Live In Rio


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Queen 'Live In Rio'
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Released 13 May 1985.
Length 60 minutes.

Tracklisting:
1. Machines (or Back To Humans)
2. Tie Your Mother Down
3. Seven Seas Of Rhye
4. Keep Yourself Alive
5. Liar
6. It's A Hard Life
7. Now I'm Here
8. Is This The World We Created?
9. Love Of My Life
10. Brighton Rock
11. Hammer To Fall
12. Bohemian Rhapsody
13. Radio Ga Ga
14. I Want To Break Free
15. We Will Rock You
16. We Are The Champions
17. God Save The Queen

 

Directed by Aloysio Legey
Produced by Jim Beach
Sound produced by James 'Trip' Khalaf

Recorded at the Rock In Rio festival, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, on 12th and 19th January 1985, starting at around 2:00am.



The majority of the tracks were recorded at the first show on 12 January, with the exception of 'Now I'm Here', 'Love Of My Life', the piano intro before 'Bohemian Rhapsody', and 'I Want To Break Free'. It is fairly difficult to identify the origin of each track, but the easiest way is that Roger wore white trousers on the first night, and black on the second, but you don't see him close-up very often. Some tracks feature footage from both shows.

This video is also available as a bootleg release titled 'Rock You From Rio', on CD, vinyl and DVD. The release comes in a white sleeve, with a picture from Freddie from 1986 on the cover, and is a direct copy of the original, but apparently the DVD video footage has been stretched and is distorted as a result. It was not released by Queen or their record companies, but has somehow found it's way onto Amazon and other retailers.

Spike Edney provides additional keyboards and guitars.

The video was later released in 2013 on DVD as part of a 6 DVD Box Set, exclusive to North America. It is a straightforward video to DVD conversion, with no remastering or remixing, and retains the same tracks.


Machines

(or Back To Humans)


Track 1. Length 0:32.
This is a backing track, played at the beginning of the concert, and only the final drums were performed live.
Details of the original version can be found on the 'The Works' album page.

Lyrics:
(Machines, machines, machines, machines, machines)

Tie Your Mother Down


Track 2. Length 3:42.
The audio for this track was recorded at the first show, on 12 January 1985, but it features footage from both shows.
This track was released as a bonus streaming video as part of the 'Absolute Greatest' release in 2009. The track is identical to normal, but omits Freddie's dialogue at the end. Excerpts of the track also appear on the 'Rare Live' video.
Details of the original version can be found on the 'A Day At The Races' album page.

Lyrics:
Oooh, yeah, alright

Get your party gown
Get your pigtail down
Get your heart beating, baby
Got my timing right
Got my act all tight
It's gotta be tonight my little schoolbabe
Mamma says you don't
Daddy says you won't
And I'm boiling up inside
Ain't no way I'm gonna lose out this time, hey

Tie your mother down
Tie your mother down
Lock your daddy out of doors
I don't need him nosing around
Tie your mother down
Tie your mother down
Give me all your love tonight

You're such a dirty louse
Go get out of my house
That's all I ever get from you
And your family ties, in fact I never heard
A single little civil word from those guys
But you know I don't give a light
Gonna make out all right
Got a sweetheart hand
Put a stop to all that
Shouting and fighting
Going on, come on

Tie your mother down
Tie your mother down
Take your little brother swimming
With a brick, that's all right
Tie your mother down, yeah
Tie your mother down
She ain't no friend of mine, go
Ain't no friend of mine

Oooh, your mummy and your daddy gonna
Plague me till I die
They don't understand it
I'm just a peace loving guy

Tie your mother down
Tie your mother down
Big, big, big, big, big, big daddy out of doors
Tie your mother down
Tie your mother down
Give me all your love tonight

All your love tonight, give it to me, over here
All your love tonight, everybody
All your love tonight, hey
All your love tonight
Hey


Freddie: Hello Brazil, hello Rio. Tudo bom?

Seven Seas Of Rhye


Track 3. Length 1:09.
This track segues into 'Keep Yourself Alive'.
Details of the original version can be found on the 'Queen II' album page.

