Song of the Week: Queensryche – Queen of the Reich

Queensryche - Queen of the Reich

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“Queen of the Reich” is the first song first written by power/progressive metal giants Queensrÿche and was the first track recorded in 1981 for a demo tape by The Mob, later known as Queensrÿche. “Queen of the Reich” was first recorded on Queensrÿche (aka Queensrÿche EP) along with “The Lady Wore Black,” “Nightrider” and “Blinded.” This song was also the basis for the band’s new name. The spelling was altered from “Queensreich” to avoid connotations with Nazi Germany.

Sadly, vocalist Geoff Tate has publicly stated a few times that he never enjoyed playing the song live in the last bunch of years because he felt that it was “amateurish” and “beneath” him. He also stated that the fans would give them a blank stare because they did not even know the track. I have to admit that every time I saw them play it live, the fans were screaming for it.

Queensrÿche – Queen of the Reich

Queensrÿche – Queen of the Reich Lyrics

In the dead of night
She’ll come and take you away
Searing beams of light and thunder
Over blackened plains
She will find her way

Flying high through the night
She will hide your fate
As she takes your soul from under
And the blinding light of the castle fades

There is no escape
It’s the ending of your precious life

Your soul slipped away
It belongs to the Queen of the Reich
The Queen of the Reich
Yeah she’s coming for you

You’re fading away
Your life cast astray
A victim the beast shall obtain

The light will not shine
For you’ll die tonight at her shrine
And black is the last thing you’ll see

Over and over
Dreams of dying fill your head
It’s the sign of the cross
That you’ll find ahead

No one will answer
The light is fading away
Captive souls are screaming out in pain

There is no escape
It’s the ending of your precious life

Your soul slipped away
It belongs to the Queen of the Reich
You’re fading away, No, No, No
The Queen of the Reich
You’re slipping away, yeah
The Queen of the Reich