"Hammer To Fall" as written by and Brian Harold May....
Here we stand or here we fall
History won't care at all
Make the bed, light the light
Lady Mercy won't be home tonight

You don't waste no time at all
Don't hear the bell but you answer the call
It comes to you as to us all
Yeah, we're just waiting for the hammer to fall, yeah

Oh every night, and every day
A little piece of you is falling away
But lift your face the Western way
Build your muscles as your body decays, yeah

Tow the line and play their game
Yeah, let the anesthetic cover it all
'Til one day they call your name
You know it's time for the hammer to fall

Rich or poor or famous
For your truth it's all the same
(Oh no, oh no)
Oh, lock your door but rain is pouring
Through your window pane
(Oh no)
Hey yeah, baby, now your struggle's all in vain, yeah

For who grew up tall and proud
In the shadow of the Mushroom Cloud
Convinced our voices can't be heard
We just wanna scream it louder and louder and louder

What the hell are we fighting for?
Ah, just surrender and it won't hurt at all
You just got time to say your prayers
Yeah, while you're waiting for the hammer to, hammer to fall

Hey, yes
Let's get on the floor, yeah
You know
Hammer to fall


Hey, woo hoo
Ha ha, ha ha

I've been waiting for the hammer to fall
Give it to me one more time

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"Hammer to Fall" as written by Brian May

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    General CommentYYAAAYY!!!! I got an email about this song from Brian May when I asked him about it this is what he said:

    "OK Susie .....
    Hammer to Fall is really about life and death, and being aware of death as being part of life. I was inspired, I think, by "Waiting for Godot" ...although there are a lot of other things mixed up wit it in there ... The Hammer coming down is only a symbol of the Grim Reaper doing his job!!"

    Does this solve any mysteries?
    mercury_girl86on May 19, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti use this as a street fighting song.

    or at least i like to play this while playing Double Dragon

    awesome game
    Mr. Badguy0077on November 09, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentBest rock song in the world.

    It's hard to believe it failed to even make the top 200 in the US, but Body Language made #11.
    Scandalon January 22, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWHAT THE HELL WE FIGHTING FOR???!!!

    another rocker from these champions!
    lisandomon February 26, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI totally agree with JoeBaldwin-- This song was written in 83 or 84 during the last spike of real tensions between the US and USSR. The single cover of this song is red and gold and really "official" looking, reminiscent of Soviet stuff.
    The lyrics also totally fit in with this idea... "feel your muscles as your body decays"... the Soviet system died in part because Reagan and others forced them to throw all their money into the military, which US could afford and they couldn't... "baby now your struggle's all in vain" alluding to Marx's claim that there would always be a struggle between proletariat and the masses, a fundamental Soviet idea... there are probably ten more but this is probably boring people so I'll stop now.
    I also like how the very basic I-IV-V chords and beat (the roots Queen tried to get back to on the Works) is reminiscent of socially/politically conscious American artists of that time, like Springsteen and Mellencamp, like Brian is channeling them.
    The last verse is even more amazing-- "what the hell we fighting for?", "just have time to say your prayers", makes me think of Samantha Smith (remember her?) and has lots of resonance today too... this is maybe where Brian brought it back to something more basic and common, like, the Hammer of God could fall on the US (or anywhere else) just as easily as the Russians, we're just people too!
    I am such a fan of how Brian can be so true to classic rock and good guitar but still right songs just as poetic and interesting as Mercury. Queen wouldn't have been Queen without him.
    lapofthegodson March 25, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhy don't more people love this one? i consider this one of the best queen songs out there. so kick ass.
    deathbearon May 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAlways thought "hammer" represents Soviet Union here.
    Indrionason June 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    MemoryThe way these lines are sung always gives me chills because I find it so perfect: "For we who grew up tall and proud/In the shadow of the mushroom cloud." Flawless song.
    AntebellumInnocenceon July 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is freddie saying theres no point in fighting when we are all the same and we will all die so why feel so down about it?
    cortexton June 02, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song written by Brian May is about the end of the world as we know it.The point is when the bomb falls everyone will die, dispite your nationality or status. Rich or poor or famous, all gone. And theres nothing we can do about it.
    Jimmy_Kaneon July 18, 2002   Link

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