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Title: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Feb 15, 2009, 05:58 PM
Viva La Vida, Coldplay

The BBC used this for their amazing little tribute video that they showed live when she was departing Southampton for the last ever time, on the amazing but sad night of the 27th November 2008, and ever since, for me, its absolutely QE2's song.

"I used to Rule The World"


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/7723448.stm
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: cunardqueen on Feb 15, 2009, 07:14 PM
Rob,
 If you had been to the concert in Liverpool Cathedral when we called there last year, a number of times during that cruise we heard "time to say Goodbye". A moving song indeed and to actually go  into the Mauretania Rest on the last night and be faced with the menu and those words staring us in the face, l dont know how Cunard could have been so cruel to us, but it was very sad.but so very well produced

 They also sang New York New York, l doubt anybody had a dry eye during the concert, it was in everyway a funeral for QE2 :'( :'(
 Prior to the actual service they had some great footage of QE2 during her years of service playing on a screen. The PR team at Cunard must be congratulated on the way they exploded our heart strings during that trip. Im not sure l can forgive them though :)
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Twynkle on Feb 15, 2009, 07:47 PM
Thank You!
 
It sounds as if Liverpool really did do a proper Final Farewell to her.
By all accounts it sounded very moving.  :'(

The Cunard building was cleaned up specially!  ;)
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Andy F on Feb 15, 2009, 07:51 PM
Agree Rob, whenever I hear Viva La Vida I instantly think of QE2
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: singlemalt on Feb 15, 2009, 08:39 PM
We were having a banter in the Chat Room last night about songs that reminded us of QE2.
I'll 'fess up to having a 'QE2 memories' playlist on my iPod. An eclectic mix of:

- various rousing anthems / military marches (a la Sailaway)

- Sailors Hornpipe (having watched the odd few in Queens Room during Nautical Ball)

- Sailing (both Mr R Stewart and Band of HM Royal Marines versions)

- Leaving of Liverpool (Fare thee well to you my own true love, I am going far, far away...
                                            It's not the leaving of Liverpool that grieves me, but my darling when I  think of thee.... )


- Time to say Goodbye (for obvious reasons... :'()

- Viva la Vida (only thing Chris Martin has EVER done that I will own)

- For those in peril on the sea (from occasions when Catholic guilt got the better of me and I attended mass in the theatre)

- Feliz Navidad (onboard Midnight Mass one Christmas)

- O Holy Night (^___^ see above)

- Waterloo & others   (gotta love a bit of Abba night haven't you?)

- Lots of versions of QE2 whistle downloaded / ripped from youtube (favourite is "Three Cheers for the QE2, hip, hip hooray etc. then 40 second blast from 40th anniversary voyage)

Am emotional rollercoaster when I put the playlist on shuffle and see what comes up!
Any else willing to confess? I bet I'm not the only weirdo out there...  :-[

Ali
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: hollihedge on Feb 15, 2009, 08:54 PM
Agree with your list Ali, and concerning Viva La Vida, well...was watching some rubbishy American teen soap last week with my young cousin and they played this at the start, started blubbing!!  Had to concoct an elaborate fib regarding an eyelash stuck in my eye etc etc as to why I was crying!!!   Ho hum :(
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Feb 15, 2009, 09:03 PM
Have just played this at top volume on the office computer and am amazed at what volume it can be taken to!!

Yes, it brings back that awful awful final Southampton departure, only made bearable by messages and telephone calls flying while I watched the live webstream...

By the way ... it is Sunday night and I am alone in the office... I hope...  ;)
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: QE2_MATTHEW on Feb 15, 2009, 10:54 PM
This song caught me out. I was at the Mayflower park watching the QE2 sail out, and i had been fine all evening then BBC played the montage of QE2 with Viva La Vida over the top and i started to cry. ever since it has been a trying song for me. I have since learnt this on piano so I can play it when and where ever.

Also I played TIME TO SAY GOODBYE on the QUEENS ROOM Piano on the last night of my cruise. That was quite emotional.
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: cunardqueen on Feb 16, 2009, 12:39 AM
Quote
Thank You!
 
It sounds as if Liverpool really did do a proper Final Farewell to her.
By all accounts it sounded very moving. 

The Cunard building was cleaned up specially! 
 
