Sheer Heart Attack


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Queen 'Sheer Heart Attack'

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Released 8 November 1974, reached number 2, on chart for 42 weeks, achieved Platinum status.
Album length 39:08, 2011 bonus EP length 15:48.

Tracklisting:
1. Brighton Rock
2. Killer Queen
3. Tenement Funster
4. Flick Of The Wrist
5. Lily Of The Valley
6. Now I'm Here
7. In The Lap Of The Gods
8. Stone Cold Crazy
9. Dear Friends
10. Misfire
11. Bring Back That Leroy Brown
12. She Makes Me (Stormtrooper In Stilettos)
13. In The Lap Of The Gods.... Revisited


2011 Deluxe Edition Bonus EP:
1. Now I'm Here (live version from the Hammersmith Odeon, London, December 1975)
2. Flick Of The Wrist (BBC Session, October 1974)
3. Tenement Funster (BBC Session, October 1974)
4. Bring Back That Leroy Brown (A-Capella Mix 2011)
5. In The Lap Of The Gods.... Revisited (live version from Wembley Stadium, London, 12 July 1986)


2011 iTunes LP Bonus Videos:
6. Killer Queen (Top Of The Pops promo, version 2)
7. Stone Cold Crazy (live version from the Rainbow Theatre, London, 1974)
8. Now I'm Here (live version from The Forum, Montreal, Canada, 1981)


Hollywood Records 1991 Bonus Tracks:
14. Stone Cold Crazy (1991 Remix)

Unreleased Songs:
'Sheer Heart Attack' (though later completed and released on 'News Of The World')
Carousel ('Brighton Rock' intro music, but doesn't actually feature Queen)

 

Produced by Queen and Roy Thomas Baker
Engineered by Mike Stone
Recorded at Trident, Wessex, Rockfield and Air, July-September 1974

Invaluable engineering by Mike Stone
Special thanks to Geoff Workman
Composed arranged and performed exclusively by Queen
Photography by Mick Rock
Sleeve concept by Queen
No synthesisers
Equipment and crew supervision by John Harris

Roger Taylor - drums, vocals, percussion, screams
Freddie Mercury - vocals, piano, jangle piano, vocal extravaganzas
John Deacon - bass guitar, double bass, acoustic guitar, almost all guitars on 'Misfire'
Brian May - guitars, vocals, piano, genuine George Formby ukulele-banjo, guitar orchestrations  


2011 Reissue Notes:
This 2011 version has been meticulously re-created using the finest modern analogue and digital technology from the original first-generation master mixes.

Executive producers - Brian May and Roger Taylor
Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland, ME
Audio supervised by Justin Shirley-Smith and Kris Fredriksson.
Additional audio restoration by Kris Fredriksson
Special thanks to Joshua J Macrae, Greg Brooks and Gary Taylor
Sleeve notes by Greg Brooks and Gary Taylor
Bonus material mastered by Adam Ayan at Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland, Maine, audio restoration by Kris Fredriksson.
Special thanks to Greg Brooks, Gary Taylor, John K Chester and Jamie Howarth at Plangent Processes, all at British Grove Studios and FX Copyroom

 

Singles:


Brighton Rock


Track 1. Written by Brian May. Length 5:09.
At most live concerts, Brian performed a guitar solo which is often described as 'Brighton Rock' though in many cases they were standard guitar solos which bore little resemblance to the album version. Full details of these can be found on the Live Solos & Improvisations page.
Working titles for this song included 'Happy Little Fuck', 'Happy Little Day', 'Brighton Fuck', 'Blackpool Rock', 'Bognor Ballad', 'Southend Sea Scout', 'Skiffle Rock' and 'Herne Bay'.
Details are also available of an unreleased early demo and a-capella vocal out-takes.

