It is the sixth track on the album A Kind of Magicwhich was released in Juneand was written by lead guitarist Brian May for the soundtrack to the film Highlander.
The song peaked at No. Since its release, the song has been covered by many artists. InRolling Stone readers voted it their fifth favourite song by Queen. The song is used to frame the scenes in the film where Connor MacLeod must endure his beloved wife Heather MacLeod growing old and dying while he, as an Immortalremains forever young. Brian May wrote the song in the backseat of his car after seeing a minute first cut of the scene of Heather's death.
In the film version, Freddie Mercury provides all the main vocals. On the album version, May sings lead vocals on the first verse before Mercury takes over, with May also singing "But touch my tears with your lips" during Mercury's verse and the closing line "Who waits forever anyway? An instrumental version of the Nemesis - Earth Crisis - Nemesis / Provoke, entitled "Forever", was included as a bonus track on the CD version of the album.
This instrumental featured only a piano, with keyboard accompaniment during the chorus sections. The piano track was recorded solely by May. Queen were backed up by an orchestra, with orchestrations by the co-composer of the film's score, Michael Kamen. In a poll conducted by digital television station Music Choice on what song Britons would most like played at their funeralthe song was voted the fifth most popular.
It is sung by German singer Verena von Strenge and sold more thancopies in Germany alone, after reaching number 2 there. The single also peaked at number 3 in Austria, number 8 in Hungary, number 9 in Switzerland, number 12 in the Netherlands and number 59 in Sweden.
On the Eurochart Hotit reached number 13 in January The video begins on an old churchyardwhere Oliver Froning plays a man who stands by a grave. He sees von Strenge appearing in ghost-like form, dressed in a white dress, singing to him. When Froning leaves the churchyard, he walks into the highlands. By a river, he stops for drinking some water, and Who Wants To Live Forever - Various - Booom 97 sees von Strenge standing in front of a waterfall, singing to him.
In the end, he reaches Who Wants To Live Forever - Various - Booom 97 top of the mountains, where he is united with von Strenge. The single peaked Who Wants To Live Forever - Various - Booom 97 No. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Queen David Richards. Retrieved 13 March Rolling Stone. Retrieved 1 December Queen: The Complete Works. Retrieved 9 August British Phonographic Industry.
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