Quote related to 'All God's People' from 'Innuendo'

Fred and I went into the studio to work on whatever. We just started to write and we came up with an idea, which was a starting point for a year's work - the whole idea of this, by the way, was to do a solo album for Fred, which was, a non-Queen album. After The Great Pretender, those geniuses in the record company said, “Why don't you do an album of covers?” He said, “I've only got one cover in me, and that was it.” And so we started to write original material, and the first thing we started to write was a tune - then again, the title came from nowhere - called All God's People. I've no idea where that came from, but it was the first thing that we did as a solo thing together. It was hijacked for a Queen track eventually, for Innuendo. There's a story about this: there's a line in here in which Freddie sings “all prime ministers”. This means nothing, it's complete garbage, it means nothing except on the guide vocal, we needed something that rhythmically said [like the melody]. He said, “oh, I'll do a guide vocal.” He sang, “all prime ministers.” And there it still remains to this day. It means nothing, it has no contribution to the overall lyric but here we are.  So All God's People came and went and in the middle of this, I got a phone call - it was actually when we were doing The Great Pretender video, I think, I was fast asleep, about four o'clock in the morning, after we'd finished this - and the telephone rang, it's Fred, immensely excited, he said, “look, I've got fantastic news: I've heard from Montserrat Caballé, and she wants to, you know, come and do this thing now.” And I said, “OK, fine.”  So we went back in the studio the next day and started to work on a track, we had no idea what to do, and I said to Fred, “we need just a working title,” and he said, “let's call it Barcelona, because that's where we met.” I said, “it's not a bad idea, Barcelona, where you met, let's do something based on that.' I started to do that [bells intro] fairly operatic and triumphant. And the rest is history  because, after that, we never went back to the solo album, because the rest of the year was taken up with Barcelona and the rest of the Barcelona album. So there are bits and pieces of tracks that we started and never finished but maybe they'll see the light of day, one day.

Michael Moran; Memorial Talk in Montreux, 1st of September 2012