Long Away

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7" single.

Long Away is a progressive folk rock song by Queen. The music, lyrics, and vocals are all the work of Brian May. The song was originally released on the album A Day At the Races on 1976-12-10 and later released as a single on 1977-06-07 with You and I as the B-side. The song was also the B-side for some versions of the Somebody to Love single.

Around 1977, a bootleg compilation was released in Thailand which featured Long Away as the titular track and also included Heart's Barracuda, Kansas's What's On My Mind, and Bonston's Piece of Mind. The album art is an altered version of the self-titled album of the little known 1970s rock band, Alexis with their name covered up.

This is my favorite track off of A Day At the Races. Even though the song is about death of loved ones, the guitar has a comforting sound, and Brian's vocals are are nice and mild. The bridge between the first chorus and the second verse is has some wonderful guitar work. The loneliness invoked about in the first verse is nullified by the uplifting rise in the second verse.

Lyrics

You might believe in heaven
I would not care to say
For every star in heaven
There's a sad soul here today
Wake up in the morning with a good face
Stare at the moon all day
Lonely as a whisper on a star chase
Does anyone care anyway?
For all the prayers in heaven
So much of life's this way

Did we leave our way behind us?
Such a long long way behind us
Who knows when now who knows where
Where the light of day will find us?
Look for the day

Take heart my friend we love you
Though it seems like you're alone
A million light's above you
Smile down upon your home
Hurry put your troubles in a suitcase
Come let the new child play
Lonely as a whisper on a star chase
I'm leaving here, I'm long away
For all the stars in heaven
I would not live, I could not live this way

Did we leave our way behind us?
Such a long long way behind us
Leave it for some hopeless lane
Such a long long way, such a long long way
Such a long long way, such a long way.
I'm looking for, still looking that day.

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