Lyrics:
Freddie: Is everybody happy?

Fear me you Lords and Lady preachers
I descend upon your earth from the skies
I command your very souls you unbelievers
Bring before me what is mine
The seven seas of rhye, yeah

Fear me you Lords and privy councillors
I stand before you naked to the eyes
I will destroy any man who dares abuse my trust
Bring before me what is mine
The seven seas of rhye, yeah

Sister - I live and lie for you
Mister - do and I'll die
You are mine I possess you
Belong to you forever, ever, ever

Keep Yourself Alive


Track 4. Length 2:45.
This track segues from 'Seven Seas Of Rhye' and into 'Liar'.
Details of the original version can be found on the 'Queen' album page.

Lyrics:
Come on, keep yourself, everybody
Everybody
Keep yourself, keep yourself, keep yourself alive
Keep yourself, keep yourself, keep yourself alive, yeah

Hey, hey, hey

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, rode a million miles
Still be where I started, bread and butter for a smile
Sold a million mirrors in a shop in alley way
But I never saw my face in any window any day
They say your folks are telling you be a superstar
Tell you just be satisfied, stay right where you are

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

Hey
Yeah, yeah

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, feed my body and my soul
Grow a little bigger, maybe that can be my goal
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, rode a million miles
Still be where I started, same as when I started

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

Liar


Track 5. Length 1:51.
This track segues from 'Keep Yourself Alive'.
Details of the original version can be found on the 'Queen' album page.

Lyrics:
I have sinned dear father
Father I have sinned
Try and help me father
Won't you let me in
Liar, oh everybody deceives me
Liar, why don't you leave me

Sire, I have stolen
Stolen many times
Raised my voice in anger
When I know I never should
Liar, oh nobody believes me
Liar, why don't you leave me alone

Liar
Liar
Liar
Liar
Ooh, they won't leave me alone
They won't leave me alone
Yeah

Alone

It's A Hard Life


Track 6. Length 4:17.
This track is followed by a Freddie Singalong, of length 0:18.
The track itself was later released as a bonus track on 'The Works' 2011 double-disc reissue, omitting the singalong, with one line of improvised lyrics corrected.
Details of the original version can be found on the 'The Works' album page, while details of other singalongs can be found on the Live Solos & Improvisations page.

Lyrics: (the 2011 double-disc reissue loses the lyric in red but adds the lyric in blue)
Don't want my freedom
There's no reason for ending with a broken heart

This is a tricky situation
I've only got myself to blame
It's just a simple fact of life
But it happens to everyone

You win, you lose

Da, da, da, da, fall apart It's a chance you have to take with love
Oh yeah, I fell in love
But now you say it's over falling apart

Yeah, yeah
It's a hard life
To be true lovers together
To love and live forever in each others hearts

It's a long hard fight
To learn to care for each other
To trust in one another right from the start
When you're in love

I try and mend the broken pieces
I try to fight back the tears
It's just a simple case of mind
But it happens to everyone

How it hurts deep inside
When your love has cut you down to size
Life is tough on your own
Now I'm waiting for something fall from the skies
Waiting for love

Yeah, it's a hard life
Two lovers together
To love and live forever in each others heart

It's a long hard fight
To learn to care for each other
To trust in one another right from the start
When you're in love

Yes it's a hard life
In a world that's filled with sorrow
There are people searching for love in everyway

It's a long hard fight
But I'll always live for tomorrow
I'll look back on myself and say I did it for love
Yes I did it for love
For love
Ooh, oh, oh, I did it for love
Oooohh


(Ad-libbed Freddie Singalong)
Freddie: Wonderful

Now I'm Here


Track 7. Length 5:21.
The audio for this track was recorded at the second show, on 19 January 1985, but it features footage from both shows.
Details of the original version can be found on the 'Sheer Heart Attack' album page.