Alternate Versions:
1. Studio Edit (1:34) (on the 'Live At Wembley' video only; an instrumental edit of the album version, fading in between 1:45 and 1:46 and out from 3:16 to 3:18)
2. The Eye Edit (0:10) (an edit of the 'circus noises' at the start, from 0:02 to 0:12 approx)

Live Versions:
1. A Night At The Odeon (2:21) (recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, on 24 December 1975)
2. Live Killers (2:21) (recorded at various venues including Frankfurt, Germany, on 2 February, and Paris, France, on 28 February and 1 March 1979)
3. Live Killers Reprise (1:01) (performed after Brian's guitar solo)
4. Live In Rio (1:02) (recorded in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, on 12 January 1985) (the 'reprise' after the guitar solo only; the rest was edited out)

Lyrics:
Happy little day, Jimmy went away
Met his little Jenny on a public holiday
A happy pair they made, so decorously laid
'Neath the gay illuminations all along the promenade
It's so good to know there's still a little magic in the air
I'll weave my spell

Jenny will you stay - tarry with me pray
Nothing 'ere need come between us tell me love, what do you say
Oh no I must away to my mum in disarray
If my mother should discover how I spend my holiday
It would be of small avail to talk of magic in the air
I'll say farewell

Oh, rock of ages, do not crumble, love is breathing still
Oh, lady moon, shine down a little people magic if you will

Jenny pines away, writes a letter everyday
We must never be together, nothing can my love erase
Oh no, I'm compromised, I must apologise
If my lady should discover how I spent my holidays

Killer Queen


Track 2. Written by Freddie Mercury. Length 2:59.
Details are also available of unreleased recording out-takes, an acetate version, and the 'Greatest Video Hits I' surround sound mix.

Alternate Versions:
1. Greatest Hits Video Edit (2:51) (available on the US 'Greatest Hits' video only; this is the same as the normal album version but has an earlier fade-out)
2. 2011 Promo Video Edit (2:40) (on the 'Days Of Our Lives' DVD and Blu-ray only; this is a slight edit of the track which fades out from 2:34 onwards, losing some of the instrumental outro)

Live Versions:
1. Live At The Rainbow, November 1974 (1:25) (recorded at the Rainbow Theatre, London, on 19 or 20 November 1974; available on all of the 'Live At The Rainbow '74' releases, and the 'Box Of Tricks' video)
2. Live In Japan 1975 (2:06) (recorded at the Budokan Hall, Tokyo, on 1 May 1975; available on the 'A Night At The Odeon' and Japanese 'Days Of Our Lives' DVD and Blu-ray releases)
3. A Night At The Odeon (2:08) (recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, on 24 December 1975)
4. Earl's Court 1977 (2:10) (recorded at Earl's Court, London, on 6 or possibly 7 June 1977; available as a streaming video as part of the 'Absolute Greatest' release)
5. Earl's Court 1977 Edit (2:05) (recorded at Earl's Court, London, on 6 or possibly 7 June 1977, available on the 'Rare Live' video; this is a slight edit of the track, omitting some of the instrumental intro)
6. Live Killers (1:59) (recorded in Frankfurt, Germany, on 2 February 1979)
7. We Will Rock You / Queen Rock Montreal (1:58) (recorded in Montreal, Canada, on 24/25 November 1981)
8. Final Concert Live In Japan (2:09) (recorded in Tokyo, Japan, on 11 May 1985)

'We Will Rock You' Musical Tracks:
1. London Cast Recording (2:27)
2. Spanish Cast Recording (2:46) (lyrics in Spanish)
3. German Cast Recording (2:36) (lyrics in German) (also available on the UK cast album 10th anniversary reissue)

Lyrics:
She keeps a Moet Et Chandon
In her pretty cabinet
'Let them eat cake' she says
Just like Marie Antoinette
A built-in remedy
For Kruschev and Kennedy
At anytime an invitation you can't decline (oooh, ooh, oooh, ooh, ohh)

Caviar and cigarettes
Well versed in etiquette
Extraordinarily nice

She's a killer queen
Gunpowder, gelatine
Dynamite with a laser beam
Guaranteed to blow your mind (ah, ah, ah, ah)
Anytime

Recommended at the price
Insatiable an appetite
Wanna try?

