My Fairy King


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Freddie Mercury - vocals, piano
Brian May - acoustic & electric guitars
John Deacon - bass guitar
Roger Taylor - drums, screams, backing vocals
  • Length: 4:09



Queen, 1973
Queen At The Beeb, 1989
Queen At The BBC, 1995


Let Me Live, 1996 CD Single

Alternate Versions:

  • BBC 05.02.1973 (4:09) Queen At The Beeb: BOJCD 001
  • Exposed Fake Mono Demo Exposed MC
  • Freddie Solo Piano Demo - Unreleased

Additional Info

  • Freddie changed his surname to "Mercury" after finishing the composition of this song, hence the reference to "Mother Mercury".
  • The inspiration for My Fairy King comes from Robert Browning's poem "The Pied Piper", while the lines "And their dogs outran our fallow deer / And honey-bees had lost their stings / And horses were born with eagles' wings" are quoted directly from the poem.
  • According to Barry Mitchell, Freddie was writing My Fairy King while he was still a member of the band.


Cover Versions

Chords & Tabs

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In the land where horses born with eagle wings
And honey bees have lost their stings
There's singing forever
Lions den with fallow deer
And rivers made from wines so clear
Flow on and on forever
Dragons fly like sparrows thru' the air
And baby lambs where Samson dares
To go on on on on on on

My fairy king can see things
He rules the air and turns the tides
That are not there for you and me
Oooh yeah he guides the winds

My fairy king can do right and nothing wrong
Then came man to savage in the night
To run like thieves and to kill like knives
To take away the power from the magic hand
To bring about the ruin of the promised land

They turn the milk into sour
Like the blue in the blood of my veins
Why can't you see it
Fire burning in hell with the cry of screaming rain
Son of heaven set me free and let me go
Sea turn dry no salt from sand
Seasons fly no helping hand
Teeth don't shine like pearls for poor man's eyes

Someone someone just drained the colour from my wings
Broken my fairy circle ring
And shamed the king in all his pride
Changed the wings and wronged the tides
Mother mercury mercury
Look what they've done to me
I cannot run I cannot hide