
Give freely, yeah
Make welcome inside your homes
Let us be thankful he's so incredible

We're all God's people
We're all God's, we're all God's
We're all God's, we're all God's, ooooh


We're all God's people
We're all God's
We're all God's

These Are The Days Of Our Lives


Track 8 on the CD, track 7 on the LP. Written by Queen. Length 4:15.
Alternate Versions:
1. Promo Edit 1 (0:52) (on the 'Hints Of Innuendo' promo cassette only; a straight edit of the track from approx 3:12 to 4:03, starting instantly and fading from 3:59 onwards)
2. LP Version (3:55) (on the LP only; same as the normal version, but edits out the intro drums until 0:09, and fades out from 3:58 to 4:03)
3. Promo Edit 2 (3:53) (on a US Promo CD; edits out part of Brian's guitar solo, from about 2:50 to 3:12)
4. Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert Insert (2:03) (an edit, which contains 0:09 to 0:47, 1:19 to 2:19 and 3:33 to 3:58, and fades out)
5. Album Version Edit (4:03) (on the 'Greatest Karaoke Hits' 2004 DVD only; this is an edit which fades out earlier)
6. Instrumental Version (4:03) (on the 'Greatest Karaoke Hits' 2004 DVD and CD; an instrumental version of the above edit, with no lyrics at all)
7. Instrumental Version Edit (3:05) (on the 'Live At Wembley Stadium' 2003 DVD, on the 'Wembley Towers' feature; this is an instrumental version, losing some of the middle section from approx 2:27 to 3:42. It begins with the first 7 seconds of 'Play The Game', features some interview snippets with Brian and Roger, and contains the single lyric 'I still love you')

Queen Live Versions Without Freddie:
1. Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert Rehearsal (3:22) (recorded at Bray Studios, England, in 1992, with lead vocals by George Michael and Lisa Stansfield; available on the 2002 and 2013 reissues)
2. Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert (4:39) (recorded at Wembley Stadium, London, on 20 April 1992, with lead vocals by George Michael and Lisa Stansfield)
3. Official Download, Pesaro 2005 (4:20) (recorded in Pesaro, Italy, on 8 April 2005, with lead vocals by Roger)
4. Official Download, Rotterdam 2005 (4:27) (recorded in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on 26 April 2005, with lead vocals by Roger)
5. Return Of The Champions (4:27) (recorded in Sheffield, England, on 9 May 2005, with lead vocals by Roger)
6. Super Live In Japan (4:34) (recorded in Tokyo, Japan, on 27 October 2005, with lead vocals by Roger)
7. Super Live In Japan Edit (4:25) (available on the Highlights CD/DVD only)

Roger Taylor Live Versions:
1. Band Du Lac (4:33) (recorded in Surrey, England, on 11 June 2005 with the Band Du Lac, available on the 'Band Du Lac - One Night Only Live' DVD)
2. Band Du Lac Excerpt (0:39) (on the above DVD on the menus)

'We Will Rock You' Musical Tracks:
1. London Cast Recording (3:00)
2. Spanish Cast Recording (3:04) (lyrics in Spanish)
3. German Cast Recording (3:04)

Lyrics: (the first promo edit only includes the last verse and 'I still love you')
Sometimes I get to feeling
I was back in the old days, long ago
When we were kids, when we were young
Things seemed so perfect, you know

The days were endless, we were crazy, we were young
The sun was always shining, we just lived for fun
Sometimes it seems like lately, I just don't know
The rest of my life's been just a show

Those were the days of our lives
The bad things in life were so few
Those days are all gone now but one thing is true
When I look, and I find, I still love you

You can't turn back the clock, you can't turn back the time
Ain't that a shame?
I'd like to go back one time on a rollercoaster ride
When life was just a game
No use in sitting and a thinking on what you did
When you can lay back and enjoy it through your kids
Sometimes it seems like lately I just don't know
Better sit back and go with the flow

'Cos these are the days of our lives
They've flown in the swiftness of time
These days are all gone now but some things remain
When I look and I find no change

Those were the days of our lives, yeah
The bad things in life were so few
Those days are all gone now but
One thing's still true
When I look and I find
I still love you

I still love you

Delilah


Track 9 on the CD, track 8 on the LP. Written by Queen. Length 3:34.
Details are also available of an unreleased demo version.

