Spread Your Wings (4:34)

Cover of News Of The World

From News Of The World and 19 other releases

“Spread Your Wings” was written by bass player John Deacon for Queen’s 1977 album News Of The World, and was released as the A side of the single Spread Your Wings/Sheer Heart Attack in 1978.

It is a rock ballad, featuring Deacon on bass and acoustic guitar, Freddie Mercury on piano and vocals, Brian May on lead guitar and Roger Taylor on drums.

The song is in 4/4 meter, and starts with a simple piano motif in D. It is written in D Major, then modulating up to D’s relative minor, B minor in the bridge, coming down to D in the chorus.

The lyrics of the song describe a troubled young man named Sammy who works sweeping the floor at Emerald Bar. The narrator (singer) of the song encourages Sammy to pursue his dreams, telling him to “spread your wings and fly away”.


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