Queen

Now I'm Here

Composed by Brian May

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This mainstay of Queen’s live show is one of the group’s most straightforward rockers. The lyrics combine romance and rock and roll swagger in equal quantities as they present a man who feels energized by the woman he loves: "A baby I was when you took my hand/And the light of the night burned bright/The people on hand didn’t understand/But you knew my name on sight." The tale is frequently punctuated with the exuberant declaration "Don’t I love her so/’Cause she made me live again" and also work in a reference to Queen’s friends and tour-mates, Mott The Hoople ("Down in the city, just Hoople ‘n me."). The music is the stuff of good time rock and roll, combining swinging verse melodies with a pounding chorus and some rousing, rapidly ascending bridges that spur the song’s energy even higher. Queen’s recording of "Now I’m Here" is a high-voltage affair, bursting out of the gate with a lone, chugging guitar riff that soon flowers into a stomping rocker that is peppered with Queen’s choir-like vocal harmonies and overdubbed bits of squalling guitar at strategic points. Freddie Mercury rides this guitar-dominated wall of sound with a vocal that deftly switches between gentle whispering and lusty bellowing. The end result became a hit single for Queen in the U.K., peaking at #11 on the charts. More importantly, it became a concert favorite whose live arrangement allowed May to toss in some thrilling solos and also included audience participation bits where Mercury would indulge an accapella sing-along with the audience (an exuberant take of this live arrangement can be found on Live Killers).

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Sheer Heart Attack 1974 Virgin EMI
Live Killers 1979 Hollywood 8:42
Concerts for the People of Kampuchea 1981
Various Artists
Atlantic 6:49
Live at Wembley '86 1990 Universal Music
No Image 1990 MPI Home Video
Live in Rio [Video] 1991 Masterplan
The Show Must Go On 1991 Alex
Greatest Hits [1992] 1992 Hollywood / Hollywood Records (UK) 4:15
Live in Japan 1985 [Video] 1992 Grupo Laser Disc
No Image 1992 Hollywood
Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 1995 Hollywood Records (UK) 4:13
Rocks, Vol. 1 1997 Hollywood 4:13
The Crown Jewels 1998 Hollywood 4:14
Greatest Hits: I II & III: The Platinum Collection 2001 Hollywood 4:13
Gold 2003 EMI Music Distribution 4:13
Best Air Guitar Album, Vol. 3 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:13
Greatest Hits 2004 Island 4:13
Queen on Fire: Live at the Bowl [DVD] 2004 Hollywood
Jewels, Vol. 2 2005 Toshiba EMI
Queen Rock Montreal and Live Aid 2007 Eagle Vision
Queen Rock Montreal [DVD] 2007 Eagle Records
The Singles Collection [13 CD] 2008 Parlophone 2:35
Singles Collection, Vol. 2 2009 Parlophone 8:42
Rock You from Rio: Live 2009 Immortal 5:25
Queen 40 Limited Edition Collector's Box Set 2011 Hollywood Records (UK) 4:13
40, Vol. 1 2011 Hollywood 4:18
An Evening at the Concert Hall 2012
Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest 2012 Island
No Image 2012 Eagle Rock
No Image 2014 Hollywood 4:57
The Studio Collection 2015 Virgin EMI 4:18
A Night at the Odeon: Hammersmith 1975 [Video] 2015 Eagle Rock
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No Image Green Hippo
No Image CT Music Enterprise
No Image LLQ
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