Alternate Versions:
1. Demo Version Edit (1:18) (on the 'Hints Of Innuendo' promo cassette, this version is more basic than normal)
Lyrics: (the demo version has the lyrics upto 'go to sleep beside me', but replaces 'and I like it' with 'you like it')
Delilah, Delilah
Oh my, oh my, oh my
You're irresistible, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
You make me smile when I'm just about to cry
You bring me hope, you make me laugh and I like it
You get away with murder so innocent
But when you throw a moody you're all claws and you bite
That's alright

Delilah
Delilah
Oh my, oh my, oh my
You're unpredictable, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
You make me so very happy
When you cuddle up and go to sleep beside me
And then you make me slightly mad
When you pee all over my Chippendale suite
(Ooooh, ooooh)
Delilah
(Ooooh, ooooh)
Delilah
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

You take over my house and home
You even try to answer my telephone
Delilah, oh
You're the apple of my eyes
Miaow
Miaow
Miaow
Delilah - I love you
Delilah, oh

Ooh, you make me so very happy
You give me kisses and I go out of my mind, wooh
You're irresistible, I love you Delilah
Delilah - I love you

Ha, ha, you make me very happy, oooh, oooh, oh yes
I love your kisses
I love your kisses
I love your kisses
I love your kisses
I love your, your, your kisses
I love your kisses

The Hitman


Track 10. Written by Queen. Length 4:56.
This track was originally intended for Brian's 'Back To The Light' album.

Alternate Versions:
1. LP Version (3:43) (on the LP only; same as the album version, retaining all lyrics, but fades out from 3:25 onwards)
2. The Eye Instrumental Edit 1 (1:04) (instrumental of the first 1:04 of the song, with less prominent guitar and some backing vocals)
3. The Eye Instrumental Edit 2 (2:27) (instrumental of around 2:42 onwards, again less prominent guitar, with no lyrics at all)
4. Early Version (0:54) (on the 'Hints Of Innuendo' promo cassette; an excerpt of a longer demo, featuring Brian on lead vocals)

Lyrics:
Here we go, yeah
Oh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Hey, I'm the hitman, stand aside
I'm the hitman I want your life
Ain't no escaping
Don't run and hide
There goes the neighbourhood
I'm gonna kill for your love, that's right

Hitman - now don't you cry
I'm just it man, you might get fried
Gun in my pocket
Don't get me wrong
I'll be your hitman
I'm a fool for your love

I'm a head shredder
That's better
Baby, baby, baby
I'm a hitman, hitman, hitman
Yeah, trouble in the east, trouble in the west
Struggle with the beast, what a thief, what a pest
Come back mother, nuke that sucker
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Who knows what I am talking about?
Waste that brother, alright
Ooh
That's the way to do it
Ha, ha

I'm the hitman, I'm your prize
But this hitman can cut you down to size
Love me baby, don't be so cool
Love me, love me baby
I've been to the hitman school
Yeah, yeah
You're gonna make my day
Gonna blow you away

When the fun begins
Hitman
Are you ready for the sting
Gonna waste that thing
Hitman
Hitman is king

Yeah
Go, go
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Hitman, hitman
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, ow

Bijou


Track 11. Written by Queen. Length 3:37.
This track was performed by Brian on the 2008 European Tour as part of his guitar solo, accompanied by Freddie's vocals from the album version.

Alternate Versions:
1. Promo Edit (1:04) (on the 'Hints Of Innuendo' promo cassette only; a straight edit of the track from 1:23 to 2:27, fading out from 2:19 onwards, retaining the full lyrics)
2. LP Version (1:19) (on the LP only; most of Brian's solo is edited out, but it contains the full lyrics) (has first 15 seconds, then from 1:05 to 2:09)
3. The Eye Edit (1:23) (a straight edit, with no lyrics, fading from 1:21 to 1:23)
4. The Alps Film Edit 1 (0:25) (in the film The Alps only; a straight instrumental edit of the opening 0:25 of the track)
5. The Alps Film Edit 2 (1:25) (also in the film The Alps only; a straight instrumental edit of the track from 2:09 onwards)

