Death On Two Legs Chords

Words and music by Freddie Mercury

Death on Two Legs Chords Transcribed by Shane McDonald

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Details : I transcribed the Death on Two Legs Chords in 1995 but there is a lot more to it than I first thought. I recently found chords I didn’t hear when I first transcribed it. The Piano pieces are described in such a way that you can play them as easily as possible.I recorded a 20 second clip of the intro – available below.

Intro : (piano : fade in - played as a 4 note arpeggio based on the chord)
BAR Lines:	|     |                |          |         |               
		  Ebm   F#/C#   C#sus4  C#   Fm/C  C   Em/B   **-**-** G/D 

Note : **-**-** Indicates 6 piano bass notes which are to be played here before
playing the G/D. After playing the G/D there are 7 treble notes G G A A B B D played
For **-**-** Play : B  Bb    B C#     B D
Guitar : 
Bass notes ( G D G C# ) repeat 4 times
last time play D note after C#

Note : for these piano pieces it is easier to play the Bm chord and bass
notes together if you cross over your Hands .i.e play the Bm chord using
left and bass notes with right hand.

piano riff 1 : play Bm chord using Left Hand (in the rhythm of Killer
Queen).
	Bass noted (RH) : B  F#  F  Bb  F#  A  G#  B  D  F#  G  D  F#   X  2

piano riff 2 : play Bm using Left Hand.
	Bass noted (RH) : B  F#  G   ( usually repeated about 4 times)


            Bm (piano riff 2)    
You suck my blood like a leech 

You break the law and you preach 

Screw my brain till it hurts 
	     Gm
You've taken all my money 
F#
And you want more 
D
Misguided old mule with your pig headed rules 

With your narrow minded cronies 
	Gm		     Cm
Who are fools of the first division 


(use piano riff 1)
Bm
Death on two legs 

You're tearing me apart 

Death on two legs 
                   A                D
You've never had a heart of your own 
F#7    	         Em  Bm	     Em    Bm
Kill joy bad guy big talking small fry 
A
You're just an old barrow boy 
			    D
Have you found a new toy to replace me? 

Can you face me? 
    Bm                  F#
But now you can kiss my ass goodbye 

Feel good are you satisfied? 
       Em   Bm   Em Bm
Do you feel like suicide? 

(I think you should) 
           A 
Is your conscience all right 

Does it plague you at night? 
       D         F#7
Do you feel good feel good? 

(NC)		    Bm (piano riff 2)
You talk like a big business tycoon 

You're just a hot air balloon 

So no one gives you a damn 
               Gm
You're just an overgrown schoolboy 
F#
Let me tan your hide 
D
A dog with disease 

You're the king of the 'sleaze' 

Put your money where your mouth is 
       Gm
Mister know-all 

Was the fin on your back 
	    Cm     No Chord
Part of the deal? (Shark) 

Bm
Death on two legs 

You're tearing me apart 

Death on two legs 
                   A                             D 
You've never had a heart (you never did) of your own 
						
(Right from the start) 
F#7
Insane you should be put inside 
 	 Em    Bm   		 Em  Bm
You're a sewer rat decaying in a cesspool of pride 
	  A
Should be made unemployed 

Then make yourself null and void 
	D	    F#7
Make me feel good I feel good

About Death on Two Legs

Death on Two Legs is the first 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.

“Death on Two Legs” is actually written by Freddie as an angry, hate filled song towards Queen’s first manager, Norman Sheffield. It turned out that he was reputed to have mistreated the band and abused his role as their manager from 1972 to 1975. This was later denied by Sheffield in his 2013 autobiography. Sheffield sued the band in the mid 70s and the record label for defamation, which resulted in an out-of-court settlement, but also confirmed his connection to the song.This is a tricky song to play so if you are using the Death on Two Legs chords above, it might take some time to get the chord pattern correct.

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