Roger Taylor Collaborations


2010-2020

This page features details of Roger Taylor's collaborations with other artists, recorded between 2010 and 2020.


Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders - Your Shoes
Bob Geldof - How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell (album) : How I Roll, Blow Fish, She's A Lover, To Live In Love, Silly Pretty Thing, Systematic 6-Pack, Dazzled By You, Mary Says, Blow, Here's To You, Baby's Going Down, Battersea Morning, Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight, Just Get On, The Banker's Song, The Fields Of Spring, Too Late She Cried, Walking Back To Happiness
Protafield/Jayce Lewis - Wrath
Band Aid 30 - Do They Know It's Christmas?


Your Shoes


Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders

, 2010. Roger sings backing vocals. Length 2:52.
Available on the album 'Red Light Fever', alongside 'Don't Have To Speak' and 'Way Down', both featuring Brian.
Lyrics:
I don't wanna take a walk in your shoes
'Cos I can see the living hell you go through
I know you think I got it made, it's old news
But I wouldn't want to take a walk in your shoes

And you know (and you know)
There's no-one else to blame
It's a shame
But it's true

And you know (and you know)
No-one else can save
Yourself
But you

I don't wanna take a walk in your shoes
If everything you're telling me is all true
If I were you, and you were me, I'd tell you
But you wouldn't want to take a walk in my shoes

And you know (and you know)
There's no-one else to blame
It's a shame
But it's true

And you know (and you know)
No-one else can save
Yourself
But you

And you know (and you know)
There's no-one else to blame
It's a shame
But it's true

And you know (and you know)
No-one else can save
Yourself
But you
Yourself
But you

I don't wanna take a walk in your shoes
I don't wanna take a walk in your shoes
I don't wanna take a walk in your shoes
I don't wanna take a walk in your shoes

How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell

(album)


Bob Geldof

, 2011. The album credits state that Roger plays percussion and sings backing vocals, but this refers to the album as a whole, rather than individual tracks. Having listened to the tracks, below is what he may contribute to each:

1. How I Roll (possibly percussion)
2. Blow Fish (possibly percussion)
3. She's A Lover (possibly percussion and backing vocals)
4. To Live In Love (possibly percussion and backing vocals)
5. Silly Pretty Thing (almost certainly percussion and backing vocals)
6. Systematic 6-Pack (possibly percussion, but unlikely)
7. Dazzled By You (possibly percussion and backing vocals)
8. Mary Says (probably backing vocals, and possibly percussion)
9. Blow (possibly backing vocals)
10. Here's To You (almost certainly percussion and backing vocals)

US iTunes download bonus tracks:
Baby's Going Down (possibly percussion and backing vocals)
Just Get On (almost certainly percussion and backing vocals)
The Fields Of Spring (almost certainly percussion and backing vocals)
Too Late She Cried (I have not heard this track yet)

Boxed Set Bonus Tracks:
Battersea Morning (certainly backing vocals, and possibly percussion)
Harvest Moon (I have not heard this track yet; details on a separate page)
Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight (I have not heard this track yet)
The Banker's Song (possibly backing vocals)
Walking Back To Happiness (I have not heard this track yet)

The album was recorded at Roger's studio The Priory and other studios, and was engineered by Joshua J. Macrae, who also plays percussion.

How I Roll


Bob Geldof

, 2011. Roger may play percussion. Length 3:02.
Available on the album 'How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell'.
Lyrics:
Hot town, trying to make a living
You wake up every morning in the unforgiven
Out there, somewhere in the city
There's people living lives without mercy or pity, but

I feel good, yeah I'm feeling fine
I feel better than I have for the longest time
I think these pills have been good for me
I think they've vanished all my blues into infinity
It's how I roll
It's how I roll

Sometimes I wake up at night
I don't know what it is but I must have got a fright
I thought I heard a scratching underneath the floor
It's the devil come to get you at a quarter to four
It's how he rolls
That's how he rolls

Too late, she cried out loud
Her voice emerging from her inner shroud
Too much, I thought I heard a joke
That's all she says after last year's stroke

She has a hard time living in the city
Get up every morning in the unforgiven
Out there somewhere in the city
There's people living lives without mercy or pity
It's how they roll
Sweet Lord, it's how they roll
Sweet Lord, sweet Lord

