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Composer: Freddie Mercury
Key: a-minor / C-Major (F-Major)
Intro | Verse || Bridge |
| Verse / Outro |
This is a piano ballad. The form is short "ABA" not much complicated than "Dear Friends" (AA). On the other hand the bridge borrows a phrase from the verse and the intro motif is also recycled.
The homekey is a-minor but temporarly the harmony is shifted toward the relative Major key (C).
Mercury sings with soft voice often turning to falsetto.
The start is segued from the previous track "Flick Of The Wrist". The first vocal phrase belongs to "...Wrist".There is a backwards played bent note on guitar which is another backlash.
The song starts with piano intro exposing the tonic chord:
| Am Dm | - | Am * | Am G | | i iv | - | i | i VII|
In m.3 Mercury plays this fill:
E E E B
C B B G
A A G E
We have two verses. The harmony starts on C but very soon the harmonic center is moving back to Am through the familiar I> V6/3 > vi progression. The backing track is economic piano and bass plus some vocal harmonies in the third phrase. The inner phrasing of the third phrase is AAA-ext, where the extension is segued to the recycled intro-motif. The first of these subphrases go with different chords.
| C G7/B | Am G C |
| III VII | i VII III|
C: I V6/3 | vi...
| Am | Dm |
| i | iv |
| Dm F/C G | C Dm G | C Dm G |
| iv VI VII|III iv VII |iii iv VII |
| Am Dm | Am Dm |
| i iv | i iv |
The second verse starts with climactic phrases underscored with some overdubs compared tp the first verse. Vocal counter "bass" and oscillating bass guitar line in the first phrase. The climactic jump up for the start of the second phrase is preceded with a triumphant speedy triplet-driven parallel third harmonized guitar run emphasized with crescendo drumroll. From here on varyspeed guitar harmonies join the accompaniment. The outro is developed from the recycled intro phrase which is added a guitar tune which is melting in the final guitar harmony in the third measure of the phrase. The guitar harmony fades into a sustained low C note (varyspeed) creating a fermata ending.
| Am G | C | C1... |
| i VII| III | |
|vi V | I | 1st |
Rhythmically the second parallels the third which phrase is borrowed from the Verse. There is no Am chord in the section, but the alternative key-centers (F or C) are also weakly established. The borrowing of the verse-phrase is a hint for the a-minor key, but the figure this time is resolved to C instead of Am with a drum crescendo. The arrangement adds vocal harmonies partly in octaves. Note the syllable-crescendo at "...horse" and "...Nile". The harmonic rhythm is speeding up in the forte m.6.
| Dm A(7)/C# | Dm C#dim C11 | F |
F: vi V/vi6/3| vi V | I |
| F/C C | C7,9 C | F C/B Dm C | G |
F: I V | V | I...
C: IV I | I | IV I ii I | V |
| C Dm G | C Dm G | C Dm G /A | /B |
C: I ii V | I ii V | I ii V | V6/3|