Tie Your Mother Down (3:44)

Cover of A Day at the Races

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“Tie Your Mother Down” is a riff-driven rock song by Queen and is the opening track to their 1976 album A Day at the Races. Written by guitarist Brian May, it was released as a single a year later to moderate success on the charts. On the album, the song is preceded by a one-minute instrumental intro, which is actually a reprise of the ending of “Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)”: this was intended to create a “circle” in the album, typical, for example, of Pink Floyd’s albums.

May started writing the song in Tenerife, while he was working for his Ph.D. in astrophysics. He composed the riff on a Spanish guitar, and woke up early one morning and played it while singing “tie your mother down,” a line he considered a joke.

Later on, Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury encouraged him to keep the line, similar to what happened between John Lennon and Paul McCartney with the line “the movement you need is on your shoulder” from the Beatles’ song “Hey Jude”. When performing the song during his solo shows, May has often omitted the line, “take your little brother swimming with a brick, that’s all right,” or at the very least mumbled through it.

A promotional film was made for it directed by Bruce Gowers and was a performance clip shot at Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York in February, 1977 during the band’s first US arena headlining tour.


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  • Liloucat

    Great song :) !!

    21 Jun 8:22pm Reply
  • I0O

    что за нелепые заигрывания с панк роком

    30 Apr 12:29pm Reply
  • ericshep

    i think gracie lied!!

    28 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Gracielied

    I have seen Queen twice, yes with Freddy. When they played this song the place almost came down. Great show. RIP Freddy

    29 Aug 2013 Reply
  • sharv11

    Never had the opportunity to see Freddy, but the next best thing was taking my son to his first concert, which was Queen with Paul Rodgers...they opened up with this & it was magic! PRICELESS memories Vinny! <3 you always...

    27 May 2013 Reply
  • Arthos_08

    Kick ass riffage!!!

    1 May 2013 Reply
  • sharv11

    Always reminds me of your first concert, Vinny...I remember Paul Rodgers & Queen opened up with this...the most awesome of times! <3 You & Miss You, Vincent

    6 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Arklem

    great song wow

    4 Jan 2013 Reply
  • TheOnlyRoc

    "Give me every inch of your love" lul

    16 Aug 2012 Reply
  • andymadden

    missing you Freddie

    19 Jul 2012 Reply
  • q51

    i love the intro part (of whole album) even more than the song itself. it's so... queen! the song is also gr8. a real rock killer!

    15 Jul 2012 Reply
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  • Monotonna

    This is perfect to start the day with a smile on your face. (3)

    6 May 2012 Reply
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    4 May 2012 Reply
  • nicolasbj

    This is perfect to start the day with a smile on your face. (2)

    17 Mar 2012 Reply
  • rekoonsghjkl

    woooooooooo yeah!

    25 Feb 2012 Reply
  • SpecialKKay

    love it! ♥

    17 Feb 2012 Reply
  • autumnxleaves

    This is perfect to start the day with a smile on your face.

    2 Feb 2012 Reply
  • rockandrolljoe

    My little school babe.

    21 Jan 2012 Reply
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