Hammer To Fall

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Freddie Mercury - lead and backing vocals
Brian May - guitars, backing vocals
John Deacon - bass guitar
Roger Taylor - drums, backing vocals
Fred Mandel - synthesizer ("candy floss")
  • Length: 4:28



The Works, 1984
Live Magic, 1986
Greatest Hits II, 1991
Classic Queen, 1992
Live At Wembley '86, 1992
Queen Rocks, 1997
Return Of The Champions, 2005


Hammer To Fall, 1984
Radio Ga Ga, 1988 3" CD single

Solo Versions:

Live At The Brixton Academy, 1994
Red Special, 1998


Power Rock Volume 2, CD, 2002, 73070-38927

Alternate Versions:

  • 7" Edit -Greatest Hits II: Parlophone CDP 79 7971 2
  • US 7" Promo Headbanger’s Mix Edit - Capitol P-B-5424
  • Karaoke Instrumental - Japan Toshiba EMI TOLW - 3249.50
  • 12" Extended - 12" Collection: CDQ TEL 0001
  • 12" US Capitol MTV Live - Capitol SPRO-9271/6
  • 1991 Malouf 4:18 Remix - 1991 US CDS Promo Hollywood PRCD-10143-2
  • 1991 Malouf Edit 3:40 Remix - 1991 US CDS Promo Hollywood PRCD-10143-2
  • 1998 eYe Instrumental 4:19 No 1 - Electronic Arts DDE05501 101S
  • 1998 eYe Instrumental 4:19 No 2 -Electronic Arts DDE05501 101S
  • Intro Edit: 33” - Total Guitar CD Magazine


Queen Talks

"The mushroom cloud thing was for me very real part of my childhood trough the Cuba crisis. We thought the bomb was about to drop, and I used to have dreams about that."

Brian May - 2003, Greatest Video Hits 2 DVD commentary

Additional Information

  • For Brian's 1998 Another World tour, he slowed down the intro of the song considerably (sounding almost like the intro of It's Late) before speeding it up in the middle. This arrangement would be used to great effect on the 2005 and 2006 Queen + Paul Rodgers tours, an example of which was released on the Return Of The Champions album and DVD.


Cover Versions

Chords & Tabs

  • start with A & D/A


Here we stand or here we fall
History won't care at all
Make the bed light the light
Lady Mercy won't be home tonight yeah

You don't waste no time at all
Don't hear the bell but you answer the call
It comes to you as to us all
We're just waiting
For the hammer to fall

Oh every night and every day
A little piece of you is falling away
But lift your face the Western Way
Build your muscles as your body decays yeah

Toe your line and play their game yeah
Let the anaesthetic cover it all
Till one day they call your name
You know it's time for the hammer to fall

Rich or poor or famous
For your truth it's all the same (oh no oh no)
Lock your door the rain is pouring
Through your window pane (oh no)
Baby now your struggle's all in vain

For we who grew up tall and proud
In the shadow of the mushroom cloud
Convinced our voices can't be heard
We just wanna scream it louder and louder louder

What the hell we fighting for?
Just surrender and it won't hurt at all
You just got time to say your prayers
While your waiting for the hammer to hammer to fall

It's gonna fall
Hammer..you know..hammer to fall
Waiting for the hammer to fall now baby
While you're waiting for the hammer to fall

Give it to me one more time