i made this song | Reviewer: brian | 10/22/07

im way better than freddie i make way better songs. bohemian rhapsody is not as good as we will rock you.

Ha! | Reviewer: CXT | 10/17/07

I hadn't heard this since the mid 80's and always thought it was about soldiers off to war too. Thought it strange they didn't come back in '45!

Crazy ol' relativity, probably best they didn't come back six years later after all ; )

Einstein meets May... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 9/25/07

It's a song about relativistic time dilation! (The only one, I think... :-)

A spacecraft leaves Earth, travels at a fair old fraction of lightspeed out into the Milky Way ("milky sea"), so the clocks of the travellers slow down, relative to the folks left at home. They find their new world, and return to Earth (also at high speed), to find that -- although for them only a year has gone by -- a century (at least) has passed back home (hence the return in "'39"), their loved ones are gone, and they are met by their descendants.

A detailed analysis can be found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A733619

Peter

Review about Queen | Reviewer: sickboy | 9/19/07

First time I heard 39 I thought it was about some WWII volunteers who are living USA for Europe.
Now I realize it was a strange story about space travelling. At some moment in time a ship with volunteers discovers a new born world. They come home and try to convince the others to follow them there. But a woman decides to stay. The song is a sad dialogue between the man, now on a new planet, years away, and his wife who decided to stay on the Earth, the earth our grand-children knew. They will never see each other again.
Sad and beautiful.

Review about '39 Performed by Queen | Reviewer: sickboy | 9/19/07

First time I heard 39 I thought it was about some WWII volunteers who are living USA for Europe.
Now I realize it was a strange story about space travelling. At some moment in time a ship with volunteers discovers a new born world. They come home and try to convince the others to follow them there. But a woman decides to stay. The song is a sad dialogue between the man, now on a new planet, years away, and his wife who decided to stay on the Earth, the earth our grand-children knew. They will never see each other again.
Sad and beautiful.

Review about '39 | Reviewer: sickboy | 9/19/07

First time I heard 39 I thought it was about some WWII volunteers who are living USA for Europe.
Now I realize it was a strange story about space travelling. At some moment in time a ship with volunteers discovers a new born world. They come home and try to convince the others to follow them there. But a woman decides to stay. The song is a sad dialogue between the man, now on a new planet, years away, and his wife who decided to stay on the Earth, the earth our grand-children knew. They will never see each other again.
Sad and beautiful.

About the song '39 performed by Queen | Reviewer: Sickboy | 9/19/07

First time I heard '39 I thought it was about some WWII volunteers who are living USA for Europe.
Now I realize it was a strange story about space travelling. At some moment in time a ship with volunteers discovers a new born world. They come home and try to convince the others to follow them there. But a woman decides to stay. The song is a sad "dialogue" between the man, now on a new planet, years away, and his wife who decided to stay on the Earth, "the earth our grand-children knew". They will never see each other again.
Sad and beautiful.

About the song '39 performed by Queen | Reviewer: Sickboy | 9/19/07

First time I heard 39 I thought it was about some WWII volunteers who are living USA for Europe.
Now I realize it was a strange story about space travelling. At some moment in time a ship with volunteers discovers a new born world. They come home and try to convince the others to follow them there. But a woman decides to stay. The song is a sad dialogue between the man, now on a new planet, years away, and his wife who decided to stay on the Earth, the earth our grand-children knew. They will never see each other again.
Sad and beautiful.

About 39 | Reviewer: Sickboy | 9/19/07

First time I heard '39 I thought it was about some WWII volunteers who are living USA for Europe.
Now I realize it was a strange story about space travelling. At some moment in time a ship with volunteers discovers a new born world. They come home and try to convince the others to follow them there. But a woman decides to stay. The song is a sad "dialogue" between the man, now on a new planet, years away, and his wife who decided to stay on the Earth, "the earth our grand-children knew". They will never see each other again.
Sad and beautiful.

wonderful song | Reviewer: Trav | 8/16/07

Though I am not a big Queen fan, when I heard this song when it 1st came out, it quickly became one of my favorite songs (and I have a VERY eclectic taste in music). The lyrics were a bit hard to make logical sense until I read that Brian May earned a degree in Astro-physics. Now, from a science person, I have a new found appreciation for the lyrics. Once again, a very beautiful song - I think I'll play it for my kids along with the classical music.

Nice song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 8/9/07

I was too young when started to listen to Queen's song..my dad bought me the Long Play Queen live killer...unforgetable.

Queen- 39 | Reviewer: Caitlin | 8/2/07

This is a really good song. I love the guitar in it. I learned how to play it actually. Too bad Freddie Mercury died, he could`ve written so many other songs. I love their music, LONG LIVE ``QUEEN``!!

Great song | Reviewer: Nati | 6/17/07

When I first heard this song I thought that it was very well written and very preety. I do understand how it could be about many different things. Wasn't or isn't Brian May a physicist? Oh well; great song!

Means a Lot to me | Reviewer: Nigel H crosby | 5/1/07

The first time I heard this song I was sailing down to the Falkland Island in 1982 not knowing if we were going to war or not ; as we approached this tape was passed between all of us and by time we landed we all new this one song ; it summed us up we were the volenteers. we lost many a good man down their and every time I listen to this song the memorys come flooding back ; it my recal ; my song ; our song.

25 Years on I still remember them

Wow | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/26/07

This song could have been about any number of things. WWII, adventurers setting out to colonise other countries, hearts weighing heavily because of the death of the natives, but space? It's just on an entirely amazingly different level. I suppose coming from an astro-physicist it isn't that unbelievable, but that's just the many sides of Brian May. Amazing (and the use of Einstein's theories on time)