Spread Your Wings
|"Spread Your Wings"|
|Single by Queen|
|from the album News of the World|
|B-side||"Sheer Heart Attack" (Europe)|
|Released||10 February 1978|
|Recorded||1977 at Sarm West and Wessex Studios|
|Label||EMI Records (UK) Elektra (US)|
|Producer(s)||Queen, assisted by Mike Stone|
|Queen singles chronology|
"Spread Your Wings" is a ballad by the rock band Queen, from their 1977 album News of the World. Written by bassist John Deacon, it was released as the A side of the single Spread Your Wings/Sheer Heart Attack in 1978.
The track features Freddie Mercury on the piano and vocals, Brian May on the electric guitar, Roger Taylor on the drums, and John Deacon on the bass guitar and acoustic guitar. A live version of the song appears in the band's 1979 album Live Killers. The song peaked at number 34 in the UK. A live BBC radio session recording features a unique speeded-up final section of the song.
The song is in 4/4 meter, and begins with a simple piano motif in D major, modulating down to D's relative key B minor in the bridge, and returning 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. The narrator (Freddie Mercury) of the song encourages Sammy to pursue his dreams, telling him to "spread your wings and fly away".
Many critics have speculated whether Deacon derived his inspiration for the song from John Updike's short story "A & P" which contains a similar theme and a hero named "Sammy." Deacon has yet to respond to this query.
"Spread Your Wings" was not released as a single in North America. It was, however, featured as a B-side to Queen's 1980 hit, "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (#1 U.S.).
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- Freddie Mercury - lead vocals, piano
- Brian May - electric guitar
- Roger Taylor - drums
- John Deacon - bass guitar, acoustic guitar
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||20|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||26|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||34|
- Your Wings News of the World: Spread Your Wings (Track 5) Ultimate Queen. Retrieved 11 July 2011
- Spread Your Wings Allmusic. Retrieved 11 July 2011
- "Nederlandse Top 40 – Queen" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
- "Dutchcharts.nl – Queen – Spread Your Wings" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
- "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
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