"Spread Your Wings" as written by and John Richard Deacon....
Sammy was low
Just watching the show
Over and over again
Knew it was time
He'd made up his mind
To leave his dead life behind
His boss said to him
Boy you'd better begin
To get those crazy notions right out of your head
Sammy who do you think that you are
You should've been sweeping up the Emerald bar

Spread your wings and fly away
Fly away far away
Spread your little wings and fly away
Fly away far away
Pull yourself together
'Cause you know you should do better
That's because you're a free man

He spends his evenings alone in his hotel room
Keeping his thoughts to himself he'd be leaving soon
Wishing he was miles and miles away
Nothing in this world nothing would make him stay

Since he was small
Had no luck at all
Nothing came easy to him
Now it was time
He'd made up his mind
This could be my last chance

His boss said to him now listen boy
You're always dreaming
You've got no real ambition you won't get very far
Sammy boy don't you know who you are
Why can't you be happy at the Emerald bar

So honey
Spread your wings and fly away
Fly away far away
Spread your little wings and fly away
Fly away far away
Pull yourself together
'Cause you know you should do better
That's because you're a free man
Come on honey


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"Spread Your Wings" as written by John Deacon

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    General CommentI really love this song, and it makes me sad as well -i feel this about myself as you have so many life dreams that you can never fulfill as everyone around you knocks you down. you want to be somewhere eles - anywhere but here, but you can never leave, you are stuck where you are - probally forever. and your dreams will never come true.
    geri_mon June 09, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis was the first single I ever bought and it became part of the soundtrack of my childhood - a longing to 'fly away' - to run away from everything: parents, 'dead life', England, meaninglessness, rat race. I escaped a few times, before finally (in my 20s) finding incredible peace and returning to England with a calling and a purpose and a new life, which I'm still enjoying.
    I've just listened to that song for the first time in 25-30 years. Wow, what sad memories, what a beautiful song, and how far I've been brought from those unhappy times. I have a new appreciation for the song, though - as a child, caught up in the words of the song, I don't think I ever realised how good it was musically!
    By the way, Sheer Heart Attack was the B-side - another classic.
    RogerNon May 10, 2012   Link
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    General CommentJohn Deacon wrote this great song. It's a story about a guy named Sammy who works in a bar and wants to quit and make something of his life but his boss don't want him to go and tries to disencourage him. The meaning of the song is that sometimes you have to go after your dreams to make them come true. If you don't try at least you always will lead the same life you don't want to live. Spread your wings.
    Simmeron July 07, 2003   Link
  • +1
    MemoryOh God, it's like Queen keeps ripping pages of my life and setting them to music. Well, I suppose it ain't a terribly unique story.
    orypecion December 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really love this song, and it makes me sad as well -i feel this about myself as you have so many life dreams that you can never fulfill as everyone around you knocks you down. you want to be somewhere eles - anywhere but here, but you can never leave, you are stuck where you are - probally forever. and your dreams will never come true.
    geri_mon June 09, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis rocks the dogs gneque so hard it just falls off and the dog just wanders aorund going 'oh what happened to my gneque? i wish queen weren't such badasses as to completely remove my old gneque...'
    meursaultsrevolveron September 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful song written by John Deacon. He didn't contribute many by comparison to the others, but this is a corker. Was fortunate enough to see them perform this live in 1979. If this song is one of your favourites make sure you listen to the Live Killers version, the guitar solo at the end is superb.
    TeoTorriateon October 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentJohn Deacon's an amazing songwriter. I personally couldn't believe he could write such prolific music until I heard this. Freddie's vocal really drives the song along because the raw emotion he shows sticks with the song. May-b Sammy was a real person they knew, though I doubt it...
    GabrielEvaon June 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti dont know why,but every time i hear this song,i somehow seem to end up with mr.bojangles.can mr. bojangles be sammy bojangles:))))
    anyway,the blind guardian cover is also not bad.the drums are heard more,and the voice is not mercury's....but still,not bad.
    greatpretenderon June 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is pretty obvious, don't you think? - Isn't it just about Sammy, an unhappy guy, who lives in a hotel room alone and works at Emerald bar. His boss is mean to him. "Boy you'd better begin to get those crazy notions right out of your head! Sammy who do you think that you are? You should've been sweeping up the Emerald bar" & "Now listen boy. You're always dreaming. You've got no real ambition you won't get very far. Sammy boy don't you know who you are? Why can't you be happy at the Emerald bar?" He want's to quit his job but he can't because he's too affraid of his boss. - What he's going to do to..?

    This is really an amazing song and I have to give John credit for this masterpiece!
    Xinyaon February 28, 2006   Link

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