Keep Passing The Open Windows (5:21)

Cover of The Works

From The Works and 4 other releases

“Keep Passing the Open Windows” was written by Mercury in 1983 for the film version of The Hotel New Hampshire, based on a novel by John Irving. The phrase is mentioned on a number of occasions throughout the film and was, according to the opening credits, also co-produced by the band’s manager Jim Beach, who changed it in order to suit the album mood better. Mercury played piano and synths and wrote the lyrics after reading the quote in the book.

Freddie Mercury: (1984)

“”When I write a song, I have in my head what the others can do and it’s used as reference. But sometimes I do it knowing that it’ll be difficult for everyone. It’s my challenge. For example, I had written ‘Keep Passing The Open Windows’ for the film Hotel New Hampshire but it was finally refused so I had to change it completely so it could be adapted to The Works.”“

Freddie Mercury - lead and backing vocals, piano, synthesizer
Brian May - guitars, backing vocals
John Deacon - bass guitar
Roger Taylor - drums, backing vocals


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