The history of the song A Kind of Magic – Queen

The famous album A Kind of Magic by the rock band Queen is considered to be the unofficial soundtrack for the feature film Highlander (“Highlander”), because most of the compositions included in it not only sound in the picture, but were also written specifically for it.

One of them was the title track, the history of which we will discuss below.

The history of the song A Kind of Magic – Queen

It was composed by Roger Taylor after the band members watched an abridged version of “Highlander”. The song’s title appears to be borrowed from a line Duncan Macleod says about his immortality.

Given this, there is no need to talk about the meaning of A Kind of Magic or look for some kind of subtext in it. It’s obvious what the song is about. Moreover, the lyrics of the song are full of other allusions to the film’s plot: “only one will survive”, “no mortal can win on this day” and so on.

Highlander features the original version of A Kind of Magic, also composed by Roger Taylor. But the album included a version of the song in the processing of Freddie Mercury. It differs from the original with a bass guitar part, slightly changed lyrics and structure, as well as a couple of other “tricks”. At the same time, Taylor remained the official author of the composition.

Release and achievements

The new A Kind of Magic was released as a single that climbed to number three on the UK Singles Chart, entered the top 10 of many European charts and peaked at number 42 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The single went platinum in Brazil.

Music Video A Kind of Magic

The music video for the song Queen was directed by Russell Mulcahy, director of Highlander.

Interesting Facts

  • In July 2012, the Moscow-24 channel interviewed Roger Taylor, during which it was reported that A Kind of Magic is Vladimir Putin’s favorite song from Queen’s repertoire.
  • The song has been repeatedly used for various purposes by the BBC. She can also be heard in various feature and animated films, commercials and television shows and series.

A Kind of Magic Lyrics

It’s a kind of magic
It’s a kind of magic
A kind of magic – no way
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 only be 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 a kind of magic
There can only be one one one 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
Ha ha ha haa – it’s magic
It’s a kind of magic

A Kind of Magic Lyrics

It’s some kind of magic
It’s some kind of magic
Some kind of magic – incredible
One dream, one soul, one reward
One goal, one golden glimpse of what should be
It’s some kind of magic
One ray of light showing the way
No mortal can win on this day
It’s some kind of magic
The bell ringing in your head
Challenges the gates of time
It’s some kind of magic
The wait seems like an eternity
This day will awaken prudence
Is it some kind of magic?
It’s some kind of magic
Only one will survive
This fury that lasts a thousand years
Will end soon
This is the flame that burns in me
I hear secret harmonies
It’s some kind of magic
The bell ringing in your head
Challenges the gates of time
It’s some kind of magic
It’s some kind of magic
This fury that lasts a thousand years
Soon, soon, soon it will end
It’s some kind of magic
There’s only one left alive, one, one, one
This fury that lasts a thousand years
Soon it will end, it will end
Magic, it’s some kind of magic
It’s some kind of magic
Magic, magic, magic
Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha – it’s magic
It’s some kind of magic

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