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“Now I’m Here” is a song by the English rock band Queen. The sixth song on their third album, Sheer Heart Attack, it was written by lead guitarist Brian May while he was in the hospital, seriously ill after contracting hepatitis from an infected vaccination. In the UK, the song hit #11 on the charts when released as a single in 1975. The song has many features on it including a solid vocal performance by Freddie Mercury, who hit some of the highest notes in his career. The song is also noted for its hard riff and vocal harmonies. The song remained a live favourite, performed at virtually every concert from late 1974 through 1986, often played in segments, with the ending played as a reprise.

It was also featured on the 1997 compilation album Queen Rocks. In the accompanying music video, the band is seen playing at the Rainbow Theatre.

* The lyric “Down in the city just Hoople and me” is a reference to when Queen was touring with the band Mott the Hoople earlier in their career.

* Near the end, the lyrics “Go, go, go, little queenie” can be heard, a reference to the Chuck Berry’s 1959 B-side “Little Queenie.”

* There is very rare and subtle use of organ on the ‘climb’ coming out of the guitar solo, beneath the lyrics “Whatever comes of you and me…”.

* In concert, a double was used with lighting cues to create the illusion that Mercury was disappearing from one side of the stage and reappearing on another.

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