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​'39

This song is by Queen + Paul Rodgers and appears on the album Return Of The Champions (2005).

Brian: OK, you don't expect comedy from me, do you? You won't get it. OK, um, you know I have to say something, I get a very strange feeling about time, coming out here and sitting amongst all of you here, it's a priv-, a very privileged position to be sitting where I am, um, I can hardly believe it, it's, it's like you have to keep pinching yourself, it was almost nineteen years ago when Queen last trod the boards up here in Sheffield, and in some ways it seems like yesterday, some ways it's a very long time, and I look around and I see a lot of wonderful friendly faces, thank you all for being here. And the amazing thing is, the amazing thing is some of you I do know, and some of you guys, I look and, and you kind of look familiar, but actually you know you were probably not, or, or even just born when a, when this last happened, welcome to you all, we love you. Which brings me to the theme of this song which I'd like to sing for you, and I'd like you to sing with me if you're up for it, you wanna sing? OK, I'm just gonna tell you, this song is about time as well, it's about a, it's about a man who goes off in a silver spaceship to discover new lands, which he manages to do, but when he comes back, he a, he feels like he's only a year older, but to the people back on earth, his planet is a hundred years older. And a, you wanna sing? It goes like this.

In the year of '39 assembled here the volunteers
In the days when lands were few
And the ship sailed out into the blue and sunny morn
The sweetest sight ever seen

And the night followed day
And the story tellers say
That the score brave souls inside
For many a lonely day sailed across the milky seas
Ne'er looked back, never feared, never cried

Don't you (Audience: hear my call though you're many years away)
Don't you hear me calling you
Write your letters in the sand
For the day I take your hand
In the land that our grandchildren knew

In the year of '39 came a ship in from the blue
The volunteers came home that day
And they bring good news of a world so newly born
Though their hearts so heavenly weigh
For the earth is old and grey, little darling went away
But my love this cannot be
For so many years have gone though I'm older but a year
Your mothers eyes from your eyes cry to me

Don't you hear my call
Though you're many years away
Audience: Don't you hear me calling you
Write your letters in the sand
For the day I take your hand
In the land that our grandchildren knew

Don't you hear my call
Though you're many years away
Don't you hear me calling you
All your letters in the sand
Cannot heal me like your hand
For my life still ahead - God bless all of you

Brian: You had your way, you're best. Wow, thank you