The Prophet's Song
|"The Prophet's Song"|
|Song by Queen from the album A Night at the Opera|
|Recorded||1975 at Sarm East Studios|
|Genre||Progressive rock, hard rock, heavy metal|
|Label||EMI, Parlophone (Europe)
Elektra, Hollywood (US)
|Producer||Queen, Roy Thomas Baker|
|A Night at the Opera track listing|
The Prophet's Song is a song by British Rock band Queen, originally released on their fourth studio album A Night at the Opera in 1975. Allmusic stated that the song is as epic as "Bohemian Rhapsody". It is also the longest song by Queen. On Lastfm, it has more than 100,000 hits.
"The Prophet's Song" was composed by Brian May (working title "People of the Earth"). On the show In the Studio with Redbeard, which spotlighted A Night at the Opera, he explained that he wrote the song after a dream he'd had about a great flood while he was recovering from being ill while recording Sheer Heart Attack, and is the source of some of the lyrics. He spent several days putting it together, and it includes a vocal canon sung by Freddie Mercury. The vocal, and later instrumental canon was produced by early tape delay devices. It is a heavy and dark number with a strong progressive rock influence. At over eight minutes in length, is also Queen's longest song (not counting the untitled instrumental track on Made in Heaven in 1995).
As detailed by May in a documentary about the album, the speed-up effect that happens in the middle of the guitar solo was achieved by starting a reel-to-reel player with the tape on it, as the original tape player was stopped.
- Freddie Mercury - lead vocals
- Brian May - guitars, backing vocals
- John Deacon - bass guitar
- Roger Taylor - drums