 

They sure did, and when the ships pennant was carried down the isle, anybody who wasnt by then already in tears,was afterwards.
It is unfortunate that the official DVD of the ceremony wasnt perhaps upto the high standard that we usually expect from Cunard, the placing of the cameras could have been better to provide clearer views of the singers, and it appears it was only sent out to those on the voyage at the time, and even then it was one per booking . None the less a nice souvenir of what was to be a very unique event.
 Those that stayed onshore by the time l embarked the gangway down to the floating pier was  v e r y  steep,and perhaps had the evening been slightly warmer no doubt many more folks would have turned out.
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Feb 16, 2009, 12:18 PM
Two more songs I have come to associate with QE2 :

"Seasons in the sun" -- the lyrics were so apt, and were used in this lovely tribute to QE2 as she left Stavanger for the last time :

http://www.shipexplorer.no/2007/foto/cruise/cunard/qe2/foto_cruise_cunard_qe2_farvell.htm

And amazingly, when we returned to Glasgow after waving her off for the last time on the Clyde, this is the very song they played on the bus...  :'(


And then, there was "Catch a falling star"... We caught this piece several times last September, out of the well hidden loudspeakers in the Midships Lobby (quite possibly for the benefit of the cleaning crew). Somehow, it matched our mood -- we knew that our moments on QE2 were few and precious, each of them like a falling star!

Otherwise, not really my type of music at all...  ;D

Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: pete cain on Feb 20, 2009, 08:30 PM
I don't agree , having just watched, the very personal dvd  from Margaret Gradwell  (web  greensidegran@hotmail.co.uk a 2hr dvd (with admittedly a lot of flaws, however, costing 1/4 the cost of the official Cunard dvd of the final Round Britain cruise I've got to suggest Justin Webb, ' Forever Autumn'  (cos your not here) from War Of The Worlds,I think it's inspired!, untill I saw this 1 clip of the dvd I agree with everybody else about Coldplay, I know this is a personal thing & I'm in a minority of 1 ,but hey were in a democracy...
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Feb 21, 2009, 03:45 PM
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Feb 21, 2009, 04:32 PM
Thought of another one, which reminds me of QE2 even though I don't hugely like it...

You're Beautiful, by James Blunt.  I believe QM2 played it across the water to QE2 in Southampton at one point, but I forget exactly which momentous historic occasion it was!
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Stowaway2k on Feb 21, 2009, 05:46 PM
It was very clever for BBC to use Coldplay.  Such a good song, and appropriate for QE2.

I have a fundamental dislike of Rod Stewart.  Nothing makes me change radio stations faster than when he comes on.
Then one day, at the Liverpool Anglican Cathederal, the Band of the Scots Guards entered.
"Sailing" done on bugles and drums is just stunning, especially in tribute to QE2.   I couldn't believe a Rod Stewart number could give me a lump in my throat and moist eyes in a good way like it did that day.


http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-286918804342568143&ei=2TygSaWGG52wqAOPjMjGDA&q=+qe2+40th+anniversary&hl=en

"Sunshine on Leith" is a beautiful, sad, uplifting Scottish love song by The Proclaimers that I came to think of in terms of our Scottish ocean liner.


(I can't see the links above for imbedding the Youtube video into the message, but someone came along and did it ...    ;))

Anyway, songs or no songs, I think of QE2 all day, every day...
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: highlander0108 on Feb 22, 2009, 05:07 AM
It was very clever for BBC to use Coldplay.  Such a good song, and appropriate for QE2.

I have a fundamental dislike of Rod Stewart.  Nothing makes me change radio stations faster than when he comes on.
Then one day, at the Liverpool Anglican Cathederal, the Band of the Scots Guards entered.
"Sailing" done on bugles and drums is just stunning, especially in tribute to QE2.   I couldn't believe a Rod Stewart number could give me a lump in my throat and moist eyes in a good way like it did that day.


http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-286918804342568143&ei=2TygSaWGG52wqAOPjMjGDA&q=+qe2+40th+anniversary&hl=en

"Sunshine on Leith" is a beautiful, sad, uplifting Scottish love song by The Proclaimers that I came to think of in terms of our Scottish ocean liner.


(I can't see the links above for imbedding the Youtube video into the message, but someone came along and did it ...    ;))

Anyway, songs or no songs, I think of QE2 all day, every day...