To avoid complications
She never kept the same address
In conversation
She spoke just like a baroness
Met a man from China (oooh, ooh, oooh)
Went down to Geisha Minah (killer, killer)
Then again incidentally
If you're that way inclined (she's a killer queen)

Perfume came naturally from Paris (naturally)
For cars she couldn't care less
Fastidious and precise

She's a killer queen
Gunpowder, gelatine
Dynamite with a laser beam
Guaranteed to blow your mind (ah, ah, ah, ah)
Anytime

Drop of a hat she's as willing as
Playful as a pussy cat
Then momentarily out of action (oooh, ooh, oooh)
Temporarily out of gas (oooh, ooh, da, da)
To absolutely drive you wild, wild
She's out to get you

She's a killer queen
Gunpowder, gelatine
Dynamite with a laser beam
Guaranteed to blow your mind (ah, ah, ah, ah-ah)
Anytime

Oooh, recommended at the price
Insatiable an appetite
Wanna try?

You wanna try

Tenement Funster


Track 3. Written by Roger Taylor. Length 2:47.
This track segues into 'Flick Of The Wrist'. Roger Taylor sings lead vocals.
The working title of this track is believed to be 'Tin Dreams'. Details are also available of an instrumental take.

Alternate Versions:
1. Single Version (2:53) (on 'The First EP' 7", 3" CD, and in the 'Queen Singles Collection 1' boxed set; this is the same as the album version, but fades out over the first five seconds of 'Flick Of The Wrist', with the piano intro present)
2. Japanese 3" CD Version (2:58) (on the Japanese 'The First EP' 3" CD only; this is as the album version, fading out over the first 10 seconds of 'Flick Of The Wrist', but the piano is mixed out, giving a nice guitar outro)

Live Versions:
1. BBC Session 5 (2:57) (recorded at Maida Vale Studio, London, on 16 October 1974; available on the 2011 double disc reissue)
Lyrics:
My new purple shoes
Been amazing the people next door
And my rock 'n' roll 45's
Been enraging the folks on the lower floor

I got a way with the girls on my block
Try my best be a real individual
And when we go down to Smokies and rock
They line up like it's some kinda ritual

Ooh, give me a good guitar
And you can say that my hair's a disgrace (ooooh)
Or, just find me an open car
I'll make the speed of light outta this place

Um, I like the good things in life
But most of the best things ain't free (ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh)
So the same situation
Just cuts like a knife
When you're young, and you're poor, and you're crazy
(Young and you're crazy, young and you're crazy, young and you're crazy)
Young and you're crazy

Ooh, give me a good guitar
And you can say that my hair's a disgrace (ooooh)
Or, just find me an open car
I'll make the speed of light outta this place

Flick Of The Wrist


Track 4. Written by Freddie Mercury. Length 3:17.
This track segues from 'Tenement Funster' and into 'Lily Of The Valley'.

Alternate Versions:
1. Single Version (3:17) (on the 'Killer Queen' 7", the Japanese 3" CD, and in the 'Queen Singles Collection 1' boxed set; this is the same as the album version, but it starts at approximately 0:06, losing the initial guitar until 0:11, and at the end includes the first six seconds of 'Lily Of The Valley', retaining the guitar burst but losing the piano; as a result it adds the lyric 'baby you've been had')
2. UK 3" CD Version (3:18) (on the 'Killer Queen' UK 3" CD only; this is identical to the album version, but it fades out from 3:16 to 3:17, so omits 'baby you've been had' at the start of 'Lily Of The Valley')
3. Dutch Single Version (3:23) (on the 'Killer Queen' Netherlands 7" single; this version contains the full piano introduction, presumably losing the guitar burst at the start of the track, and finishes the same as the UK single version, with a 'clean' guitar burst after 'baby you've been had')
4. US Single Version (3:10) (on the 'Killer Queen' US 7" single; apparently this version loses the piano introduction entirely, starting with the guitar burst at 0:12, and fades out during the start of 'Lily Of The Valley')
5. Japanese Single Version (3:08) (on the 'Killer Queen' Japanese 7" single; apparently this starts with the guitar burst at 0:12, the same as the US version, but then has the same ending as the UK single version, ending with the guitar burst after 'baby you've been had')
6. "Best 16" Edit (3:05) (available on a rare Japanese compilation album, this omits the piano intro, starting with the first guitar burst at approximately 0:11, and at the end segues into the next track 'Lily Of The Valley')

