Killer Queen

Words and music by Freddie Mercury

Killer Queen Chords and Piano chord Transcription by Shane McDonald
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Album Intro : 2 Bars of Finger Clicks

 

          Cm               Bb7
She keeps Moet and Chandon in her pretty cabinet,
Cm                             Bb7             Eb
"Let them eat cake," she says, just like Mary Antoinette.
Bb/D       Eb7/Db       Ab/C
A built in remedy for Kruschev and Kennedy,
Abm/Cb       Eb/Bb      Bb11
and any time an invitation you can decline.
G7        Cm           Bb7            Eb
Caviar and cigarettes, well versed in etiquette,
D7            Gm     
Extraordinarily nice.
F7      Bb     Dm/A
She's a Killer Queen,
Gm    Gm/F Dm   Dm/F Gm              A7    Dm
Gunpowder, gelatine, dynamite with a laser beam,
G7                      C    Bb
Guaranteed to blow your mind, anytime, ooooh.
A7          Dm              G7          Cm       C Bb
Recommended at the price, insatiable an appetite,
Wanna try?
F Bb/F  |  F7 Bb/F  |  F Bb  |  F7 Bb/F
    Cm                      Bb7
To avoid complications, she never kept the same address,
Cm                  Bb7               Eb
In conversation she spoke just like a baroness.
Bb/D        Eb7/Db         Ab/C
Met a man from China, went down to Geisha Minah,
Abm/Cb         Eb/Bb             Bb11
Then again incidentally if you're that way inclined.
G7             Cm
Perfume came naturally from Paris,
Bb7               Eb
For cars she couldn't care less,
D7                 G7    
Fastidious and precise.
F7      Bb     Dm/A
She's a Killer Queen,
Gm    Gm/F Dm   Dm/F  Gm              A7    Dm
Gun powder, gelatine, dynamite with a laser beam,
G7                      C   Bb
Guaranteed to blow your mind, anytime, ooh.
Guitar Solo
A Dm  |  A Dm  |  G7 Cm  |  G7 Cm  |  Eb/F     |     %         |  F E/F F       |
Cm    |  Bb    |  Cm     |  Bb     |  Eb Bb/D  |  Eb7/Db Ab/C  |  Abm/Cb Eb/Bb  |
Bb7   | Eb/Bb  | Bb7
          G7            Cm          G7           Cm
Drop of a hat, she's as willing as, playful as a pussycat,
Bb          Eb
Then momentarily out of action,
Bb          Eb             D7         Gm    F
Temporarily out of gas; to absolutely drive you
Bb  F Bbm          F                       Bb     Dm/A
Wild, wild. (She's out to get you) She's a Killer Queen,
Gm    Gm/F Dm   Dm/F Gm              A7    Dm
Gunpowder, gelatine, dynamite with a laser beam,
G7                      C   Bb
Guaranteed to blow your mind, anytime, ooh.
A7          D7            G7            Cm       C Bb
Recommended at the price, insatiable an appetite,
What a drag!
F Bb/F  |  F7 Bb/F  |  F Bb  |  F7 Bb/F  |  Eb  continue to fade...

About Killer Queen

Killer Queen is from Queen’s 3rd studio Album, Sheer Heart Attack. The Sheer Heart Attack album was released on 8th November 1974. The album was less progressive than Queen I and Queen II, and was more of a rock album. The true classic Queen sound started to emerge with the great harmonies and wonderful melody lines from Freddie and classic guitar riffs from Brian starting to get stronger. The Sheer Heart Attack album had hits such as Killer Queen which reached number 2 in the British Charts, and Now I’m Here which reached number 11 in the charts. The album itself reached number 2 in the UK Album charts.

Unless you really read into the song, Killer Queen actually refers to a high-class courtesan or escort. The song Killer Queen went on to win Freddie Mercury his first Ivor Novello Award. If you are using the Killer Queen chords on this page it is worth nothing that Freddie used an upright piano which was very slightly off concert-pitch (credited as “jangle piano”) to give an older-world feel to it.

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