Sweet Lord

Blow Fish


Bob Geldof

, 2011. Roger may play percussion. Length 4:06.
Available on the album 'How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell'.
Lyrics:
I've been drinking like a blowfish
Drinking till my throat is dry
I've been drinking like a blowfish
Drinking till my mouth is dry
If I drink until I'm thirsty
Lord, I won't even hear you cry

I've been eating like some monkfish
'Cos my stomach's got a hole
I've been eating like some monkfish
Just a little feeds my soul
Yeah, I've been gnawing like a dogfish
Chewing on that cancer bone

You're sick and tired of me baby
I can't even stand myself
You're sick and tired of me baby
I can't stand it myself
You see the monkfish took my halo
And the blowfish took my breath

She's A Lover


Bob Geldof

, 2011. Roger may play percussion and sing backing vocals. Length 4:29.
Available on the album 'How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell'.
Lyrics:
She's a lover and she fits inside my head
She's a lover but there's nothing happening in my bed

She's a lover and she won't be back
She's a lover and I've got the sack
I can't take it
I'd take her back

It's being raining, I've been sitting here all afternoon
It started snowing, and I turned the light on in my room

She's a lover but the loving's gone
She's a lover, she's a smoking gun
Bang, bang
You're done

Now I'm a man with all this
Weird stuff inside his head

She's a lover and she won't be back
She's a lover and I've got the sack
I can take her
Back

I loved her like the early leaves of spring
That weigh the branches of those waking trees
The best of us is love she'd say
The rest of us, dust and decay
Then my lover
Turned away

She's a lover but the loving's gone
She's a lover, she's a smoking gun
Bang, bang
It's done

To Live In Love


Bob Geldof

, 2011. Roger may play percussion and sing backing vocals. Length 4:04.
Available on the album 'How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell'.
Various repeated backing vocals such as 'oooh, ooh' and 'naaa, naaa' are omitted from the lyrics below.
Lyrics:
To live in love
Is all there is
Life without love
Is meaningless

To live in love
Is all there is
Life without love
Is meaningless

Life without love
Is like tonight
To live in love
Is life defined

To take a life
I'll give you mine
Is to see life
When life was blind

To live in love
Is all there is
Life without love
Is meaningless

And all you are
And all you've been
And all you think
And all you feel

And everything
You hear or see
To live in love
Is to be

Life without love
Absurdity
Life without love
Futility

Silly Pretty Thing


Bob Geldof

, 2011. Roger almost certainly plays percussion and sings backing vocals. Length 4:02.
Available on the album 'How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell'.
This track was also released as a single so it is possible that alternate versions also exist.
Lyrics:
Come on get up, get dressed
The world is spinning full of kindly beings
The one you love will love you back
And no-one's spoiling anything
Ooh, everything's just right
It makes you want to fill your lungs and sing
And ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oooh
You silly pretty little thing

C'mon get up, get dressed
Another perfect day of spring is here
Hurry up, get up, come on
A soft wind's idly pushing past my ears
And water, clouds and lambs
Are tumbling over through the bursting fields
See ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oooh
You silly pretty little thing

Last night the moon got drunk
And dropped his clothes down on the empty streets
He sang a moon song, danced across the stars
Before he had to go to sleep
And back down here the lovers gazed and found they couldn't even speak
And ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, oooh
You silly pretty little thing

I know there's some out there who'll always say we're simply being naive
So today's the day we're gonna come out and declare our victory
Just you and me and I
Silly pretty little thing

You silly pretty little thing now
Come on, come on, come on, come on, come on, come on, yeah
You pretty thing
You pretty thing

Oooh, ooh, yeah
You silly, silly, pretty thing, yeah
Come on, come on, come on, get up, get dressed
Hurry up, come on you silly thing

Systematic 6-Pack


Bob Geldof

, 2011. Roger may play percussion, but it sounds unlikely. Length 3:29.
Available on the album 'How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell'. A longer version of the track, lasting 4:56, appears on the boxed set of the album.
Lyrics:
I got a brand new automatic, systematic, 6-pack, flat-pack
Gotta get my body back on track 'cos everything is going south

I wanna time shifting, face lifting, tight butt, no gut
Trout pouting, collagenically botox mouthing everything is hanging down

Systematic 6-pack
You're 58 and a half

Freeze dried, gonna make you cryogenetically preserved, isn't it absurd, you're gonna be preserved in ice
Nice
Give me sexual niagrim,
(unknown lyric), gotta have viagra
In drag, still wanna shag, get hard, too hard
You're 58 and a half
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Oh yeah

