Patti (whipartist) wrote,

Hammer to Fall

Here are two live videos of an old Queen song-- Hammer to Fall. The first one is the style of the original recording, which is pretty much just a standard rock song. The second from the Queen + Paul Rodgers tour, and it's a much different interpretation. It's so stylistically different that the first time I heard it I couldn't quite figure out what it was, though it was hauntingly familiar. When I listen to them now, one of them sounds like the right way to play the song and the other just doesn't work very well for me.

I'm curious mostly about the style of the song rather than the performance itself. Which one do you like better? Why? And did you know the song before you watched these?

For completeness, here are the lyrics:

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

Yeah, you don't waste no time at all
Don't hear the bell but you answer the call
It comes to you as to us all
Hey, we're just waiting
For the hammer to fall - yeah

Oh every night, and every day
A little piece of you is falling away
But lift your face, the western way, baby
Build your muscles as your body decays

Yeah, toe your line and play their game
Yeah, let the anaesthetic cover it all
Till one day they call your name
You know it's time for the hammer to fall - yeah

Rich or poor or famous for
Your truth it's all the same - oh no - oh no
Oh lock your door but rain is pouring
Through your window pane - oh no - yeah
Baby now your struggle's all vain

Oooh oooh oooh oooh oooh

For we who grew up tall and proud
In the shadow of the mushroom cloud
Convinced our voices can't be heard
We just wanna scream it louder and louder and louder

What the hell we fighting for ?
Ah, just surrender and it won't hurt at all
You just got time to say your prayers
Eh, while you're waiting for the hammer to hammer to fall
Hey, yes, it's starting to fall eh, hammer, you know
Yeah, hammer to fall, wooh, ah, hey, eh woowoo, ha eh hammer
Waiting for the hammer to fall baby
Yeah yeah while you're waiting for the hammer to fall
Give it to me one more time
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