Kyle, the Welsh Guard rendition was so moving, with the drums in ascending volume and the trumpets that I completely forgot it was a Rod Stewart song :o  I totally agree with you.

Regarding a few songs I had on my iPod for the Final Farewell to the UK, here are a few from Enya that tug at my heart:

Orinoco Flow....sailaway time
Only Time....days between our next QE2 cruise, sadly never again.
On My Way Home....reminds me of Greenock arrival and I picked this song before I knew I was going on that trip
One by One...the lyrics get me..adios goodbye

I also got sappy and included a few by Frank Sinatra:

Something (Beatles cover)
My Way

I can't hear the Coldplay song without getting misty eyed.

KenM




Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Chris Frame on Feb 22, 2009, 05:24 AM
Anything with Bagpipes ;)


Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Twynkle on Feb 22, 2009, 10:15 AM
And those small brass bands making a big sound on the quays in Norway - as we sailed away...

(Photo of Band - 12 strong, in Flamm may appear here....eventually!)
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: cunardqueen on Feb 23, 2009, 01:53 PM
I quite like the rousing New York, New York when we leave Manhatten, and we are sailing

On arrival in 1987 New York had planned a big welcome for us on QE2s  Maiden Voyage we had some American cheer leaders, somehow it didnt have the same effect as the Brass bands,  l was less than impressed with the skimpy skirts and bustle balls ::), or whatever it is you call them.
The brass bands when they used to play us as we departed Southampton were always very nice, one cruise they played Viva España as we set of on  Med cruise in 1988 straight into a force 9 gale and nearly ended up grounding off the Isle if Wight, by all accounts it was a close thing, and it made the QE2  onboard times !! Captain was the late Alan Bennell, probably one of QE2s best captains ever, who can forget the long queues at his receptions.
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: hollihedge on Feb 24, 2009, 11:36 AM
After watching the Academy Awards I would also like to add "I'll be seeing you". 
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Kindlychap on Mar 03, 2009, 10:31 PM
I don't really associate music with memories - I take a rather academic view of music - but one thing that does make me think of our QE2 is Holst's Jupiter - which was played on so many 2008 sailaways.

Matthew
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Andy F on Mar 03, 2009, 10:54 PM
...one thing that does make me think of our QE2 is Holst's Jupiter - which was played on so many 2008 sailaways.

Whilst I still stand by Viva La Vida, a good choice it must be said Matthew (aka 'I vow to thee my Country'), for it is an excellent piece.  Btw, has anyone mentioned 'Aulg Lang Syne', which also seems appropriate (and was used during the final evening's reception prior to disembarkation in Dubai)?
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Kindlychap on Mar 03, 2009, 10:58 PM
Whilst I still stand by Viva La Vida, a good choice it must be said Matthew (aka 'I vow to thee my Country'), for it is an excellent piece.

I'm afraid that I really can't recall Viva La Vida - and have barely heard of Coldplay. Hence the tune is, for me, instantly forgettable. Pop music isn't my thing......

Matthew
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Andy F on Mar 03, 2009, 11:02 PM
I'm afraid that I ... have barely heard of Coldplay

Judging by what I have heard (with this one exception), that's probably not such a bad thing lol!
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: KEV on Mar 11, 2009, 11:20 PM
My daughter played the piano (with permission!) in the Yacht club one afternoon to a small group of people. She played and sang Evanescence 'My Immortal' It was a surreal and moving moment.Check the lyrics on google
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Mar 11, 2009, 11:56 PM
Hope nobody will feel in any way hurt if I add "God Save the Queen" to the list. Here's a little video of our Boston sailaway :

https://www.flickr.com/photos/prondis_in_kenya/3342065879/

Not sure when the crew started distributing Union Jacks to the passengers and playing "God Save the Queen" at QE2 sailaways (for me, the first time was in July 2008)...

                                ... I very quickly worked out my own interpretation and happily joined in  ;D
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Andrew Collier on Mar 12, 2009, 04:06 AM
Having just had the unexpected pleasure of 'QE2 The Last Voyage' coming on TV an hour ago, and therefore brightening my shift still further following the emptying of the Crystal Bar, I feel I must add to this list L'Enfant by Vangelis. A piece of music I have always loved, but seeing it used on this program with such stunning images of the ship for the second time has now welded the two together in my mind. Perfection. 8)
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Dr. Edmund Carus on Mar 12, 2009, 08:36 AM
Oh gosh this music sums up the QE2. Turn it up as loud as possible!


