Theme Song from Flash Gordon – Queen Video & Lyrics

flash gordon 1980 movie and lyrics
I’m sure there will be another Flash Gordon reboot before too long.

FLASH! Ah-ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…

Okay, you probably know this strange little song, even if you’re too young to have ever seen Flash Gordon on the big screen. (I’m actually too young to remember if I did or not, but this isn’t the point.)

The point is that Queen was so versatile they could create hugely memorable tracks specifically for almost any movie  genre. They made an entire album for the 1986 cult Sean Connery film Highlander (genre: medieval fantasy), and the iconic theme song for a 1980 science fiction adventure set in the distant future (Flash Gordon). Not only did movie producers co-opt existing Queen songs left/right/everywhere you turn, but also convinced Queen to write ones specifically for them.

[pullquote]Flash Gordon is definitely one of the weirder songs in their oeuvre, and we are talking about a band where “weird’ is a positive feature. [/pullquote](Do you even know what a Scaramouch is?)

The Wikipedia gives this account:

There are two versions of the song. The album version (“Flash’s Theme“) is in fact the start to the movie, with all the dialogue from the first scene. The single version contains dialogue cut from various parts of the movie, most memorably, Brian Blessed’s character exclaiming “Gordon’s alive?!” This version was also included on the Greatest Hits compilation from 1981.

Flash is sung as a duet between Freddie Mercury and Brian May, with Roger Taylor adding the high harmonies. May plays all of the instruments except for the rhythm section.

It’s a fun tune, even if the only words you know are the the refrain (sing with with me: FLASH! AH-AHHHH). Here’s a video incorporating the band and the Flash Gordon movie, and the lyrics are further below in case you’d like to learn the actual stanzas.

Flash’s Theme Lyrics
(Song by Queen)


Flash! Ah-ah
Savior of the universe
Flash! Ah-ah
He’ll save everyone of us
Flash! Ah-ah
He’s a miracle
Flash! Ah-ah

King of the impossible
He’s for every one of us
Stand for every one of us
He saves with a mighty hand
Every man, every woman
Every child, it’s the mighty Flash

(What do you mean Flash Gordon approaching?
(Open fire! All weapons!)
(Dispatch war rocket Ajax to bring back his body)
Flash! Ah-ah
(Gordon’s alive!)

Flash! Ah-ah
He’ll save every one of us

Just a man with a man’s courage
You know he’s nothing but a man
And he can never fail
No one but the pure at heart
May find the Golden Grail

Oh-oh, oh-oh
Flash…

(Songwriters: Brian Harold May, 1980. 
Flash’s Theme lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc)


I’d like to see the actual movie some day. Perhaps after a few beers, since I’m not sure a film like this would have aged well. Have  you seen it?[pullquote position=”right”] Is Flash Gordon good, classic, goofy, campy, cringe-worthy, or what? [/pullquote]Tell us in the comments below.

BTW, here’s everything you need to know about the timeline of Flash Gordon, from comics, to live action serials, animated cartoons, and various feature films. This is a long list, but if you are a Flash super-fan, Wikipedia made this entry just for you. 

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Health ledger in a knights tale with Queen - We will rock you
He will rock you.

When Brian May told his group members in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody he wanted the audience to be the instrument for one of their rock songs, I realized just how brilliant the rest of the band was: it’s not all about the immortal Freddie Mercury. All these men had something special, and the glorious anthem We Will Rock You is one absolutely genius result.

Even in high school, my drama club used to play We Will Rock You in the green room while we all stomped and sang to get psyched and ready, pre-performance. It was perfect to get us in the mood. And we see this same trick used to the same effect in A Knight’s Tale, pre-tournament, to get the audience excited for a great day of games. [pullquote]This is one of the more creative uses of a diegetic (ie – heard within the context of a story) song in any movie ever.[/pullquote]

Stomp along with the brilliant Knight’s Tale opening scene below until you make the Earth shake! (Lyrics are below if you want to bellow along too.)

Lyrics to We Will Rock You

(Music by Queen — 1977)

Buddy, you’re a boy, make a big noise
Playing in the street, gonna be a big man someday
You got mud on your face, you big disgrace
Kicking your can all over the place, singin’
We will, we will rock you
We will, we will rock you

Buddy, you’re a young man, hard man
Shouting in the street, gonna take on the world someday
You got blood on your face, you big disgrace
Waving your banner all over the place
We will, we will rock you, sing it!
We will, we will rock you, yeah

Buddy, you’re an old man, poor man
Pleading with your eyes, gonna get you some peace someday
You got mud on your face, big disgrace
Somebody better put you back into your place, do it!

We will, we will rock you, yeah, yeah, come on
We will, we will rock you, alright, louder!
We will, we will rock you, one more time
We will, we will rock you
Yeah…

(Songwriters: Brian Harold May
We Will Rock You lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC)


One of the most unique things in A Knight’s Tale is the wonderfully weird use of modern rock tunes in a story facilitated by Geoffrey Chaucer (Paul Bettany, on top of his game) himself.  I can’t see this fun film enough times. What do you think?

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