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Highlander The Series
 


SOUND TRACK


 
Composer Roger Bellon was the responsible for the original scores on Highlander The Series. Every week, he would be sent a script and in 7 days would produce new pieces of music for the show. In the Roger Bellon's website you can find .pdf (Portable Document Format) files with all songs used in each episode: Roger Bellon Music. However, besides his work, Highlander The Series featured several other songs:



 
PRINCES OF THE UNIVERSE by Queen (A Kind of Magic - 1986)

Opening theme, composed by Freddie Mercury.

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 come 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 your world.
Born to be kings.
Princes of the universe.
Fighting and free.
Got your world in my hand.
I'm here for your love and I'll make my stand.
We were born to be princes of the universe.
No man could understand.
My power is in my own hand.
People talk about you.
People say you've had your day.
I'm a man that will go far.
Fly the moon and reach for the stars.
With my sword and head held high.
Got to pass the test first time - yeah.
I know that people talk about me I hear it every day.
But I can prove you wrong cos I'm right first time.
Yeah. Yeah. All right. Watch this man fly.
Bring on the girls.
Here we are.
Born to be kings.
We're the princes of the universe.
Here we belong.
Born to be kings.
Princes of the universe.
Fighting and free.
Got the world in my hands.
I'm here for your love.
And I'll make my stand.
We were born to be princes of the universe.
 

BONNY PORTMORE by Laura Creamer (Highlander The Series Volume II)

This song appeared for the first time in Highlander III: The Sorcerer aka Highlander: The Final Dimension, sung by Loreena McKennitt (The Visit - 1991). Later, it was featured on 4 Highlander episodes: Homeland, Dramatic License, Armageddon and Not To Be, sung by Grammy-nominated artist, Laura Creamer, and arranged by series composer Roger Bellon. Bonny Portmore is a public domain traditional Celtic folk song. It was also featured in Highlander: Endgame (sung by Jennifer McNeil).

Oh bonny Portmore, I am sorry to see
Such a woeful destruction of your ornament tree
For it stood on your shore for many's the long day
Till the long boats from Antrim came to float it away

Oh bonny Portmore, you shine where you stand
And the more I think on you the more I think long
If I had you now as I had once before
*I would cling to the memory of our love even more (Creamer's version)
*All the Lords in Old England would not purchase Portmore (McKennitt's)

All the Birds in the forest they bitterly weep
Saying "where will we shelter or where will we sleep?"
For the Oak and the Ash, they are all cutten down
And the walls of bonny Portmore are all down to the ground

Oh, bonny Portmore, you shine where you stand
And the more I think on you the more I think long
If I had you now as I had once before
*I would cling to the memory of our love even more (Creamer's version)
*All the Lords in Old England would not purchase Portmore (McKennitt's)
 

DUST IN THE WIND by Kansas (Point of Know Return - 1977)

This song is featured on the episode The Darkness, when Duncan MacLeod's love of life, Tessa Noel, is murdered and later, on Unholy
Alliance part II. Composed by Kerry Livgren.

I close my eyes
Only for a moment and the moment's gone
All my dreams
Pass before my eyes a curiosity

Dust in the wind
All they are is dust in the wind

Same old song
Just a drop of water in an endless sea
All we do
Crumbles to the ground, though we refuse to see

Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind

Now don't hang on
Nothin' lasts forever but the earth and sky
It slips away
And all your money won't another minute buy

Dust in the wind
All we are is dust in the wind

Dust in the wind
Everything is dust in the wind
 

WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER by Queen (A Kind of Magic - 1986)

From the movie Highlander. Composed by Brian May. It is featured on the pilot The Gathering and on several episodes.

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 dares to love forever,
When love must die.

But touch my tears with your lips,
Touch my world with your finger tips,
And we can have forever,
And we can love forever,
Forever is our today,
Who wants to live forever,
Who wants to live forever,
Forever is our today,
Who waits forever anyway?
 

DON'T LOSE YOUR HEAD by Queen (A Kind of Magic - 1986)

From the movie Highlander. Featured on the episode Free Fall (when MacLeod fights Felicia Martins on the beach). Composed by Roger Taylor.