Lyrics:
Around, around
Around, around
Think I'm gonna stay around with you
Around, around
Around, around
I think I'm gonna stay around with you
With you
With you, babe

Now I'm here, now I'm here
Now I'm there, now I'm there
I'm just a, I'm just, come on, everybody
Just a new man
Yes, you made me live again
Everybody rock and roll, yeah, come on

A baby I was when you took my hand
The light of the night burned bright
People all stared didn't understand
But you knew my name on sight

Ooh, whatever came of you and me
America's new bride to be
Don't worry babe I'm safe and sound
Down in the dungeon just Peaches 'n' me, yeah
Don't I love you so
'Cos you made me live again

Yeah
Ooh, a thin moon me in a smoke screen sky
Beams of your lovelight chase
Don't move, don't speak, don't feel no pain
With rain running down my face
Your matches still light up the sky
Many a tear lives on in my eye
Down in the city just Hoople 'n' me

Whatever comes of you and me
I love to leave my memory with you

Now I'm here
Think I'll stay

Audience: Think I'll stay
Around
Audience: Around
Around
Audience: Around
Around
Audience: Around
Around
Audience: Around

Down in the city justa you 'n' me
You and me baby

Shoot out

Is This The World We Created?


Track 8. Length 2:23.
This track, minus the dialogue, was later released as a bonus track on 'The Works' 2011 double-disc reissue, which has a slightly longer outro extending it to 2:28, and a 29 second acoustic intro by Brian, giving a time of 2:57 in total.
Details of the original version can be found on the 'The Works' album page.

Lyrics:
Just look at all those hungry mouths we have to feed
Take a look at all the suffering we breed
So many lonely faces scattered all around
Searching for what they need

Is this the world we created, what did we do it for
Is this the world we invaded, against the law
So it seems in the end is this what we're all living for today
The world that we created

You know that everyday a helpless child is born
Who needs some loving care inside a happy home
Somewhere a wealthy man sitting on his throne
Waiting for life to go by

Ooh, oh, is this the world we created, we made it on our own
Is this the world we devastated, right to the bone
If there's a God up in the sky looking down
What must he think of what we've done
To the world that he created


Brian: Vocês estão felizes? You wanna sing with us. Alright. Then this is especially for you. I hope you're not too wet out there. I have to tell you this song is very special for people of South America, and we thank you very much for making it special throughout the world. This is called 'Love Of My Life'

Love Of My Life


Track 9. Length 4:24.
This track was recorded at the second show, on 19 January 1985, and was released as a bonus streaming video as part of the 'Absolute Greatest' release in 2009. The track is identical to normal, and includes Brian's dialogue at the end of 'Is This The World We Created?', from 'You wanna sing with us?' onwards. It was also released on a US cassette single of 'The Five Live EP'.
Details of the original version can be found on the 'A Night At The Opera' album page.

Lyrics:
Audience: Love of my life - you've hurt me
Audience: You've broken my heart and now you leave me
Audience: Love of my life, can't you see
Audience: Bring it back, bring it back
Audience: Don't take it away from me, because you don't know
Audience: What it means to me


Love of my life - don't leave me
You've stolen my love, you now desert me

Audience: Love of my life, can't you see
Audience: Bring it back, bring it back
Audience: Don't take it away from me, because you don't know
Audience: What it means to me

Brian: You sing great
Freddie: Obrigado


You will remember
When this is blown over
And everything's all by the way
When I grow older
I will be there at your side to remind you
How I still love you

Audience: I still love you
You, I still love you (Brian: Not bad. You sing very nice)

Ooooh, hurry back, hurry back
Don't take it away from me, because you don't know
What it means to me

Audience: Love of my life
Audience: Love of my life

Oooh, yeah

Freddie: Alright

Brighton Rock


Track 10. Length 2:58.
This track includes Brian's guitar solo (length 1:56), before the rest of the band join in for 'Brighton Rock' (length 1:02).
As this is such a short guitar solo, clearly the rest has been edited out.
Details of the original version can be found on the 'Sheer Heart Attack' album page, while details of other guitar solos can be found on the Live Solos & Improvisations page.