Oooh, man
Ooooh, man

Dazzled By You


Bob Geldof

, 2011. Roger may play percussion and sing backing vocals. Length 2:40.
Available on the album 'How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell'.
Lyrics:
In abandoned empty rooms
Lying naked in my ruin
I was dazzled by you
Dazzled by you

I was whipped and I was raw
When I looked up and I saw you
Dazzled by you
I'm dazzled by you

See, I have barely survived
Saw no point in being alive
I was dazzled by you
Dazzled by you

And with the cold and bitter venom
I hated each and every woman
But I was dazzled by you
Hum, dazzled by you
That's right

Dazzled by you

In the midst of my despair
I was coming up for air
I was dazzled by you
Ooh, dazzled by you

And with your soft and tender touch
You gently picked me up
I was dazzled by you
Dazzled by you
(Dazzled by you)

Dazzled by you
Dazzled by you
Dazzled by you
Dazzled by you
(Dazzled by you)

Oh, dazzled by you
Dazzled by you
Dazzled by you
Dazzled by you
One more time
Dazzled by you

Mary Says


Bob Geldof

, 2011. Roger probably sings backing vocals and may play percussion. Length 4:51.
Available on the album 'How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell'.
Lyrics:
Mary says she smells the winter coming in
She sniffs the cooling air like some old dog
She says the problem with these endless summers
Is endless summers always have to end

She pack a pen inside an empty pocket
She says it's all she's ever going to need
I'd write a book of poems if I get hungry
She looks around just once before she leaves

Everybody's always saying goodbye
Everybody's got some place to leave
Goodbye, goodbye
Goodbye, goodbye

Beheaded sounds will light her crooked pathway
Six pointed stars illuminate her road
Amputee wounds guide her through her darkest nights
And silver armies help to ease her load

She says the problem with these endless summers
Is endless summers always have to end
The thinning sky is throwing lovely shadows
The summer's gone, and autumn's almost been

Everybody's always saying goodbye
Everybody's got some place to leave
Goodbye, goodbye
Goodbye, everybody always says goodbye

Everybody's always saying goodbye
Everybody's got some place to leave
Mary feels the winter coming in
She smells it on the cooling breeze

Mary says
Mary says

Blow


Bob Geldof

, 2011. Roger may sing backing vocals. Length 4:55.
Available on the album 'How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell'.
Lyrics:
Blow hateful wind
Cold on faithless skin
Higher than the highest high
Love will find a way to you again

Flow bitter seas
Throw denim buccaneers
Colder than the oldest sea
Love will find a way to you again

Can you speak it
Yes I'll speak of thin bleak winter moons
Will you speak it
Yes to boneless ghosts of empty rooms
And repeat it
Yes to man priests of waste and ruin
Love will find a way to you again

Blow painless wind
Blow hateful wind
Love will find a way to you again
Yes love will find a way to you again
Love will find a way to you again

Here's To You


Bob Geldof

, 2011. Roger almost certainly plays percussion and sings backing vocals. Length 4:03.
Available on the album 'How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell'. A radio edit is also available on a promo CD.
The album track includes a bonus track 'Young And Sober', which does not feature Roger, extending the length to 7:59.
Lyrics:
Here's to you and all our friends
May God protect us until the very end
All the places that we go
Everybody that we know

And every single living thing
The earth, the sky, the wind, the sea
Oh, I'm in love with you tonight
Yeah, I'm in love with life tonight
And you know it feels alright

So let it rain
Let it rain
So let it rain
Let it rain

So here's to you and all our friends
May God protect us until the very end
I'm in love with you tonight
I'm in love with life tonight
And you know I think that's right

So let it rain
Let it rain
So let it rain
Let it rain

Baby's Going Down


Bob Geldof

, 2011. Roger possibly plays drums and sings backing vocals. Length 5:16.
Available on the US iTunes download of the album 'How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell'.
Lyrics:
Baby's going down again
She doesn't know it's time again
She never knows when it's over
She doesn't know when it ends
So baby's going down again

My baby says she's fine again
It just took a little time, this time again
The parties all swing around her
The darkness her old dearest friend
To baby's going down once again

Da, da-da-da, da-da-da, da-da-da, da, da, da, da
Da, da-da-da, da-da-da, da-da-da, da, da, da
Da, da-da-da, da-da-da, da-da-da, da, da, da, da
Da, da-da-da, da-da-da, da-da-da, da, da, da

She said love is for wrestlers
But threw me back down on the floor
Baby's going down again