Live Versions:
1. BBC Session 5 (3:24) (recorded at Maida Vale Studio, London, on 16 October 1974; available on the 2011 double disc reissue)
2. Live At The Rainbow, November 1974 (3:28) (recorded at the Rainbow Theatre, London, on 19 or 20 November 1974; available on all of the 'Live At The Rainbow '74' releases)

Lyrics:
Dislocate your spine if you don't sign he says
I'll have you seeing double
Mesmerise you when he's tongue tied
Simply with those eyes (oooh, ooh, oooh)
Synchronise your minds and see
The beast within him rise

Don't look back
Don't look back
It's a rip off
Flick of the wrist and you're dead baby
Blow him a kiss and you're mad (oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh)
Flick of the wrist - he'll eat your heart out
A dig in the ribs and then a kick in the head
He's taken an arm and taken a leg
All this time honey
Baby you've been had

Intoxicate your brain with what I'm saying
If not you'll lie in knee deep trouble
Prostitute yourself he says
Castrate your human pride (oooh, ooh, oooh)
Sacrifice your leisure days
Let me squeeze you till you've dried

Don't look back
Don't look back
It's a rip off
Aahhh, ooh
Aahhh
Aahhh

Work my fingers to my bones
I scream with pain
I still make no impression

Seduce you with his money make machine
Cross collateralise (big time money, money)
Reduce you to a muzak fake machine
Then the last goodbye (aah-ahh, aah-ahh, aah-ahh, aah-ahh)
It's a rip off

Flick of the wrist and you're dead baby
Blow him a kiss and you're mad (oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh)
Flick of the wrist - he'll eat your heart out
A dig in the ribs and then a kick in the head
He's taken an arm and taken a leg
All this time honey

Lily Of The Valley


Track 5. Written by Freddie Mercury. Length 1:45.
This track segues from 'Flick Of The Wrist'.

Alternate Versions:
1. Single Version (1:39) (available on the 'Forever' single and double disc albums, the 'Now I'm Here' single and in the 'Queen Singles Collection 1' boxed set; this starts at approximately 0:05, omitting the guitar burst and start of the piano)
2. US Single Version (1:43) (on the 'Keep Yourself Alive' 1975 US reissue only; this is the same as the album version, starting at 0:02, but the piano at the start is 'clean', without the guitar burst or vocals over the top)
3. Digital Remaster Sampler Version (1:45) (this is the same as the album version, but fades in over the first three seconds; it begins with the end of the explosion from the previous track, 'In The Lap Of The Gods.... Revisited')

Lyrics:
Baby you've been had

I am forever searching high and low
But why does everybody tell me no
Neptune of the seas
An answer for me please
The lily of the valley doesn't know

I lie in wait with open eyes (ooohh)
I carry on through stormy skies (oooh, oooh, ooh, ooh)
I follow every course
My kingdom for a horse
But each time I grow old
Serpent of the Nile
Relieve me for a while
And cast me from your spell and (oooh, oooh, oooh)
Let me go

Messenger from seven seas has flown
To tell the king of rhye he's lost his throne
Wars will never cease
Is there time enough for peace (oooh, oooh, oooh)
But the lily of the valley doesn't grow

Now I'm Here


Track 6. Written by Brian May. Length 4:13.
The working title of this track is believed to be 'Peaches'.
Details are also available of the unreleased BBC version (session 5).