Lyrics:
Jenny pines away, writes a letter everyday
We must never be together, nothing can my love erase
Oh no, I'm compromised, I must apologise
If my mother should discover how I spent my holiday
Oooh, ooh, ooh (oooh, ooh, ooh)
Yeah


(Ad-libbed vocal by Freddie)
Yeah

Yeah, yeah, yeah

Freddie: OK - hammer to fall

Hammer To Fall


Track 11. Length 4:50.
Details of the original version can be found on the 'The Works' album page.

Lyrics:
Yeah

Here we stand, here we fall
History don't care at all
Make the bed, light the light
Lady Mercy won't be home tonight

You don't waste no time at all
Don't hear the bell but you answer the call
Comes to you as to us all
And it's time for the hammer to fall, yeah

Every night, every day
A little piece of you is falling away
Lift your face, the western way, baby
Build your muscles till your body decays

Toe your line and play their game
Till the anaesthetic covers it all
Till one day they call your name
Then it's time for the hammer to fall

Rich or poor or famous for
Your truth it's all the same (oh no) oh no (oh no)
Lock your door 'cos rain is pouring
Through your window pane (oh no)
Baby now your troubles all in vain

For he who grew up tall and proud
In the shadow of the mushroom cloud
Convinced our voices can't be heard
Just want to scream it louder and louder and

What the hell we fighting for?
Just surrender and it won't hurt at all
Just got time to say your prayers
Till it's time for the hammer to, hammer to fall
Yeah, going to fall

Going to fall, yeah
Yeah
Yeah, yeah
For the hammer to fall, yeah

Give it to me one more time

Bohemian Rhapsody


Track 12. Length 5:15.
This track includes a short piano intro, which comes from the second show, on 19 January 1985.
Details of the original version can be found on the 'A Night At The Opera' album page.

Lyrics:
Mama, just killed a man
Put a gun against his head
Pulled my trigger now he's dead
Mama, life had just begun
But now I've gone and thrown it all away

Mama, oooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Didn't mean to make you cry
If I'm not back again this time tomorrow
Carry on, carry on, as if nothing really matters

Too late, my time has come
Sends shivers down my spine
Body's aching all the time
Goodbye everybody, I've got to go
Gotta leave you all behind and face the truth

Mama, oooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
I don't want to die
I sometimes wish I'd never been born at all

I see a little silhouetto of a man
Scaramouche, Scaramouche will you do the fandango?
Thunderbolts and lightning - very, very frightening me
Gallileo, gallileo
Gallileo, gallileo
Gallileo, figaro - magnifico-o-o-o-oh
I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me
He's just a poor boy from a poor family
Spare him his life from this monstrosity

Easy come, easy go, will you let me go
Bismillah! No - we will not let you go, let him go
Bismillah! We will not let you go, let him go
Bismillah! We will not let you go, let me go
Will not let you go, let me go
Never, never, never, never, never (never let you go)
Never let me go-o-o-o-oh
No, no, no, no, no, no, no
Oh, mama mia, mama mia
Mama mia let me go
Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me, for me, for me

So you think you can stone me and spit in my eye?
So you think you can love me and leave me to die?
Ooh, baby, can't do this to me baby
Just gotta get out - just gotta get right outta here, yeah

Oooh yeah, oooh yeah

Nothing really matters
Anyone can see
Nothing really matters
Nothing really matters to me

Anyway the wind blows

Radio Ga Ga


Track 13. Length 5:42.
Details of the original version can be found on the 'The Works' album page.

