"Good Company" as written by and Brian Harold / May....
Take good care of what you've got
My father said to me
As he puffed his pipe and baby B.
He dandled on his knee
Don't fool with fools who'll turn away
Keep all good company
Oo hoo oo hoo
Take care of those you call your own
And keep good company

Soon I grew and happy too
My very good friends and me
We'd play all day with Sally J.
The girl from number four
Very soon I begged her won't you keep me company
Oo hoo oo hoo
Oo hoo oo hoo
Oo hoo oo hoo

Come marry me for evermore we'll be good company
Now marriage is an institution sure
My wife and I our needs and nothing more
All my friends by a year
By and by disappeared
But we're safe enough behind our door

I flourished in my humble trade
My reputation grew
The work devoured my waking hours
But when my time was through
Reward of all my efforts my own
Limited company

I hardly noticed Sally as we parted company
All through the years in the end it appears
There was never really anyone but me

Now I'm old, I puff my pipe
But no-one's there to see
I ponder on the lesson of my life's insanity
Take care of those you call your own
And keep good company


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"Good Company" as written by Brian Harold May

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    General CommentThis is one of those "stop and smell the roses" songs, about appreciating the finer things in life (friends, family, children, etc) instead of focusing on personal gain. Thought-provoking.
    AsItBeganon December 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWho knows about this song?
    daybeforethefirston May 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI do it's quite strange...but addictive!
    mercury_girl86on May 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of Queen's greatest songs ever in my opinion. People should check out "A Night at the Opera" more ofter.
    daybeforethefirston October 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYeah, kind of a neat song. It sort of has a tone to it like, "Oops! I messed up my life. Well, I hope you don't make the same mistakes I did." The speaker only seems to care about one thing at a time: first his wife, and then his business. Sure, those things are important, but then he ends up losing other important things by placing all importance on a few things. He loses his friends when he becomes too wrapped up in his wife, but then loses his wife when he becomes too concerned with his business. It's sort of interesting that his father says, "Don't fool with fools who'll turn away" but then the speaker ends up becoming one of the "fools who'll turn away."

    Of course, the best part is the "Genuine Aloha Ukelele" (Made in Japan). Everyone loves ukeleles!
    TheYipskeeon April 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI really can't help wondering why, in the second verse, to make it rhyme, they didn't call her Sally J. from number three, instead of four.
    Random18on May 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI dunno. As Dr. Brian May, PhD. about that one.
    Child Of Musicon May 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWell, he didn't get his doctorate in rhyme schemes...

    Maybe he wanted it to rhyme with "sure" and "door" in the next verse? Or maybe because "four" just sounds good!
    TheYipskeeon June 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwtf? When i first heard this song on my dad's mixed queen tape, i thought someone had borrowed it to tape the beatles. that's right, the beatles. It sounds so much like the beatles. It was only when i heard it on Night at the Opera at my friend's house did i realize it was by queen. It's all right i guess.
    scimitar_255on July 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIn response to the person who commented on "Sally J" being from "Number 4." It's deliberate. Do you really think the guy wrote an entire song in rhyme and suddenly hit his head in the middle of it for a momentary lapse then never noticed it during the entire recording and mixing session? And that nobody else noticed it either when it so obviously sticks out? This is referred to as a cheating rhyme, althought there's another term for it as well which I forget. Many poets use it, such as Emily Dickinson. What it does is put emphasis on the line so that you won't get bored of hearing he same old couplets over and oer again. It also relies heavily on your anticipating the coming rhyme. It's quite clever. I believe every time a poet does it they do it with a sly look in their eyes.
    wellesradioon February 21, 2006   Link

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