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Released in 1991, in Germany, Japan and Italy.
The album was not initially released in the UK or US, as it was cancelled after Freddie's death.
First released in the UK in November 2013 as a download, and as part of the Roger Taylor boxed set 'The Lot'.
Album length 44:57.

Tracklisting:
1. Bad Attitude
2. New Dark Ages
3. Dirty Mind
4. Baby It's Alright
5. Ain't Put Nothin' Down
6. The Also Rans
7. Millionaire
8. Put It All Down To Love
9. Hand Of Fools
10. Life Changes


Non-Album Tracks:
Heartland

Unreleased Songs:
Dear Mr Murdoch (possibly)

Produced by and Engineered by Mark Wallis
Assistant Engineers Chris Lawson and Simon Van Zwanenberg
Recorded February - August 1991 at Real World Studios
Mixed at Roundhouse Studios
Mastered at Townhouse Studios by Barry Woodward

Roger Taylor - lead vocals
Clayton Moss - guitars
Peter Noone - bass
Spike Edney - keyboards
Josh Macrae - drums

Management: Jim Beach and Gerry Stickells
Band coordinator: Martin Groves
Design by Richard Gray
Cover photography by Mike Jackson
Photographic montage by Graham Temple  

 

Singles:


Bad Attitude


Track 1. Written by The Cross. Length 4:45.
This track segues into 'New Dark Ages'.

Live Versions:
1. Bootleg (4:11) (recorded at the Astoria Theatre, London, on 7 December 1990; this was performed before the song was fully written, so it has some different lyrics)
2. Live In Germany (4:53) (recorded in Düsseldorf, Germany, on 21 October 1991)

Lyrics:
Broadsword calling Danny boy
Broadsword calling Danny boy

I feel (broadsword calling Danny boy, broadsword calling Danny boy)
I feel
I feel
I feel (broadsword calling Danny boy)
I feel (broadsword calling Danny boy)
I feel
I feel
I feel (broadsword calling Danny boy)
I feel (broadsword calling Danny boy)
(Over)

They say I gotta, they say I gotta
A bad attitude
I wanna buy a picture of your sister in her birthday suit
And no gratitude
Straight tough talking but you always get screwed
Hey, your face don't fit, burn down the school
Only we're still cool, gotta break some rules
System's made for fools

And no aptitude
You're getting real slow when you're slide into decrepitude
It's all platitudes
This one way street always ends in penal servitude
Get out there, get out there
Get on the street, go on break some rules

Oooh, you know what I feel
Oooh, you know what I feel
Rip it up
I got a bad attitude
Tear it down
I got a bad attitude

A bad attitude
You can't think straight when you're raised on junk food
And no solitude
Somebody help me, gonna get a grip on my latitude
You're just a destitute
Your folks don't like it when they see you starring on the news

Oooh, you know what I feel
Oooh, you know what I feel
Rip it up
I got a bad attitude
Tear it down
I got a bad attitude

You're just a destitute
Some kinda prostitute
Sometimes I just wanna sit back and relax and get me some pulchritude
Let's get strewn, get crude

Ow
A bad attitude
Yeah, yeah
Ay, ay, ay, ay, ay

Rip it up
I got a bad attitude
Tear it down, yeah
I got a bad attitude

Rip it up
I got a bad attitude
Tear it down
I got a bad attitude

So don't tell me what I cannot do
I'm sick of wise guys feeding me all these verisimilitudes
I ain't a fool
You better watch out honey
I'm one pissed off dude
I got a bad attitude

New Dark Ages


Track 2. Written by Roger Taylor. Length 4:58.
This track segues from 'Bad Attitude', and hasn't quite faded out when 'Dirty Mind' starts, but it doesn't really count as a segue. The track includes around 10 seconds of atmospheric noise at the start, so the true length of the song is 4:48.
The track originates from sessions for Queen's 'Innuendo' album in 1990 or 1991.

Alternate Versions:
1. Single Version (3:25) (on all formats of the single, the 'Singles 2' album and 'The Lot' boxed set; an edited version, containing 0:10 to 0:18, 0:26 to 1:29, 1:46 to 2:37, 2:43 to 3:37 and 3:54 to 4:18, fading out from 3:58 onwards)
2. Single 'Album' Version (5:06) (on the CD single only, described as the album version; this is the same as the actual album version, but adds 3 seconds to the build up of the track, and has a slightly longer fade out, extending the actual song length to 4:53)

Live Versions:
1. Live In Germany (5:47) (recorded in Düsseldorf, Germany, on 21 October 1991)
Lyrics: (the lyrics in red are missing from the single version)
Welcome, welcome
Ahhh, ahh
Oh, oh, oh
Oooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
Oooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh yeah

