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Posted: 21 May 05, 05:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

In my opinion Keep Passing The Open Windows is one of the best songs on The Works together with It`s A Hard Life and Hammer To Fall..
It has never been performed live, anybody has an idea why ? It think it`s much underrated..

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Posted: 21 May 05, 05:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, they couldn't play all written, recorded, released songs... But song is very good, agree.

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Posted: 21 May 05, 06:16 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I agree, I love it!
Does anybody know what the open windows refer to? I guess many know....but I always wondered that.

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Posted: 21 May 05, 06:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Name for the song is quote from book of John Irving 'The Hotel New Hampshire' (song was written for the movie based on this book, but wasn't used). Literally it means "don't try suicide".

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Posted: 21 May 05, 08:31 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

i think it has a bit more soul than most mid 80s queen album tracks. you can feel a real convinction and passion behind freddie's vocals.

less of which can be heard on "dont lose your head" or "hang on in there"

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Posted: 21 May 05, 10:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks Sergey, that is very interesting. I didn't know it was written for a movie. I had heard it had to do with suicide, but I can't understand what the "open windows" have to do with it :-). Could you explain that to me?

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Posted: 21 May 05, 10:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Fairy wrote:

Thanks Sergey, that is very interesting. I didn't know it was written for a movie. I had heard it had to do with suicide, but I can't understand what the "open windows" have to do with it :-). Could you explain that to me?

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I can't. I don't know what's the connection. This movie was shown on our TV two days ago but I didn't watch it, maybe if I'd heard where and when this quote was said - I'd explain, but... Sorry :(

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Posted: 21 May 05, 10:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

"The film talks about a family that weathers all sorts of disasters and keeps going in spite of it all. It is noted for its wonderful assortment of oddball characters."

"Early in preproduction, the rock band Queen were asked to do songs for the movie. They completed at least one song for the soundtrack, "Keep Passing The Open Windows", but the collaboration fell through. The finished film saw no Queen contribution, but that same year their album "The Works" (1984) did feature this song."

Check this:
http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hv&id=1800078311&cf=info&intl=us

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0087428/

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Posted: 21 May 05, 14:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I have the same theory... keep a certain distance to open windows... things that can be dangerous for you.... may be in a weak moment you lose control and jump / fall out of it or try to kill yourself.. there is a lot in the lyrics.. I really love that song. Freddie sings it with great passion and power.

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Posted: 21 May 05, 15:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Holland!!! wrote:

It's a fucky fucky song!!!


does that mean you like it or dislike it lol :-P
its the first Queen song i ever heard so i love it!!


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Posted: 21 May 05, 16:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

you never forget the first time.. especially when it is not the last time.. lol..

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Posted: 21 May 05, 16:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

...the music is very Joe Jackson

sounds borrowed

Stepping Out ish



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Posted: 21 May 05, 18:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

bgordon88 wrote:

...the music is very Joe Jackson

sounds borrowed

Stepping Out ish



Wow , you read my mind and beat me to it.

I've always thought of this tune as Queen's answer to Steppin' Out

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Posted: 21 May 05, 18:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

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It has never been performed live, anybody has an idea why ? It think it`s much underrated..


because that album got some heavy promotion live

from a nine-track cd you got seven played on the works tour

radio gaga, iwtbf, hammer, tear it up, machines, is this the world..., hard life

which only left two tracks - mano onthe prowl and open windows


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Posted: 21 May 05, 18:51 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

bgordon88 wrote:

...the music is very Joe Jackson

sounds borrowed

Stepping Out ish



which is apt - when you think that when queen were recording this at (record plant - i think) the joe jacksn song had just been released - so it was very much in FM's consciousness


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Posted: 22 May 05, 06:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks guys. The theory makes lots of sense to me!
I love this song. and I like Joe Jackson so....who cares! :-)

Thanks Sergey for the links. I'll check them out. I'd love to see the movie.

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