It is the Organ Symphony #3 by Camille Saint-Saëns.

Cheers!
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Twynkle on Mar 12, 2009, 09:37 AM


Thank you Edmund!

Not songs exactly but what about the Harp at tea-time in the Queen's Lounge?
Not quite my cup of tea, but just right in the setting....

Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: highlander0108 on Mar 12, 2009, 12:14 PM
Un Sospiro by Liszt is on my Ipod QE2 playlist.  I can just imagine her slicing through the seas everytime when I hear this.


KenM
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Twynkle on Mar 12, 2009, 01:15 PM


Couldn't resist this, think it probably belongs under Clydebank and Glamour and Gracie! - but those aren't here!


 
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Kindlychap on Mar 12, 2009, 03:16 PM
This is the Way to Amarillo, surely!  ;D

Matthew
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Twynkle on Mar 12, 2009, 07:45 PM


The Amarillo video clip is in the Gallery!
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: caledonia on Mar 13, 2009, 08:36 PM
To me the song that i will always associate with the QE2 will be "Time to say goodbye" - it was performed on the last transatlantic crossing in one of the evening shows, but it really hit home when we went for dinner on the last evening.All week we had been given wonderful menus with a topic of the beautiful lady - the last one was a coloured photo of her sailing away with the title of "time to say goodbye" - that to me will always be the song which brings back the wonderful times and incredible memories of my time on board.
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: KEV on Mar 14, 2009, 12:45 AM
There's always of course the Mike Oldfield Album QE2!
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Twynkle on Mar 14, 2009, 12:53 AM


Hi Kev - do you mean this?!

Wonderful shots of the Lofoten Islands too!


Thank you Zetmen1705 for posting on YouTube
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: KEV on Mar 14, 2009, 01:03 AM
That's it Twynkle! Great to hear that again-especially to those images-all we needed was a certain greatest ship in the world sneaking in to view!
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Twynkle on Mar 14, 2009, 01:11 AM


I thought of that too, Kev!
 - at least QE2 is on the top of the vid - & had hoped that this would justify the 'post'!

Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: caledonia on Mar 14, 2009, 08:57 AM
What a lovely piece that is - it brings back memories of the wonderful day spent at the Loften Islands last June - on the cruise up to Spitzbergen. If my memory is correct that was the last occasion the QE2 visited the Loften Islands - the sun shone and the mountains and Islands were wonderful - the finest cruise i have ever been on.
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Andy F on Mar 18, 2009, 01:09 AM
Sadly it appears Youtube has since removed the link as they threatened but a great post all the same Kev.
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Avariel on Mar 26, 2009, 03:43 AM
There's always of course the Mike Oldfield Album QE2!


Until youtube removes it. I uploaded that some time back for some reason I can't remember.
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: KEV on Mar 26, 2009, 09:49 PM
Nice one Avariel! Ive got the album too-had it ages. I've sometimes thought that Mikes second album Hergest Ridge (1974?) could be used as background music to film of The QE2 sailing serenely along. I recall Hergest Ridge (the name of a real hill in Herefordshire)was once shown on TV with footage of a glider  sweeping along the thermals gently and carefree just like a nice dreamy cruise on QE2.
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Twynkle on Mar 26, 2009, 11:04 PM
To Rob!

I'm missing Viva La Vida terribly although not as much as The QE2 :'(


Here's a link - Hope it's allowed?!! :-\

Made in The Netherlands :)

And if we can't have a direct link - maybe this will do instead!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4mleOmhyTY

Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Twynkle on Apr 21, 2009, 10:48 AM


QE2 'magic' still working -
 Just heard that Viva la Vida (Coldplay) up for an Ivor Novello Award!
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Chris Frame on Apr 22, 2009, 07:24 AM

This song works well with the footage of beautiful QE2 at sea.
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Avariel on Apr 22, 2009, 04:50 PM

Personally I've been associating that song with QE2 ever since I saw that video.

Sometime last year, I was randomly lurking in the kitchen looking for food to eat (PIG!) when I heard that song on the radio. I immediately froze and I stood there for some time listening to the song and thinking of QE2.

