Spread Your Wings

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"Spread Your Wings"
Single by Queen
from the album News of the World
B-side Sheer Heart Attack
Released 10 February 1978
Format 7"
Recorded 1977 at Sarm West and Wessex Studios
Genre Rock, hard rock
Length 4:26
Label EMI, Elektra (US)
Writer(s) John Deacon
Producer(s) Queen, assisted by Mike Stone
Queen singles chronology
"We Are the Champions" /
"We Will Rock You"
"Spread Your Wings"
"It's Late"

"Spread Your Wings" is a power ballad by the rock band Queen, from their 1977 album News of the World.[1] Written by bassist John Deacon, it was released as the A side of the single Spread Your Wings/Sheer Heart Attack in 1978. It features Freddie Mercury on piano and vocals, Brian May on guitar, Roger Taylor on drums, and John Deacon on bass. A live version of the song appears in the band's 1979 album Live Killers.[1] The song peaked at number 34 in the UK.

The song is in 4/4 meter, and starts with a simple piano motif in D. It is written in D Major, then modulating up to D's relative minor, B minor in the bridge, coming down to D in the chorus.

The lyrics of the song describe a troubled young man named Sammy who works at The Emerald Bar, sweeping the floor.[2] The narrator (Freddie Mercury) of the song encourages Sammy to pursue his dreams, telling him to "spread your wings and fly away".[2]



Chart (1978) Peak
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[3] 20
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[4] 26
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 34

Cover versions[edit]

This song was covered by German power metal band Blind Guardian on their 1992 album Somewhere Far Beyond. The same recording reappeared on their 1996 album The Forgotten Tales.


  1. ^ a b Your Wings News of the World: Spread Your Wings (Track 5) Ultimate Queen. Retrieved 11 July 2011
  2. ^ a b Spread Your Wings Allmusic. Retrieved 11 July 2011
  3. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Queen search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Queen – Spread Your Wings" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  5. ^ "February 1978/ Archive Chart: 25 February 1978" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 6 October 2013.

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