The Miracle (song)

"The Miracle" is the fifth and final single from Queen's 1989 studio album of the same name. It was composed by the entire band, though Freddie Mercury and John Deacon were the main writers.[4] It was released as a single on 27 November 1989.

"The Miracle"
Queen The Miracle (single).jpg
UK single picture sleeve
Single by Queen
from the album The Miracle
B-side
  • "Stone Cold Crazy" (live)
  • "My Melancholy Blues" (live)[1]
Released27 November 1989 (1989-11-27)[2]
GenreProgressive rock[3]
Length
Label
Songwriter(s)Queen (Freddie Mercury and John Deacon)
Producer(s)
Queen singles chronology
"Scandal"
(1989)
"The Miracle"
(1989)
"Innuendo"
(1991)
Music video
"The Miracle" on YouTube

CompositionEdit

The idea for the song came from Freddie Mercury and John Deacon, who wrote the basic chord structure for the song. All four contributed to the lyrics and musical ideas, and the song was still credited to the entire band because they had agreed to do so during the album recording, regardless of who had been the actual writer. While both Mercury and May regarded this as one of their favourites, Taylor said in the audio commentary of Greatest Video Hits II that although it was not a favourite of his, he respected it as "an incredibly complex track".

The song describes several of "God's creations, great and small", such as great buildings like the Golden Gate Bridge, the Taj Mahal and the Tower of Babel, all described as "miracles" in the song, yet the one miracle "we're all waiting for" is "peace on Earth and an end to war." The song also references well-known figures such as Captain Cook, Cain and Abel, and Jimi Hendrix.

ReleaseEdit

The sleeve artwork for the single uses the album's artwork inverted with a hologram-like fashion. The B-sides of the single are live versions of the songs "Stone Cold Crazy" and "My Melancholy Blues" originally from the albums Sheer Heart Attack and News Of The World respectively. Specifically, Stone Cold Crazy comes from one of the two Rainbow shows that took place in November 1974, and My Melancholy Blues comes from the Houston show that took place in December of 1977.

Music videoEdit

The music video for the song features four young boys performing as Queen on stage: Paul Howard as Brian May, James Currie as John Deacon, Adam Gladdish as Roger Taylor, and a then-unknown Ross McCall as Freddie Mercury. Throughout the video, McCall appears as four different incarnations of Mercury: 1977 Freddie (long hair with a one-piece black and white Harley Quinn spandex leotard), 1978-1979 Freddie (leather pants and leather jacket, and although he is portrayed with a moustache in the video, Freddie never wore his full black leather outfit with his moustache), Live Aid 1985 Freddie (white tank top, Adidas shoes, jeans), and 1986 Freddie (Iconic yellow jacket with track pants). Queen themselves appear only near the end of the video. It was filmed in London, at Elstree Studios in November 1989. According to Roger Taylor, Mercury joked about sending the boys out on tour instead of them because of how well they did in the video. According to a story in a 2011 issue of rock magazine, NME Paul Howard, who played the part of Brian May, is currently facilities manager at LegoLand in Windsor, UK.

Track listingsEdit

7-inch single

A. "The Miracle" – 5:02
B. "Stone Cold Crazy" (live at the Rainbow Theatre, November 1974) – 2:15[5]

12-inch and CD single

  1. "The Miracle" – 5:02
  2. "Stone Cold Crazy" (live at the Rainbow Theatre, November 1974) – 2:15
  3. "My Melancholy Blues" (live in Houston, December 1977) – 3:43[6]

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

Chart (1989–1990) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 28
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8] 20
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 16
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 23
UK Singles (OCC)[11] 21
West Germany (Official German Charts)[12] 78

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Queen UK Singles Discography 1984-1991". www.ultimatequeen.co.uk.
  2. ^ "New Singles". Music Week. 25 November 1989. p. 45.
  3. ^ Malcolm Dome (29 August 2016). "Queen albums ranked from worst to best". loudersound.com. Future Publishing Limited Quay House. Archived from the original on 20 January 2022. Retrieved 29 January 2022.
  4. ^ QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS TOUR SPRING 2005. Brianmay.com. Retrieved on 16 February 2011.
  5. ^ "Queen "Rare Live" video and song lyrics". www.ultimatequeen.co.uk. Retrieved 9 December 2020.
  6. ^ "Queen Miscellaneous Live Song Lyrics". www.ultimatequeen.co.uk. Retrieved 9 December 2020.
  7. ^ "Queen – The Miracle" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  8. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Queen" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  9. ^ "Queen – The Miracle" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 3 August 2020.
  10. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – The Miracle". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  11. ^ "Queen: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  12. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Queen – The Miracle". GfK Entertainment charts. Retrieved 3 August 2020.

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