And Vida La Vida has come to be associated with QE2 as well, for me. Late last year, I was in the car with my sister and her boyfriend and we were on the way home after prawn fishing. The song came on radio. And I became very quiet and started thinking even more about QE2.
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: KEV on Apr 23, 2009, 12:36 PM
2 Wonderful videos Chris and Avariel
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 on May 13, 2009, 11:51 PM
This sounds really silly but i thought about this. What song would you describe QE2's life. It could be any song as long as it fits in with QE2s career, life and retirement. It could also describe your love for her.

I have two here.

Enya Book of Days

Celine Dion Immortality
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Avariel on May 14, 2009, 05:30 AM
Personally, I associate that song with the QE2.

My friend introduced it to me in early December 2007, just before the cruise voyage. And I spent much of the trip listening to it.
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 on May 16, 2009, 09:55 PM
Here is another one from me. Its John Farnham's Your The Voice. It reminds me a lot of QE2 i don't know why but it does.

Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Louis De Sousa on Jul 05, 2009, 08:38 AM

Fleetwood Mac,Depeche Mode and Queen -my first 3 months on Heli Deck there was no other music around.

Louis
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Louis De Sousa on Jul 05, 2009, 08:47 AM



Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 on Jul 23, 2009, 07:13 PM
I found this tribute video made about QE2.

Perfect choice of music I must say. ;D
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Heather on Aug 06, 2009, 09:36 PM
Anything with Bagpipes ;)



Just watched the clips and can't see a thing now for the tears!!!  Really enjoyed them.
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Heather on Aug 07, 2009, 10:36 PM
 :'(

the song I think (and it brings a tear to my eye) is "You're no awa tae bide awa"  The song that was played when she sailed away from Greenock on her 40th birthday.  I have it on video and every time I watch it I feel the same.
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Aug 31, 2009, 05:06 PM
Here's a good one from Shaun!


Perfect song title, and substitute the war ship for QE2 and use a dab of imagination...
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Aug 31, 2009, 05:10 PM
Here's a good one from Shaun!


Perfect song title, and substitute the war ship for QE2 and use a dab of imagination...

YouTube tells me :

Quote
This video is not available in your country due to copyright restrictions.

What's it all about then?
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Aug 31, 2009, 05:17 PM
Cher!  "If I could turn back time" - like I said, a touch of imagination required for this one!!
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Aug 31, 2009, 05:50 PM
This one?


The very combination of the title... and the singer... and the ship... makes me grin... and smile...  ;)
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 on Aug 31, 2009, 06:12 PM
I always wished Cher would do that same thing on QE2. That would be so amazing.
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: citrail on Aug 31, 2009, 08:32 PM
I always wished Cher would do that same thing on QE2. That would be so amazing.


Agreed ;D

Stevie Wonder "I just called to say I love" will always remind me of my first trip on QE2 in 1985, sitting one night in the club lido as the ship rolled perfectly in time to the music. Fantastic. ;D
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Twynkle on Aug 31, 2009, 09:00 PM



Even if ABBA isn't your favourite
ABBA Night in the Yacht Club took some beating.....

Try this!

It's for you QE2 - and all Dancing Queens, all over the world!

Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: eddy666 on Sep 01, 2009, 06:29 AM
MUSE-STARLIGHT

"This ship is taking me far away"

WHAT ELSE !!

Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: MiamiCunarder on Sep 01, 2009, 02:45 PM
 
  This majestic 15-16 minute tune always brings me back to QE2, to my first voyage on her, where I heard it being played in the center of The Lido off a CD player sitting on a table. All this as I waltzed around the ship, getting to know her. It also sounds like the perfect tune you would expect to have heard from the Bridge Cam channel in your stateroom.


As someone else also pointed out, Coldplay's Viva la Vida also makes me think of her, probably due to a YouTube video that was produced of her departure from So'ton last November.  The song gives me chills from time to time whenever I catch it.

  Ron
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Louis De Sousa on Sep 12, 2009, 10:34 PM
Music from Marillion


Louis
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Chris Frame on Oct 21, 2009, 01:29 PM
"I am Sailing" was played aboard during my first ever QE2 departure.

Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Dec 08, 2009, 09:22 PM
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: luzparis on Dec 08, 2009, 09:52 PM
my song for QE2  if it was possible to going home for her?
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 on Dec 13, 2009, 12:05 PM

Heart did sail on the QE2.  I keep thinking whether they did perform that song onboard her.
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Twynkle on Jan 21, 2010, 07:51 PM
LOCAL HERO
This is one of the Very Best - Thank you, Highlander0108


Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: highlander0108 on Jan 23, 2010, 05:40 AM
I  thought that song perfectly fit the day.  I had it loaded on my iPod for the trip too.  Everytime I hear it, it takes me right back.  Using the shuffle feature on the iPod can surely catch you off guard.  :'(
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: highlander0108 on Jan 23, 2010, 06:26 AM
I especially like this version of "Time to Say Goodbye", performed by Chris Botti and the Boston Pops.  I took the CD version of this out of the Library last weekend and when this song came on, it really affected me.  Perhaps it is because I used to play trumpet, but never that good, but the trumpet is haunting here. 

Now, also on this same CD, is another song that instantly reminds me of QE2, "Under my Skin" originally by Frank Sinatra, but this version is especially nice.  I could have written this after my first time onboard and it brings back visions of wearing that tux on those magical nights on QE2.
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: QE2_MATTHEW on Apr 14, 2010, 08:56 PM
This is a great song that reminds me of QE2. I cant find the original version without the female duet part.

But its Josh Groban singing OCEANO. Its best heard off a CD.

I originally heard this attached to a video about the Norway, a 60s liner that has been scrapped.


Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Cruise_Princess on Apr 15, 2010, 10:35 AM
This is a great song that reminds me of QE2. I cant find the original version without the female duet part.

But its Josh Groban singing OCEANO. Its best heard off a CD.

I originally heard this attached to a video about the Norway, a 60s liner that has been scrapped.



Do you have a cd name or link to this song?  sounds just what I'm looking for...
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 on May 26, 2010, 10:58 PM

Reminds me alot of QE2.
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Clydebuilt1971 on May 27, 2010, 01:25 PM
Caledonia by Dougie McLean.

I put some video of QE2 on the Clyde during her 2007 birthday round UK - felt right at the time and given what happened a year later - even more so!!

Can we post video to this forum? I've got it down to a reasonable file size!

Gav 8)
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 on Jun 08, 2010, 11:35 PM
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: maggie maggot on Jul 28, 2010, 01:36 AM
You don't have to be mad to post on here, but it helps!
How about this for a bizarre song/ tune with aQE2 conection
When QE2 left the UK for the last time Cold Play’s Viva la Vida was the backing music and for many QE2 fans it brings a tear to the eye.
How strange that the only time I saw these buskers in Sydney they were playing that tune.
It mad but fun.
https://www.youtube.com/user/arizonagcs#p/a/u/0/rAqnfvMbaSU
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: maggie maggot on Jul 28, 2010, 09:22 PM
Well, it is the 'silly season'!

When QE2 left the UK the BBC used Cold Play Viva la Vida as the background music as she sailed away.
Anyone who heard it cannot be moved by it being played.
When I was wandering back to my hotel in Sydney a crazy group were busking and of all the tunes they were playing was Viva la Vida.
The QE2 is still on Google maps as you know in Sydney so it was ironic to hear the tune being played there.


Prepare for tears I've found the original BBC clip

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Post by: Jem on Jul 29, 2010, 03:14 AM
I always have this BBC tribute to her on the top of the most watched clip of her, it's just magical and heart rendering.
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 on Oct 04, 2010, 04:17 PM
Bangles Eternal Flame


The lyrics really do remind me of QE2 in how she has a heart and soul.

And also Enya


Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 on Oct 20, 2010, 09:28 PM
Comment if you agree with me that this song sums up QE2?

Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: maggie maggot on Nov 22, 2010, 11:55 PM
Around every corner the songs still hits the spot, Viva la Veda (I used to Rule the world) turns up in the strangest of places by the strangest of people - buskers in Sydney.



Also time to say 'good bye ' I heard it on a TV show the other day! it still has the same effect 2 years on.  The only time it went wrong was as we left the Tyne something went wrong with the sound sytem on the ship. Needless to say the backing track got changed on my dvd.
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Stowaway2k on Dec 04, 2010, 12:03 AM
"Moonriver" always makes me think of QE2, as used in this video

http://www.vimeo.com/7682958
the lyrics
"...I'm crossing you in style some day.  Oh dreammaker, you heartbreaker, where ever you're going, I'm going your way.  Two drifters, off to see the world, there's such a lot of world to see... we're after the same rainbow's end..."  
evoke perfectly the dreamy, blissful, nirvana of life on, and with, QE2.