Queen Live Versions:
1. Live In Ukraine (2:07) (recorded in Kharkov, Ukraine, on 12 September 2008) (lyrics are the same as below)
2. Official Download, Paris 2008 (2:07) (recorded in Paris, France, on 24 September 2008) (lyrics are the same as below)

Lyrics:
You and me
We are destined you'll agree
To spend the rest of our lives with each other
The rest of our days like two lovers
For ever, yeah
For ever
My bijou

The Show Must Go On


Track 12. Written by Queen. Length 4:32.
The full album version appears on the single and all albums apart from 'Greatest Hits II' and 'Queen Jewels'.

Alternate Versions:
1. Promo Edit (1:39) (on the 'Hints Of Innuendo' promo cassette only; an edit which loses the sections from 0:03 to 0:14, 0:32 to 0:52, 1:23 to 2:48, and then fades out from 3:25 to 3:35)
2. Greatest Hits II Edit (4:23) (also released on 'Queen Jewels', this is exactly the same as normal but with a slightly earlier fade-out)
3. Greatest Flix II Intro (1:55) (a 'bonus' track at the start; an edit, with the first 19 seconds, 0:58 to 1:22 and 3:04 onwards, and an earlier fade)
4. Album Version Edit (4:13) (on the 'Greatest Karaoke Hits' DVD only; this is an edit which fades out earlier)
5. Instrumental Version (4:13) (on the 'Greatest Karaoke Hits' CD, DVD and video; an instrumental version of the above edit, retaining some backing vocals)
6. The Eye Instrumental (4:22) (identical to the above instrumental version, but with a longer fade)
7. Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert Insert (2:31) (an edit, containing the first 35 seconds, 0:55 to 0:59, and 2:07 onwards, fading out by about 4:01)
8. 'Eight Good Reasons To Buy 'Greatest Hits II'' Promo Edit (0:46) (on the promo cassette only, seguing from 'One Vision', containing the sections from approximately 1:25 to 1:45 and then 2:07 to 2:34)

Queen Live Versions Without Freddie:
1. Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert (4:18) (recorded at Wembley Stadium, London, on 20 April 1992, with lead vocals by Elton John)
2. Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert Excerpt (1:10) (available on the 2002 reissue DVD only, in the 'Official Photo Gallery'; an edit of the above live version, fading both in and out)
3. Bejart Ballet For Life (4:19) (recorded at the National Theatre De Challiot, Paris, France, on 17 January 1997, with lead vocals by Elton John; available on 'Greatest Hits III' and 'Greatest Flix III' only)
4. Queen's Day 2002 (4:23) (recorded at the Musumplein, Amsterdam, Netherlands, on 30 April 2002, with lead vocals by Patti Russo; available on the Heineken 'Queen's Day' CD-Rom)
5. 46664 South Africa (4:09) (recorded at Green Point Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa, on 29 November 2003, with lead vocals by Chris Thompson, Zoe Nicholas and Treanna Morris)

Queen + Paul Rodgers Live Versions:
1. Official Download, Basel 2005 (4:24) (recorded in Basel, Switzerland, on 10 April 2005)
2. Return Of The Champions (4:24) (recorded in Sheffield, England, on 9 May 2005)
3. Super Live In Japan (4:40) (recorded in Tokyo, Japan, on 27 October 2005; not released on the Highlights CD/DVD)
4. Live In Ukraine (4:23) (recorded in Kharkov, Ukraine, on 12 September 2008)
5. Official Download, Moscow 2008 (4:19) (recorded in Moscow, Russia, on 16 September 2008)

Lyrics: (the promo edit includes the lyrics in red. The 'Greatest Flix II' intro only has the third, eighth and ninth verses)
Empty spaces, what are we living for
Abandoned places, I guess we know the score

On and on, does anybody know what we are looking for

Another hero, another mindless crime
Behind the curtain, in the pantomime

Hold the line, does anybody want to take it anymore

The show must go on
The show must go on, yeah
Inside my heart is breaking
My make up may be flaking
But my smile still stays on


