"Ogre Battle" as written by and Freddie / Mercury....
Fa fa fa fa fa
Fa fa fa fa faa
Now once upon a time - an old man told me a fable
When the piper is gone - and the soup is cold on your table
And if the black crow flies to find a new destination
That is the sign
Come tonight
Come to the ogre sight
Come to the ogre-battle-fight

He gives a great big cry and he can swallow up the ocean
With a mighty tongue he catches flies - the palm of a hand incredible size
One great big eye - has a focus in your direction
Now the battle is on
Yeah yeah yeah
Come tonight
Come to the ogre sight
Come to the ogre-battle-fight

Fa fa fa fa faa

The ogre-men are still inside
The two-way mirror mountain
You gotta keep down right out of sight
You can't see in, but they can see out
"Ooh keep a look out"
The ogre-men are coming out
From the two-way mirror mountain
They're running up behind and they're coming all about
Can't go east 'cause you gotta go south

Ogre-men are going home
The great big fight is over
Bugle blow, let trumpet cry
Ogre battle lives for ever more - oh oh oh
You can come along
You can come along
Come to ogre battle
Fa fa fa fa faa

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"Ogre Battle" as written by Freddie Mercury

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  • +1
    General CommentQueen II has to be one of my fave albums, and this is one of my fave songs from my fave side, lol. Ogre Battle seems to be a glam fantasy like a lot on this album, but there may be an underlying symbolism that I have missed. If you have any idea add them here. Did you know that the end and beggining on this song are symetrical, and if you play it backwards then the whole intro sounds just as it does forwards. Try it.
    boffy_bon June 18, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNo you were right, it is indeed being played backwards at first, then flips itself around halfway through the opening instrumentals
    AsItBeganon December 23, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentInteresting tidbit: There's a SNES game by the name of Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen.

    I thought that was great when I first noticed it looking through a friend's games :)
    EspherMercuryon March 16, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNice how this track starts with the last sequence backwards.
    Kaztoron April 08, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of the most astounding songs ever recorded. I love every song on Queen II but this is probably the best. It just blows away anything else I can think of. The lyrics are great and the tempo is like a real ogre battle. Fantastic!
    akanawhaon March 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe word Ogre had two meanings
    A giant or monster in legends and fairy tales that eats humans. or A person who is felt to be particularly cruel, brutish, or hideous, i think in this case it's the first option because to me the whole Queen 2 album is just one Rock Music Fairytale.
    By the way,don't you Lady's and Gentlemen think it's great how the first Queen albums from Queen till Live Killers did NOT have any Synthesizers
    R25on July 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis songs rocking man! surprised nobody else has posted here.
    and i always thought the start sounded like it was being played backwards...jst thought it was me though.
    gnr-acdc-eagleson June 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentto the lyics here are just as they are meant to be, an Ogre battle (possibly inspired by Tolkien or D&D im not sure) but what the hell this song ROCKS!
    Ben2k9on January 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the intro to this song. It's quite obvious it's played backwords, and thats to great effect :)
    scimitar_255on June 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA great song, indeed. Everything about it is just so unique and I truly love Queen's fantasy theme for their early songs.
    Robbie190on February 14, 2006   Link

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