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Queen - A Kind of Magic


Queen - A Kind of Magic - Meaning of the song


Roger Taylor wrote the melody and chords of this song for the Highlander film, then Freddie Mercury wrote a new bass line, added some instrumental spacers, changed the order and produced a new mix with David Richards. Taylor was reportedly very annoyed that Mercury had almost completely re-written the song behind his back (reportedly whilst he was on holiday!), so perhaps that explains why the song was still credited only to Taylor. Roger's version is at the end of the film; Freddie's version is on the album.


This was a big song on Queen's 1986 Magic tour, which was their last with the original members, since Freddie Mercury would be diagnosed with AIDS the following year and was too sick to tour after that.


Roger Taylor noted in the Days of our Lives documentary that "you just got a sense that he (Mercury) felt that he would not be able to do any more shows," which raises the question of whether Mercury had already been diagnosed with AIDS in 1986 but chose to make the Magic tour his final live shows. This was also the tour where Mercury wore his white slacks and yellow jacket combo, which has since become his signature get-up.


A kind of magic - Lyrics


It's a kind of magic It's a kind of magic A kind of magic One dream, one soul One prize, one goal One golden glance of what should be It's a kind of magic One shaft of light that shows the way No mortal man can win this day It's a kind of magic The bell that rings inside your mind Is challenging the doors of time It's a kind of magic The waiting seems eternity The day will dawn of sanity Is this a kind of magic? (It's a kind of magic.) There can be only one This rage that lasts a thousand years Will soon be done This flame that burns inside of me I'm hearing secret harmonies It's a kind of magic The bell that rings inside your mind Is challenging the doors of time It's a kind of magic It's a kind of magic This rage that lasts a thousand years Will soon be— Will soon be— Will soon be done This is (this is) a kind (a kind) of magic There can be only one This rage that lasts a thousand years Will soon be done. (Done.) Magic It's a kind of magic It's a kind of magic, magic, magic, magic, magic (Magic), ha-ha-ha-ha, it's magic Ha-ha Yeah, yeah Whoo It's a kind of magic


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