"Classical Gas"
"Love is Blue"
and
"Aquarius"
as used in the awesome "Groove to the New QE2" video
always make me think of QE2, as they represent perfectly the world into which the QE2 was born.

all three of these tunes are on my Ipod, as is "Red Red Wine" by UB40.
"Red Red Wine" because on a perfect day a few years ago, returning to QE2 after an awesome day of snorkeling and swimming, on the catamaran on which we sailing the operators of the shore excursion were playing this album.  Being a bit high with rum punch, and a bit high because life was perfect, it just struck me as that song was playing that things could not possibly get any better.  Every time since then that I've heard Red Red Wine, I am brought back to that perfect day, made possible by QE2.
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Feb 22, 2013, 11:59 AM
A day off work today, and I decided to revisit my Videos from that lovely dreamy summer holiday on the Med on QE2 in 2008.

While walking along boat deck with Ali, in the sunshine, to hear the midday whistle test, my random music player started playing James - We're Going to Miss you.

It has just become one of my QE2 Songs.

It even has one of Ali's phrases that she used in reference to QE2, "there are no words...."

Links elsewhere to some new video uploads later!

(If you've never heard it before give it 2 minutes before deciding whether you like it or not!).

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Post by: riskygizmo on Feb 22, 2013, 01:10 PM
A day off work today, and I decided to revisit my Videos from that lovely dreamy summer holiday on the Med on QE2 in 2008.

While walking along boat deck with Ali, in the sunshine, to hear the midday whistle test, my random music player started playing James - We're Going to Miss you.

It has just become one of my QE2 Songs.

It even has one of Ali's phrases that she used in reference to QE2, "there are no words...."

Links elsewhere to some new video uploads later!

(If you've never heard it before give it 2 minutes before deciding whether you like it or not!).


Same band, different song for me Rob. James with their foot stomping anthem Sit Down.



          "If I hadn't seen such riches,

          I could live with being poor,"

Kinda sums it up for me
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Alan Snelson on Jul 19, 2013, 06:12 PM
For me it has to be a song called 'Stay with me till dawn' by Judy Tzuke. It's from her first album which, interestingly enough is called 'Welcome to the Cruise'.

It always takes me back to a North Cape cruise in 1981, part of the midnight buffet was a barbecue on one of the after decks, it was broad daylight and a small group of us were sitting eating burgers outside at one o'clock in the morning. After that it was back to my cabin for a nightcap and listen to Judy Tzuke.

Happy days!
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: riskygizmo on Jul 20, 2013, 11:13 AM

Thanks Alan, haven't listened to that for years. Happy days indeed.
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Post by: Alan Snelson on Jul 20, 2013, 06:46 PM
Thanks for the video Risky. Like you I haven't listened to that in years either.

A few days ago, when the song came back to mind I thought I would dig out the CD and have a listen. After half an hour of searching it dawned on me that I had never owned the CD as they weren't invented back then! I remembered that I had a copy on cassette. I had to stop myself from going off to look for it though as I realised that even if I did find it I have nothing to play a cassette on any more.

Oh well, such is progress :-\
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Adam Hodson on Apr 22, 2014, 12:23 PM
Quite a few songs remind me of our QE2. Such as Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody: "Goodbye, I've got to go"

Or another song of Queen's reminds me of her in Dubai: "Oh how I want to break free"

And then of course Coldplay's Viva la Vida: "I used to rule the world"... "But that was when I ruled the world"
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Post by: Brandon Sterkel on Apr 02, 2015, 12:34 AM
The song that makes me think and dream of the QE2 is "Viva la Vida" by Coldplay. It is also one of my favorite songs!  ;)
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Post by: cunardqueen on Apr 02, 2015, 08:30 PM
Ok its not a song, but any time l hear Whickers World theme tune l can and only think of QE2....


