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Brian May - guitars, backing vocals
John Deacon - bass guitar
Roger Taylor - drums, tambourine, backing vocals
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Keep Yourself Alive
KeepYourselfAliveUK
Single by Queen from Queen
Released July 6 1973 (original release)
1974 (Thailand, US)
1975 (Australia)
1998 (US promo CD)
Length 3:47
Genre Hard Rock
Label EMI
Elektra
Writer Brain May
Musicians Freddie Mercury - lead and backing vocals

Brian May - guitars, backing vocals
John Deacon - bass guitar
Roger Taylor - drums, tambourine, backing vocals

Producer(s) Queen, Roy Thomas Baker and John Anthony
Lyrics



Single Chronology
Last single
This single Keep Yourself Alive (1973)
Next single Liar (1974)
Chronology
Last track
This track Keep Yourself Alive
Next track Doing All Right
Brian May wrote "Keep Yourself Alive" after the band had been formed, but before John Deacon joined, as confirmed by former bass player Barry Mitchell (on an unofficial Q&A session held on an online forum). According to what May said in a radio special about their 1977 album, News of the World, he had penned the lyrics thinking of them as ironic and tongue-in-cheek, but their sense was completely changed when Freddie Mercury sang them. Roger Taylor and May sing the vocal bridge of the song.

Mercury might have helped on the musical arrangements based on the fact that (as it has been recalled by former bassists and the band themselves) they were in a more collaborative period in the pre-studio days and he was usually the one getting his way with structural ideas. While it is highly possible that he contributed ideas to the song (the modulation types and the expanded form are closer to his style than to May's), the bottom line is that even in that case Mercury would be more a co-arranger than a co-writer per se (like George Martin on The Beatles' songs).

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