God Save the Queen

Arrangement by Brian May
Performed by Queen

Piano Chords, Transcribed by Shane McDonald
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Details : This is the piano chord transcription for Brian May’s version of God Save the Queen from the Queen album, A Night at the Opera.

G	Em	Am/C	D   Em   D/F#	G	
Em	C	G/D  D#dim  Em 
Am/C	G/D	D	G
G	G/B	G/D	G	D7/A	G
D7	D7/F#	D7/A	D7	G	D/F#
G   C   G  D/F#   Em	G/D /C /B  Am7	   G
C	G/D    D 	C  (guitar interlude for about 8 beats)   
finish on    -> G Major

About God Save the Queen

God Save the Queen is the final track on the 4th studio album by Queen, A Night at the Opera. The album, A Night at the Opera was released on 21 November 1975. It was the most expensive album ever recorded at the time of its release. The style of songs on the album are varied, ranging from ballads and rock to vaudeville and back into the prog rock styles. A Night at the Opera gave Queen their first number 1 album and topped the UK Albums Charts for four non-consecutive weeks. One of the reasons for the success of the album is the band’s most successful single in the UK, “Bohemian Rhapsody“. Bohemian Rhapsody was their fist number 1 and one of the best-selling singles in both the UK and the world. Other hit songs on the album include You’re My Best Friend, Love of My Life and I’m in Love with my Car which although not a commercial hit, was a hit with fans.

Brian May recorded an arrangement of God Save the Queen, the British national anthem, in 1974. The original idea was in homage to Jimi Hendrix’s version of “The Star-Spangled Banner”. After A Night at the Opera, God Save the Queen was played as an outro at virtually every Queen concert. Brian May performed the song live on the roof of Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s golden jubilee in 2002.

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