How do you do, what do you say
Welcome to a new dark age
Let's go straight to bed
Love's got out of hand
You must be out of your head

When you feel in the night
This can't happen to you
It's a war that we fight
Yes we do, yes we do
And welcome to new dark ages
Welcome to new dark ages


Oooh, yeah
Only love can save us now


Love has become a four letter word
It's past it's best and seldom heard
Love's left on the shelf like cigarettes
It's bad for your health

And you feel in the night
It's a scary thing
You believe in what's right
Take care, stop to think
And welcome to new dark ages
Welcome to new dark ages

Stop
- take - care - think
Is - this - real love

Oh, oh, oh, when you feel in the night
Can this bad dream be true
It's a war that we fight
Don't let it happen to you

Welcome to new dark ages
Welcome to new dark ages

Welcome to - new dark ages
Welcome to - new dark ages

Welcome - new dark ages
Welcome to - new dark ages
Welcome to - new dark ages

New dark ages

New dark ages

Dirty Mind


Track 3. Written by Spike Edney. Length 3:31.
This track doesn't fully fade out before 'Baby, It's Alright' starts, but it doesn't really count as a segue. It was later re-recorded by the SAS Band, with vocals by Chris Thompson, and a very live feel, length 4:02.

Live Versions:
1. Live In Germany (3:10) (recorded in Düsseldorf, Germany, on 21 October 1991)
Lyrics:
Some people look for love and affection
That was never my scene
I'm looking for a different perfection
I want a girl that talks mean
Some people go for poets and flowers
Means nothing to me
Yeah, she gotta look good in the shower
I'll stay in there for hours and hours

Well I've been around the world
I wanna lover, I wanna lover, I wanna lover
I wanna lover, I wanna lover with a dirty mind, yeah
I wanna lover, I wanna lover, I wanna lover
I wanna lover, I wanna lover with a dirty mind, yeah
Hey

Some people look for faith and devotion
They're bringing me down
Why swim against the tide of emotion
When you could be tied down
I'm gonna treat romance like a tumour
Yeah, I'm cutting it out
I'm sick to death of hearsay and rumour
I need a girl with some sense of humour

I've been around the world
I wanna lover, I wanna lover, I wanna lover
I wanna lover, I wanna lover with a dirty mind, now
I wanna lover, I wanna lover, I wanna lover
I wanna lover, I wanna lover with a dirty mind, yeah

Oh, every now and then it occurs to me (ooohh, ooohh, ooohh)
I'm caught up in the web of morality (ooohh, ooohh, ooohh)

Yeah, wow-hoo
Yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah-yeah, yeah
Ow, ow

Yeah, well I've been around the world
And nowhere could I find, yeah
I don't care if she's a woman or a girl
I wanna lover with a dirty mind, yeah

I wanna lover, I wanna lover, I wanna lover
I wanna lover with a dirty mind
I wanna lover, I wanna lover, I wanna lover
I wanna lover, I wanna lover with a dirty mind, now
I wanna lover, I wanna lover, I wanna lover
I wanna lover, I wanna lover with a dirty mind, yeah

I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna lover with a dirty mind
(I wanna lover, I wanna lover, I wanna lover with a dirty mind)

I wanna lover, I wanna lover, I wanna lover, I wanna lover
I wanna lover with a dirty mind (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)

I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna, I wanna lover
I wanna lover with a dirty mind

I wanna lover, I wanna lover
I wanna lover, I wanna lover
I wanna lover with a dirty mind

Baby, It's Alright


Track 4. Written by Spike Edney. Length 4:05.
Additional Assistance:
Geoffrey Richardson (violin and viola)
Helen Liebman (cello)
Andy and Clare Yates (backing vocals)

Live Versions:
1. Live In Germany (3:40) (recorded in Düsseldorf, Germany, on 21 October 1991)
Lyrics:
I could be your lover
I could be your friend
It's one or the other
Is that where it ends

'Cos I never see you
And you never call
I want to be near you
To hold you that's all
Be there if you fall

Baby, it's alright
Oh, for the first time, I could be strong
I need you near me tonight
Must be the right time, how could it be wrong
How could it be wrong
Um, yeah

You gave me my heartache
And you give me my blues
I'm here in your doorway
I got nothing to lose
Crying's no use

Baby, it's alright
Oh, for the first time, I could be strong
I need you near me tonight
Must be the right time, how could it be wrong
How could it be wrong

Baby, it's alright
Oh, for the first time, I could be strong
Yeah, I need you near me tonight
Must be the right time
How could it be wrong, yeah

And if you should decide honey
You need a love that's good
It ain't about pride, honey
It ain't about manhood
And baby
It's alright

Baby, it's alright
Honey it's alright
Baby, it's alright

Ain't Put Nothin' Down


Track 5. Written by Clayton Moss. Length 4:31.
This track doesn't fully fade out before 'The Also Rans' starts, but it doesn't really count as a segue.

