One Year of Love

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One Year of Love is a soft rock ballad by Queen. The music and lyrics were composed by John Deacon, and the vocals are sung by Freddie Mercury. It was originally released on the album A Kind of Magic on 1986-06-03, then released as a single in various European countries, though not Queen's native UK. In most of the regions where the single was released, it was paired with Gimme the Prize (Kurgan's Theme) as the B-side, which is quite the unusual choice for such a romantic song, although, some releases of the single used more appropriate songs like Pain Is So Close to Pleasure or Princes of the Universe.

The song was written for the film Highlander. In the film, a man who cannot age falls in love with a woman and marries her, but is left heartbroken as he watches her grow old and die while he remains young. For centuries he lives in fear of love, but eventually meets a woman whom he falls in love with and this song plays. As the lyrics explain, he'd rather have a brief moment of love and deal with the pain of her eventual death than live his life without her love.

I first heard this song in the mid 1990s after I first started getting into Queen. Around 1995, my mother had bought the Hollywood Records release of Queen's Greatest Hits, and, after enjoying it greatly, I asked for and received the album Classic Queen for the following Christmas. After learning that this song and A Kind of Magic, were both from the movie Highlander, and having already been a fan of the television show, I saw the film which caused me to buy the album A Kind of Magic.

This is my third favorite track off of A Kind of Magic. Although the lyrics are fairly simplistic, they're especially romantic with a hint of sorrow. Freddie really belts out the lyrics, and the saxophone fits the song perfectly and the ending stringed instrumental is very fitting. I like this song so much, I even had it played as the first dance at my wedding.

Lyrics

Just one year of love
Is better than a lifetime alone.
One sentimental moment in your arms
Is like a shooting star right through my heart.
It's always a rainy day without you.
I'm a prisoner of love inside you.
I'm falling apart all around you. Yeah.
My heart cries out to your heart.
I'm lonely, but you can save me.
My hand reaches for to your hand.
I'm cold, but you light the fire in me.
My lips search for your lips,
I'm hungry for your touch.
There's so much left unspoken.
And all I can do is surrender
To the moment, just surrender.

Yeah, no one ever told me that love would hurt so much (oooh, yes it hurts),
And pain is so close to pleasure.
And all I can do (oooh) is surrender
To your love (oooh, just surrender to your love)
Just one year of love
Is better than a lifetime alone.
One sentimental moment in your arms
Is like a shooting star right through my heart.
It's always a rainy day without you.
I'm a prisoner of love inside you.
I'm falling apart all around you
And all I can do is surrender.

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