Let Me Live

Album: Made In Heaven (1995)
Charted: 9

Songfacts®:

  • Like most of the songs from Made In Heaven (the exceptions being "Mother Love," "You Don't Fool Me" and "A Winter's Tale") Freddie Mercury's vocals were taken from a previous recording. In this case it was from a 1983 unfinished demo for an unreleased song called "Another Piece Of My Heart," which was a collaboration between Queen and Rod Stewart. The Rod Stewart vocals were axed for "Let Me Live," but the Mercury vocals weren't enough for a full song so Brian May and Roger Taylor stepped in and wrote new parts which they recorded. What that created was the only Queen song where all three of the group's vocalists sung lead. The choir-like harmony part in the middle of the song was done by session singers as Roger Taylor and Brian May probably couldn't recreate the three-part harmonies Queen was known for. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Kyle - Dallas, TX

Comments: 9

  • Terry Ewart from N.c.I still listen to queen weekly! Miss them all.......Oh Freddie......You still capture my heart. I toast a glass of Moët and Chandon to you, Brian, Roger, and John. Here is to album recordings so your music still lives on my radio.
  • Rachel from London, United Kingdom
    Love Roger's vocals on this, probably his best yet
  • Ryan from Eaton, InNo-one has ever been able to confirm that this song comes from any of the Rod Stewart jams--there were a few in the late 70s, and they also considered making 'Hot Space' a sort of 'duets' album, with a couple of tracks featuring Bowie, having some Rod Stewart vocals...I believe this is also one of the biggest parts of their history where they were talking to Michael Jackson (which resulted in the original demo of 'State of Shock', as well as 'Victory' which wound up on a Jacksons album). At any rate, nobody has ever confirmed where this Freddie vocal, or the basis of the song, came from; however, the original version contained lyrics from "Take Another Piece of My Heart" by Janis Joplin, which the label requested they remove to avoid suit from Joplin's estate.
  • Ched - from La Union, Philippinesi close my eyes every time i listen to this song... and my world freeze...i can feel every word and melody. awesome experience indeed.
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScGreat song! Love the vocals!
  • Rosa from Reading, Englandshame this song could never have been performd live. sure freddie regreted that.
  • Amy from Dallas, TxAgreed with both
  • Alicia from Tamaqua, PaI agree with you Steph...... It truely is a song that grabs you.... Such a presious meaningfull one out of all.
  • Freddie from Orlando, Flyouve got to just sit and let this fill your heart. Theres something profoundly sweet about it, about the three boys all singing it togther. and the song in itself... its a very very wonderful one.
see more comments

Editor's Picks

Producer Ron NevisonSong Writing

Ron Nevison explains in very clear terms the Quadrophenia concept and how Heart staged their resurgence after being dropped by their record company.

Bible LyricsMusic Quiz

Rockers, rappers and pop stars have been known to quote the Bible in their songs. See if you match the artist to the biblical lyric.

Tom Keifer of CinderellaSongwriter Interviews

Tom talks about the evolution of Cinderella's songs through their first three albums, and how he writes as a solo artist.

Joe JacksonSongwriter Interviews

Joe talks about the challenges of of making a Duke Ellington tribute album, and tells the stories behind some of his hits.

N.W.A vs. the WorldSong Writing

How the American gangsta rappers made history by getting banned in the UK.

Chad Channing (Nirvana, Before Cars)Songwriter Interviews

Chad tells tales from his time as drummer for Nirvana, and talks about his group Before Cars.