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Ogre Battle

Released by Queen in 1974
From the Album: Queen Ii |

This version of Ogre Battle was released by Queen in 1974.

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Now once upon a time – an old man told me a fable
When the piper is gone – and the soup is cold on your table
And if the black crow flies to find a new destination – that is the sign
Come tonight
Come to the ogre sight
Come to the ogre-battle-fight

He gives a great big cry and he can swallow up the ocean
With a mighty tongue he catches flies – the palm of his hand is incredible
One great big eye – has a focus in your direction
Now the battle is on
Yeah yeah yeah
Come tonight
Come to the ogre sight
Come to the ogre-battle-fight

The ogre men are still inside
The two-way mirror mountain
Gotta keep down right out of sight
You can’t see in but they can see out
“Keep a look out”
The ogre-men are coming out
From the two-way mirror mountain
They’re running up behind you and they’re coming all about
Can’t go east ‘cos you gotta go south

Ogre-men are going home
And the great big fight is over
Bugle blow, the trumpet cry
Ogre battle lives for ever more
You can come along
You can come along
Come to ogre battle


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The lyrics for Ogre Battle are defined as the words making up the song released by Queen in 1974. It also includes the verses and words used by the background chorus in the song. Like many hit songs, the lyrics to Ogre Battle have different meanings to different people. While it is clear in some of the lyrics what the artist is trying to really say, only Queen and those working with them know all of the meanings behind all of the lyrics to their songs.

Some folks are interested in word and phrase etymology. It is easy to understand the lyrics to Ogre Battle by Queen if you think through it. The word "lyric" itself derives from the Latin word lyricus, with the actual English word lyrics applied to the definition "words set to music" listed in Stainer and Barrett's 1876 Dictionary of Musical Terms. Continuing the chain, the Latin word lyricus derives from the Greek word λυρικός or lyrikós. This somewhat means "poetry accompanied by the lyre" or "words set to music." You can easily see that by looking at the background of the word lyric, that the "lyrics to Ogre Battle" means the words set to the music of Ogre Battle, or poetry accompanied by the lyre played by Queen. The singular form "lyric" is still used to mean the complete words to a song. However, the singular form lyric is also commonly used to refer to a specific line (or phrase) within a song's lyrics. Hence, by this analysis of word structure, you could say that the lyric to Ogre Battle and the lyrics to Ogre Battle are both one and the same thing. None of this talk about the word Lyrics is really relevant to fans of Queen who came here looking just for the lyrics to Ogre Battle, but we feel it is still fun to learn what's behind commonly used words and lyrics in songs.

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