Somebody to Love

Words and Music by Freddie Mercury

Somebody to Love chords transcribed by Shane McDonald

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This is the Album version of Somebody to Love and these are the somebody to Love chords as transcribed by myself. The Five Live version of Somebody to Love is available Here, and is basically this version down by 1 semitone to the key of G.
Intro : Soft Ab       Ab Eb/G   Fm  Fm7/Db  Eb      Db       Eb Ab
             Can .... A__ny_____bo___dy     find me somebody to love?
piano...   Ab   Eb/G    Fm  Fm7   Db    Eb  (Ab/Eb)  (Db/Eb)
      Ab       Eb/G     Fm         Fm7    
Each morning I get up I die a little
    Ab     Bb          Eb 
Can barely stand on my feet
       Ab  Eb/G    Fm        Fm7/Db
Take a look in the mirror and cry
Bb                        Eb
Lord what you're doing to me
       Ab           Bb         Eb/G
I have spent all my years in believing you
      Eb        Bb/D      Eb    Db
But I just can't get no relief, Lord!
Ab        Ab
Somebody, somebody
     Ab Eb7/G Fm    Fm7/Db
Can anybody   find    me 
Eb                 Ab 
       somebody to love?
Ab   Eb/G    Fm  Fm7   Db    Eb 
       Ab        Eb/G       Fm   
I work hard every day of my life
 Fm7  Ab          Bb      Eb 
  I   work till I ache my bones
       Ab   Eb/G  Fm      Bb                        Eb 
At the end I take home my hard earned pay all on my own
      Ab         Bb          Eb/G
I get down on my knees, And I start to pray
         Eb        Bb/D         Eb    Db
Till the tears run down from my eyes, Lord
Ab         Ab
Somebody - Somebody
    Ab Eb7/G Fm    Fm7/Db                Ab         Ab7
Can anybody  find   me     - somebody to love?
Db             Db         Db          Db        Db
He works hard, Everyday,  I try and I try and I try,
But everybody wants to put me down
They say I'm goin' crazy
They say I got a lot of water in my brain
I ain't Got no common sense
Bb           Bb7     Eb
I got nobody left to believe
Ab/Eb  Eb   Ab/Eb  Eb  Ab/Eb  Eb   Ab/Eb  Eb
Ye_____ah - Ye_____ah, Ye_____ah,  Ye_____ah
Guitar Solo
Ab   Eb/G    Fm     A       Bb      Eb
Ab   Eb/G    Fm     Bb      Eb
Ab   Bb      Eb     Eb      Bb/D    Eb    Db
Ab        Ab
Somebody, somebody
     Ab Eb7/G Fm    Fm7/Db
Can anybody   find    me 
Eb                 Ab 
       somebody to love?
Ab   Eb/G    Fm  Fm7   Db    Eb
       Ab  Eb/G       Fm    
Got no feel, I got no rhythm
 Fm7  Ab        Bb        Eb 
    I just keep losing my beat
    Ab  Eb/G  Fm           Bb            Eb 
I'm ok, I'm alright, Ain't gonna face no defeat
       Ab        Bb          Eb/G
I just gotta get out of this prison cell
    Eb      Bb/D     Eb    Db-----------> Hold Chord and fade
Someday I'm gonna be free, Lord!
> Building Slowly with drums, piano bass notes and voice - Use Chord of Ab
> Its based around the Ab chord - use an arpeggio near the end on piano.
> Repeat 8 times before going to 'Can anybody find me' below
Find me somebody to love
    Ab Eb7/G Fm    Fm7/Db  Fm7/Eb 
Can anybody  find    me ____________
NC. ---------------------- (> wait about 2½ beats after 'Love' before continuing with final choruses)
Somebody to________ Love?
Final Chorus x 6 times
Ab Ab/G    Ab/F      Db Eb   Ab
    Find me somebody to-oooo Love


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About Somebody to Love

Somebody to Love is from Queen’s 5th studio album, A Day at the Races. The album was released on 10th December 1976 and this was the band’s first completely self-produced album. The album continues the theme of the previous and almost acts in parallel with A Night at the Opera. Both albums took their names from Marx Brothers films, as well as sharing similar album artwork and having a similar musical style. A Day at the Races went to Number 1 in the UK, Japan and the Netherlands album charts and it reached No. 5 in the USA.

Somebody to Love is actually one of my favourite songs, and it is progressing well in my online Queen polls (if you want to the a look, click here). Somebody to Love was written by Freddie Mercury and has the complex harmonies of Bohemian Rhapsody with a gospel feel to it. It reached No. 2 in the UK charts, held off the top spot by Under the Moon of Love by Showaddywaddy in the first week and then dropped a place tp No.3 as When a Child is Born by Johnny Mathis moved towards Christmas top spots.  Apparently Freddie Mercury‘s fascination and admiration for singer Aretha Franklin was a major influence for the creation of Somebody to Love. The song was played live on 20 April 1992, during The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, sung by the amazing and much missed George Michael on lead vocals – released as Somebody to Love Five Live. The song has also been covered on American Idol, The X Factor, Glee and Gossip Girl, as well as being included in movies, including Happy Feet.

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  • Song Difficulty to learn / play 79%
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