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|Single by Queen|
|from the album A Day at the Races|
|B-side||You and I|
|Released||7 June 1977 (US, Canada, New Zealand)|
|Label||EMI Records, Elektra|
|Queen singles chronology|
It is one of the few songs where May uses a guitar other than his Red Special. For the rhythm guitar parts he used an electric Burns twelve string guitar (although he used the Red Special for the second guitar solo in the middle section of the track). Originally May wanted to use a Rickenbacker guitar (as he admired John Lennon), but he didn't get along well with the Rickenbacker's thin neck.
Roger Taylor sings the highest parts of the song.
The song has a sad tone, describing that "for every star in heaven / there's a sad soul here today," and an overall sense of melancholic nostalgia lies over the song. It is similar in feel to the song '39 from A Night at the Opera, although without the folk influence.
The song was never performed live with Mercury. May performed an acoustic version of the song at Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders Concert on the 11 May 2010.
- Freddie Mercury - backing vocals
- Brian May - lead and backing vocals, electric guitars
- Roger Taylor - drums, backing vocals
- John Deacon - bass guitar
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