Alternate Versions:
1. Video Edit (3:59) (on the 'Greatest Hits' and 'Queen Rocks' videos only; a straight edit, fading out between 3:51 and 3:58)
Queen Live Versions:
1. Live At The Rainbow, November 1974 (4:28) (recorded at the Rainbow Theatre, London, on 19 or 20 November 1974; available on all of the 'Live At The Rainbow '74' releases, and the 'Box Of Tricks' video)
2. Live In Japan 1975 (4:41) (recorded at the Budokan Hall, Tokyo, on 1 May 1975; available on the 'A Night At The Odeon' DVD and Blu-ray releases, and probably the Japanese 'Days Of Our Lives' DVD and Blu-ray)
3. Live In Japan 1975 Edit (3:56) (available on the 'Days Of Our Lives' UK Blu-ray release, as part of the 'Queen On Tour 1974-1975' feature, and possibly also on the Japanese DVD and Blu-ray; an edit of the above track, which loses the first 45 seconds)
4. Odeon Soundcheck (4:03) (recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, on the afternoon of 24 December 1975; available in the 'A Night At The Odeon' boxed set only; this is a recording of the soundcheck, so is a rougher version of the track, without the audience)
5. A Night At The Odeon (4:21) (recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, on 24 December 1975; available on the 'A Night At The Odeon' releases, and the 'Sheer Heart Attack' 2011 double disc reissue)
6. Live Killers (8:10) (recorded in Frankfurt, Germany, on 2 February 1979, and other unknown venues)
7. Concerts For Kampuchea, 1979, Version 1 (6:48) (recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, on 26 December 1979, available on a LP of highlights of the concerts; during the singalong section, Freddie's vocals are heard once, with the audience singing along)
8. Concerts For Kampuchea, 1979, Version 2 (6:48) (recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, on 26 December 1979, available as a streaming video as part of the 'Absolute Greatest' release; as above, but during the singalong section, Freddie's vocals are echoed several times and it's harded to hear the audience)
9. Rare Live (2:25) (recorded at Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 1 March 1981; this is the singalong section only)
10. Brazil, 1981 (1:21) (recorded at the Morumbi Stadium, Sao Paulo, on 20 or 21 March 1981, available on 'The Game' 2011 iTunes LP as a bonus video; this is the sinaglong section of the track only, and segues into 'Dragon Attack')
11. Queen Rock Montreal (5:32) (recorded in Montreal, Canada, on 24/25 November 1981, available on the 'Queen Rock Montreal' album/DVD)
12. We Will Rock You (5:01) (recorded in Montreal, Canada, on 24/25 November 1981, available on the 'We Will Rock You' video/DVDs only, this is an edit of the 'Queen Rock Montreal' version; not released on the original 60 minute VHS release)
13. Queen Rock Montreal / We Will Rock You Reprise (1:38) (a reprise of the above version, after 'Dragon Attack')
14. Queen Rock Montreal / We Will Rock You Edit (3:41) (available on the 2011 iTunes LP as a bonus video; this is the normal track, which fades out just as the singalong section starts)
15. Queen On Fire - Live At The Bowl (7:00) (recorded in Milton Keynes, England, on 5 June 1982)
16. Queen On Fire - Live At The Bowl Reprise (0:50) (recorded in Milton Keynes, England, on 5 June 1982; also included on 'The Game' 2011 double disc reissue, alongside 'Dragon Attack')
17. Live In Japan (5:54) (recorded in Tokyo, Japan, on 3 November 1982, and also on the 'Queen On Fire - Live At The Bowl' DVD)
18. Live In Japan Reprise (0:57) (on the 'Live In Japan' video, and also on the 'Queen On Fire - Live At The Bowl' DVD)
19. Live In Rio (5:21) (recorded in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, on 19 January 1985)
20. Final Concert Live In Japan (5:42) (recorded in Tokyo, Japan, on 11 May 1985)
21. Magic Tour Rehearsal (1:53) (recorded at rehearsals in May/June 1986; on the 'Live At Wembley Stadium' 2003 and 2011 DVD, this is a severely edited version)
22. Live At Wembley, First Night (5:37) (recorded at Wembley Stadium, London, on 11 July 1986; available on the 2011 DVD only)
23. Live At Wembley, Second Night (6:07) (recorded at Wembley Stadium, London, on 12 July 1986)
24. Live At Wembley, Second Night Excerpt 1 (0:25) (on the 'Live At Wembley Stadium' 2003 DVD song selection screen; an edit of the above version from 0:11 to 0:36)
25. Live At Wembley, Second Night Excerpt 2 (1:00) (on the 'Live At Wembley Stadium' 2003 DVD 'Queen Cam' John screen; an edit of the above live version from 0:00 to 1:00)
26. Hungarian Rhapsody / Live In Budapest (5:43) (recorded in Budapest, Hungary, on 27 July 1986)

Brian May Live Versions:
1. Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert (4:56) (recorded at Wembley Stadium, London, on 20 April 1992, performed with Def Leppard; available on the original video release, the 2013 reissue, and as the B-Side to Def Leppard's 'Tonight' single)
2. Live At The Brixton Academy (4:57) (recorded at the Brixton Academy, London, on 15 June 1993)

