"Sleeping On The Sidewalk" as written by and Brian Harold May....
I was nothin' but a city boy
My trumpet was my only toy
I've been blowin' my horn
Since I knew I was born
But there ain't nobody wants to know

I've been sleepin' on the sidewalk
Rollin' down the road
I may get hungry
But I sure don't want to go home

So round the corner comes a limousine
And the biggest grin I ever seen
Here sonny won't you sign
Right along the dotted line
What you sayin' are you playin'
Sure you don't mean me?

I've been sleepin' on the sidewalk
Rollin' down the road
I may get hungry
But I sure don't want to go home

(Now I tell you what happened...)

They took me to a room without a table
They said 'blow your trumpet into here'
I played around as well as I was able
And soon we had the record of the year

I was a legend all through the land
I was blowin' to a million fans
Nothin' was a missin'
All the people want to listen
You'd have thought I was a happy man

And I was sleepin' like a princess
Never touch the road
I don't get hungry
And I sure don't want to go home
(Have to have some fun...)

Now they tell me that I ain't so fashionable
An' I owe the man a million bucks a year
So I told 'em where to stick the fancy label
It's just me and the road from here

I'm back to playin' and layin'
I'm back on the game

I'm sleepin' on the sidewalk
Rollin' down the road
I sure get hungry and
I sure do want to go home
(Yeah)


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"Sleeping on the Sidewalk" as written by Brian May

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    General CommentJust a little story about a trumpet player who was famous for a little while and the wasn't that fashionable any more and wanted to go home.
    grapefruiton January 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI just find it ironic that this song is about a trumpet player, yet there is no trumpet (or even guitar disguised as a trumpet) in the whole song.
    Bennyboyon January 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's about a hobo that becomes an anti-hobo and then becomes a hobo again. Pretty much what grapefruit said. It sounded like he was pretty happy with his life until he became famous, and then he was living in luxury, so when he went back to his old life, he wasn't so happy with it.
    TheYipskeeon March 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI like this song, it's rather upbeat, and kind of tells the story about how lots of bands got blown away by the punk movement, while queen was seemingly untouched. In the Queen edition of "Guitar World", Brian May says that they thought of punk as a fashion, and they were never really affected by fashion. I also agree with Bennyboy, why is there no trumpet?
    scimitar_255on October 01, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti love this song even more.
    ronnixkayeon August 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment>:|
    ronnixkayeon August 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMaybe the trumpet stands for the more primitive non-western way of making a living with your music (like the new orleans big blues bands, often played by Afro-americans). In that way they wanted to emphasize the point of the contrast poor an rich... judt my
    AndorianCountyon December 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMaybe the trumpet stands for the more primitive non-western way of making a living with your music (like the new orleans big blues bands, often played by Afro-americans). In that way they wanted to emphasize the point of the contrast poor an rich... judt my
    AndorianCountyon December 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMaybe the trumpet stands for the more primitive non-western way of making a living with your music (like the new orleans big blues bands, often played by Afro-americans). In that way they wanted to emphasize the point of the contrast poor an rich... judt my
    AndorianCountyon December 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGreat song. A lot different from other Queen songs.
    orypecion December 05, 2009   Link

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