Don't lose your head,
Don't lose your head,
No don't lose your head,
Don't lose your head,
Hear what I say,
Don't lose your head - yeah.
Remember, love's stronger, remember love walks tall,
Don't lose your heart,
Hear what I say,
Don't lose your way - yeah,
Remember love's stronger, remember love walks through walls,
Don't drink and drive my car,
Don't get breathalysed,
Don't lose your head,
If you make it to the top and you wanna stay alive,
Don't lose your head,
Don't lose your head,
No don't lose your head,
Hear what I say - yeah,
Hey, don't lose your way,
Remember love's stronger, remember love conquers all,
Don't lose your head,
Don't lose your head.
 

STAND BY ME

Joe Dawson plays the guitar and sings this song on Not To Be. Stand By Me was composed by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber e Mike Stoller and recorded by Ben E. King in 1961, for the first time. It was also recorded by John Lennon, Mickey Gilley, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson and Otis Redding.

When the night has come
And the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we'll see
No I won't be afraid
Oh I won't be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
So darlin' darlin' stand by me

Oh stand by me
Oh stand, stand by me, stand by me
If the sky that we look upon
Should tumble and fall
Or the mountain should crumble to the sea
I won't cry,
I won't cry
No I won't shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me

And darlin' darlin' stand by me
Oh stand by me
Whoa stand now, stand by me, stand by me
Darlin' darlin' stand by me
Oh stand by me
Oh stand now, stand by me, stand by me

Whenever you're in trouble just stand by me
Oh stand by me
Whoa stand now, oh stand, stand by me
 

AMAZING GRACE

This Scottish folk song is featured on episode Saving Grace, when MacLeod meets Grace Chandel, who is helping a woman through labor, on episode Not to Be (during Duncan's Quickening) and also on episode Little Tin God. The tune is called New Britain; lyrics were written later by former English Captain John Newton, probably between 1760 and 1770, after his conversion to Jesus Christ. It is best known as a popular Gospel hymn nowadays.

Amazing grace how sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now I'm found,
Was blind but now I see.

Thy grace that taught my heart to fear,
And grace my fear relieved.
How precious did that grace appear,
The hour I first believed!

Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come.
Thy grace that brought me safe thus far
And grace will lead me home.
 

SHE DRIVES ME CRAZY by Fine Young Cannibals (Fine Young Cannibals Finest - 1996)

This song is featured on the episode Eye of the Beholder. Composed by Roland Gift e David Steele. Gift, leader of the Fine Young Cannibals, plays "Xavier Saint Cloud" on Highlander The Series.

I can't stop
The way I feel
Things you do
Don't seem real
Tell me what you've got in mind
'Cause we're running out of time
Won't you ever set me free
This waiting 'round's killing me

She drives me crazy (ooh, ooh)
Like no one else (ooh, ooh)
She drives me crazy
I can't help myself

I can't get Any rest,
People say I'm obsessed
Everything you say are lies but to me that's no surprise
What I had for you was true
Things go wrong
They always do

She drives me crazy (ooh, ooh)
Like no one else (ooh, ooh)
She drives me crazy
I can't help myself

I won't make it
On my own,
No one likes
To be alone

She drives me crazy (ooh, ooh)
Like no one else (ooh, ooh)
She drives me crazy
I can't help myself
 

CHERRY BOMB by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts (Glorious Results of a Misspent Youth - 1984)

This song, composed by Fowley and Joan Jett, is featured at start on episode Free Fall. Jett plays "Felicia Martins" on the same episode.

Cherry bomb, cherry bomb
Cherry bomb

Can't stay at home, can't stay in school
They all say that I'm just a fool
Down the street, I'm the girl next door
I'm the girl that you've been waiting for

Hello daddy, hello mom
I'm a cherry bomb
Hello world, I'm a wild girl
I'm a cherry bomb

I got somethin' for us to do
Come on baby, let me get into you
Up all night, was it red or blue?
Get up now 'cause you got nothin' to lose

Hello daddy, hello mom
I'm a cherry bomb
Hello world, I'm a wild girl
I'm a cherry bomb

Hey there boy, what's in style?
Your dead-end dreams won't make you smile
I'll give you something to look for
I'm the girl that you've been waiting for

Hello daddy, hello mom
I'm a cherry bomb
Hello world, I'm a wild girl
I'm a cherry bomb

Hello daddy, hello mom
I'm a cherry bomb
Hello world, I'm a wild girl
I'm a cherry bomb

Hello daddy, hey mom
Cherry bomb, cherry bomb
Hey world, I'm your wild girl
Cherry bomb

Cherry bomb
Cherry bomb
Cherry bomb
Cherry bomb
 

INTO THE FIRE by Bryan Adams (Into the Fire - 1987)

This song, written by Brian Adams and J. Vallance, is featured on episode Family Tree, as Richie Ryan searches the neighborhood.

