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Posted: 11 Jul 05, 18:44 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Does anyone know if there's any significance in the line, "Oh help me, God, please help me." at the end of IMD? I know it wasn't written by Freddie, but I wondered if he know he was ill when he recorded it, and was ad-libbing?

If there's going to be another studio album, I think they should do a Queen version of this, obviously with FM on vocals, which would be fantastic!



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Posted: 11 Jul 05, 22:10 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie was not ill at the time of recording this (possibly done in late '84 or '85). As far as I can tell, there's no real significance to any of the lines. But I do know that it only took Freddie one take to sing this! I think that in itself is impressive; as we all know (or SHOULD know) that Queen and Freddie, in particular, were perfectionists.

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Posted: 11 Jul 05, 23:20 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Lord Fickle: Does anyone know if there's any significance in the line, "Oh help me, God, please help me." at the end of IMD?

Yes - there is - if you listen to the song in context.
It comes from a musical called Time, which was performed on the London stage in the mid 1980's, but without listening to the other tracks in order, then I can understand why it makes no sense to you.

The actual show was about a man who has a second chance, and follows his expliots. (No the show was not based on Freddie - or his life).

Therefore, I strongly recommend you hunt down the original LP, and give the complete soundtrack a listen.

Lord Fickle: If there's going to be another studio album, I think they should do a Queen version of this, obviously with FM on vocals, which would be fantastic!

In the light of above - and other copyright reasons, coupled with the fact that both Brian and Roger are heavilly involved in other projects, this just aint gonna happen!



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Posted: 12 Jul 05, 17:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Thanks for the info, John. I never really took to Freddie's solo material, so this is one of the few tracks I like. I still think it would have been a great Queen track. :)


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Posted: 14 Jul 05, 08:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Zander05...

I don't mean to split hairs mate, but Freddie did do more than one take of In My Defence, however he never bettered the first take, thus they used it (rather than he did one take and that was that).

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Posted: 14 Jul 05, 10:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

GreatKingSam,

Thanks for the correction :-) Cheers!

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Posted: 14 Jul 05, 20:05 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie didn't write the song or the lyrics. But he did add the last lines 'help me god, please help me' as an ad lib And the writer (Tim Rice?) liked it


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Posted: 14 Jul 05, 21:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I thought it was making a reference to no one being around to tie his shoes....


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Posted: 15 Jul 05, 05:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

FriedChicken<br><font size=1>The Almighty</font> wrote:

Freddie didn't write the song or the lyrics. But he did add the last lines 'help me god, please help me' as an ad lib And the writer (Tim Rice?) liked it


Song was written by Dave Clark, John Soames and Jeff Daniels, not Tim Rice.

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Posted: 15 Jul 05, 05:56 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Jeff Daniels...?

He was good in Dumb & Dumber

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Posted: 15 Jul 05, 15:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

For more context, there is an interesting website about the Time musical here:

http://www.angelfire.com/fl3/Defymcbeth/Time2.html

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