Baby says she's mine again
She says she wants to try again
So baby's going down once again

Battersea Morning


Bob Geldof

, 2011. Roger certainly sings backing vocals and may play percussion. Length 3:21.
Available as part of the 'How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell' boxed set only, as both audio and video tracks. The video features some footage of Roger in the studio, recording vocals.
Lyrics:
Battersea morning
It's bright in the early dawning
The little birdies sing to me
From the trees and

I've got a new bike
(He's got a new bike)
It's just like my old bike
(Just like his old bike)
But when I ride it I feel nice
Almost Battersea morning

The city is waiting for me
It's always there waiting for me
I go there and I see my friends
You should see us go crazy

Battersea morning
(Battersea morning)
Shopping without warning, and go
(Battersea morning)
Cycling through the park we get healthy (oooh)
And like the rest of the week off

Battersea morning is cross the
(Battersea morning)
Bridge in the early dawning
(Battersea morning)
The river is sliding by beneath (oooh)
My 5-speed wheels, yeah

(Battersea morning)
(Battersea morning)
(Oooh)

(Battersea morning)
(Battersea morning)
(Oooh)

(Battersea morning)
(Battersea morning)

Just Get On


Bob Geldof

, 2011. Roger almost certainly plays percussion and sings backing vocals. Length 4:03.
Available on the US iTunes download of the album 'How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell'.
Lyrics:
I thought I'd write a letter
Tell you how it's goin'
Everything's a little better
We thought you'd like to know

Everyone's a little bigger
Even in so short a space of time
But then some unseen vicious trigger
Could stop them all to crime

And you know you just get on with it
You know you just get on
(On and on and on and on)
And you know you just get on with it
You know you just get on

And the feeling that it's hopeless
Gets so huge it overwhelms
But as we crawl through every hour
So the days go round again

And I look at all their little heads
So full of lies and pain
And I wonder if you knew just what you did
Would you still do it just the same

But you know you just get on with it
You know you just get on
(On and on and on and on and on and on)
And you know you just get on with it
You know you just get on
(On and on and on and on and on)

And if you think that I sound desperate
Then you should've heard the other songs
It's just my weary soul gets restless
For the peace I know, they must come along

And you know you just get on (oooh, oooh) with it
You know you just get on
And you know you just get on (oooh, oooh) with it
You know you just get
On and on and on and on and on and on and on (on, on, on, on, on, on, on, on)
Don't you get me wrong
You can never make just strong
So you just get on with it

(On and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on)
(On and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on)

The Banker's Song


Bob Geldof

, 2011. Roger may sing backing vocals. Length 2:41.
Available as part of the 'How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell' boxed set only.
Lyrics:
The banker's gone and stolen all my money
The banker's gone and lost all of my dough
He robbed a pension fund out of my old age
My children's education, food and home

The banker's gone and stolen all our money
The banker's gone and lost all of my dough
He robbed a pension fund out of my old age
My children's education, food and home

The banker says he can't lend me no money
The money's disappeared, there's none to loan us
He said he shared my fear about our future
He's lost a job, they've halved his millions bonus

The banker's gone and stolen all our money
The banker's gone and lost all of my dough
He robbed a pension fund out of my old age
My children's education, food and home

The banks have gone and gambled all my money
They've broke the country's back and me as well
If I'd have done what you have done I bet you
I'd rot for years inside some jailhouse cell

And the banker's gone and stolen all our money
The banker's gone and lost all of my dough
He robbed a pension fund out of my old age
My children's education, food and home

Yeah, the government said they'd end unemployment
Endless growth and a new paradigm
An end to boom and bust and new depressions
Hey, buddy can you spare me some old dime

And the banker's gone and stolen all our money
The banker's gone and lost all of my dough
He robbed a pension fund out of my old age
My children's education, food and home

And the banker's gone and stolen all our money
The banker's gone and lost all of my dough
He robbed a pension fund out of our old age
My children's education, food and home

That's right

The Fields Of Spring


Bob Geldof

, 2011. Roger almost certainly plays percussion and sings backing vocals. Length 4:15.
Available on the US iTunes download of the album 'How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell'.
Lyrics:
Lay me down by some fields and streams
And I'll watch the sky roll over me
And I'll roll, wo, wo, wo, wo, wo
After bed before the night comes on

Golly gee, she's in love with me
And I said yippee, and she said let's see
So we stroll, wo, wo, wo, wo, wo
Off our heads before the night was done

