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.
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.
- youtube.com/watch?v=2CeO8I0cwQo - Album version.
- en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_Away - Wikipedia.
- discogs.com/Queen-Long-Away/master/458422 - Discogs.
- queensongs.info/song-analysis/songwriting-analyses/no-synth-era/a-day-at-the-races/long-away - Song analysis.
- songmeanings.com/songs/view/106026 - Song Meanings.