Who Sang Machines (or ‘Back to Humans’)? Queen

Queen The Works cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1984-2-27
Genre: Electronic Rock
Style: Pop Rock/Hard Rock/Arena Rock
length: 5:11
producer: Mack and Queen
engineer: Mack
recording engineer: Reinhold Mack
programming: Reinhold Mack
additional recording engineer: Mike Beiriger
sampler programming: Mack
assistant recording engineer: Stephan Wissnet and Eddie DeLena
guest sampler: Mack
background vocals: Freddie Mercury and Brian May
bass guitar: John Deacon
drum machine: Roger Taylor
drums (drum set): Roger Taylor
guitar: Brian May
lead vocals: Freddie Mercury
vocoder: Roger Taylor
analog synthesizer: Roger Taylor
electronic drum set: Roger Taylor
synthesizer: Freddie Mercury
writer: Brian May, Roger Taylor
Machines

It's a machines world
Don't tell me I ain't got no soul
When the machines take over
It ain't no place for rock and roll

They tell me I don't care
But deep inside I'm just a man
They freeze me they burn me
They squeeze me they stress me
With smoke blackened pistons of steel they compress me
But no one but no one but no one can wrest me away
Back to humans

We have no disease no trouble of mind
No thank you or please no regard for the time
We never cry we never retreat
We have no conception of love or defeat

What's that machine noise?
It's bytes and megachips for tea
It's that machine boys
With random access memory
Never worry never mind
Not for money not for gold

It's software is hardware
It's heartbeat is time-share
It's midwife's a disc drive
It's sex life is quantised
It's self-perpetuating a parahumanoidarianised

Back to humans
Back to humans

Back to machines
Machines

Living in a new world
Thinking in the past
Living in a new world
How you gonna last?
Machine world

Back to humans

It's a machines world
Thinking in the past (back to humans)
Living in a new world
How you gonna last?
Machine world

It's a machine's world

Back to humans
Living in a new world
How you gonna last?
Machine world
It's a machine's world

Tracklist
CD 1
  • 1 Radio Ga Ga
  • 2 Tear It Up
  • 3 It’s a Hard Life
  • 4 Man on the Prowl
  • 5 Machines (or ‘Back to Humans’)
  • 6 I Want to Break Free
  • 7 Keep Passing the Open Windows
  • 8 Hammer to Fall
  • 9 Is This the World We Created…?