But I need it, can you see it
Tugging at this vacant heart tonight
I'm on empty, give me plenty
Through my veiny skin, I'm gonna let it in
The world is gonna move to the thin caress tonight

And so let my soul out to play again
And so let my soul say it's OK again

Lay me down in the fields of spring
And like the flowers, I'll re-begin
Make me whole, wo, wo, wo, wo, wo
With unimagined lives that nourish me

Do you feel it, can you see it
Like a double Red Bull rushing through my veins alright
I'm going out there, and no I'm not scared
Yeah, relish the wine and love the life
I'm gonna make this old work dance around the moon tonight

And so let my soul out to play again
And so let my soul say it's ok again

And so send my soul out to play again
So let my soul out to play again
Let it play again

Soul, soul
Soul, soul

Lay me down in the fields of spring
And we watch the clouds roll over me
Let 'em roll

Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight


Too Late She Cried


Walking Back To Happiness


Bob Geldof

, 2011. Roger may play percussion and sing backing vocals.
These tracks are available on alternate versions of the 'How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell' album.
'Too Late She Cried' is available on the US iTunes download.
'Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight' (length 3:39) and 'Walking Back To Happiness' (length 10:22) are available in the boxed set.
I have not heard any of these tracks yet so cannot provide further information.

Wrath


Protafield/Jayce Lewis

, 2014. Roger plays drums. Length 3:49.
Available on the album 'Nemesis', which was originally released under the name 'Protafield' in 2014, and reissued under the name 'Jayce Lewis' in 2017.
Lyrics:
I feel like I need a kill inferior
Hype ends the wisdom of our words
Plant seed if you want to
I don't need to thrill, you feel
You're never gonna make my time
My explanation is not to undermime
Your near exposure or greed
I can see the fear has gone so now you'll

Criticize my reality
I am wrath (I am wrath)
Deal your way up, my reality
I am wrath (I am wrath)

I see this is overdone
I feel so wrong I never ever see my way
There's ways to defeat you now
I wanna bail to hell with this I see you

Criticize my reality
I am wrath (I am wrath)
Deal your way up, my reality
I am wrath (I am wrath)

There's ways to defeat you now
I wanna bail to hell with this I see you
Stalling time
I've realised you're not a remedy

Criticize my reality
(I am wrath)
Deal your way up, my reality
(I am wrath)
Criticize my reality
(I am wrath)
(I am wrath)
(I am wrath)
My explanation I'm a freak
End the world
Situation see the world
In wrath

Do They Know It's Christmas?


Band Aid 30

, 2014. Roger plays drums, and may also sing backing vocals. Length 3:46.
The track was recorded on 15 November 2014 to raise funds for the fight against the Ebola virus, and released two days later on 17 November 2014, reaching no 1. Roger briefly appears in the video of the track.

Musicians:
Bono, Chris Martin, Guy Garvey, Seal, Sinead O'Connor, Paloma Faith, Emeli Sandé, Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Dan Smith, Angelique Kidjo, Olly Murs, Jessie Ware, Alfie Deyes, Joe Sugg, Zoe Sugg, Clean Bandit, Disclosure and Underworld (vocals)
Roger Taylor (drums)
Milan Neil Amin-Smith (violin)
Grace Chatto (cello)

Lyrics:
It's Christmas time, and there's no need to be afraid
At Christmas time, we let in light and we banish shade
And in our world of plenty we can spread a smile of joy
Throw your arms around the world at Christmas time

But say a prayer, and pray for the other ones
At Christmas time it's hard, but while you're having fun
There's a world outside your window and it's a world of dread and fear
Where a kiss of love can kill you and there's death in every tear
And the Christmas bells that ring there are the clanging chimes of doom
Well tonight we're reaching out and touching you

Bring peace and joy this Christmas to West Africa
A song of hope where there's no hope tonight, oh, ooh, oh
Why is comfort to be feared why is to touch to be scared
How can they know it's Christmas time at all

Here's to you, raise a glass to everyone
Here's to them, and all their years to come
Can they know it's Christmas time at all

Feed the world - let them know it's Christmas time again
Heal the world - let them know it's Christmas time again
Heal the world - let them know it's Christmas time again
Feed the world - let them know it's Christmas time again
Heal the world - let them know it's Christmas time again
Heal the world - let them know it's Christmas time again
Feed the world - let them know it's Christmas time again
Heal the world - let them know it's Christmas time again
Heal the world