Alternate Versions:
1. Single Version AKA Long Version (5:01) (on the 'New Dark Ages' CD and 7" singles) (has a longer outro)
2. Single Version Edit AKA Long Version Edit (4:53) (on the 'Singles 2' album and 'The Lot' boxed set only; this is an edit of the above version, which just fades out slightly earlier)

Live Versions:
1. Live In Germany (5:30) (recorded in Düsseldorf, Germany, on 21 October 1991)
Lyrics: (the single version adds the lyrics in red and blue, while the single version edit just adds the lyrics in red)
You ain't put nothing down, down
You ain't put nothing down
You ain't put nothing down, boy
You ain't put nothing down

You know you hide from yourself
You know you're turning away
Sometimes you've got to face the world
Take it day by day

Hey
Sometimes you've got to take a look around
Keep your ear to the ground
You ain't put nothing down
You ain't put nothing down
You got to stop this fooling around, boy
'Cos you ain't put nothing down

You know you're running away
You've got to win in this race
Give it all that you've got
This human race needs a lot

'Cos you ain't put nothing down, down
You ain't put nothing down
You've got to turn yourself around, yeah
You ain't put nothing down

Yeah
Hey
Oooh, yeah

So many questions you ask yourself
Gotta find some answers, don't get left on the shelf
This is your cry for help, cry for help
Gotta help yourself

You ain't put nothing down, down
You ain't put nothing down
You ain't put nothing down, down
You ain't put nothing down

No, you ain't put nothing down
You ain't put nothing down
Had to turn yourself around, boy
You ain't put nothing down

No, you ain't put nothing down
You ain't put nothing down
You had to turn yourself around, boy
You were lost but now you're found

Lost
Lost
Lost
Lost

Ow, lost - but now you're found
Lost - but now you're found

Lost - but now you're found
Lost - but now you're found
Oooh, ooh
Lost - but now you're found, yeah
Lost - but now you're found
Lost - but now you're found
Oh, oh, ooh

Lost - but now you're found
Oh, oh, ooh
Lost - but now you're found, yeah

Lost - but now you're found

The Also Rans


Track 6. Written by Roger Taylor. Length 5:27.
This track segues into 'Millionaire'.

Additional Assistance:
Andy and Clare Yates (backing vocals)
Live Versions:
1. Live In Germany (6:10) (recorded in Düsseldorf, Germany, on 21 October 1991)
Lyrics:
Fucked
Again

I was born on the 22nd floor of a bird cage
I was bound to rock, I was born to rage
When your daddy gets drunk, when you're Ma has no hope
When you're tough and you're young, and you've got enough rope
When you make a wrong turn and you make some mistakes
When you're out of control and you ain't got no brakes
When the country's a wreck and the government's cruel
Then you better check out
If you wanna

Be cool
It's a hard road
In a world that stinks
God have mercy on the man that thinks

It's a hard road
In a world that sucks
God don't love you when you're out of luck

And so I work real hard, and I earn my pay
And I drink all night, it's the only way
To make some fun out of life, just a little bit more
When I get up my nerve I'm gonna rob me a store
Or even find me a girl, you never know your luck
And she'll cook and she'll clean, just to make a few bucks
It's a grand old world going down the pan
And there ain't
No cure
For an also ran

Yeah, it's a hard road
In a world that stinks
God have mercy on the man that thinks

Yeah, it's a hard road
We're going down the pan
God have mercy on the also rans

Yeah
You gotta have mercy on the also ran
If you wanna get out
You gotta be desperate Dan

You know what I mean
(Do, do, do, do, do, do) A hard road
(Do, do, do, do, do, do)
(Do, do, do, do, do, do)
(Do, do, do, do, do, do)
(Do, do, do, do, do, do) It's a hard road
(Do, do, do, do, do, do) A when you're on your own
(Do, do, do, do, do, do) It's a hard road
(Do, do, do, do, do, do) When your skins the wrong tone
(Do, do, do, do, do, do) It's a hard road
(Do, do, do, do, do, do) If your face don't fit
(Do, do, do, do, do, do) It's a hard road
(Do, do, do, do, do, do) You gotta take a lotta shit

