Quote related to 'The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke' from 'Queen II'

With stuff like The Fairy Feller's Master-Stroke, Freddie was really coming into his own. With this album he had this crazy plan for this vast number of vocal counterpoints - a six-part harmony there, another six-part harmony overlapping. He didn't seem remotely bothered by the fact that there were only four of us to sing all these parts. We were working with a 16-track set-up, so we were constantly thinking about how many tracks we could bounce down without losing quality. It was a massive amount of work. We really were consciously trying to break the boundaries of what people thought they could do in the recording studio. That song was totally Freddie's thing, full of Olde English vocabulary - tatterdemalion, satyrs, pedagogues, ostlers and junketers. Some really astonishing stuff. Quaere is an odd word. I think it was used for purely artistic reasons in that song. But Freddie was seeking flamboyance in everything at that point. He was quite hetero at that time, but he was really becoming interested in transcending everything and that included sex. But, no, I don't think that lyric was about whether he was a puff. I would say it was about using language that went with that painting and being as flamboyant as possible.

Roger Taylor; Mojo, April 2004