The Miracle (song)
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|Single by Queen|
|from the album The Miracle|
|B-side||"Stone Cold Crazy" (live)|
|Released||27 November 1989|
|Format||Vinyl record (7", 12"), cassette tape, CD|
|Recorded||1988 – 1989|
|Producer(s)||Queen and David Richards|
|Queen singles chronology|
"The Miracle" is the fifth and last 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 primary writers. It was released as a single in late November 1989, some six months after the album. It was the last of the singles from that album to be released, and the first 5th single released from any of Queen's albums from EMI.
The sleeve artwork for the single uses the album's artwork inverted with a hologram-like fashion. The B-side of the single is a live version of the song "Stone Cold Crazy", which can be found along with "My Melancholy Blues" from the album News Of The World.
Mercury began writing the song after he and John Deacon made some chords and decided which one would be the theme. 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 Taj Mahal and the Tower of Babel, all described as "miracles" in the song. The song also references such well-known figures as Captain Cook, Cain and Abel, and Jimi Hendrix.
The music video for the song features four young boys - Paul Howard as Brian May, James Currie as John Deacon, Adam Gladdish as Roger Taylor, and a then-unknown Ross McCall as Freddie Mercury – performing as Queen on stage. Throughout the video, McCall appears dressed as four different incarnations of Mercury: '70s era (long hair and harlequin leotard), early '80s (thick mustache, leather jacket and pants), the mid-80s Live Aid outfit, and Magic Tour '86 (the iconic yellow leather jacket, white pants and Adidas sneakers). Queen themselves appear only near the end of the video. 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, the boy playing the part of Brian May (Howard) is currently fronting London rock band Silvery.
- Freddie Mercury - lead and backing vocals, piano, synthesizer
- Brian May - lead guitar, backing vocals
- John Deacon - bass guitar
- Roger Taylor - drums, backing vocals
|Dutch Singles Chart||16||9|
|German Singles Chart||78||4|
|Irish Singles Chart||23||1|
|UK Singles Chart||21||5|
- Official music video on YouTube
- Lyrics at Queen official website (from The Singles Collection Volume 4)