The Daily Cut: Queen “Tie Your Mother Down”

Queen: “Tie Your Mother Down”

ALBUM: A Day at the Races

YEAR: 1976

WRITER: Brian May

Peaked at number-49 on the Billboard Hot 100.

According to Wikipedia, Freddie Mercury said he never knew why Brian May titled a song “Tie Your Mother Down.” We asked Brian, and actually there isn’t all that much to know.  “It just fitted the riff, really. It seemed appropriate. [laughs] It’s one of those things where you sing something along to it and you think, ‘Well, we can’t call it that, we’ll have to write some proper words one day.’ And then we thought, ‘Well, why not, you know? It seems to have the right sort of feeling about it.”

Queen guitarist Brian May celebrates his 69th birthday today (July 19th).


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