Hammer To Fall

Album: Works (1984)
Charted: 13
  • "Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey
    Hammer To Fall"

    Here we stand, here we fall
    History don't care at all
    Made the bed, light the light
    Lady Mercy won't be home tonight

    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
    Yeah, and it's time for the hammer to fall

    Oh every night, and every day
    A little piece of you is falling away
    But lift your face the Western way
    Build your

    Tow the line and play their game
    'Til the anesthetic covers it all
    'Til one day they call your name
    When 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 'cause rain is pouring
    Through your window pane
    (Oh no)
    Baby, now your trouble's all in vain, yeah

    For you who grew up tall and proud
    In the shadow of the mushroom cloud
    Convinced our voices can't be heard
    Just wanna scream it louder and louder and louder

    What the hell are we fighting for?
    Just surrender and it won't hurt at all
    Just got time to say your prayers
    Then it's time for the hammer to, hammer to fall

    Yeah, to fall

    Hey, hey
    Hey, hey
    Hey, yeah
    One more time

    Waiting for the hammer to fall

    Give it to me one more time Writer/s: Brian May
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 26

  • Quaddy from Argelton, United Kingdomhave to correct Roy from London, on the post above but one, Queen did not write Hammer To Fall for the Highlander OST, the track was already in existence on the album The Works from 1984, two years prior to Highlander (1986), it merely appeared in the film not made for like the others you cite.
  • Bhoomika from Kathmandu, Otherthe version by brian may and paul rodger's at the return of the champions concert is wonderful... Got really touched!
  • Jacob from Harrison, NyThis is my favorite song on the Freddy Mercury Tribute Concert
    Gary Cherone just has a great stage presence about him during this song
  • Mr. B from Doon Bish, EnglandWell Queen did about 8billion apaling songs but this is one of those 30 or so that are pretty mint.
  • Ched - from La Union, PhilippinesI LOVE QUEEN because they reinvent their own music... i like freddie's version (on concerts) and the slow version by brian may and paul rodger's at the return of the champions concert (queen + paul rodger).... BRAVO!!!
  • Josh from TorontoYou gotta think of It's the End of the World as We Know It, by R.E.M, and London Calling by The Clash when you hear this
  • Johnny from Los Angeles, CaThis song always reminds me of Slim Pickens riding the nuke in Dr. Strangelove. I love it.
  • Daniel from Columbus, OhThis song actually did appear in the movie "Highlander". It was playing on the radio when the survivalist guy was driving around and he found the Kurgan sword-fighting the African immortal. The song that was playing when the old lady was on the hood of the car was an instrumental version of "Don't Lose Your Head", on the reverse side of the single "Princess of the Universe" the instrumental version of "Dont Lose Your Head" was entitled "A Dozen Red Roses for my Darling".
  • Jonathon from Clermont, FlThis is a great song. I also really like "Tear It Up" as far as songs off of this particular album.
  • James from Vancouver, CanadaStephen King gave credit to Queen for "Hammer to Fall" in his book, The Tommyknockers - he does so on the first few pages or so.
  • Tim from Dalton, MaI always see this as a anti USSR song with the whole Hammer to Fall part, and Surrender and it won't hurt at all
  • Katie from Somewhere, NjI love the version of this song that they played at Live Aid. In fact, I love it so much that I burned it off the DVD and onto my iPod! ;) Radio Ga Ga was also done very well at Live Aid.
  • Stu from Fife, ScotlandGreat Queen songs often come in pairs, best played in the order on the album, like We Will Rock You and We Are the Champions. Hammer To Fall goes with Is This The World We Created? The first is about Cold War dilemmas - "What the hell're we fighting for? Just surrender and it won't hurt at all!" - and the second song laments the devastation after it all goes wrong.
  • Nathan from Defiance, OhThis proves no matter the decade or style, Queen is always relevent.
  • Jake from Newport, NhActually, when the song was in Highlander, it was played on a cassette, right?

    The song when the old lady was screaming was when Freddie was singing 'New York, New York' on the radio.
  • Alicia from Tamaqua, PaAll I have to say is.... this is a great song! I love listening to it. :-)
  • Kyle from Dallas, TxI hate typos, I'm so ashamed :( lol
  • Kyle from Dallas, TxUm, hatre to get pissy but number 1, Hammer to Fall wasn't made in 1980 so how could it be the theme if the 1980 Lions? Also it was in Highlander, in the scene was the antagonist speeds in the car with the screaming old lady, it's the song playing on the radio.
  • Michael from Hamburg, GermanyIt's a great song!
  • Robert from Washington, Dcthis song WAS in highlander the movie. it's in that part when the vietnam vet is driving around and comes across two men fighting with the swords. the song plays in his car.
  • Rob from Portage, MiThis was the unofficial theme song of the 1980 Detroit Lions, after they started the season 4-0. The Lions are known for somehow blowing big leads, and good starts.
  • Dee from Indianapolis, InAnother great Queen song that never got radio play.
  • Chuck from Joppa, Md, MdPoetic look on the Cold War, and what may happen if nuclear war were to erupt between the United States and Soviet Union. Features Queen in one of their heaviest rock songs.
  • Mike from Sydney, AustraliaHammer to fall was never in the movie Highlander, or on the soundtrack. The unoffical soundtrack to Highlander - made in 1986, was Kind of Magic. The works was released in 1984, two years before Highlander was released.
  • Roy from London, EnglandThis song was one of nine numbers Queen wrote for the soundtrack to the Movie "Highlander",starring Christopher Lambert as the immortal Conor MacLeod. Other tracks include "Who Wants To Live Forever", Princes Of The Universe", and "It's A Kind Of Magic".
  • Tracy from Madison, WiOh my, that is cheery!
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