"Brighton Rock" as written by and Brian Harold / May....
Happy little day, Jimmy went away
Met his little Jenny on a public holiday
A happy pair they made, so decorously laid
'Neath the gay illuminations all along the promenade
"It's so good to know there's still a little magic in the air
I'll weave my spell"

"Jenny will you stay - tarry with me pray
Nothing 'ere need come between us tell me love, what do you say ?"
"Oh no I must away to my mum in disarray
If my mother should discover how I spent my holiday
It would be of small avail to talk of magic in the air
I'll say farewell"

O rock of ages, do not crumble, love is breathing still
O lady moon, shine down a little people magic if you will

Jenny pines away, writes a letter everyday
"We must ever be together, nothing can my love erase"
"Oh no I'm compromised, I must apologise
If my lady should discover how I spent my holidays..."
Oooh oooh oooh oooh
Ooh oh oh oh oh ha

Lyrics submitted by f_mercury

"Brighton Rock" as written by Brian May

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  • +2
    General CommentIt's not a random title... Brighton is a resort city in the UK, and the story is about going to Brighton, meeting a girl, and having a wife/GF back home.
    rowedawgon May 12, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAfter hearing that riff I can die happy. It was soo good. Almost too good.
    I_super_on February 24, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe title Brighton Rock is a play on words. Brighton being a seaside resort and "Rock" or "Rock candy" being a long & cylindrical sweet that usually has the words "Brighton Rock" printed (using food die) throughout the entire piece of candy.
    But obviously we could also assume Brian meant Brighton Rock as in Rock and Roll.
    The start of the song could be seen in the perspective of cupid looking down on two lovers and "Weaving his spell". Though essentially it shows how holiday romances very rarely work out.
    Cleveland_Steameron May 17, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love the beginning of the song as on Sheer Heart Attack. The guitars rising out of the fair sounds just creates a really cool effect. Possibly the best beginning of a Queen song ever.

    Mr. Badguy, when you say "Brian May's finest hour," do you mean playing or writing? As far as playing, definitely. But I think he wrote a better song, which would be the Prophet's Song. But that's just my opinion.

    As for the lyrics, it's quite obviously about a holiday love.
    erasmus11290on July 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentQuick note: the solo existed long before this particular song did. They had experimented with putting it in other songs, but released it on an album for the first time in this song. They had already used it live a few times.
    Meranon August 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSong isn't about much just a tale of two people.....but damn it sure does show off Brian May's skill
    Sukaion June 16, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh aye! the greatest riff ever written by bri, with the posible exception of bijou
    gmandi1708on July 04, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbrian may's finest hour (though not as long as an hour)
    Mr. Badguy0077on December 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBut his guitar solo was built around this song, and that generally felt like it went on for an hour... :)
    Tatterdemalionon January 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBit of a random title though.
    Random18on February 02, 2005   Link

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