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Freddie Mercury - lead and backing vocals
Brian May - guitars, keyboards
John Deacon - bass guitar
Roger Taylor - drums, vibraslap
David Richards - sampler
  • Length: 4:42



The Miracle, 1989


Scandal, 1989

Alternate Versions:

  • 7" Edit Remix - CDS: Parlophone CD Queen 14
  • Demo Promo Teaser Tape - Unreleased
  • 12" Extended - Miracle: US 1991 Hollywood HR-61152-2

Queen Talks

"I have kept the first take, as Freddie did for the vocals. In one evening, the song was finished, because we couldn't do a better take."

Brian May - 1989

"This is something from me, obviously. The idea for this song happened in the studio, but thematically, it's very close to all of our hearts – particularly Freddie and particularly me, and a little later, Roger, as we were pursued by the media to a destructive point. It was very painful, we did get very hurt – these paparazzi invading our lives. There's money to be made trashing peoples' lives in newspapers, and it's probably never going to change in England."

Brian May - 2003, Greatest Video Hits 2 DVD commentary

"Not one of my favorite songs, one of the most boring videos we ever made. Don't remember much about it, I just remember being bored. Didn't do anything for me, and for something called 'Scandal', it wasn't very scandalous. I think we were going through the motions here."

Roger Taylor - 2003, Greatest Video Hits 2 DVD commentary

"For me, it was a pretty serious song – not serious in the sense that I think it's that great (laughs), but in that there was a lot of reality in the lyrics for me... I don't think it's totally successful, this video, as a portrayal of what's in the song. It's a kind of brave attempt, but it's a little cold, and you don't really see the band interacting as a band. It's a bit stagey. But at least it makes you think of what the song's really about."

Brian May - 2003, Greatest Video Hits 2 DVD commentary


Cover Versions

Chords & Tabs

  • chords


Scandal, now you've left me all the world's gonna know
Scandal, they're gonna turn our lives into a freak show
They'll see the heart ache,they'll see the love break
They'll hear me pleading,We'll say for God's sake
Over and over and over again

Scandal, now you've left me there's no healing the wounds
Hey scandal, and all the world can make us out to be fools
Here come the bad news,open the flood gates
They'll leave us bleeding,we'll say you cheapskates
Over and over and over again

So let them know when they stare it's just a private affair
They'll have us hung in the air and tell me what do they care
It's only a life to be twisted and broken
They'll see the heart ache,they'll see our love break, yeah
They'll hear me pleading,I'll say for God's sake
Over and over and over and over again

Scandal scandal

Scandal yes you're breaking my heart again
Scandal yes you're loving on out again

Today the headlines tomorrow hard times
And no-one ever really knows the truth from the lies
And in the end the story deeper must hide
Deeper and deeper and deeper inside

Scandal scandal
Scandal scandal