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Sunday Song Lyric:
We're in the Scottish highlands for a wedding. (Kilt picture may follow.) We saw the Eilean Donan Castle yesterday. The castle was featured in Highlander, one of those films that has an oddly enduring popularity, but that also seems like an appropriate source for this week's song lyric. Here's the opening of Queen's "Princes of the Universe" that was featured in the movie.
Here we are, born to be kings
We're the princes of the universe
Here we belong, fighting to survive
In a world with the darkest powers

And here we are
We're the princes of the universe
Here we belong, fighting for survival
We've got to be the rulers of your world

I am immortal
I have inside me blood of kings
I have no rival
No man can be my equal
Take me to the future of new earth
Here are the full lyrics, and here is a movie video of the song.
Crunchy Frog:
It endures because it not only is a very cool SF movie (and threfore eternally geek-worthy), but it has one of the greatest movie soundtracks ever. My personal favorite cut is "Who Wants To Live Forever". A snippet:


There's no time for us
There's no place for us
What is this thing
That builds our dreams
Yet slips away from us

Who wants to live forever?
Who wants to live forever?

There's no chance for us
It's all decided for us
This world has only
One sweet moment
Set aside for us

Who wants to live forever?
Who wants to live forever?
Who dares to love forever
When love must die?
7.6.2008 4:26pm
JosephSlater (mail):
(1) Kilts rule (as do bagpipes)

(2) There is a wealth of great Scottish music you could be tapping for the SSL.
7.7.2008 9:05am
Thales (mail) (www):
Agree with Slater on both points. How about something by the Saw Doctors or Mark Knopfler?

Also, Highlander is yet another confirmation that Sean Connery will do absolutely anything for money.
7.7.2008 11:37am
NickM (mail) (www):
I'll echo what CrunchyFrog said. My personal favorite from the soundtrack (all of which was by Queen) is "Gimme the Prize (Kurgan's Theme)".

Here are some of its lyrics:

Here I am I'm the master of your destiny
I am the one the only one I am the god of kingdom come
Gimme the prize just gimme the prize

Give me your kings let me squeeze then in my hands
Your puny princes
Your so called leaders of your land
I'll eat them whole before I'm done
The battle's fought and the game is won



Nick
7.7.2008 1:53pm
Sol (mail):
Hmm... I think my vote for great Scottish songs would go to "Jimmy's Gone to Flanders" (words by Jim Malcolm, music traditional), "Tam O'Shanter" (words by Robert Burns, music by Jim Malcolm), "A Man's A Man" (Robert Burns), or "The Wild Geese" (words by Violet Jacob, music by Jim Reid).

"A prince can mak' a belted knight
A marquise, duke, an' a' that
But an honest man's aboon his might
Gude faith, he maunna fa' that
For a' that an' a' that
Their dignities an' a' that
The pith o' sense an' pride o' worth
Are higher rank that a' that."

"No, wha this tale o' truth shall read,
Ilk man and mother's son take heed;
Whene'er to drink you are inclin'd,
Or cutty-sarks run in your mind,
Think! ye may buy joys o'er dear -
Remember Tam o' Shanter's mare."

But I admit to having a huge weak spot for Highlander and the Queen songs...
7.8.2008 9:20am