Music Monday: “’39” by Queen

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Music Monday is a meme, created by Drew at The Tattooed Book Geek, where I focus on a song I absolutely love and feel needs to be shared.

Song: “‘39”
Artist: Queen
Album: A Night At The Opera (1975)

Lyrics taken from genius.com

[Verse 1]
In the year of ’39 assembled here the volunteers
In the days when lands were few
Here the ship sailed out into the blue and sunny morn
Sweetest sight ever seen
And the night followed day
And the storytellers say
That the score brave souls inside
For many a lonely day sailed across the milky seas
Never looked back, never feared, never cried

 [Chorus]
Don’t you hear my call though you’re many years away
Don’t you hear me calling you
Write your letters in the sand
For the day I take your hand
In the land that our grandchildren knew

 [Verse 2]
In the year of ’39 came a ship in from the blue
The volunteers came home that day
And they bring good news of a world so newly born
Though their hearts so heavily weigh
For the Earth is old and grew, little darling we’ll away
But my love this cannot be
Oh so many years are gone though I’m older but a year
Your mother’s eyes from your eyes cry to me 

[Chorus]
Don’t you hear my call though you’re many years away
Don’t you hear me calling you
Write your letters in the sand
For the day I take your hand
In the land that our grandchildren knew 

[Chorus 2]
Don’t you hear my call though you’re many years away
Don’t you hear my calling you
All your letters in the sand cannot heal me like your hand
For my life
Still ahead
Pity Me

That’s right; Queen wrote a folk song about outer space. Well, guitarist Brian May wrote the song, but the entire band performed and recorded it. Queen is one of those bands where each of its member wrote songs and would contribute to the album; the only difficulty came when it was time to choose singles and each member would make their case for the song in question. Though it isn’t difficult to see why “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “You’re My Best Friend” were chosen as singles over “’39”, it remains one of my favorites in the band’s catalog.

“’39” tells the tale of astronauts who leave a dying Earth in search of a new home. They find a suitable replacement and return, believing that only a year has passed, to find the planet desolate due to time passing over hundreds of years rather than the single year they experienced. The song’s instrumentation focuses heavily on acoustic, 12-string guitar and tambourine with the band’s multi-layered harmonies that soar in extraterrestrial patterns to complement May’s soft lead vocals. This is really one of the hidden gems of Queen’s groundbreaking albums and one I am happy to share.

If you enjoyed this song, please feel free to check out the artist’s social media accounts below!

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6 thoughts on “Music Monday: “’39” by Queen

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