Life — as thin as a thread
Sometimes you're lucky
Sometimes you're better off dead

Your first breath is taken and into the world you are cast
You long for tomorrow while living each day as your last

Well I know what your heart desires
But you can't take it with you
Into the fire

Now you've done all you can
Your life's at the crossroads
You watch as it slips through your hands

So you stand on the mountain and shout in vain at the sky
But nobody hears you — the words only echo inside

Oh shelter the flame — it may expire
Risin' up from the ashes
Into the fire

Just hold onto your life down to the wire
Oh out from the dragon's jaws
Into the fire

There's a moment in every man's life
When he must decide what is wrong and what's right

You could wait for your dreams to come true
But time has no mercy
Time won't stand still for you

Well I know what your heart desires
Crawlin' out from the wreckage
Into the fire

Here I go... Into the fire
I know... what your heart desires
 

GALLERY OF DREAMS by Keith Scott

This song is featured on episode Studies in Light, when Immortal Greg Powers destroys his work. Written and performed by Keith Scott.


NOBODY SISTER

Amanda sings this song on The Return of Amanda (Berlin, 1936). Composed for the episode by Eva LaPierre, producer Ken Gord's wife.

Hei, Mister!
I'm nobody sister!
 

NIGHT AND DAY

This song, composed by Cole Porter, is featured on episode Vendetta. "Peggy McCall" sings it at the Coconut Lounge club.

Like the beat beat beat of the tom-tom
when the jungle shadows fall,
like the tick tick tock of the stately clock
as it stands against the wall,
like the drip drip drip of the raindrops
when the sum'r show'r is trough,
so a voice within me keeps repeating
you-you-you.

Night and day you are the one,
only you beneath the moon and under the sun,
whether near to me or far
it's no matter, darling, where you are,
I think of you, night and day.
Day and night, why is it so
that this longing for you follows wherever I go?

In the roaring traffic's boom,
in the silence of my lonely room,
I think of you, night and day.
Night and day under the hide of me
there's an, oh, such a hungry
yearning burning inside of me,
and its torment won't be through
till you let me spend my life making love to you
day and night, night and day.
 

HALLELUJAH

Oratorio by German composer George Frederic Handel (1685-1759). The chorus Hallelujah from Part II of his Messiah is featured on episode The Innocent.

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

The kingdom of this world is become
the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and of His Christ;
and He shall reign for ever and ever
and He shall reign for ever and ever
and He shall reign for ever and ever
and He shall reign for ever and ever

King of Kings,
for ever and ever. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
And Lord of Lords,
for ever and ever. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

King of Kings,
for ever and ever. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
And Lord of Lords,
for ever and ever. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

King of Kings,
for ever and ever. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
And Lord of Lords,
for ever and ever. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

King of Kings, and Lord of Lords,
and He shall reign for ever and ever
and He shall reign for ever and ever

King of Kings
for ever and ever. Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

and He shall reign for ever and ever,
for ever and ever,
King of Kings,
and Lord of Lords,
King of Kings,
and Lord of Lords,
and He shall reign for ever and ever,

King of Kings,
and Lord of Lords.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
 

PETER AND THE WOLF (Piotr v Volk) - CAT IVAN'S THEME

Suite composed by Ukrainian Sergei Prokofiev in 1936. Cat Ivan's theme (played by the clarinet) is featured on Chivalry, at the beginning of the episode, when Duncan MacLeod meets evil  Immortal Kristin for the first time.

 

WE'LL MEET AGAIN

This song, featured on The Blitz, was written by Ross Parker and Hughie Charles in 1939. It was the most famous song sung by World War 2 era singer Vera Lynn (real name Vera Margaret Welch), also known as England's "Forces Sweetheart". We'll Meet Again and Vera Lynn were also refered to by Pink Floyd on their album The Wall.

Listen to We'll Meet Again

Let's say goodbye with a smile, dear,
Just for a while, dear, we must part.
Don't let the parting upset you,
I'll not forget you, sweetheart.

We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when,
But I know we'll meet again, some sunny day.
Keep smiling through, just like you always do,
'Til the blue skies drive the dark clouds far away.