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Post by: Bruce Nicholls on Apr 02, 2015, 11:06 PM
Not a song again but anything sung by Anthony Newley as he gave a great performance on my only voyage.
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Post by: Brandon Sterkel on Apr 03, 2015, 05:39 AM
That is a nice tune Myles! It got stuck in my head for a while!
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Clydebuilt1971 on Apr 07, 2015, 01:21 PM
Dougie MacLean's "Caledonia" - used a royalty free version for a video I compiled of her after she left her river for the last time. Most of the footage was actually taken during her 2007 visit but the sentiment is the same.

Must try to get it onto YouTube or similar then link to here - see if you guys on here agree!!

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Post by: Tony on Sep 20, 2015, 09:05 PM
In case you missed it.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2550025714/10154035537345715/?notif_t=group_activity
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Post by: Lynda Bradford on Sep 20, 2015, 09:22 PM
Thank-you so much for reminding us about this really funny video, which was so apt on a day when we remember when she was launched and see how she looks today, in the recent video clips from Dubai.  Your post was just what we need to remember the good times. 

I hope you do not mind that I have moved your post to this topic where the video was previously mentioned. 
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: pete cain on Mar 15, 2016, 09:27 PM
 Just revisited this topic , found playing this in the background whilst watching -slowly- the latest images from Louis & his friends quite moving.    http://. Oh Castaway , let's never forget , that's what Carnivor did to her
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Post by: cunardqueen on Mar 15, 2016, 09:53 PM
Frank Sinatra and New York,New York it was always a belter of a tune as you sailed down (or up) the Hudson

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Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: June Ingram on Mar 16, 2016, 12:56 PM
Just revisited this topic , found playing this in the background whilst watching -slowly- the latest images from Louis & his friends quite moving.    http://. Oh Castaway , let's never forget , that's what Carnivor did to her

Pete - Thanks for posting this soundtrack which is indeed very moving.  And I am totally in agreement with your sentiments !  June 
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Aug 11, 2016, 10:23 PM
And then, there was "Catch a falling star"... We caught this piece several times last September, out of the well hidden loudspeakers in the Midships Lobby (quite possibly for the benefit of the cleaning crew). Somehow, it matched our mood -- we knew that our moments on QE2 were few and precious, each of them like a falling star!


That song came back to me today, as this is the season of the Perseid Showers. Maybe we could all watch out for the falling stars, today and tomorrow, and still for a few days after that, making a wish for QE2 -- she needs it!
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Post by: Twynkle on Aug 12, 2016, 01:38 PM
Hi Isabelle
'Funnily enough'
I was watching out for the Perseid Shower last night - Just one solitary star shooting at unbelievably fast speed across from NE to SW,  at midnight last night - and I was thinking exactly the same thing too!

Also - the night before last I dreamt of QE2 - an extremely rare event, and I can remember feeling absolutely delighted - our cabin had a big window as well as a porthole!! It was in the same deepish sort of 'apricot' colours as the cabin that Rob had taken a photo of on his last trip (3 Deck, I reckoned!). The carpets felt the same underfoot, it was all so comfortable - including the chairs along the covered promenade alongside the Queens Room - the only difficulty was trying to identify where our cabin was from outside - looking at the hull!
Good Luck with clear skies tonight!
Rosie.

PS - Just wondering whether some of the QE2 Crew members have dreams about QE2 too....!

(I'm fairly certain there is a Dreaming about QE2 Topic - I'm sorry as this probably belongs there too!)
Title: Re: Songs that make us think & dream of QE2
Post by: cunardqueen on Aug 12, 2016, 06:30 PM
In my younger days my Great Granny played the organ and her piece was Y Viva Espana, dont ask me why she played it, but play it she did, with gutso.

Fast forward to 6th October 1988. Im on the boat deck edging away from the berth, and crackling over the tannoy comes the same tune..and off we sailed to Spain, Ibiza, Cannes, Barcelona Gib and Lisbon.A 9 day cruise. We battled  storms that night leaving the berth, Nearly grounded on the IOW and the 2nd night l was out on deck late at night experiencing the unusual sensation of hot weather at night, next day we anchored in Ibiza and l went   ashore with an officer for a beer in for me what was extreme heat .It was for me a very special cruise ..and a long association with the Hotel Managers Table and all at 19 years old.

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Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Nov 14, 2017, 12:01 PM
Those were the days... now remind me of QE2 :


Mary Hopkins 1968 -- just one year before QE2 set sail for the first time!