"All Dead, All Dead" as written by and Brian Harold May....
She came without a farthing
A babe without a name
So much ado 'bout nothing
Is what she'd try to say
So much ado my lover
So many games we played
Through every fleeted summer
Through every precious day

All dead, all dead
All the dreams we had
And I wonder why I still live on
All dead, all dead
And alone I'm spared
My sweeter half instead
All dead
And gone
All dead...

All dead, all dead
At the rainbow's end
And still I hear her own sweet song
All dead, all dead
Take me back again
You know my little friend's
All dead
And gone

Her ways are always with me
I wander all the while
But please you must forgive me
I am old but still a child

All dead, all dead
But I should not grieve
In time it comes to everyone
All dead, all dead
But in hope I breathe
Of course I don't believe
You're dead
And gone
All dead
And gone.

Lyrics submitted by Noble Surfer

"All Dead, All Dead" as written by Brian May

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  • +1
    General CommentIt's about Brian May's cat who died at the time...
    Simmeron January 11, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is really beautiful and deserves to be played more. It is easily my favorite Queen song and, I think, it stands out above just about everything else they ever did. It is on NEWS OF THE WORLD and I can remember borrowing it from my middle school library when I was a kid and being stunned by the sad beauty of this track. Whoever the song is actually about, I think it can be personalized by just about anyone who ever loved a girl or a woman who has since died. I am not a terribly sentimental person but this song really tugs at my soul.
    moduson March 09, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGenius the way you figured that out. Yes, yes, it's completely genius that he could actually know the name of a play by the most famous playwright of all time, and then ACTUALLY PUT IT INTO A SONG!
    Glacionon February 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGlacion I don't understand why you have to be so hostile. If you read the play and really thought about it and the song, you would be able to see how May put that title in their for a better reason than just throwing it in a song.
    starrmon March 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDUDE!? WHY THE FUCK HASN'T ANYONE COMMENTED ON HOW SICKASS THIS SONG IS?! ahem, anyway, it kicks ass
    meursaultsrevolveron September 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe solo KICKS ASS!!!
    Mr. Badguy0077on December 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBrian May wrote it and sang it. How about using GOOGLE? or buying the frigging ORIGINAL ALBUM from a recordstore? Instead of jus wondering who wrote it...
    hairychesteron December 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOkay, I heard this song and I definatly loved it from the first time I heard it on my 'News of the Word' Album. This is one of my favorite Queen songs, Ive been a bit late to jump of the Queen bandwagon (born in the 90's okay? ^-^). I thought this had deeper meaning...when I read it was about a cat...well it wasn't what I expected.
    DeathOnTwoLegson February 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI have heard on several occasions that this song was written about Brian May's pet cat dying. In the usual Queen fashion it can mean many different things if you use your imagination. One reviewer said this song is UnQueen like. Queen were genius beyond most people's comprehension. They explored and excelled at all forms and styles of music and this is one more example of their endless talent.
    akanawhaon March 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthow does "and still i hear own sweet song" fit in with the cat theory? maybe it was a bird? well, it's a brilliant song.
    rogbon March 18, 2006   Link

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