So will you please say hello to the folks that I know,
Tell them I won't be long.
They'll be happy to know that as you saw me go,
I was singing this song.

After the rain comes the rainbow,
You'll see the rain go, never fear,
We two can wait for tomorrow,
Goodbye to sorrow, my dear.
 

HEART COME BACK

Episode Methos - Kalas likes this song and it is sung by two female singers, one in the present and the other in the flashback.

 

O SOAVE FANCIULLA (Gentle Child)

Part of La Bohème, opera by Italian composer Giácomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini (1858-1924), this is the piece Kalas is singing when Duncan and Maria Campolo enter the room (Paris, 1920), on episode Methos. To read the complete work click here. We listen to this part:

O soave fanciulla, o dolce viso
di mite circonfuso alba lunar
in te, vivo ravviso
il sogno ch'io vorrei sempre sognar!

Fremon già nell'anima
le dolcezze estreme,
nel bacio freme amor!
 

HABANERA

Part of Carmen (1875), opera by French composer George Bizet (1838-1875), Habanera is featured on episode Till Death as the theme
of passionate couple Robert and Gina de Valicourt. Opera Carmen was inspired by novel Carmen, written by French dramatist, master of
short story and historian Prosper Mérimée (1803-1870).

Les Jeunes Gens:

Carmen! sur tes pas nous nous presons tous!
Carmen! sois gentille, au moins réponds-nous
Et dis-nous quel jour tu nous aimera!

Carmen:

Quand je vous aimerai? ma foi, je ne sais pas.
Peut-être jamais, peut-être demain!
Mais pas aujourd'hui...c'est certain.

L'amour est un oiseau rebelle,
Que nul ne peut apprivoiser,
Et c'est bien en vain qu'on l'appelle,
S'il lui convient de refuser.

Rien n'y fait, menace ou prière,
L'un parle bien, l'autre se tait;
Et c'est l'autre que je préfère,
Il n'a rien dit, mail il me plaît.

L'amour est enfant de Bohême,
Il n'a jamais, jamais connu de loi;
Si tu ne m'aimes pas, je'taime,
Si je t'aime, prends garde à toi!

L'oiseau que tu croyais surprendre
Battit de l'aile et s'envola;
L'amour est loin, tu peux l'attendre,
Tu ne l'attends plus, il est là.

Tout autour de toi vite, vite,
Il vient, s'en va, puis il revient,
Tu crois le tenir, il t'évite,
Tu crois l'éviter, il te tient!
 

AURA LEA

This song, featured on episode Haunted, was very popular at the time of the Civil War (1861-1865). Poetry by W.W. Fosdick and music by R. Poulton. The most famous rendition is by Elvis Presley: Love Me Tender (with different lyrics).

*Duncan and Alec Hill sang "maid of dark brown hair" instead of "maid of golden hair", because Alec's beloved wife, Genevieve, was brunette.

When the blackbird in the spring,
On the willow tree,
Sat and rocked, I heard him sing,
Singing Aura Lea.

Aura Lea, Aura Lea,
Maid of golden hair;
Sunshine came along with thee,
And swallows in the air.

In thy blush the rose was born,
Music when you spake,
Through thine azure eye the morn,
sparkling seemed to break.

Aura Lea, Aura Lea,
bird of crimson wing,
never song have sung to me,
In that sweet spring.

Aura Lea! The bird may flee,
the willows golden hair
swing through winter fitfully,
on the stormy air.

Yet if thy blue eyes I see,
gloom will soon depart;
for to me, sweet Aura Lea
is sunshine through the heart.

When the mistletoe was green,
midst the winter's snows,
sunshine in thy face was seen,
kissing lips of rose.

Aura Lea, Aura Lea,
take my golden ring;
love and light return with thee,
and swallows with the spring.
 

EVERY TIME I FEEL THE SPIRIT

This African-American spiritual (author unknown), is featured on episode Little Tin God.

Every time I feel the spirit,
Moving in my heart,
I will pray.

Every time I feel the spirit,
Moving in my heart,
I will pray.

Upon the mountain my Lord spoke,
Out His mouth came fire and smoke.
All around me looked so fine,
I asked my Lord if all was mine.

Every time I feel the spirit,
Moving in my heart,
I will pray.

Every time I feel the spirit,
Moving in my heart,
I will pray.


Thank you Aloísio S. R.,  Rodrigo N.,  Fabiano M. and Isabel for having reminded me about some songs.




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