Lyrics: (the lyrics in red are echoed)
Here I stand
Look around, around, around, around, around
But you won't see me

Now I'm here
Now I'm there

I'm just a
Just a new man
Yes, you made me live again, ow

A baby I was when you took my hand
And the light of the night burned bright
The people all stared didn't understand
But you knew my name on sight

Ooh, whatever came of you and me
America's new bride to be, oh
Don't worry babe I'm safe and sound
Down in the dungeon just Peaches 'n' me
Don't I love her so
Ooh, cos you made me live again
Yeah

Yeah
Ooh, a thin moon me in a smoke screen sky
Where the beams of your lovelight chase
Don't move, don't speak, don't feel no pain
With the rain running down my face
Your matches still light up the sky
And many a tear lives on in my eye

Down in the city just Hoople 'n' me
Don't I love him so
Oh, don't I love him so

So long

Whatever comes of you and me
I love to leave my memory with you


Now I'm here
Think I'll stay around, around, around
Down in the city justa you 'n' me


Don't I love you so

Go, go, go little Queenie

In The Lap Of The Gods


Track 7. Written by Freddie Mercury. Length 3:22.
This track segues into 'Stone Cold Crazy'.

Alternate Versions:
1. Hollywood Records Version (3:19) (the same as the normal version but loses the third line of vocals, 'Ah, ah', from approx 0:22 to 0:24)
Live Versions:
1. Live At The Rainbow, November 1974 (3:15) (recorded at the Rainbow Theatre, London, on 19 or 20 November 1974; available on all of the 'Live At The Rainbow '74' releases, and the 'Box Of Tricks' video)
Lyrics:
Ahhhhhh
Ahhhhhh
Ah, ah
Ooh, ooh
Ah, ah
Living in the lap
Of the Gods

I live my life for you
Think all my thoughts with you and only you
Anything you ask I do for you

I touch your lips with mine
But in the end
I leave it to the lords
Leave it in the lap of the Gods
What more can I do

Leave it in the lap of the Gods
I leave it to you
Leave it in the lap of the Gods
Leave it in the lap of the Gods
I want you to (ahhhhh)

Leave it in the lap of the Gods
Leave it in the lap of the Gods (ahhh, ah, ahhh)
Leave it in the lap of the Gods (ah, ah, ah, ahhh, ahhh)

Lap of the Gods
Lap of the Gods (ah, ah, ah, ahh)
Lap of the Gods (ah, ah, ah, ahhh)
Lap of the Gods
Lap of the Gods
Lap of the Gods
Lap of the Gods

Stone Cold Crazy


Track 8. Written by Queen. Length 2:14.
This track segues from 'In The Lap Of The Gods'. It is believed to originate from Freddie's days in Wreckage and to have been recorded for the 'Queen' album.
Details are also available of the unreleased BBC version (session 5).

Alternate Versions:
1. Hollywood Records Remix (2:14) (only on the US Remaster CD; original version with additional percussion)
2. Hollywood Records Unused Remix (2:16) (available on early pressings of the US Remaster CD, and a US promo CD; features some remixing to the vocals, drums and guitars, has some stereo changes, and adds some laughter at the end)
3. Trent Reznor Remix (3:49) (on the US 'Queen Basic Bootlegs' promo, and on a US promo CD single; a superb heavy reworked version with an instrumental section and a reprise; also known as the "Trash" mix)

Queen Live Versions:
1. Live At The Rainbow, November 1974 (2:15) (recorded at the Rainbow Theatre, London, on 19 or 20 November 1974; available on all of the 'Live At The Rainbow '74' releases, the 'Box Of Tricks' video, the 'Rare Live' video, all singles of 'The Miracle', in the 'Queen Singles Collection 4' boxed set, and on the 2011 iTunes LP as a bonus video)
Queen Live Versions Without Freddie:
1. Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert (2:41) (recorded at Wembley Stadium, London, on 20 April 1992, with lead vocals by James Hetfield)
Lyrics:
Sleeping very soundly on a Saturday morning I was dreaming I was Al Capone
There's a rumour going round, gotta clear outta town
Yeah, I'm smelling like a dry fish bone
Here come the law, gonna break down the door, gonna carry me away once more
Never, I never, I never want it any more
Gotta get away from this stone cold floor
Crazy
Stone cold crazy, you know
Woo, hot

