Queen – You’re My Best Friend

In the hands of another band, this song could have turned into a bland pop song. The harmonies and the arrangement by Queen lifted this song up. It was written by the bass player John Deacon. All members of Queen encouraged each other to write and each one of them wrote at least one hit.

The song came off the “A Night at the Opera” album. This is one the two albums that Queen named after Marx Brothers movies…the other one is “A Day at the Races.” They were watching “A Night at the Opera” movie while making the album. They became friends with Groucho Marx in the mid-seventies.

John would go on to write You’re My Best Friend, Another One Bites The Dust, and I Wanna Break Free. This song is the first song I remember hearing that introduced me to Queen. You’re My Best Friend peaked at #16 in the Billboard 100, #7 in the UK and #2 in Canada in 1976.

 

From Songfacts.

John Deacon wrote this song about his wife. He enjoyed a rather quiet home life, and particularly in the early days of the group he was very shy and quiet, unwilling to put his song suggestions forward.

This song features a Fender Rhodes electric piano, which was a popular choice at the time, with many rock songs by the likes of Stevie Wonder and Steely Dan using the instrument. John Deacon wanted to write a song incorporating the instrument, but Freddie Mercury did not want to play it. “I refused to play that damn thing,” Mercury said. “It’s tiny and horrible and I don’t like them. Why play those when you have a lovely superb piano.”

So Deacon took the Rhodes home, learned to play it, and started writing this song. This was the follow-up single to “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It was also Queen’s second song (after “Bohemian Rhapsody”) to have an accompanying promo video filmed for it.

After Freddie Mercury died in 1991, Deacon became something of a recluse – he was involved in the posthumous album Made in Heaven, and on the 1997 single “No-One But You,” he retired from music and has declined to tour with the band on their subsequent tours with Paul Rodgers and Adam Lambert. The band still maintains contact with him, and run decisions by him – according to Brian May, the rule is that if Deacon does not reply to an email, that’s his way of saying it has his approval.

You’re My Best Friend

Ooh you make me live
Whatever this world can give to me
It’s you you’re all I see
Ooh you make me live now honey
Ooh you make me live

Ooh you’re the best friend that I ever had
I’ve been with you such a long time
You’re my sunshine and I want you to know
That my feelings are true
I really love you
Oh you’re my best friend

Ooh you make me live

Ooh I’ve been wandering round
But I still come back to you
In rain or shine
You’ve stood by me girl
I’m happy at home
You’re my best friend

Ooh you make me live
Whenever this world is cruel to me
I got you to help me forgive
Ooh you make me live now honey
Ooh you make me live

You’re the first one
When things turn out bad
You know I’ll never be lonely
You’re my only one
And I love the things
I really love the things that you do
Ooh you’re my best friend

Ooh you make me live

I’m happy at home
You’re my best friend
Oh you’re my best friend
Ooh you make me live
You’re my best friend

Author: badfinger20

Guitar, Bass, song writer,

2 thoughts on “Queen – You’re My Best Friend”

  1. interesting history on the song! I like Queen quite a bit and this is one of my favorites from them, perhaps because it isn’t as over-saturated on radio these days as “Bohemian rhapsody” or “We Will Rock You-We Are the Champions”

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