Flash Theme from the Flash Gordon Soundtrack

Words and music by Queen

Flash Chords Transcribed by Shane McDonald

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Flash Chords Performance Note : After each “Flash”, hit the Lowest A bass note on the piano.
Intro (Bass & Piano) – Am with repeated A bass for 5 Bars with “Flash” on the 6th bar.
Am     Am G/A  G/A  F/A                   D        A/C#   D   G/B  Am
Flash. Ah-Ahhh,            Saviour of the universe.
Am     Am G/A  G/A  F/A                     D        A/C#   D   G/B  Am
Flash. Ah-Ahhh,            He'll save every one of us.
Am     Am G/A  G/A  F/A             D        A/C#   D   G/B  Am
Flash. Ah-Ahhh,            He's a miracle.
Am     Am G/A  G/A  F/A                D           A/C#   D   A/C#   D   G/B
Flash. Ah-Ahhh,            King of the impossible.
C              G/B        Dm              A/C#
He's for every one of us. Stand for every one of us.
F                 C/E               F         D/F#        G            E/G#   Am
He'll save with a mighty hand every man every woman every child with a mighty Flash
Am ( continue with bass of A throughout - sci-fi synth effects used with drums )
[ Dialogue from Film "General Gala Flash Gordon Approaching... etc" ]
Am     Am G/A  G/A  F/A         D        A/C#   D   G/B  Am
Flash. Ah-Ahhh,            (Guitar Riff using these chords above)
Am     Am G/A  G/A  F/A                       D    A/C#   D   A/C#   D  G/B  C
Flash. Ah-Ahhh,          He'll save every one of us.
(Reduced Tempo, no repeated Bass notes - instead, a slow piano piece)
C      G/B         C           G/B          Dm             A/C#             Dm       A/C# /A /G  <-quick bass changes
Just a man, with a man's courage.  He knows   nothing but a man, but he can never fail.
F              C/E               F        D/F#   G     E/G#   Am    Em/G   F    (fade in)    Am
No one but the pure of heart may find the golden grail oh     ooh   ooh   ooh.
 
Am        x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x [Lowest A + A# + B notes ] x 2
Flash...!
[ Fade Out and after about 4 bars there are 2 sets of very low register piano notes played ]
[ The x above marks one bass note of A in the fade out and the piano notes are listed ]
 

Flash’s Theme Lyrics

Flash, aah
Saviour of the universe
Flash, aah
He’ll save every one of us

[Film Dialogue]
   Klytus I’m bored
   What plaything can you offer me today?
   The inhabitants refer to it as the planet Earth
   Most impactive, your Majesty
   We’ll destroy this Earth

Flash, aah
Saviour of the universe

Flash, aah
Flash, aah
Flash, aah
Flash, aah

Saviour of the universe
He’s for every one of us
Stands for every one of us
He’ll save with a mighty hand
Every man, every woman, every child
With a mighty flash

He’s for every one of us
Stands for every one of us
He’ll save with a mighty hand
Every man, every woman, every child
With a mighty flash

Flash, aaah

Flash – Song Information

Flash Gordon was the very first movie soundtrack which Queen were asked to create. After a few months, the director of the movie heard some of the music and actally said “This will not work for my movie”, however it was the poroducer of the movie who convinced the director to stick with Queen ; and the rest as they say is history. Flash’s Theme is after becoming a kind of cultural norm, in that, if you sung the words Flas to an audience, the chances are the audience would sing back ‘aaaaa-ahhhhh’. Flash’s Theme has also been used on advertising in the UK, Europe and beyond.

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