Rainy afternoon I gotta blow a typhoon and I'm playing on my slide trombone
Anymore, anymore, cannot take it anymore
Gotta get away from this stone cold floor
Crazy
Stone cold crazy, you know

Ow, hit 'em ma

Walking down the street, shooting people that I meet
With my rubber tommy water gun
Here come the deputy, he's gonna come and getta me
I gotta get me get up and run
They got the sirens loose
I ran right outta juice
They're gonna put me in a cell, if I can't go to heaven
Will they let me go to hell
Crazy
Stone cold crazy, you know

Ow

Dear Friends


Track 9. Written by Brian May. Length 1:06.
Lyrics:
So dear friends, your love is gone
Only tears to dwell upon
I dare not say as the wind must blow
So a love is lost, a love is won

Go to sleep and dream again (oooooh)
Soon your hopes will rise and then (oooooh)
From all this gloom life can start anew (oooooh)
And they'll be no crying soon

Misfire


Track 10. Written by John Deacon. Length 1:50.
John Deacon plays 'almost all guitars' on this track.

Lyrics:
Don't you misfire
Fill me up
With the desire
To carry on

Don't you know honey, that love's a game
It's always hit or miss, so take your aim
Got to hold on tight, shoot me out of sight

Don't you misfire
Fill me up
With the desire
To carry on

Don't you misfire
Fill me up
With the desire
To carry on

Your gun is loaded, and pointing my way
There's only one bullet, so don't delay
Got to time it right, fire me through the night
Come on take a shot
Fire me higher
Don't you miss this time
Please don't misfire

Misfire

Bring Back That Leroy Brown


Track 11. Written by Freddie Mercury. Length 2:15.
Brian May plays a genuine George Formby ukulele banjo.

Alternate Versions:
1. The Eye Edit (0:24) (a straight edit, upto time 0:23)
2. A-Capella Mix 2011 (2:16) (available on the 2011 double disc reissue; this features a small amount of music in places, but is mostly a-capella, with the lyrics below and a count-in from Freddie of 'a one, two, three, four, one, two, three, four')

Live Versions:
1. Live At The Rainbow, November 1974 (1:09) (recorded at the Rainbow Theatre, London, on 19 or 20 November 1974; available on all of the 'Live At The Rainbow '74' releases, and the 'Box Of Tricks' video)
2. A Night At The Odeon (1:10) (recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, on 24 December 1975)

Lyrics:
Bring back, bring back
Bring back that Leroy Brown (yeah)
Bring back, bring back
Gotta bring that Leroy Brown (back)

Bet your bottom dollar bill you're a playboy (yeah, yeah)
Daddy cool with a ninety dollar smile (wow, wow, wow, wow, yeah)
Took my money out of gratitude
And he get right outta town (yeah)
I gotta getty up, steady up, shoot him down
Gotta hit that latitude (babe)

Bring back, bring back
Bring back that Leroy Brown (yeah)
Bring back, bring back
Gotta bring that Leroy Brown (back)

Big bad Leroy Brown he got no common sense (no, no)
He got no brains but he sure got a lot of style
Can't stand no more in this here jail
I gotta rid myself of this sentence
Gotta get out of the heat, step into the shade
Gotta get me there dead or alive (babe)

Wooh, wooh, big bad Leroy, wooh, wooh
Wooh, wooh, big bad Leroy - Brown
(Well)

Bring back, bring back
Bring back that Leroy Brown
Bring back, bring back
Gotta bring that Leroy Brown (back)

Big Mama Lulu Belle she had a nervous breakdown (she had a nervous breakdown)
Leroy's taken her honey chile away (way, ahhh)
But she met him down at the station (oooh, wooh, wooh)
Put a shot gun to his head
And unless I be mistaken (oooh, mistaken)
This is what she said (oooh, ooh)
'Big bad, big boy, big bad Leroy Brown
I'm gonna get that cutie pie'

Bring back, bring back
Bring back that Leroy Brown (yeah)

Big bid caused a mighty fine sensation (yeah, yeah)
Gone and got himself elected president
(We want Leroy for president)

Next time, you gotta hit a bitty baddy weather
This time, like a shimmy, shammy leather
He's a big boy, bad boy, Leroy
I don't care where you get him from
Cutie pie
Cutie pie
Cutie pie
Bring that big bad Leroy back
I want him back

She Makes Me

(Stromtrooper In Stilettos)


Track 12. Written by Brian May. Length 4:09.
Brian May sings lead vocals.