Whatever happens, I'll leave it all to chance
Another heartache, another failed romance
On and on, does anybody know what we are living for

I guess I'm learning (I'm learning, I'm learning, I'm learning), I must be warmer now
I'll soon be turning (turning, turning, turning) round the corner now
Outside the dawn is breaking
But inside in the dark I'm aching to be free

The show must go on
The show must go on, yeah, yeah
Oooh, inside my heart is breaking (ooooh)
My make up may be flaking (oooh)
But my smile still stays on
Yeah, yeah
Oh-oh-woah, oh-oh-woah


My soul is painted like the wings of butterflies
Fairytales of yesterday will grow but never die
I can fly my friends

The show must go on (go on, go on, go on), yeah, yeah
The show must go on (go on, go on, go on)
I'll face it with a grin
I'm never giving in
On with the show


Oooh, I'll top the bill
I'll overkill
I have to find the will to carry on
On with the show
On with the show
The show must go on
Go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on

Lost Opportunity


Non-Album Track. Written by Queen. Length 3:51.
This track is only available on the 2011 double-disc reissue, and on the 'I'm Going Slightly Mad' CD and 12" singles.
Brian May sings lead vocals. The track was apparently recorded in a single take.

Lyrics:
Oooh, oooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oh, oh, oh
Oooh, oooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, yeah
Yeah

Every morning I face the sun
I lift my head and smile at everyone
Every afternoon you'll find me working on
I got my new shoes on
Got to be moving on, that's what they say
Every night I'm tossed
And I shake my fevered brow
Thinking of my lost opportunity
Oh yeah

Oooh
Yes every morning I face the sun
I get so positive with everyone
Ooh and every afternoon you'll find the cracks showing through
They know what I'm going through
Oh yes they do
Every evening finds me
The optimist behind me
On with my lost opportunity

Queen Talks


Non-Album Track. Compiled and produced by Rudi Dolezal and Hannes Rossacher. Length 1:43.
This track is available on 'The Show Must Go On' CD1 and 12" singles, and in the 'Queen Singles Collection 4' boxed set, and is a collection of interview soundbites and recording out-takes.

Dialogue: (the lyrics in white are spoken by Freddie, red by Brian, blue by Roger, and orange by John)
Hello, hello, hello, my name is Kim Basinger
Who is going to be Queen for an hour
More rhythm, more rhythm
This is Brian May, dah, dah, and this is Roger Taylor
I'm Freddie Mercury, on a bank holiday
And I'm John Deacon from Queen
It wasn't bad, I mean
What's the, um, title of the show again
This one, yes, I don't know
Do you know I can't remember
Four old ladies are still rocking away
No, no, no, no, no
It's quite ridiculous, wasn't it. Actually at that point I wanted to do something totally different
Dee, dee, dee
Um, ah, you mean, um
I think that's a sort of surreal masterpiece
It has a semi-autobiographical feel about it
A bit of a mixture, you mean, mish-mash
That's the word I was looking for
We always had the idea that we really wanted to lead people to somewhere new, rather than fit into what was going on, how boring, with the music. Am I making sense?
I'll tell you in two years time
Why don't you just concentrate on the first one, really?
In fact that's the number one trick
That was almost there. Try another one, OK.
It's always really dreadfully difficult to know
Can't you do one that goes 'Dah, dah, um, bah, bah?'
I'm not a singer. That's the least of his problems
I'm not the drummer. Cor, it's getting nice this
Ah, but apart from that, er, I have no plans
If it is planned then it's boring
You know, it's got hidden depths
What can you say?
Um - dah, dah.... no?
Very musically awful but totally right
It's not like rock and roll
But it is unusual and different and you have to buy it
Then it's OK. When they stop buying our records, then I'll say goodbye and become a strip artist or something
And luckily the story went the right way
Just get on with it, otherwise I'll forget my name
Ask Roger. No - not a good idea
I can't remember where the idea did come from
(Explosion)
Roger, what did you do?
Good fun. I can make a bigger bang than that dear
Great fun, yeah. But it could have gone the other way
Oh, shit, all that crap again
(Laughter)

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