Hammer To Fall

Lingua: Inglese

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Written by Brian May
Scritta da Brian May
Album: The Works

"Hammer to fall" potrebbe essere interpretata come una bomba atomica che cade. Una tragica "ironia interna" a questo sito: il numero della canzone è esattamente il 911.

"This is an anti-nuke song, written by Queen's guitarist Brian May. Hammer to fall should be interpreted as 'nuclear bomb coming down'. It's was a moderate rock hit in Europe (although I think the overdone 80s production makes the song sound 'over-compressed'). It featured on Queen's The Works album (da questa pagina).

hammertofall"Hammer to Fall" is a 1984 hard rock song written by Brian May and performed by the British rock group Queen with Freddie Mercury on lead vocal. It appeared in their 1984 album The Works.

It was the fourth and final single to be released from that album, although the single version was edited down by thirty seconds in contrast to the version on the album. Different sleeves were used to package this single and the live picture sleeve is now a collector's item. The song was also the subject of a popular music video directed by David Mallet, in which was a regular live performance of the song by the band in Brussels during the Works Tour (Roger Taylor can be seen wearing a "Choose Life" t-shirt in the video). The song harks back to the Queen of old, with a song being built around a hard angular and muscular riff.

The song was a concert favourite and was also played at Live Aid. A different version of the song with the first part played in the style of a ballad was played by Queen + Paul Rodgers in 2005. The song peaked at number 13 in the UK and was later featured in the movie Highlander.

At the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in 1992, Extreme singer Gary Cherone performed the song with the band, having earlier done a medley of other Queen songs with his own group.

The lyrics refer to the Cold War era in which the band members grew up, fuelling the popular conception that the song was about nuclear war [...] The song, however, contains many more references to death and its inevitability [...].

The issue was effectively settled when May wrote on his website that "Hammer to Fall is really about life and death, and being aware of death as being part of life. [...] The Hammer coming down is only a symbol of the Grim Reaper doing his job!!"

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
We’re just waiting
For the hammer to fall

Oh ev’ry night and every day
A little piece of you is falling away
But lift your face the western way
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

Rich or poor or famous
For your truth it’s all the same (oh no oh no)
Lock your door the rain is pouring
Through your window pane (oh no)
Baby now your struggle’s all in vain

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 louder

What the hell we fighting for?
Just surrender and it won’t hurt at all
You just got time to say your prayers
While your waiting for the hammer to hammer to fall

It’s gonna fall know..hammer to fall
Waiting for the hammer to fall now baby
While you’re waiting for the hammer to fall

Give it to me one more time

Lingua: Italiano

Versione italiana composita
in parte tratta da Carmelo Fruciano - Traduzioni Queen e in parte dalla traduzione di Alessandro Massara dal volume secondo di Queen - tutti i testi - Arcana editrice - 1992

Che noi si rimanga in piedi o che noi cadiamo
non passerà comunque alla storia
Fare il letto accendere la luce
La signora Pietà non sarà a casa stasera

Non perdi tempo
Non senti la campana ma rispondi alla chiamata
Tocca a te come a tutti noi
Stiamo solo aspettando
Che si abbatta il martello

Oh ogni notte e ogni giorno
Un piccolo pezzo di te va via
Ma ti fai il lifting al volto alla maniera occidentale
Ti modelli i muscoli man mano che il tuo corpo si affloscia

Trascina la corda e stai al loro gioco sì
Lascia che l'anestetico copra tutto
Finché un giorno non chiamano il tuo nome
E saprai che è il momento che si abbatta il martello

Ricco o povero o famoso
La verità è la stessa (oh no oh no)
Chiudi la porta ma la pioggia sta cadendo
Attraverso i vetri della tua finestra (oh no)
Baby adesso la tua lotta è vana

Perché noi siamo cresciuti alti e orgogliosi
All'ombra del fungo atomico
Convinti che le nostre voci non possano esser sentite
Vogliamo solo gridarlo sempre più forte

Per cosa diavolo stiamo combattendo?
Arrenditi e non ti farà male
Hai solo il tempo di dire le tue preghiere
Mentre aspetti che si abbatta il martello

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