Lyrics:
(Radio)
I'd sit alone and watch your light
My only friend through teenage nights
And everything I had to know
I heard it on my radio

(Radio)
You gave them all those old time stars
Through wars of worlds invaded by Mars
You made 'em laugh, made 'em cry
You made us feel like we could fly
(Radio)

So don't become some background noise
A backdrop for the girls and boys
Who just don't know, care
And just complain when you're not there
You had your time, you had the power
You've yet to have your finest hour
Radio (radio)
Everybody

All we hear is radio ga ga
Radio goo goo, radio ga ga
All we hear is radio ga ga
Radio blah blah
Radio what's new?
Radio, someone still loves you

We watch the shows, we watch the stars
On videos for hours and hours
We hardly need to use our ears
Our music changes through the years
(Radio)

We hope you'll never leave old friend
Like all good things on you we depend
So stick around 'cos we might miss you
When we grow tired of all this visual
You had your time, you had the power
You've yet to have your finest hour
Radio (radio)

All we hear is radio ga ga
Radio goo goo, radio ga ga
All we hear is radio ga ga
Radio goo goo, radio ga ga
All we hear is radio ga ga
Radio blah blah
Radio what's new?
Radio, someone still loves you

Radio ga ga
Radio ga ga
Radio ga ga
(Radio)

You had your time, you had the power
You've yet to have your finest hour
Radio (radio)
Everybody

All we hear is radio ga ga
Radio goo goo, radio ga ga
All we hear is radio ga ga
Radio blah blah
Radio what's new?
Radio, someone still loves you
Loves you


Freddie: Goodbye. Thank you

I Want To Break Free


Track 14. Length 3:23.
This track was recorded at the second show, on 19 January 1985. It was later released as a bonus video on 'The Works' 2011 iTunes LP.
Details of the original version can be found on the 'The Works' album page.

Lyrics:
Everybody
I want to break free, you sing it

Audience: I want to break free
I want to break free from your lies
You're so self satisfied I don't need you
I want to break free

Audience: God knows
God knows I want to break free

I've fallen in love
I've fallen in love for the first time
This time I know it's for real
I've fallen in love, yeah
God knows, God knows I've fallen in love

It's strange but it's true, hey
I can't get over the way you love me like you do
But I have to be sure
When I walk out that door
Oh, how I want to be free, baby
Oh, how I want to break free
Oh, how I want to break free

But life still goes on
I can't get used to living without
Living without, living without you by my side
I don't want to live alone, hey
God knows, got to make it on my own
So baby can't you see
I've got to break free

We Will Rock You


Track 15. Length 2:25.
Details of the original version can be found on the 'News Of The World' album page.

Lyrics:
Buddy you're a boy make a big noise
Playing in the street gonna be a big man some day
Mud on your face
Big disgrace
Kicking your can all over the place
Singing


Audience: We will, we will, rock you
Yeah
We will, we will, rock you

Buddy you're a young man, hard man
Shouting in the street gonna take on the world some day
Blood on your face
Big disgrace
Waving your banner all over the place
Sing it


Audience: We will, we will, rock you
Everybody
We will, we will, rock you

Buddy you're an old man, poor man
Pleading with your eyes gonna get you some peace some day
Mud on your face
Big disgrace
Somebody better put you back into your place
Sing it


Audience: We will, we will, rock you
Everybody, yeah
Audience: We will, we will, rock you
Yeah
We will, we will, rock you
One more time

Audience: We will
We will rock you

We Are The Champions


Track 16. Length 4:02.
Details of the original version can be found on the 'News Of The World' album page.

Lyrics:
I've paid my dues
Time after time
I've done my sentence
But committed no crime
And bad mistakes
I've made a few
I've had my share of sand
Kicked in my face
But I've come through
On, on, on

We are the champions, my friends
And we'll keep on fighting till the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
'Cos we are the champions
Of the world

I've taken my bows
And my curtain calls
You've brought me fame and fortune
And everything that goes with it, I thank you all
But it's been no bed of roses
No pleasure cruise
I consider it a challenge before the whole human race
And I ain't gonna lose
On, on, on

We are the champions, my friends
And we'll keep on fighting till the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
'Cos we are the champions
Of the world

We are the champions, my friends
And we'll keep on fighting till the end
Oh, we are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
'Cos we are the champions
Of the world

Yeah, yeah, yeah

God Save The Queen


Track 17. Length 1:13.
This track has no dialogue or lyrics.
Details of the original version can be found on the 'A Night At The Opera' album page.