Lyrics:
I love
She makes me
She is my heart
She is my love
She is my love

I know
I'm jealous of her
She makes me need
She is my love
She is my love

Who knows who she'll make me
As I lie in her cocoon
And the world will surely heal my ills
I'm warm and terrified
She makes me so

I know
The day I leave her
I'll love her still
She is my love
She is my love

Who knows where my dreams will end
I'll follow as they grow
But the world will know how long I'll take
And if I'm very slow she makes me so

She is my love

She is my love

In The Lap Of The Gods.... Revisited


Track 13. Written by Freddie Mercury. Length 3:44.
Details are also available of an unreleased instrumental take.

Alternate Versions:
1. Digital Remaster Sampler Version (3:42) (this is a slight edit of the track, which fades out earlier, and the explosion continues as the next track 'Lily Of The Valley' starts)
2. The Eye Edit (0:31) (an edit from 1:35 to 2:04, which ends a-capella)

Live Versions:
1. Live At The Rainbow, November 1974 (4:01) (recorded at the Rainbow Theatre, London, on 19 or 20 November 1974; available on the 'Box Of Tricks' video only)
2. Live At The Rainbow, November 1974 (4:04) (recorded at the Rainbow Theatre, London, on 19 or 20 November 1974; available on all of the 'Live At The Rainbow '74' releases; this is a different performance to the above version, with a number of lyric changes, and a different introduction, but it is unclear which version comes from which night)
3. Live In Japan 1975 (3:45) (recorded at the Budokan Hall, Tokyo, on 1 May 1975; available on the 'A Night At The Odeon' and Japanese 'Days Of Our Lives' DVD and Blu-ray releases)
4. A Night At The Odeon (3:14) (recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon, London, on 24 December 1975)
5. Live At Wembley, First Night (2:05) (recorded at Wembley Stadium, London, on 11 July 1986; available on the 2011 DVD only)
6. Live At Wembley, Second Night (2:19) (recorded at Wembley Stadium, London, on 12 July 1986; also available as a streaming video as part of the 'Absolute Greatest' release and as audio on the 2011 double disc reissue)
7. Live At Wembley, Second Night Excerpt (0:25) (on the 'Live At Wembley Stadium' 2003 DVD song selection screen; an edit of the above version from 0:42 to 1:07)
8. Hungarian Rhapsody / Live In Budapest (2:17) (recorded in Budapest, Hungary, on 27 July 1986)

Lyrics:
It's so easy, but I can't do it
So risky, but I gotta chance it
So funny, there's nothing to laugh about
My money, that's all you wanna talk about
I can see what you want me to be
But I'm no fool

It's in the lap of the Gods
Wo, wo, la, la, la, wo
I can see what you want me to be
But I'm no fool

No beginning, there's no ending
There's no meaning in my pretending
Believe me, life goes on and on and on
Forgive me when I ask you where do I belong
You say I (you can do it)
Can't (you can do it)
Set you free (you can go and set me free) from me
But that's not true

It's in the lap of the Gods
Wo, wo, la, la, la, wo
I can see what you want me to be
But I'm no fool

It's in the lap of the Gods
Wo, wo, la, la, la, wo
Wo, wo, la, la, wah, wah, ooh
But that's not true

It's in the lap of the Gods
Wo, wo, la, la, la, wo
Wo, wo, la, la, wah, wah, ooh
But I'm no fool

It's in the lap of the Gods
Wo, wo, la, la, la, wo
Wo, wo, la, la, wah, wah, ooh

It's in the lap of the Gods
Wo, wo, la, la, la, wo
Wo, wo, la, la, wah, wah, ooh
But I'm no fool

It's in the lap of the Gods
Wo, wo, la, la, la, wo
Wo, wo, la, la, wah, wah, ooh