'Cos God don't love you when you got no bucks
It's a hard road
Ooh, yeah
God don't love you when you're outta luck, yeah

(Do, do, do, do, do, do)
(Do, do, do, do, do, do)
(Do, do, do, do, do, do)
(Do, do, do, do, do, do) God have mercy
(Do, do, do, do, do, do) Hard road
(Do, do, do, do, do, do) God have mercy
(Do, do, do, do, do, do) Hard road
(Do, do, do, do, do, do) Have mercy
(Do, do, do, do, do, do) On the also rans (hard road)
(Do, do, do, do, do, do)
(Do, do, do, do, do, do) Hard road
(Do, do, do, do, do, do)
(Do, do, do, do, do, do) Hard road
(Do, do, do, do, do, do) God have mercy
(Do, do, do, do, do, do) Hard road
(Do, do, do, do, do, do) God have mercy
(Do, do, do, do, do, do) Hard road
On the also rans, yeah

Millionaire


Track 7. Written by Clayton Moss, Spike Edney, Joshua J Macrae and Peter Noone. Length 3:43.
This track segues from 'The Also Rans' and into 'Put It All Down To Love'.

Live Versions:
1. Live In Germany (3:17) (recorded in Düsseldorf, Germany, on 21 October 1991)
Lyrics: (the lyrics in italics are spoken by an unknown (posh) voice or sung by what sounds like a group of children)
Trash my guitar
I got a lot to spare
Well, I can do what I want
It just don't seem fair

Let your fingers do the walking
What you hear is money talking
So love me now
Love me here
Love me good, honey
I'm a millionaire
A millionaire
Yeah

I got a swimming pool
You know it keep a me cool
Got a car that's flash
I got a rash from cash

Let your fingers do the walking
What you hear is money talking
So love me now
Love me here
Love me good, honey
I'm a millionaire
A millionaire, yeah

Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow

I think I can safely say I'm on my way to my birthday lift
I say


Hey, I'm a famous dude
And I just exude
I got a Cadillac
I put my money in the back
Weren't you thrilled to bits with my greatest hits
Ain't I a loveable guy

So love me now
Love me here
Love me good
I'm a millionaire

So love me now
Love me here
Love me good
I'm a millionaire, ah yeah


I'm rich, I am stinking bloody well rich
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha
Millionaire, yeah


He's a lovely neezer, na, na, na, na, na
I haven't got any change
Well you better go and get some hadn't you, old garcon

He's had lots of money, na, na, na, na, na

We have to stop now guys - we can't afford any more

Put It All Down To Love


Track 8. Written by Spike Edney. Length 3:34.
This track segues from 'Millionaire'. On the original album, it doesn't fade out fully before 'Hand Of Fools' starts, but it doesn't really count as a segue.

Alternate Versions:
1. Single Version (3:39) (on the 'Life Changes' CD single only; the album version with the last guitar solo of 'Millionaire' (from 3:38 onwards) at the start)
2. 2013 Remastered Version (3:35) (this is identical to the original album version, but it fades out fully)

Lyrics:
Yeah
Ow
Well, looky over here
Coming down the street
It's long faced Sally
The saddest girl to meet

She got all the world's problems
She carries all of our sins
Ah, but wait a minute Sally
You've got a mile wide grin

She's got something to smile about
She found a lover and she wants to shout
Put it all down to love
You know you gotta put it all down to love
You better put it all down to love

Do my eyes deceive
I'm on the other side
Oh, it's my pal Joey
The greatest man alive

He's a clown, he's a joker
He'll bring you down to your knees
Ah, but wait a minute Joey
What are these tears I see?

You got a reason to cry today
He had a lover but she's gone away

Put it all down to love
You know you really gotta put it all down to love
Put it all down to love

Loves the reason for all the things we do
Loves the reason I'm not over you
I'll be the golden bullet in your genetic gun
So look out baby, here I come, here I come

Yeah right
Ow, go get 'em Joey
He's a joker
She's got something to smile about
She found a lover and she wants to shout
Put it all down to love
You really gotta put it all down to love
Put it all down to love

Put it all down to love
You really got to put it all down to love
Put it all down to love, down to love
Put it all down to love

Hand Of Fools


Track 9. Written by Spike Edney and Peter Noone. Length 4:31.
On the original album, this track segues into 'Life Changes'.

