Queen--'The Year Of '39'

Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we’ll provide the jams.

You may have heard that Brian May, lead guitarist of Queen, has a PhD in astrophysics. Did you know he used his scientific and musical know-how to write The Year Of ‘39, which is like a folk song straight out of a science fiction story?

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The travelers in the tune speed off into the unknown to search for a new home. But they’re traveling near the speed of light, so when they return to a failing Earth with good news, they’ve only experienced a year, while everyone back home has aged decades. Relativity is a bitch.

It’s so short and simple, but tells such a moving story. It makes me think Brian May is vastly underrated as a songwriter.

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