Lily Of The Valley


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Freddie Mercury - lead and backing vocals, piano
Brian May - guitars
John Deacon - bass guitar
Roger Taylor - drums
  • Length: 1:43



Sheer Heart Attack, 1974


Now I'm Here, 1974 B-side
Keep Yourself Alive, 1974 USA B-side

Alternate Versions:

  • 1975 US 7" (1:42) Unsegued - Keep Yourself Alive: Elektra E-45268-B

Queen Talks

"Freddie's stuff was so heavily cloaked, lyrically. But you could find out, just from little insights, that a lot of his private thoughts were in there, although a lot of the more meaningful stuff was not very accessible. 'Lily Of The Valley' was utterly heartfelt. It's about looking at his girlfriend and realising that his body needed to be somewhere else. It's a great piece of art, but it's the last song that would ever be a hit."

Brian May - December 1999, MOJO


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I am forever searching high and low
But why does everyone tell me no
Neptune of the seas an answer for me please
The lily of the valley doesn't know

I lie in wait with open eyes
I carry on through stormy skies
I follow every course my kingdom for a horse
But each time I grow old
Serpent of the Nile relieve me for a while
And cast me from your spell and let me go

Messenger from seven seas has flown
To tell the king of Rhye he's lost his throne
Wars will never cease
Is there time enough for peace?
The lily of the valley doesn't know