"Flick Of The Wrist" as written by and Freddie / Mercury....
Dislocate your spine if you don't sign he says
I'll have you seeing double (double)
Mesmerize you when he's tongue-tied
Simply with those eyes, ooh ooh ooh
Synchronize your minds and see
The beast within him rise

Don't look back
Don't look back
It's a rip-off
Flick of the wrist and you're dead baby
Blow him a kiss and you're mad, ooh ooh ooh ooh
Flick of the wrist - he'll eat your heart out
A dig in the ribs and then a kick in the head
He's taken an arm and taken a leg
All this time honey
Baby you've been had

Intoxicate your brain with what I'm saying
If not you'll lie in knee-deep trouble
Prostitute yourself he says
Castrate your human pride, ooh ooh ooh
Sacrifice your leisure days
Let me squeeze you till you've dried

Don't look back
Don't look back
It's a rip-off, aah, aah, aah

Work my fingers to my bones
I scream with pain
I still make no impression
Seduce you with his money-make machine
Cross-collateralize, (big-time money money)
Reduce you to a muzak-fake machine
Then the last goodbye
It's a rip-off

Flick of the wrist and you're dead baby
Blow him a kiss and you're mad, ooh ooh ooh ooh
Flick of the wrist - he'll eat your heart out
A dig in the ribs and then a kick in the head
He's taken an arm, and taken a leg
All this time honey
Baby you've been had


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"Flick of the Wrist" as written by Freddie Mercury

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  • +2
    General CommentI think this song was written about the really bad recording contract that Queen had with Trident eg he uses 'money-make machine' maybe to describe their managers that made alot of money out the band when they were still living in bedsits (This is true - John's partner had her first child when they were still living in a bedsit in London). I think Queen were (rightfully) quite bitter about the whole thing when they wrote this. Sorry for rambling, it's just my opinion :) damn good song though :D
    mercury_girl86on May 24, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with mecury_girl's analysis. I think it is a precursor to Death on Two legs, and is basically about money grubbing record bosses who like to stiff hard working bands like queen in order to make a profit.

    "Dislocate your spine if you don't sign he says " I don't think that's meant literally but I can picture the scene: Freddie and the boys reading through a somewhat dubious record contract and the big fat cigar smoking boss threatning with something like "if you don't sign I'll see you never work in music again!!!!"
    paulothemanioon January 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis was a song written for the producers at trident studios. and interview with roy thomas baker said that Queen was making songs and only made like 50 pounds a week (the english money....i couldnt find a symbol), and the big guy bought a new rolls royce....or something like that (its been a while)
    correct me if im wrong :)
    ElKarmaScaramoucheon March 03, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the line "flick of the wrist" is a reference to the motion of signing a contract, as well as possibly calling the exec/manager/etc. a w***er.
    boffyon October 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always interpreted the song to being about working for a massive company, that only cares about profit. So you know, working for basically any company now.

    Of course the manager interpret makes sense, since Freddie wrote songs about them before, but work is what I always think about.

    THIS IS A GREAT SONG.
    orypecion November 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCome on peeps, this song rocks! I think its just a fun rock song about a guy who'll destroy you if you dont do as he says. Like Phil Mitchell or something.
    technicson June 28, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentflick of the wrist...hehe....sorry, that reminds me of something my dad says...anyway, lol...
    emoBettyrocketon April 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSomething of pure evil in the world that is trying to rip you off, that will also kill you. Devil, or considering that it was written by Freddie Mercury who was of the Zoroastrian Faith "Angra-Mazda" the diety of evil, but it relates better to this album in the fact that the person being reffered to as "You" has fallen prey to the evil spirit and just realizing the terrible effects of it.

    The album itself seems to be about the hard times of life especially in love. all of the songs fit into hard knocks category
    Italian Phaethonon May 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is about consequences to temptation
    Mr. Badguy0077on December 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo, this was for the same guys as "Death On Two Legs"?
    Child Of Musicon April 03, 2005   Link

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