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On December 9, 2018
'39 (Thirty Nine)
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'39" is a song by British rock band Queen. Composed by lead guitarist Brian May, it is the fifth track on their fourth studio album A Night at the Opera. The song was also the B-side to "You're My Best Friend". The song relates the tale of a group of space explorers who embark on what is, from their perspective, a year-long voyage. Upon their return, however, they realise that a hundred years have passed, because of the time dilation effect in Einstein's special theory of relativity, and the loved ones they left behind are now all dead or aged. May sings lead vocal on the studio recording of the song, one of his few lead vocals on Queen recordings. May had asked bassist John Deacon to play double bass as a joke but a couple of days later he found Deacon in the studio with the instrument, and he had already learned to play it. May had been working on his thesis in astrophysics, but eventually abandoned his studies to pursue his career with Queen. In 2006, he resumed his studies and eventually completed his thesis, titled "A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud", and received his PhD in 2008.Since Queen had named their albums A Night at the Opera and A Day at the Races after two of the Marx Brothers' most popular films, surviving brother Groucho Marx invited Queen to visit him at his Los Angeles home in March 1977 (five months before he died). The band thanked him, and performed "'39" a cappella. The song was a live favourite throughout the 1970s, often being used a singalong in concert. It was first performed in Edinburgh in September 1976 and remained in setlists until December 1979, although the song was briefly performed in 1984. Instead of May singing the lead vocals live, Mercury did. The Guardian later commented that live performances of the song were played as "a raucous, rollicking sea shanty. The song is featured on the live album Live Killers. George Michael performed "'39" at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in April 1992.Michael cited this song as his favourite Queen song, claiming he used to busk it on the London Underground. Recently, Queen have included the song on the setlists of their Queen + Adam Lambert tours in 2012 & 2014-2015 featuring Adam Lambert& both Queen + Paul Rodgers Tours which were Queen + Paul Rodgers Tour & Rock the Cosmos featuring Paul Rodgers; as on the album, it is sung by May. I felt a little like that about my home at the time, having been away and seen this vastly different world of rock music which was totally different from the way I was brought up. People may not generally admit it but I think that when most people write songs there is more than one level to them – they'll be about one thing on the surface, but underneath they're probably trying, maybe even unconsciously, to say something about their own life, their own experience – and in nearly all my stuff, there is a personal feeling.
Though the song isn't a happy shanty. It was a time in my life where I really had no idea who Queen were. The album was one of the first I bought as a consumer. The way they presented their style was so phenomenal. No group was as talented musically. I had the good fortune of seeing them while I was stationed in Japan. Part of the show,was a sit down acoustic jam and '39 was a part of that. It was unforgettable. Hearing and seeing Freddie and Brian was enchanting. When they did Love of My Life, the crowd participation was magical. I just chose this song for the reason I love music so much is wether I listen to it now or 100 years from now, It will still make me happy..
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you really did an awesome sing on this and I really enjoyed my listen!!
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God bless us all in these times of trials! Stay safe n well folks xoxo <3
Awesome sing m/f love it! Hit the button! God bless n stay safe n warm Merry Christmas and have a Happy and Peaceful New Year!
Super sing on this Queen track. A super memory for you to treasure!!
Wow I've not heard this song in forever, so ty Mark for letting me hear it again
Sounding as amazing as always, loving my listen & wishing you a very Merry Christmas and New Year, hugs Karan xxx
Wonderful choice and story MichaelTerrific vocalsGrandiose performance enjoyed it very muchthank you for your visit and have a Blessed Christmas LIB and take care Norman
Hi Mark....Sounding great as always mf!!Enjoyed my listen!!sol~
I LOVE MY MUSICAL NOTES! THANK YOU!!!!! r/b0747e179
FANTASTIC VOCALS MARK... SUPER COOL SONG AND WOW............YOU CERTAINLY NAILED THIS SONG BEAUTIFULLY.... GREAT VOICE!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU ACED THIS 100% TOTALLY LOVED MY READING AND YOUR SINGING IS WONDERFULLLLLLLLLLLLLL....MMMMMM HUMMMMMM OUTSTANDING ENTRY..ALWAYS A PLEASURE TAKING THESE JOURNEYS AND A PLEASURE TRAVELING WITH YOU AND YOUR AMAZING ENTRIES...THANK YOU.. UNTIL NEXT TIME... TAKE GOOD CARE..............GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS........MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU!! HUGS,RIBBON~
I love Queen!
You sound great awesome and amazing here!
Love so much!
What a great lighting technique and a confident sing in a very lyrically enjoyable song. First time to hear this song, but I am glad I visited. Good job. We have come to the end of our journey and hope you have enjoyed the ride! It certainly was a lot of fun!
Sing it Mark - Clapping!I sure enjoyed my listen - Cool vocals all the way!WTG on this great Queen song - Bravo!Interesting story to boot - Great job Buddy! Regards, Peter [/center
Very grand sing for us,,,,,,enjoyed my visit and time as your team mate this journey. <have a wonderful holiday season
Singing supercharges the endorphins - those "feel good" chemicals so great for healing!
I've had Queen songs on my mind again since seeing Bohemian Rhapsody. Always loved the creativity and genius in their music. This is a fabulous performance, Dave, as if you've been singing this all along. I love this!! Magical song as Queen always delivered. You've outdone yourself. Just fantastic. Happy Holidays to you!!Lorrie
Hello Queen my favorite band of the 70's with there amazing sound this is not easy song but you sailed through this I remember that Roger having to sing very high in the chorus and the beginning just amazing enjoyedbeing your team mate on this journey have a Happy Christmas John
Green with envy, knowing you got to see them live. Freddie is one of my favorite singers. His versatility is unmatched to this day. This is a strong, quality entry. Always good to see you sing sir.
HI MY FRIEND.....YOU SOUND AMAZING....WOW.....OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE......I LOVED IT...... HUGS~DEB
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