Alternate Versions:
1. 2013 Remastered Version (4:35) (this is identical to the original album version, but features a full fade-out)
Lyrics:
Oooh, time
Time
Time

Streets echo the last retreat
Dust falls to the ground
A mother cries help

While walking in paradise
Look around and you'll see
We're stripping it bare
Soon they'll be no place to turn

Who plays the hand of fools
With who's God given right
It's outta control
Don't it show

While profit oils the big machine
And we've short changed the facts
Where does it stop
And the life blood is slipping away - everyday

And who plays the hand of fools
With who's God given right
It's outta control
It's outta control

And who plays the hand of fools
In a war torn and savage place
It's outta control
And it chills to the bone

And who plays the hand of fools
With who's God given right
It's outta control
It's outta control

And who plays the hand of fools
In a war torn and savage place
It's outta control
And it chills to the bone

And who plays the hand of fools
With who's God given right
It's outta control
It's outta control

Who, oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh
Who, oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh
Who, oooh, oooh, oooh
Who, oooh, oooh, oooh

Who, oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh
Who, oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh
Who, oooh, oooh, oooh
Who, oooh, oooh, oooh
Who

Za, za, zoo

Life Changes


Track 10. Written by Clayton Moss, Spike Edney, Joshua J Macrae and Peter Noone. Length 5:54.
This track segues from 'Hand Of Fools' on the original album.

Additional Assistance:
Geoffrey Richardson (violin and viola)
Helen Liebman (cello)

Alternate Versions:
1. Single Version (3:53) (on the CD single, the 'Singles 2' album and 'The Lot' boxed set; contains the first three seconds, 0:39 to 2:54, 3:01 to 3:04, 3:18 to 4:04 and 4:20 to 5:07, fading out from 4:43 onwards)
2. 2013 Remastered Version Error (5:55?) (on the first pressing of 'The Lot' boxed set; at the end of the track, the single version starts but then fades out again)

Lyrics: (the lyrics in red are missing from the single version)
Oooh, yeah
Here come the sharp shooters and teenage looters today
Got a pistol in their pocket gonna blow all your dreams away
They rip through your life like a hurricane blowing
Time is the healer alone and you know it
Here come the dream weaver, you better believe her today

And life - it changes around
Don't ask me why I don't know
Love - can always be found
Don't ask me why that's how it is
(Life) ooh, that's how it is
(Life)

Here come the abusers to tempt you and lead you astray
In this outlaw ghetto your soul is the price that you'll pay
But out of the darkness there will soon come a light
To take you and lead you through this endless night
She'll love you and hold you
To keep you from slipping away

And life - it changes around
Don't ask me why I don't know
Love - can always be found
Don't ask me why that's how it is
(Life) ooh, that's how it is

(Life) honey

And I believe in my love for you
How does it feel, would you feel?

And life - it changes around
Don't ask me how I don't know
Love - can always be found
Don't ask me why that's how it is

Life - it changes around
Don't ask me why I don't know
Love - can always be found
Don't ask me why that's how it is


(Life) life changes around
(Life) life changes around

Love can (love can always be found) always be found (change)
Life changes around (changes around)

Change, ooooh
Change, ahhhh
Change, ahhhh
Ooooh
Ooooh

Ooooh, changes
Changes around (changes)
Changes around (change)
Ooooh, changes
Ooooh
Ooooh, changes
Life changes around

Ha, ha, you lucky people

Heartland


Non Album Track. Written by Peter Noone. Length 4:46.
Available on the extremely rare 'Life Changes' German CD single, the 'Singles 2' album and 'The Lot' boxed set.
Roger Taylor and Peter Noone sing lead vocals.
This track is fast and has very prominent percussion, and is one of the best tracks from the album sessions.

Lyrics: (Roger sings the 4th, 8th, 10th, 11th and 12th verses, Peter sings the 1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th. The 3rd, 8th and 9th verses have the first two lines sung jointly, the first half of the third line is sung by Peter and the second by Roger)
How long can this go on
How long can we see this wrong
And sing the same old song

There's a desert all round me
And the valley of apathy
Far as I could see

I was on the outside
Always looking in
Now I stand, I can't turn and face away

Here I will stay
On my own I will pray
All alone on this stage
In the heartland

When the colour of your skin
Decides where you begin
In analysing things

So if you walk alone
While others cast the stone
Stay on your own

The changing of the new tide
Is something you can't hide
Take your stand, this truth will fade away

Here I will stay
On my own I will pray
All alone on this stage
In the heartland, yeah

I was on the outside
Always looking in
Now, I stand, I can't turn and face away

Here I will stay
On my own I will pray
All alone on this stage
In the heartland

Here I will stay
On my own I will pray
All alone on this stage
In the heartland
The heartland, yeah

Here I will stay
On my own
I will pray
I ain't never gonna fade away
Alone on this stage
In the heartland

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