Day 16: “Death On Two Legs” – Queen. Rock Art

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Two weeks have passed since we opened this Blog and this is still the first Queen song I propose. I do not know how I could resist so far! Anyway, this is the opening track for one of the most original albums in rock history: A Night At The Opera, 1975. This title is a good reason for a classical intro, followed by a rock riff which reminds us who these guys are. It is like that for the whole lasting of the record: now it seems to be in the 30’s with gramophone effects and harmonized guitars simulating a black choir, and then you come back to the 70’s hard rock. Obviously I suggest you listen to the whole album, if you never did. Mercury dedicated the lyrics a producer who was not too honest…

Lyrics

You suck my blood like a leech
You break the law and you preach
Screw my brain till it hurts
You’ve taken all my money
And you want more
Misguided old mule with your pig headed rules
With your narrow minded cronies
Who are fools of the first division
Death on two legs
You’re tearing me apart
Death on two legs
You’ve never had a heart of your own
Kill joy bad guy big talking small fry
You’re just an old barrow boy
Have you found a new toy to replace me?
Can you face me?
But now you can kiss my ass goodbye
Feel good are you satisfied?
Do you feel like suicide?
(I think you should)
Is your conscience all right
Does it plague you at night?
Do you feel good feel good?

You talk like a big business tycoon
You’re just a hot air balloon
So no one gives you a damn
You’re just an overgrown schoolboy
Let me tan your hide
A dog with disease
You’re the king of the ’sleaze’
Put your money where your mouth is
Mister know-all
Was the fin on your back
Part of the deal? (shark)
Death on two legs
You’re tearing me apart
Death on two legs
You’ve never had a heart (you never did) of your own
(right from the start)
Insane you should be put inside
You’re a sewer rat decaying in a cesspool of pride
Should be made unemployed
Then make yourself null and void
Make me feel good I feel good

A Night At The Opera

Official Qeen website

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